Lafayette Diocesan

Catholic Committee on Scouting


"A Way to Christian Leadership"


2020 Scholarship Now Available
for 2 Qualifying Catholic Scouts!

See firsthand a personal spiritual experience:

(Click this link:)

PLEASE NOTE: Philmont endured a close major forest fire and it was uncertain if the St. George Trek would be feasible if it came too close to Philmont’s Trek area. Apparently, it was saved for the area forest fires,
and because of recent uncertainty, the 2019 St. George Trek
will be rescheduled for July, 2020.


Philmont 2020 St. George Trek Applications Open for Qualified Scouts!

The St. George Trek is The National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s high-adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch. The program brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat.

The 2020 St. George Trek will now begin in July, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the participants meet, get to know one another, train, have fun and pray. Then it's off to Philmont Scout Ranch where they will hike the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. While hiking, they will experience a program that is designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith, scripture and vocation in their lives as young Catholic men. Before returning home on a Thursday 2020, they will be asked to commit their own continued discernment as well as to bring their experiences home to their respective dioceses, so they can become effective peer leaders and role models for their fellow scouts.

Catholic Boy Scouts and Venturers are eligible to apply.  Selection will be made on the basis of demonstrated maturity, physical ability, leadership potential and an interest in the life of the Church.. The earning of Scouting's Religious Emblems, and involvement in church, school and scouting activities will be given consideration.  Candidates should be emotionally mature adolescents who will be 15 years of age, in high school, no older than 18 years old, on or before July 1, 2020, and committed to assist their Catholic Committee when they return home. NO exceptions can be made. They must have the physical health and stamina to backpack on the mountain trails of Philmont, and must meet all Philmont physical requirements [] . The St. George Trek is a one-time-only experience for youth. Previous youth participants are not eligible. The decision of the screening committee is final.

Application forms and information are available at the Catholic Committee on Scouting website [ ].  Applications may also be received via email from   
Applications must be mailed (no scanned or emailed forms can be accepted) to selection committee postmarked by August 15, 2019


Click for 2019 St. George Trek Application Here

NCCS St. George Height/Weight Requirements Link


St. George Trekkers!

Previous Scholarship Recipients:

2011 St. George Treker, David Furka
David Furka

2009 St. George Trekers, Peter Sahuc (St. Pius X, Lafayette)
& John Reynolds (St. Leo IV, Rayne)

Peter Sahuc, Jr. John Reynolds, Jr.

George Trek

A High Adventure Program for Catholic Scouts

The Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Diocese of Lafayette sponsor a biannual high adventure program for Catholic Scouts, Explorers and Venture Scouts called the Saint George Trek.


The Saint George Trek takes place biannually at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico . Located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Philmont Scout Ranch provides an high adventure along its hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. This, added to the religious, Catholic leadership dimension of the Saint George Trek, provides participants with an unforgettable spiritual experience. The next trek is scheduled to take place.

See firsthand a personal spiritual experience (Click below):

The Lafayette Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting provides up to two (2) Scholarships to the bi-annual Philmont St. George Trek. Each scholorship is worth $900 on the St. George Trek and will be covered by the Lafayette Diocesan CCS (hardship cases for transportation costs will be privately reviewed by the Lafayette CCS for consideration.)




Thanks to the financial commitment of NCCS and generous benefactors the 2019 fee for the Saint George Trek is $900.00 per participant (paid in full by the Lafayette Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting).

The scholarship fee will cover:

  • All Philmont Scout Ranch fees
  • Retreat House lodging in Albuquerque
  • Philmont and Retreat House Meals
  • Roundtrip Chartered bus travel between Albuquerque and Philmont

Not Included in Fee

  • Transportation to and from Albuquerque, New Mexico (hardship requests can be directed to: Robert "Bob" Clements, 204 Crawford St., Lafayette, LA 70506)
  • Personal gear
  • Normal personal expenses

NOTE: Philmont has a policy that all fees are non-refundable. NCCS will refund all fees paid if it is able to fill the vacancy with another participant.


The Saint George Trek program is funded by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting®. Local participating scholarships are funded by the Lafayette Diocesan CCS



CCS Committee members gather for a photo opportunity in the foreground of  Philmont's "Tooth of Time" during their NCCA training meeting.  The Philmont view is awesome, and stands as one of God's great creations for the enjoyment of Scouts and Scouters from around the world!


Catholic Scout Trekkers an a previous excursion on Mt. Baldy , 12,441 ft. above sea level, the highest peak of the BSA High Adventure Philmont Ranch , New Mexico .



A camera at Ute Meadow, BSA Philmont Ranch, catches a lively crew of eager trekkers on an earlier

St. George Trek.  Fully prepared for the upward adventure through one of God's great creations, they will return to the beautiful meadow below, though exhausted, strengthened by their experience.

  This program is sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and is designed to encourage the integration of morality and values, spirituality and faith, and the scriptures with the responsibilities of Christian leadership and vocations in the Catholic Church.

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