Methodist Scouting Conference

Philmont Training Center

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is located in Northeast New Mexico outside the town of Cimarron. It is seated at the gateway to the Rocky Mountains in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ ) Mountain range. The land was a gift to the Boy Scouts of America in 1938 by the Phillips family. Waite Phillips words are etched in stone on site. “The only things we keep permanently are those we give away.” The Philmont Training Center is a place for staff, faculty, participants, and families to give their knowledge and wealth of Scouting joy. All attendees grow and learn. This training center has terrific resources for a stronger ministry, stronger family, and relaxation.

2021 PTC-UMC Conference

July 11 – 17, 2021

Come out to God’s country and join other Methodists and Scout leaders to celebrate 100 Years of Scouting in the United Methodist Church by developing and connecting your ministry with others who see Scouting as a ministry.  Learn how Scouting can be a ministry in your pack, troop, council, church or Conference at this unique training conference held at Philmont Training Center. 

Find your calling to make your Scout program a ministry. You will be treated to a variety of topics including:  Finding your Calling, Scouting as a Ministry, Organizing a PRAY program, Navigating within the Methodist Church, Talking with your Minister about Scouting, Finding and Recruiting other Faith-based Scout Leaders, Being a Local Scout Coordinator in a Church, Building a Conference Scout Team and much more.

The conference is designed for Scout and church leaders of all positions, including: local church, District and Conference Scout Coordinators, Ministers and Youth leaders.  These include positions in Scouting and the church such as Charter Organization Representatives (CORs), Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, committee members and others.

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Family Programs

PTC course participants are invited to bring spouses and their kids for a family scouting vacation. Age-appropriate activities are offered daily for youth and spouses to participate in fun activities under the leadership of trained Philmont staff. Programs begin at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm and allows parents to attend training. Youth must be picked up by their parent at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm.  More details.

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Lodging Options

Conference registration includes lodging in Terrace Canvas Tents while options are available should you want to have your family or friends in the same location. Click here to see details about lodging upgrades including Luxury Deluxe Tents (housing 6), Lodge Rooms (with showers) or Villa Philmonte Bungalows. Be sure to scroll the page to view videos and photos of options.


2021 UMC Week Scholarships Available

Participants in the 2021 United Methodist Church Scout (UMC) Conference have 2-3 opportunities to earn scholarships to help pay for their course.   Scholarships are available through the GCUMM’s Center for Scouting Ministry, PTC (Philmont Training Center) and through a few UMC Conferences.   You will have the opportunity to submit applications to each organization separately.   

Details about each scholarship are available on the Scholarship page 

History of Scouting Ministry Conferences

Since the early 1980’s, the Boy Scouts of America has conducted Volunteer Training Courses at the Philmont Training Center (PTC). The Relationship Division of the BSA designated a “Relationship Week” for Faith Based Chartered Partners in the 1980’s. The General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) started a week-long Methodist Scouting course at PTC in the mid-1990’s and has run one annually since. The course has occasionally been held at SeaBase and once at the Bechtel Summit.

The Scouting Ministry Committee of the General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) provides the leadership, develops the curriculum and provides support to offer “Scouting in the United Methodist Church” each summer, typically at Philmont. 

More than 1,000 Volunteers and their families representing local churches, Methodist Conferences, Boy Scout Councils, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout packs, troops & crews have been through the program over the years.

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