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 Phillip’s 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.

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United Methodist Scouters Service Conference

Sept. 25 – Sept. 29, 2022

Come out to God’s country and join us as we help improve the chapels at both base camp and the PTC Chapel.

Along with service and fellowship, we will be working on how to build Scouting for the next generation, bringing faith to the foundation, and working on strategic connections for growth.

The conference is designed for Scout and church leaders of all positions, including local church, District, and Conference Scout Coordinators, Ministers, and Youth leaders.  Everyone is welcome.

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.

Family Adventure Camp Guidebook

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. Make sure to tag your housing on the registration. I love the luxury of a canvas platform castle!

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-1990s and has run one annually since. The course has occasionally been held at SeaBase and at the Bechtel Summit.

The Scouting Ministry Committee of the General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) provides the leadership, develops the curriculum, and supports “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.

This year is our first FALL service conference.

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