Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting

Philmont Scout Rance
Saint George Trek

The Catholic Committee on Scouting of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is pleased to announce the 2017 Saint George Trek, a national High Adventure leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico from Wednesday, July 5, 2017 through July 20, 2017. Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier high-adventure base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 200 square miles of rugged wilderness. The program is open to Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members who will be 15 years old by July 1, 2017 and in High School in fall 2017. Girls in Venturing are encouraged to apply.

Two Scouts or Venturers will be selected from the Diocese of Albany and provided full scholarships to cover registration fees and transportation. Applications are due by July 15, 2016.

Designed to develop organizational and relational skills for leadership as well as nourishing the scout's spirituality, the program 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 backcountry camp.

The 2017 Saint George Trek begins on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There the participants get acquainted, train, have fun, and pray. Then it's off to Philmont, where they will hike the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. While hiking, they will experience a program that is designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith and scripture in their lives as Christian leaders. Before returning home on Thursday, July 20, they will be asked to commit themselves to bring home what they have learned to their respective dioceses and become effective peer leaders and role models for their fellow scouts. For more information and an application, contact Rick Touchette at scouting@rcda.org or (518) 432-4953.