MCCS has participated in conferences many summers at beautiful Philmont Scout Ranch. The week provides a mountaintop experience for conference participants and their families. Always an awesome experience, many participants return for more FUN and FELLOWSHIP! PTC provides a qualified, staffed program for families and participants of all ages. It’s a great vacation for the whole family as well as the individual Scouter. Family friendly activities fill the evenings for those who desire to participate. It is an exciting environment for memories and for new friendships to be made!
For those family members not attending the seminar, Philmont offers various staffed activities for the entire family. Youths 14 – 21 whose parent attends are guaranteed a spot a Mountain Trek, at an additional cost.
Philmont Training Center (PTC) is nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northeastern New Mexico. Rich in history and natural beauty, the PTC offers exciting, educational experiences for the entire family.
Conference schedules permit ample time for family activities in the evenings. The participants will have Wednesday off to do Philmont activities such as hikes, horseback rides, handicraft, museum tours, shop the trading post or drive to nearby mountain towns such as Red River, Eagle’s Nest and Taos.
There are staff-led programs for all ages during the day while the participant is in the conference training. Families eat three meals a day together in the dining hall. Spouses are kept busy with tours, hikes, crafts and activities – as many or as few as they chose to attend.
Conference participants will cover many topics during the week such as, how to develop relationships with local congregations to promote a Scouting ministry and to encourage youth to utilize and earn the Servant Leadership religious awards.
Participants for the conference must be registered in Boy Scouts of America. The other family members are not required to be registered in Scouting. Go to www.myscouting.org and register under the Events link. You must have a B.S.A. membership number. The number is on your membership card or call your local council to obtain it.
Our History and Involvement with PTC
In June of 1988, eight Scout leaders attended the Philmont Training Center’s Scouting in the Church’s Ministry conference near Cimarron, New Mexico.
MCCS has had a presence at the “Relationships Week” conference on every even year since 1994.
The “Scouting in the Church’s Ministry” conference equips church leaders and Scouters to use Scouting as a resource in their ministry to children, youth and families. Emphasis will be given to outreach, leadership development and intergenerational activities.
Anyone involved with church youth is encouraged to attend. Attendees find fun and fellowship with other Christian Scouters in the beauty of some of the most majestic country in God’s creation. In addition to the conference, there are activities for the rest of the family from childcare for the very young, to week-long guided mountain treks for teens and activities catering to adults of all ages.