2017 St. George Trek

Philmont Scout Ranch

Cimarron, New Mexico
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to Thursday, July 20, 2017 

The Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and Camp Fire is pleased to announce its high adventure leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew Boys & Girls at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Designed to develop organizational and relational skills for leadership as well as nourishing the scouts spirituality, the St. George Trek will bring Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking on the trail including three days of intensive leadership training at a back country base camp. The trek begins in Albuquerque , New Mexico where participants meet, get to know one another, train, have fun and pray. Then it's off to Philmont Scout Ranch where they will hike the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains.

While hiking they will experience a program that encourages the integration of morality and values, spirituality, faith, scripture and vocation in their lives as young Catholic Men and Women. Participants will be asked to carry this meaningful experience home with them and become effective peer leaders in their diocese.

Our Archdiocese plans to send two top-notch scouts on the trek to represent us.

Selection will be made on the basis of demonstrated leadership potential, reception of Scoutings religious emblems, and involvement in the church, school and community activities. Girls in Venturing have been a part of the past four treks and a female crew is planned for 2017 pending sufficient female registration. The Saint George Trek is a one-time only experience for youth. Previous youth participants are not eligible.

The fee for the Saint George Trek, in addition to the cost of transportation to and from Albuquerque , New Mexico, plus normal personal expenses, is 800.00 per participant. This covers all Philmont Scout Ranch fees and all other lodging, food and chartered bus travel. Financial assistance may be available for those who need it. Please contact Fred Spellman for further details.

Applicants must be Catholic Boy Scouts or Venturers and be in the first, second or third year of high school in the fall of 2017. They must be fifteen years of age on or before July 7, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE.

Applications must be received no later than November 1st, 2016.

Mail applications to:
Fred Spellman
2105 Melrose Dr .
Ponca City , Ok 74604

Questions to:
Fred Spellman
580-762-5344
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

pdf Application to apply for trek: (734 KB)
pdf Read Anthony's 2004 St. George Trek Memories (128 KB)
pdf Read Jef's 2009 St. George Trek Memories (1.35 MB)