St. George is the patron saint of Catholic Scouting and the inspiration for Catholic Scouting’s high adventure leadership program and vocation retreat for Scouts who are 15 to 18 years old. Every two years, approximately 70 Scouts from dioceses across the country are selected for this 11-day challenge known as the St. George Trek, which takes place at Philmont Scout Ranch.
Led by selected priests, religious, and seminarian advisors from around the country, St. George Trek participants experience spirituality, faith, scripture and the sacraments in a spectacular setting. During the Trek, Scouts make two commitments: to the ongoing discernment of their vocation and to engagement in their home parish and diocese.
Each Diocesan/Eparchial Catholic Committee on Scouting is encouraged to conduct a search and nominate one or two Scouts for participation in the Trek. Because the program can only accommodate 70 youth, only two participants per diocese will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Selection of participants is made by the local Diocesan/Eparchial Catholic Committee on Scouting and should be made on the basis of demonstrated maturity, physical ability, leadership potential, an interest the life of the Church and an openness to the discernment of vocation to the priesthood or religious life. Earning of Religious Emblems and involvement in church, school and Scouting activities should be given consideration. Eligible Scouts should commit to become in engaged in the work of their Diocesan/Eparchial Catholic Committee on Scouting when they return home.
Candidates should be emotionally mature adolescents who will be at least 15 years old and no older than 18 years old by July 1 of the year they plan to go on the Trek. Participants must also have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the mountain trails of Philmont. The St. George Trek is a one-time only experience for youth. Previous youth participants are not eligible. NO exceptions can be made to these expectations and requirements.
A female crew is planned pending sufficient female registration.
Scout Participant Application and Selection Process
Diocesan/Eparchial Catholic Committees on Scouting should invite applications using this form prior to May 1 the year prior to the year the Scout plans to go on the Trek.
Once the local Diocesan/Eparchial Catholic Committee on Scouting has selected its applicants, those applicants should submit this form, which can be submitted beginning on May 1 of the year prior to the year the Scout plans to go on the Trek; forms must be submitted by September 1 of the year prior to the year the Scout plans to go on the Trek.
In addition, the Diocesan/Eparchial Catholic Committee on Scouting must submit this approval form for each of their selected applicants by September 1 of the year prior to the year the Scout plans to go on the Trek.
Fees and Scholarships
Thanks to the financial commitment of NCCS and generous benefactors the fee for the St. George Trek is $1575.00 per participant.
The fee covers:
All Philmont Scout Ranch fees, lodging in Albuquerque, Philmont and Albuquerque Meals, roundtrip chartered bus travel between Albuquerque and Philmont
Not in the fee
Transportation to and from Albuquerque, New Mexico, personal gear, personal expenses
- A deposit of $375 per participant will be requested upon acceptance.
- October 1 – Second payment due $400
- December 1 – Third payment due $400
- Final payment is due February 1 of the year the Scout plans to go on the Trek: $400
All fees subject to change based on Philmont’s 2024 rate structure (TBD).
NOTE: Philmont has a policy that all fees are non-refundable. NCCS will refund all fees paid if a person cancels and NCCS is able to fill that person’s spot with another participant.
The Diocesan/Eparchial Catholic Committees on Scouting is expected to cover registration costs for participants. Financial assistance is available.
A Diocesan/Eparchial Catholic Committees on Scouting may submit a request for a scholarship using this form. Scholarships will be provided based on demonstrated financial need and first come, first served basis. A St. George Trek Scholarship is awarded to the local Diocesan/Eparchial Catholic Committees on Scouting, not the participant.
St. George Trek Advisor Application
Because the Trek is focused on discernment of vocations of priesthood and religious life, married persons or single men and women not in a seminary or religious order formation program are not generally considered as St. George Trek advisors. Priests, religious, seminarians and religious novices are encouraged to apply.
All advisor applicants must be in good standing with his or her diocese or religious community and must have the approval of his or her superior (bishop, pastor, religious superior, formation supervisor) in order to be considered as St. George Trek advisors.
If accepted, St. George Trek advisor applicants must be willing to register as adults in a Catholic BSA Troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.
It is preferred that St. George Trek Advisor applicants are at least 20 years of age.
St. George Trek advisor applicants must meet physical, mental and emotional requirements.
St. George Trek advisor applicants must commit to participate in the entire 11-day St. George Trek.
Those who meet requirements and are interested in applying to selected as a St. George Trek advisor should apply using this form.