Philmont Winter Camp

posted Nov 3, 2017, 9:28 AM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 5:50 PM ]

Quick Facts

When:  Spring Break (~3/10/2017 - 3/17/2017)

Where:  Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, NM

What:  Participants in Winter Adventure learn to camp comfortably in cold weather, and enjoy Philmont's beauty in a way few others have. Crews snowshoe to their camp, sleep in tents or snow shelters and participate in a variety of activities. Offerings include cross-country skiing, snow shelter building, and earning either Search and Rescue or Snow Sports merit badge. NO SNOW.  Adding hiking to the itinerary.


 Person    Deposit Full Payment Medical Forms A, B, C Activity Consent
 Youth Protection
 Trystin     n/a
 Grant $50     n/a
 Anna $50     n/a
 Rana $50     n/a
 Lynna $50     n/a
 Evan $100     n/a
 Eron $50      n/a
 Audrie      n/a
 Steve $50    
 Jill $50    
 Sabrina $50   

To Do List

  1. Car plan - Jill 
  2. Overnight plan - Lynna
  3. Travel meals - Rana
  4. Headcount - Evan
  5. Fill out gear survey - Grant 
  6. Medical forms - Sabrina
  7. Gear shakedown - Grant
  8. Fitness tracking - Eron and Trystin


Saturday, March 10
  • 8 am:  Depart from Wells Branch MUD annex, Austin, Texas
  • 6 pm:  Arrive Jack Bryant Scout Center, 1615 Bellaire Street Amarillo, TX 79106
Sunday, March 11
  • 8 am:  Depart Jack Bryant Scout Center
  • 2 pm:  Arrive Philmont Scout Ranch, 47 Caballo Rd, Cimarron, NM 87714
  • 5 pm:  Dinner
  • 6 pm:  Gear Distribution
Monday, March 12th
  • Hike to Miranda Camp
Friday, March 16th
  • 10 am:  Depart Philmont
  • 4 pm:  Arrive Jack Bryant Scout Center, Amarillo, Texas
Saturday, March 17th
  • 8 am:  Depart Jack Bryant Scout Center
  • 6 pm:  Arrive at Wells Branch MUD annex, Austin, Texas


Driver #1:  Jill Douglass - 2016 Honda Pilot (seats 8)
Driver #2:  Steve Dzurenko - 2013 Ford Flex (seats 7)

We will draw from a hat to see who is in which car! 


Camp Fees: $250
Lodging To and From:  $10
Travel Meals:  $10
Gas:  $30

Total:  $300

Travel Food

Saturday: March 10th

Lunch- Fruit kabobs, cheese and meat kabobs, and cookies(Anna)

Dinner- Pasta salad with grilled chicken on the side, grapes, oranges, and apples(Audrie (Sabrina bringing fruit))

Sunday: March 11th

Breakfast- bagels, cream cheese, nutella, grapes, and apples(Lynna)

Lunch- burrito: vegetarian refried beans, avocado, shredded cheese, salsa, tortillas, rice, and grilled cheese(all of these things will be placed into separate containers and everyone will put together their own burrito)(Trystin (Sabrina bringing cheese; Rana - salsa, Jill - tortillas))

Friday: March 16th

Lunch-  Hummus w/ pita bread, cherry tomatoes, carrots, salami, celery, and apples(Rana)

Dinner- eat out

Saturday: March 17th

Breakfast- bagels, nutella, grapes, and strawberries (Evan)

Lunch- Slice bread,  slice cheese, slice meat, peanut butter, apples, grapes, and cookies (Eron)

Packing List

If you don't have some of this equipment bring what you have to the meeting we have plenty to go around and we sort it all out there.


Rain cover for the pack (or waterproof liner below)
Unscented Trash Compactor bag for lining backpack


Sleeping bag/quilt
Waterproof bag for sleeping bag
Sleeping pad - closed cell foam or inflatable
Optional - pillow


Rugged trail runners or hiking boots
3 pairs hiking socks
Optional - Crocs or sandals for in camp wear


Base layer top and bottoms
Fleece or "Puffy" jacket
Stocking cap/ Fleece cap
Waterproof stuff sack for insulation items
Outer Layers
Rain suit - top and bottom

Personal first aid kit

Personal medication
Athletic tape
Antibiotic ointment
Ibuprofen, Benadryl

Shared cooking equipment

Lightweight pot
Backpacking Stove


1 pair long pants
Either pair of running shorts or second pair of pants
2 pair underwear
Long Sleeve Shirt
Short sleeve shirt
Waterproof stuff sack for clothing


Long handled spoon
Reflectrix Coozie for quart size food bag (or your winter hat)


Water bottle or Camelback water bladder


1 pair trekking poles
Headlamp with extra batteries
Personal first aid kit
Personal repair kit - duct tape, nylon ties, safety pins
50' paracord
Small hand sanitizer
Small sunscreen
Lip balm
Small roll toilet paper (or Pee Rag)
Plastic bag for used TP
Small multi-tool with a knife
Period Supplies
Optional - camera
Optional - watch

Philmont requires these items they may be repeated from the above list.

1 stocking cap
1 Facemask (balaclava)* 
1 Scarf 
1 pr glove liners (polypropylene) 
2 pr polypropylene underwear tops 
2 pr polypropylene underwear bottoms 
2-3 pr polypropylene sock liners
Sunglasses* 100% UV protection
Pocket flashlight*

NO Blue Jeans or Carharts 

Web Links

Trip Report



Day 1:  3.41 miles - Miranda to Maxwell and back
Day 2:  6.76 miles - Miranda to Baldy Town
Day 3:  11.08 miles - Miranda to Head of Dean Fire Lookout
Day 4:  5.32 miles - Miranda to Black Horse Mine


Miranda Camp:  8,900 ft
Baldy Town:  9,850 ft
Head of Dean Fire Lookout:  8,750 ft
Black Horse Mine:  10,700 ft