Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch located near the town of Cimarron covering approximately 137,500 acres of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. The ranch, formerly the property of oil baron Waite Phillips and now that of the Boy Scouts of America, is currently in use as a National High Adventure Base in which crews of Scouts and Venturers take part in backpacking expeditions and other outdoor activities. It is the largest youth camp in the world by size and number of participants.
Philmont is also home to the Philmont Training Center, which is the main center for BSA's national-level training for volunteers and professionals. In addition to its extensive BSA programs, Philmont continues to operate as a ranch, maintaining a relatively small stock of cattle, horses, burros and bison.
It is the site of the only documented Tyrannosaurus rex track in the world (discovered in 1993 and formally identified in 1994) in North Ponil Canyon by Camp Anasazi.
Owner - Boy Scouts of America Location - Cimarron, New Mexico Founded - 1938 Founder - Waite Phillips Attendance - 33,583 campers (2006)
For food, for raiment,
For life, for opportunities,
For friendship and fellowship,
We thank Thee, O Lord.
- A. J. "Jerry" Fulkerson
In 1938 Waite Phillps donated 35,857 acres to the Boy Scouts of America. Later in 1941 Waite Phillips donated more bringing his total donation to 127,395 acres.
Tooth of TimeEdit
In the mid-19th century, the Santa Fe Trail crossed the plains just southwest of Philmont. The Tooth of Time owes its name to this trail because when travelers saw it they knew that once they passed it, they had a one week to go until they reached Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Tooth of Time is an igneous intrusion of dacite porphyry. The Tooth is located five miles southwest of Cimarron, New Mexico, and is on the property of Philmont Scout Ranch, and is one of Philmont's most popular sights.
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