Have you planned your spring break yet? If not, sign up to join the Order of the Arrow during Philbreak as the Order performs cheerful service at the BSA’s premier high adventure base. Arrowmen from your lodge could help to prepare Philmont for the 2020 summer season! You will get to make new friends from across the country, all while providing service. Past Philbreak projects have included slope stabilization projects, such as log erosion barrier and wattle installation, as well as re-vegetation, campsite installation and forest thinning.  Projects in 2020 will continue work on forest thinning and volunteers may get to assist in burning debris piles made during the 2019 Philbreak! At the end of the week, every volunteer will get the opportunity to participate in a guided backcountry hike to iconic Philmont locations such as Window Rock, Heart Peak, and Lover Leap.

There are four opportunities to participate in Philbreak 2020! The dates for the four different sessions of Philbreak in 2020 are:

  • Feb 29-March 7, 2020
  • March 7-14, 2020
  • March 14-21, 2020
  • March 21-28, 2020

Philbreak is available to all Arrowmen 16 years old and above. Participants are required to be registered with the BSA and a member of the Order of the Arrow. The full Philmont medical form with your doctor’s approval is required. Please note, just because your doctor certifies you, it does not mean this program is for you. This PhilBreak program will require strenuous hard work, long hours, good crew spirit and a sense of humor. This program is not leisurely. The Order of the Arrow reserves the right to return the entire registration fee of any person who would be inappropriate for this program.

The cost to attend Philbreak is $105. Participants are responsible for planning and booking their own travel. Shuttles are available from the Amtrak Station in Raton, NM and The Albuquerque Airport for an additional fee. For more information and to access registration, visit the Philmont website. Be sure to register soon - spots are filling up quickly!

This article was posted on the National Order of the Arrow website on February 10, 2020.