I am wondering how you could have a bad time a Philmont. There may be bad moments, but the whole trip will be the trip of a lifetime. Keys to a great time. Shakedown hikes, not 2 or 3 miles over one night. Put in 10 - 12 miles in 2-3 nights and go from there. It would be nice if you could do one 5-6 night trip before going to Philmont. Get a good pair of boots and were them a lot. I used my boots as my daily shoe for 4 months before going to Philmont, no blisters or problems. Take new socks. Have a good attitude.