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Philmont Journals

Everyone who comes to Philmont leaves with an intrepid story to tell. When one who hikes these mountains returns home,  the real challenge of their trek begins: explaining it to those who have never been.

We are encouraging all present and past participants and staff, whether they just got back from their trek or were here in 1939, to submit their personal stories. We want to hear about how Philmont has changed you and the impact it has had on you moving forward. 

Philmont is excited to continue our partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek on his Out of Eden Walk. In 2013, Paul began a journey walking around the world in an effort to retrace the migration of our oldest ancestors – from their birthplace in Ethiopia to the Middle East, Asia, North America, and down to the southern tip of South America. On the walk, he is “engaging with the major stories of our time – from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival – by walking alongside the people who inhabit these headlines every day. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is seeking the quieter, hidden stories of people who rarely make the news.”

Working with an educational team from Philmont and the Pulitzer Center, Paul also encourages you to slow down and be more intentional, reflective, and thoughtful both at Philmont and in your walk through life. See the resources below to see how this partnership has renewed the focus of journaling at Philmont Scout Ranch.

Selected submissions may be published here as Philmont Journals. Through your thoughtful recollection, much like Paul's process in slow journalism, we hope to continue to document the magic of Philmont Scout Ranch. 

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