If your unit was scheduled for a Philmont Trek this summer, and your dates are affected by the current ranch wildfire, we may be able to help salvage your plans.
Philmont Scout Ranch announced today that the Ute Park Fire has forced it to cancel all backcountry treks from June 8 to July 14. Treks after July 14 may resume, likely with altered itineraries, if backcountry conditions improve.”The safety of our youth participants, volunteers and staff is a priority for everybody at Philmont Scout Ranch and the Boy Scouts of America,” Philmont said in a statement posted on its fire information page.Philmont is contacting the lead advisor or contingent leader of all crews that are affected by the decision, beginning with those that are scheduled to arrive first and continuing chronologically.
Rather than calling the ranch yourself, Philmont asks that you wait until their team contacts your crew.
“Your assistance will help make sure that Philmont phone lines remain open,” Philmont said in its statement. “Thank you for your support and patience.”
A Personal Note From North Country’s Owner
For most Scouts, the chance to take a High Adventure trip falls once or twice over their Scouting career. The members of the treks being cancelled probably reserved their dates two years ago. To be hit with this cancellation just a few days or a couple of weeks prior to departure, must be heart breaking.
As like most everyone whom has been involved with Scouting, whether as a Scout or a Scouter, we are saddened by the natural disaster that has struck Philmont Scout Ranch. Having trekked its trails as an Explorer, and served as a guest instructor as an adult, I have a deep love for that piece of northeastern New Mexico.
With my son having spent four fire seasons as a wildland fire fighter with the US Forest Service, I am very well aware how hard those 600 men and women are working to contain the Ute Park Fire … 37,000 acres as of this writing. May God watch over each and every one of them, while trying to save the Philmont Ranch for future Scouts’ memories.
Other High Adventure Options for Summer 2018
High Adventure: North Country Style
If your unit is one of the affected treks, and want to try to salvage this summer’s High Adventure trip, we would offer that you trade the hiking boots for paddles. A High Adventure trip to the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, and Quetico Park in Canada, can save those yet to be made memories of what Scouting should be all about. Let their hearts beat to the rhythm of their paddles. While we have hundreds of Scouts already booked for the summer, we do have some openings still available. We will make every effort to accommodate your participant numbers and proposed travel dates.
Cost wise, our High Adventure packages are priced a little less than the rates published for Philmont as well as BSA’s other bases.
US Forest Service and Canadian Wilderness Permit Reservations are one of the keys to the success of your wilderness canoe trip. If you have even probable dates for your trip, contact us immediately, so we can check on the best BWCA or Quetico Park permit availability. It costs nothing to find out if permit dates are available.
Passports are NOT required for treks through the million (+) acres of the Boundary Waters … only for those groups going into Canada.
We are one of the largest outfitters for the Boundary Waters, so equipment availability shouldn’t be a problem. We have still have multiple dates open for our lakeside overnight accommodations for before, and/or after, your trip. If your group would be flying to the North Country via Minneapolis or Duluth, we can assist you with your transportation arrangements.