It's not too late to schedule your trip to PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH! The Illowa Council has three spots left in it's Council contingent. We need payment of $1100 remitted by April 29. We head out of Galesburg for our adventure on July 14 and will return on July 29. Participants must be 14 years or older and be able to pass the full Philmont medical/health physical.

Once again, the Illowa Council Hi Adventure Committee is sponsoring three treks (9 leaders and 27 scouts) for 2016.  The treks - from departure to return - cover a two-week period and will travel by train from Galesburg, IL.  
Each of three treks, traveling different back-country itineraries, involve 1 day in base camp, 10 days on the trail and a final day at base camp.  Scouts must be 14 or older and pass a Boy Scout physical.

Registration forms, Youth Applications, and Trek Leader Applications for 2016 are available through the link below or at the Illowa Council Service Center.  Registration will require a completed application, registration form, and a $175 non-refundable deposit received at the Scout Office on a first-come, first-served basis.  Total cost will be approximately $1400.  The final deadline for making the initial payment to Philmont will be April 10, 2016.

There are several advantages to going on a Council-sponsored trek:

1.     Council obtains trek allocations MUCH more easily than a troop.  We don’t go through the lottery like Troops do; we get a straight allocation.

2.     By traveling together with 20 or more, we benefit from significant savings.  For this year’s treks, that amounted to $56 a ticket.

3.     If a Troop can’t fill up a three-person trek (12 people [9 or 10 boys, 2 or 3 leaders]), the council can fill in the remainder with other Scouts so that we maximize the Philmont experience.

4.     Council does a great deal of the organization, dealing with logistics and making group payments.

5.     With more Scouts signed up, the amount of scholarship money awarded by Philmont will be greater.


So Scout Leaders who want to sign up their own group, start talking up this opportunity NOW in your troop or crew meetings and contact Dan Moore - - for further questions.   

Registration Form
Youth Application
Trek Leader Application