If you’ve been trekking in the glorious New Mexico wilderness of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch, you no doubt carry those memories with you everywhere you go. Carrying memories, however, is not the same as carrying a photograph that offers you and others the ability to see how you were at a time when you experienced something life-changing in the outdoors.
The Philmont Scout Ranch Photo Archive aims to give you access to those celluloid memories, and, after its most recent update, it carries crew and group photos of cavalcades, traditional crew expeditions, individual treks, Philmont Training Center courses and Philmont staffers – in some cases reaching all the way back to 1966.
The team at Philmont Scout Ranch has been scanning and loading photos into the archive each summer, working hard to load several years worth of photos. However, not all photos from a particular year may have been loaded yet, so some patience is in order.
Bryan on Scouting recently covered the archive in greater detail and offers some insight into the process of how photos are uploaded. Be sure to read about this unique glimpse into Scouting’s past, and, if you attended Philmont anytime between last year and 1966, go check out the Philmont Scout Ranch photo archive, and you just might find yourself. (If you attended in 2016, those photos should be in the archive by Sept. 1, 2016.)
Philmont makes such a powerful impact on the lives of so many Scouts. In the comments, share with us the impact Philmont made on your life.