Philmont Reaches 1-million Camper Milestone

This summer, Philmont Scout Ranch reached the milestone of one million campers. It all started 75 years ago when Waite Phillips offered 35,857 acres of his ranch to the Boy Scouts of America in 1938 to serve as a national wilderness camping area.

The area was named Philturn Rockymountain Scoutcamp (after Phillips’ name and the Scout slogan “Do a Good Turn Daily”). Fees for the first summer were set at $1 per week per camper, and 189 Scouts from Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma arrived for the first experience at a national backcountry Scout camp.

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4 Responses to Philmont Reaches 1-million Camper Milestone

  1. Dennis Kohl says:

    When will the name be announced of the 1 millionth hiker?

    • BSA Internal Communications says:

      Philmont’s focus is not on the millionth hiker but rather, it wants to recognize all hikers and campers who have visited to this point as one in a million.

  2. John Garrett says:

    Does this include PTC Mountain Treks?

  3. Congratulations to Philmont and the awesome staff without whom the program could prosper, grow and be in our memories forever! Thank you form all you do!

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