Tents must be carried and used while at Philmont. Sudden downpours and
gusty winds require appropriate shelter. Every member of your crew should
know how to pitch, strike and fold a backpacking tent. Philmont issues the
BSA Philmont Backpacker tent. If you bring your own tent it must be a 2-person tent. Philmont
will allow a single person tent in the event of an odd numbered crew. (No
Space for tents in most campsites is limited. Use of two-person tents minimizes the footprint and avoids encroaching on the "Bearmuda" Tringle. Two one-person tents take up nearly twice as much space as one 2-person tent.
It is required that everyone sleep in
a tent. The use of tents provides protection from weather and also is part of
Philmont's Bear and Wildlife safety practice. No food or smellabies should
ever be allowed inside a tent.