Sunset at Florida Sea Base - photo courtesy of Assistant Scoutmaster Robert Lopez. 


Philmont expedition - "Is anybody NOT ready?!"

Philmont Scout Ranch provides an unforgettable and life-changing adventure along hundreds of miles of backcountry trails. Summit peaks, hike over mesas and enjoy the program put on by our 36 staff camps during your Philmont trek. Program includes horseback riding, burro packing, blacksmithing, fishing, rock climbing, rifle shooting and more. Where will your trek take you?

Philmont Crew 702-2 (2021)

Crew Number: 702

Leave NJ: June 30

Arrive to Philmont: July 2

Return to NJ: July 14


Troop 75 / Philmont Scout Ranch

This year, 27 June, 2019, 8 scouts from Troop 8, Chatham NJ, one scout from Troop 75, Cranford NJ, along with 2 adult advisors from Troop 8 and 1 adult advisor from Troop 75,

traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico.

The started with 4 trek groups from the Patriots Path

Council traveling by air from Newark to Denver Colorado, where the acclimatizing to the high elevations started by staying in Colorado Springs, CO. The groups visited The US Air Force Academy, hiked the “Garden of the Gods”, went white water rafting on the Arkansas River and

took a bus tour of the summit of Pikes Peak, where each was exposed to 14,000 plus feet of elevation. Keep in mind, most of the travelers live at about 120 feet of elevation.

On arrival at Philmont Scout Ranch, crew 629 Z-1 met their Philmont Ranger, Eric Reid, who would train the crew to hike, camp, cook, and clean up Philmont Style. The crew spent the day preparing equipment, trip logistics and gathering the trail food. Prior to setting out on the trail, the crew had a chance to attend one of several different religious services. The religious service was a good way to ask for a safe and healthy trip for our crew.

The group spent eleven days and ten nights backpacking from camp to camp on the Ranch.  The Scouts covered almost 100 miles during their time on the trail hiking Trek 31, defined as strenuous! Highlights of the trek; Baldy Mountain – at an elevation of 12,441 ft., Ash Mountain

(11,433 ft.) / Little Costilla (12,585 ft.), Valle Vidal and Greenwood Canyon.


Sign Up for a Sea Base Adventure!

Participants must be 13 years old and graduated from the 8th grade OR 14 to participate in all Sea Base programs (age requirements are not negotiable).  Participants must also have the ability to swim 100 yards (official BSA swimmer test) and stay afloat for one minute.

If interested in attending Sea Base in the summer of 2018, Scouts and Adults must declare interest by December 30th, 2016, by making a $100 deposit per person (check written to Cranford Troop 75).

Registration slots will be prioritized based on the date deposits are received, so get your deposit in soon.  Please also note that two adults are required per crew.

Please see the Sea Base 2018 presentation from the December 8th 2016 troop meeting for more information and contact Joe Hanlon ( with questions.


Troop 75 / Philmont Scout Ranch

Troop 75 sent two crews to Philmont in Cimarron, NM, in the summer of 2017. Crew 7-14Q2 went on Trek 29, and Crew 7-14Q2 went on Trek 20. Both crews experienced many amazing sights at the ranch such as Baldy Mt. and the Tooth of Time. Philmont is a challenging but rewarding experience and is extremely fun.

You must be 14 or older to attend Philmont and scouts should be expected to be physically fit in order to carry heavy packs anywhere from 5-12 miles a day. 

2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree

July 18-28

Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, West Virginia


Scouts will sign-up individually with the Council for this event using the link below.  The Council will send one provisional crew from central NJ.

This adventure is ideal for Scouts of all ages, but especially those not quite old enough for Philmont.

Open to Scouts age 12+ and First Class Rank (by July, 2017).  Patriot's Path Council will send at least one crew from our NJ area.

For more information and registration, click here


Troop 75 / Crew 75 BSA Florida and Bahamas Sea Base Excursions!

Troop 75 sent three crews to Sea Base in the summer of 2016.  The “Stormalong Crew” (led by Messrs. Lopez and Wright) and the “Barnyard Boyz” (led by Messrs. Luppino and Waldner) enjoyed back-to-back weeks in mid-July at Florida Sea Base on the “Storm Along", skippered by Captain Chris.  The “Bahamas Crew” (led by Messrs. Hanlon and Mahadeo) embarked on a week-long sailing adventure in mid-August at Bahamas Sea Base on the “Lazy Days”, a 51-foot sail boat skippered by Captain Michael Kitching.

The crews developed teamwork and camaraderie and enjoyed fantastic adventures that involved lots of snorkeling (of coral reefs and shipwrecks), fishing, swimming, sailing, island hopping, cooking (and eating) great local food. The boys earned the Sea Base Captain's Club and BSA Snorkeling crew awards, which required that they learn about all of the components of the vessel, assume all vessel responsibilities, learn and utilize proper sailing techniques and become proficient snorkelers while adhering to the Scout Oath and Law.

Scouts must be age 14 or older when they attend Sea Base, or age 13 and have completed the eighth grade.  Scouts and adults must be in good health and pass the BSA swim test.

For a copy of the 2017 Sea Base information brochure, CLICK HERE.