Schedule a visit from a Philmont Ambassador

Contact a local Philmont Ambassador to schedule a presentation at your unit or event on all the options Philmont has to offer, including the council contingent each summer.

Philmont Ambassadors:

Sal Porto

Jeff Smith

Greg Papandrew

This is the home page for the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council’s Contingent treks to

Philmont Scout Ranch. 

Our Council has sponsored successful Philmont contingents since 2000. 

Currently, the Council is organizing contingent treks for the summer of 2020 and 2021.

Our Objective

The Council desires to make the Philmont experience available to units and Scouts that would not normally have the opportunity.  With the difficulty in obtaining unit-based crew slots, we feel that the use of the Council Contingent is beneficial to all.  The Council provides this as a service to units to help them enjoy the Philmont experience.


What is a Contingent Trek?

Philmont permits Council’s to apply for a block of slots for a “contingent” trek to Philmont.  When the contingent is approved and the number of slots are known, the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council solicits crews from Council units (Troops, Teams, & Venturing Crews) to fill the contingent.  When the number of crew slots are known, they are allocated to Greater Tampa Bay Area Council units that sign up for the contingent two years in advance of the trek. The transportation, reservation, and check-in processes for the Contingent are arranged and handled by the volunteer Contingent Advisors working with the Council staff.  In general, for everything else, crews will function exactly as they would if they had reserved the trek directly.  Each crew is independent from the other contingent crews on the trail at Philmont.


Upcoming Contingent Treks

Our 2020 Council Contingent Trek is now full with 72 Scouts and their advisors… However, IF you wish to add your name to the waiting list, you may always do so and then you will be contacted if a spot opens. If and when an opening occurs in one of the 6 Crews in the 2020 contingent, you will be able to join our Trek departing on June 27th, thru July 11th, 2020. The $100 deposit will be required to add your name onto the waiting list when signing up (the deposit is refundable if you do not make it on the list).

Good News! IF you’ve ever wanted to stand on top of a mountain at the biggest Scout Camp in the World! Your chance has just appeared on the horizon… Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico is calling, and we are announcing our 2021 Council Contingent Trek formation for June 20th – July 3rd, 2021. Our Council will be organizing the entire adventure for our Contingent in terms of airfare, shuttle buses, crew training, Trek selection information, Contingent T-shirts and patches. Please note individual Scouts up to a whole Crew (Max. of 4 Adults & 8 Scouts) from Units can apply. And yes, we are planning for our 2021 Trek to be open for Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, Ships Crews and Girls who are in Scouts BSA! Scouts who have finished the 8th grade or are 14 years old at the time of departure can attend! To sign up, fill out the application above and turn in with a $100 deposit. The application can be mailed to or dropped off at our council office (13228 N Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33612) or emailed to The deposit can be a check mailed or dropped off at our office or can be paid via credit card at our office or over the phone (813-872-2691 x.101).

Past Contingent Treks

The 2019 Council Contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch left on July 4th, 2019 and returned on July 17th, 2019. 24 total youth and adults participated in two crews of 12 each.

Have questions or feedback about this page? Last updated January 29, 2020

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Jeremy Twachtman