The Program Counselor is responsible for cheerfully and willingly serving as a member of a specific backcountry camp, whose objective is to serve the campers and advisors who come to Philmont. Your primary duty is to help make the program at your camp meet the expectations of those who participate and help fulfill the entire work load of the camp. You are directly responsible to the Camp Director of your camp.

Backcountry camp amenities vary with most operating out of cabins without electricity, cell phone service, or flush toilets. Meals are generally prepared on propane or wood fire stoves.

Some are living history camps where staff dress in period clothing and provide program relevant to a particular time period and industry (ie – logging, railroading, mining, post civil-war, or homesteading/pioneering).


• At the direction and supervision of the Camp Director, participate in the specialized program training during staff training week.
• Become thoroughly familiar with all information relative to the program specialty, so you can answer questions and deliver a stimulating and informative program of consistently high quality.
• Under the direction of the Camp Director, continue on-the-job training throughout the season, sharing your expertise with fellow staff members and learning theirs through cross training.


• Present programs on time with all materials on hand, ready to go.
• Present a program that imparts useful knowledge that supports aims and objective of the Boy Scouts of America and is fun, challenging, stimulating and safe.
• Maintain a clean and efficient program area.
• Check material frequently and keep the Camp Director informed of any supplies needed.
• Insure proper use, security and care of program equipment.
• Help your Camp Director compile information for an end of season report from your observations and knowledge of the program(s).
• Assist with camp chores – cleaning showers and latrines, checking in crews, checking trails and trail camps.
• Assist with other staff responsibilities as directed by the Camp Director to insure that the mission of the Philmont Scout Ranch is carried out.
• Read and understand camp specific program description provided in separate attachment.
• Complete all camp specific training and certifications provided during staff training period. On-site training and continued training will be provided through the season as needed.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff


• Become familiar with all materials supplied prior to the camping season.
• Become familiar with all pertinent Philmont policies and procedures.
• Must be 18 years of age by time of employment.
• Staff working at Abreu, Zastrow, Rayado/Kit Carson, Beaubien, Ponil, Clarks Fork must be a Certified Food Handler. http://newmexico.foodhandlerclasses.com/ Click on the link to begin the training. The cost for the training is $7. You will be reimbursed after presenting the certificate during staff ch

About Philmont Scout Ranch

Each summer, more than 23,000 scouts travel from all corners of the US and abroad to participate in the rich backcountry program and trekking opportunities available at Philmont Scout Ranch. 35 staffed backcountry camps scattered throughout the 140,171-acre facility provide assorted programs ranging from rock climbing to horseback riding to mine tours and living history. Since 1939, Philmont programs have attracted more than 1 million participants. The Philmont property is also home to the national training center and national museum for the Boy Scouts of America.

Philmont employs approximately 80 full-time employees and more than 1,300 seasonal staff members. Information about seasonal staff opportunities and internships can be found at www.philmontscoutranch.org/jobs. Full time employment opportunities can be found at www.philmontscoutranch.org/employment.

Application Instructions

Please visit www.philmontscoutranch.org/jobs for full position descriptions (including supplemental information for different backcountry camps), internship information, and the online application.