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Philmont Training Center
Cimarron, New Mexico
June 16-22, 2013

Who can attend?

Any currently registered adult member of the OA, including professional Scouters, can attend the Conference and enjoy the many benefits of Philmont.

What is the cost to attend the Conference?

The fee for attendees at the 2013 Philmont OA Adviser Conference (PTC) is $495.00.  Spouses and/or children can attend Philmont with a PTC participant for a reduced fee, and the exact reduced fee will be specified in October.  Starting around September 1, 2012, people can register and pay for the 2013 Philmont OA Adviser Conference under "event registration" after logging into  Conference slots will fill quickly.  Please contact Michael Thompson (, National OA Committee member, for additional information in this regard.

How will you benefit from attending the 2013 Philmont OA Adviser Conference?

The Conference is tailored to address the specific needs of the participants, to share information from successful lodges across the Nation, and to discuss possible solutions to some of the common challenges faced by many chapters and lodges.  Our goals are to challenge, educate and inspire the participants and staff!  Some of the topics that may be covered at the Conference include how to improve membership retention, the effective techniques of Lodge and Chapter communications, helpful insight regarding the Quality Lodge Recognition program, proven techniques to improve Brotherhood conversion, and other subject matter as requested by the participants.  Yes, participant input will have a large impact on what is discussed during the week, as we will strive to exceed the expectations of everyone in attendance!

The following is a participant testimonial regarding the many benefits of attending the Philmont OA Adviser Conference

2009 Conference participant Bob Rooney of the Grand Canyon Council and Wipala Wiki Lodge said, "The Conference was very informative and the free flow of ideas helped everyone, from the newest OA member to the most experienced participant."  Bob Rooney concluded, "The instructors and staff at Philmont were great!  Their help and guidance, along with their sense of humor, made the Philmont OA Adviser Conference a very rich experience."

In addition to sharing time with participants and staff, what other opportunities are available?

While at the Philmont Training Center, participants and their families will have several opportunities to experience the many extracurricular activities that are available at both the Philmont Scout Ranch and surrounding areas.  Every evening and all day Wednesday, participants and their families will be able to enjoy many activities, some of which may include hiking, fishing, horseback ridding, pottery-making demonstrations, museum visits, a Buffalo Barbeque on the Greensward, a Western Night of dance and games, and shopping in Cimarron and nearby towns.

How can I obtain additional information about the 2013 Philmont OA Adviser Conference?

Contact Michael Thompson (, visit the National page at or download the promotional flyer below as soon as possible, as slots will fill quickly.