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Philmont Advisor Skills School PASS

October 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Philmont is sending experienced members of the Ranger and Backcountry Departments to run pre-trek instructional courses around the country.

This one day, 8-hour courses will take place on Saturday, October 28 at the Great Smoky Mountain Council Service Center. Field-PASS takes place from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Field-PASS participants will enjoy an instructional introduction to Philmont and achieve a thorough understanding of the following:

  • Philmont-issued gear
  • Crew leadership positions
  • Physical conditioning
  • Travel to and from Philmont
  • Conducting a shakedown hike
  • Establishing a crew Philmont committee
  • Smellables and bear bag hanging
  • Dining fly and tent setup
  • Gas stove operation and care
  • Philmont’s backcountry cooking method
  • Dish washing and sump use

Field-PASS participants will receive PASS learning materials and the PASS Patch.


Experienced members from the Ranger and Backcountry Departments will lead you in the backcountry and logistical fundamentals of Philmont over the course of the day. Participants will enjoy a trail lunch and sample a trail dinner in between training sessions. At the conclusion of the course, advisors will receive PASS materials to share with crew members.


Field-PASS is designed and targeted towards adult advisors on 2018/2019 treks. However, all adult advisors – whether registered for an upcoming trek, or just generally interested in learning more about Philmont – are invited to attend a Field-PASS course.


The cost to attend is $40 and covers a Philmont-style trail meal lunch, dinner, and PASS materials including the PASS Patch.


  • These links will direct you to the Tooth of Time Traders website to pay for your course. Double check you have selected the correct course date and location before you check out.
  • After you pay, a message stating the transaction has been authorized will appear, and you will receive an email with that information.
  • A second email will be sent stating that your item has been shipped. Please disregard this email as all PASS materials will be distributed at your course.
  • Your PASS Instructors will contact you via email approximately one month before the course date to provide you with more information.


October 28, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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