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HA301 – Packs – 2018 Philmont Backpacking High Adventure

2017 Philmont Backpacking - Mt Baldy

2017 Philmont Backpacking – Mt Baldy


TROOP 1128 Jul 2018 HA-301 –  Packs 2018 – Philmont Backpacking High Adventure!
July 17 – 31, 2018

Dear Troop 1128,

I have great news!  Troop 1128 is going back to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2018!  This is a 10 day backpacking expedition to the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico and is the ultimate Boy Scout High Adventure!

We have been awarded a reservation for one Crew (12 participants), which means we will be able to take 9-10 Scouts and 2-3 ASMs.

The dates for our Philmont expedition are July 17-July 31, 2018.  The cost is $940 per person for Philmont itself, plus air fare, rental vans, hotel and other travel expenses.  My initial estimate is $1800 per person.

Philmont is the ultimate Scouting High Adventure with tremendous national demand.  Although our trip is still over 18 months away, we must make a financial commitment by January 30, 2017 to hold our reservation. I am collecting $100 deposit now for the Philmont 2018 Prospect List. The Crew will be selected from the Prospect List in September 2017.

There will be a Philmont 2018 Information Session this Thursday, December 15 at Andrew Chapel from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  This will be repeated on Wednesday, December 21 and repeated again on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Scouts (and a parent) must attend one of these Information Sessions to sign up. There is important information for your consideration.   You can only sign up,  and payment will only be accepted, at the Information Sessions. Make checks out to “Troop 1128 BSA” for $100.00.

Going to Philmont is an honor to be earned.  This is an advanced High Adventure trip for experienced backpacking Scouts. The Crew will be selected from the Prospect List in September 2017, based on specific criteria.

To be eligible for consideration for Philmont 2018, Troop 1128 Scouts must be at least 15 years old by July 2018, or be 14 years old by July 2018 and have permission from the Scoutmaster.  (Troop 1128 does not take 13 year old Scouts to Philmont.)

To be selected for the Crew (selection happens in September 2017), prospective Philmont 2018 Scouts must have completed Star rank;  must be ACTIVE in the Troop; and must have completed Troop Achievement Award – BASIC, LEADERSHIP and SERVICE.

In addition, all prospective Philmont 2018 Scouts must attend the Summer 2017 Packs 201 6-day Backpacking Trip currently scheduled for August 7-15, 2017.

Troop 1128 High Adventure Safety and Risk Management Policy applies (see

I am happy to answer all question at one of my three Philmont 2018 Information Sessions.  Hope to see you there!

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