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Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron

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Philmont Scout Ranch is a ranch located in Colfax County, New Mexico, near the village of Cimarron; it covers 140,177 acres (56,728 ha) of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the east side of the Cimarron Range of the Rocky Mountains. Donated by oil baron Waite Phillips, the ranch is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. It is a National High Adventure Base where crews of Scouts and Venturers take part in backpacking treks and other outdoor activities. By land area, it is one of the largest youth camps in the world. During the season, between June 8 and August 22, an estimated 22,000 Scouts and adult leaders backpack through the Ranch's extensive backcountry. More than 1,130 seasonal staff are responsible for the Ranch's summer operations.

Philmont is also home to the Philmont Training Center, the National Scouting Museum and the Seton Memorial Library. The Training Center is the primary location for BSA's national volunteer training programs. Philmont is a working ranch, maintaining small herds of cattle, horses, burros, and bison.

The only documented Tyrannosaurus rex track in the world was discovered within the camp's boundaries in 1993 in North Ponil Canyon by the Anasazi Trail Camp. It was formally identified in 1994.
There are three other high adventure camps that the BSA owns and maintains: the Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases in Minnesota, as well as Manitoba and Ontario in Canada; Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys; and Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia.
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  • It's a Scouts BSA high adventure camp. If you are not a participant not much to do. You can check out the national scouting museum and the tooth of time trade post and look at the views. You can... 
    It's a Scouts BSA high adventure camp. If you are not a participant not much to do. You can check out the national scouting museum and the tooth of time trade post and look at the views. You can...  more »
  • now I wish I had gone too, see the museum, watch the deer graze on the grounds, and be reminded of how much fun scouting used to be, I still have my dad's 50 mile hiking award, many thins here... 
    now I wish I had gone too, see the museum, watch the deer graze on the grounds, and be reminded of how much fun scouting used to be, I still have my dad's 50 mile hiking award, many thins here...  more »
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  • Junior climd Baldy!!!!!!!!11 Ebic gamer! Junior also shoot big gun! Also bring nail clippers on a long trek
  • Still remember my crew, (7-12 Whiskey!) Sincerely an experience all young men should have. It gave me a greater appreciation for God's beauty in nature, not to mention giving me a new perspective on life; on friends, family, school, you name it.

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