Hey, I'm not trying to be a downer, I just don't get it. The USA is filled with amazing wilderness areas and incredible treks, and Philmont is considered to be this almost mythical place? I don't even consider it to be the best backpacking in NE New Mexico. Maybe not even Colfax County. Maybe I need to go back. Like they say though, YMMV, and HYOH, and all that. Bottom line is, like a previous poster said, anything that gets the boys excited about backpacking is all good. But don't let them think for a minute that it's a second rate adventure because it isn't Philmont.
Crap, maybe I am a downer. I'll shut up. Hope you and your crew find a vacancy. Find a Scouting board and post that you're looking for vacancies, then start calling Councils. Or if you sent a goodie basket to the registrar, maybe they would call you.