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2019 Saint George Trek

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 to Thursday, July 18, 2019

General Information

The Saint George Trek is The National Catholic Committee on Scouting'sĀ® 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 2019 Saint George Trek begins on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 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 18, 2019, 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

Each diocese is encouraged to conduct a search and nominate one or 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 individual Arch/Diocese 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.

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, 2019 in High School, no older than 18 years old, and committed to assist their Catholic Committee when they return home.

Participants 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.


Diocesan Committees are welcome to use this form for their application process. Form can be mailed to Catholic Committee on Scouting, c/o Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, 1615 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62702-4757. DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT AT THE DIOCESE: July 1, 2018.

After the committee has selected its nominee(s) other forms will need to be completed.


Thanks to the financial commitment of National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) and generous benefactors the 2019 fee for the Saint George Trek has been reduced to $900.00 per participant.

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

A deposit of $225 per participant will be requested upon acceptance.

October 1, 2018- Second payment due $225

December 1, 2018 - Third payment due $225

Final payment is due February 1, 2019 $225


Instructions on the submission of fees will be given after acceptance

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.


Due to the specific nature of the trek as it relates to the vocations of Priesthood and Religious Life. Deacons, married persons or single men and women not in a formation program are not generally considered as advisors.

All 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)

If accepted applicants must be willing to register as adults in a Catholic troop, venture crew or ship

It is preferred that applicants are at least 20 years of age and no younger than 19.

Advisors must meet physical, mental and emotional requirements

Applicant must be available for the entirety of the program, July 3-18, 2019

An application for advisors can be found here


The Saint George Trek is funded by the National Catholic Committee on ScoutingĀ®

Questions may be addressed to:

Fr. Gerard Gentleman - Director

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 14:00
Diocese of Springfield