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The Watchu Experience

Patriots' Path Council's Trail to Philmont

Information and ideas for prospective Philmont crews

Watchu ExperienceThe Watchu Experience is an 18-month-long program of teenage high-adventure, capped by a backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico. Patriots' Path Council makes it easier than ever to be a part of this unique and exciting high adventure opportunity offered by the Boy Scouts of America. Every summer we send at least twenty twelve-person crews to Philmont. Please browse these pages to get a taste of the excitement offered by the Watchu Experience.

If you are already part of a Patriots' Path Council Philmont crew, be sure to visit the Watchu program encyclopedia at www.watchu.org for in-depth source of information on your upcoming adventure.

Watchu Experience Information

Program Overview

Watchu overview - highlights of the 18-month-long Watchu Experience

Photos and Videos

Photos from past Philmont treks 

Videos of Philmont and the Colorado tour

Applying and Costs

The application process - who can attend Philmont and how to apply to be part of the Patriots' Path Council contingent

Applications - for entire crews or individual Scouts and adults

Crew allotment process - an annual meeting is held the 4th Tuesday of January - approximately 18 months before departing for Philmont - to determine which crews get to go to Philmont.

Fee and payment schedule - amounts and due dates for the current contingents

What's included? - here is what you get with your Watchu Experience fee

Watchu Sabattis Adirondack Treks - take a Sabattis Adirondack Trek this summer and get a guaranteed spot in next summer's Philmont contingent

Travel schedule - we offer five departure dates every year

Other ways to experience Philmont besides the Watchu Experience. Take a look at other options for crews and individuals.

Making high-adventure affordable - ideas to help finance your adventure


Crew member and parent guide - browse key information for crew members and parents

Adult leader guide - browse key information for adult advisors

Details - For those already registered

Watchu program encyclopedia - www.watchu.org provides an in-depth source of information for Patriots' Path Council contingents or anyone considering a Philmont adventure

Philmont Overview


Colorado Tour Highlights


More Information

Frequently asked questions - lots of questions and answers in a dozen categories

Four expensive essentials - advice on critical personal equipment you will need at Philmont

Training videos - dozens of videos to help prepare you for your trek

Award and recognitions you can earn as part of the Watchu Experience

Trading post - Watchu Mountain Outfitter gear available for purchase by contingent members

High-adventure opportunities - more adventures within and outside Patriots' Path Council


E-mail Chief Watchu with any questions


Page last updated: 05-30-2015 05:27 pm