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

Greg Papandrew

Jeff Smith

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 2022.

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

We are accepting applications for the 2022 Philmont Trek to the waiting 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 2022 Council Contingent Trek formation for June 20th – July 2nd, 2022. 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 2022 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 contingent in 2018 was cencelled due to wildfires in and around Philmont Scout Ranch in the summer of 2018.

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.

The contingent in 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Have questions or feedback about this page? Last updated February 17, 2021

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Jeremy Twachtman