General Information

The Saint George Trek is The National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s® high adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch. The program brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat.


Dates and Itinerary

The 2020 Saint George Trek begins on Wednesday,  July 8 -23, 2020, Philmont Scout Ranch in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the 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 is designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith, scripture and vocation in their lives as young Catholic men and women. Before returning home on Thursday, July 23, 2020, they will be asked to commit their own continued discernment as well as bringing their experiences home to their respective dioceses, so they can become effective peer leaders and role models for their fellow scouts.


Candidate Qualifications/Selection

The Indianapolis Archdiocese is conducting a search to nominate a total of  two Boy Scouts or Venture Crew members for participation in the Trek. Because the program can only accommodate seventy youth, only two participants per diocese will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Selection of participants is made by the Indianapolis Archdiocese and should be made on the basis of demonstrated maturity, physical ability, leadership potential, an interest the life of the Church and an openess to the discernment of vocation.


The earning of Scouting's Religious Emblems and involvement in church, school and scouting activities should be given consideration. Candidates should be emotionally mature adolescents who will be fifteen years of age on or before July 1, 2020, in High School in the fall of 2020 and committed to assist their Catholic Committee when they return home. They must also have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the mountain trails of Philmont. NO exceptions can be made to these expectations and requirements.


A female crew is planned pending sufficient female registration.


The Saint George Trek is a one-time only experience for youth. Previous youth participants are not eligible.


After the Catholic Committee on Scouting (Indianapolis) has selected its nominee(s), a YOUTH PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FORM (completed by the scout/venture crew member), the ARCH/DIOCESAN AUTHORIZATION FORM (completed by the sponsoring Arch/Diocesan Catholic Committee), and $200 deposit for each participant are to be submitted to:


NCCS Program Assistant
National Catholic Committee on Scouting
P. O. Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079



  • Participant Registration Word PDF form update with correct academic year

  • Philmont Height & Weight Requirements Word PDF

  • Philmont Medical Form Click here (All four parts required)

  • Diocesan Approval Word PDF

  • Diocesan Scholarship Request Word PDF



This is unknown at this time but thanks to the financial commitment of NCCS and generous benefactors the 2017 fee for the Saint George Trek was reduced to $800 per participant. More information will be posted as it is made available.


The fee will cover:

  • All Philmont Scout Ranch fees

  • Retreat House lodging in Albuquerque

  • Philmont and Retreat House Meals

  • Roundtrip Chartered bus travel between Albuquerque and Philmont


Not Included in Fee

  • Transportation to and from Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Personal gear

  • Normal personal expenses


Fee Schedule

  • The 2020 Fee schedule is not known at this time but note the following for guidance and planning.

  • A deposit of $200 per participant, payable to NATIONAL CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING (NCCS) must accompany the application. Add to Check Memo Field: Acct # 63900 � 4816

  • October 1, 2016- Second payment due $200

  • December 1, 2016 - Third payment due $200

  • Final payment of $200 is due February 1, 2017.


NOTE: Philmont has a policy that all fees are non-refundable. NCCS will refund all fees paid if it is able to fill the vacancy with another participant.



The Catholic Committee on Scouting (Indianapolis) will underwrite a portion of the registration costs for the nominees. Financial assistance is available from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. The CCS-Indy must submit the scholarship request form for financial aid consideration. Grants will be made on the basis of demonstrated financial need and first come basis. The financial aid request form will be posted by the end of December 2015.



The Saint George Trek is funded by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.


Questions may be addressed to:

Fr. Gerard Gentleman – Director
(516) 938-3846 ext. 307
Holy Family Church
17 Fordham Avenue
Hicksville, NY 11801