2021 PSA Summer Trek: Fire – Covid – Treks

2021 PSA Summer Trek: Fire – Covid – Treks

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First the Ute Park Fire in 2018 and then the Pandemic in 2020. Two Philmont camping seasons canceled. No summer treks for anyone.

Let’s all hope that 2021 returns to something somewhat normal for all the Scouts and Leaders yearning to visit Philmont for the first time or again. If the PSA can squeeze in some crews, that will be even better!

2021 will be a packed and busy summer for Philmont. Record numbers are planned as Philmont works to accommodate the large number of crews that were canceled in 2018 and then suffered the same fate in 2020. Fortunately, the PSA has again been granted 60 slots for our trekkers. Thank you Philmont!

Start planning now.

Registration and Cost

The trek dates are July 24th–August 1st, 2021, and the cost is $720 (+ $50 Covid-19 surcharge) per person. Trek fees are paid directly to Philmont. There are no refunds except for emergency situations that must be approved by Philmont on an individual basis. Please see full details at the bottom of this article.

The PSA Trek is open to all PSA members and their eligible family members. Share first-hand with your loved ones the experience you have talked about for years and let them meet other people who helped make those memories so special. Reunite with past staff friends during your custom designed trek.

PSA Reunion

The annual PSA Reunion featuring the Conservation Department 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held Wednesday, July 21st through Sunday morning, July 25th. This is a separate event from the trek, but, of course, all trekkers are invited to arrive early and attend the reunion. Complete reunion registration information will be announced soon.

Schedule

The trek dates are July 24th to August 1st, 2021.

The trek schedule is as follows:

  • Trekkers arrive on Saturday, July 24
  • Spend the night of Saturday, July 24 in the Philmont area (PTC or town)
  • Report to the Welcome Center at 8AM – Sunday, July 25 (Meet Rangers)
  • Hit the trail on Monday, July 26
  • Come off the trail on Saturday, July 31
  • Depart Philmont Sunday, August 1

Lodging for the nights of July 24th and 25th will be in tents at the PTC. The first Philmont provided meal will be dinner on the 24th at the PTC Dining Hall. The last Philmont meal will be breakfast on August 1st.

Eligibility and Fitness

Please note: You must be a PSA member or an eligible family member. Your friends or simply friends of Philmont are not allowed on the PSA Summer Trek. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of a PSA member who meets the eligibility requirements below.

The trek eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or a trek-eligible family member
  • Be a member of the BSA (BSA membership # required*)
  • Have a current completed Philmont medical form
  • Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

*Please note the BSA Membership requirement. You should provide your membership number when you register. If you’re not a member of the BSA, you will have only 30 days to obtain membership and provide the PSA with your number. Your trek registration will be automatically removed if you cannot provide BSA membership within 30 days.

Your doctor’s signature on your medical form, by itself, is not sufficient for trek participation. Ask yourself several questions. Am I really ready to trek at Philmont? Am I really in shape? Am I really ready to work and be a team crew member? You’re not 21 years old anymore. If you are not physically and mentally fit and willing to be a team player, you will not enjoy the trek. There will be negative impacts on your crew members, as well. Please take a moment and read this article: Are You Really Ready To Trek?

You are encouraged to bring your trek-eligible family members.

You and your family members should share Philmont and Scouting values. This includes dressing appropriately for a Scouting environment and behaving in such manner which does not have a negative impact on the experience of your crewmates and others with whom they come into contact. The PSA Trek is not the appropriate place to work out family issues: the issues will not likely be resolved and may impact negatively on your crewmates.

If this is the first trek for your family member, you should conduct shake-down overnight hikes at home before your trek – just like a regular Scout crew. Don’t delay and burden your other crew members as you teach basic camping skills.

Itinerary Planning

As always, your crew will be free to design its own itinerary, subject to Philmont’s itinerary planning guidelines. By registering early, you can form your own crew or join the crew you want and be a part of the itinerary planning fun. A crew will consist of up to 12 persons and open spaces in crews will be available to any registrant until the crew is filled. If you have a group with which you want to trek, get them to sign up early so there will be space for all of you in the same crew.

Space and Payment

There are 60 trekker slots–approximately 5 crews. Sign up ASAP and begin the crew and itinerary planning process now.

Register on-line, beginning January 1st, by clicking here (available 1/1).

If you register for multiple spots (you + family member(s)), please be sure to includes the names, ages, and their relationship to you in the Notes section of the check-out screen.

Registration Deadline

June 15, 2021

Questions about the PSA Summer Trek?


Registration, Payment, and Refunds

2021 Summer Volunteer Vacation
Registration open now. Registration & payment all handled directly by Philmont.
Registration deadline: TBD for the summer session

2021 Autumn Volunteer Vacation
Opens at noon Mountain Time on March 1, 2021.
Registration deadline: September 1, 2021 for the autumn session.

Register here on the PSA website, but…

  1. Payment is made by check only directly to Philmont
  2. Philmont’s policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS and EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont on an individual basis
  3. Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
  4. In the memo, please write: "PSA Autumn Volunteer Vacation"

Send check to this address:
Philmont Scout Ranch
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714

The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

2020 PSA Summer Reunion at the PTC

Register an adult (18 and up) for $100 or a child (5-17) for $55 online. Children 4 and younger are free.
Deluxe tents available for $350 for two; contact the PSA Office for higher capacity costs.

The Philmont Staff Association’s 2020 Summer Reunion will be held on the weekend of July 17-19 at the Philmont Training Center (PTC). You and your family are invited to participate in a weekend of activities, service, fellowship, and sharing memories. The Philmont Training Center is the perfect venue for our reunion. The facilities at PTC are first class. Tents are large two-person wall canvas on wooden or concrete floors with electricity, lighting, a wardrobe, and two twin beds. Each tent city has restrooms and family shower houses with hot water. There is also a laundromat, so bring the family to the reunion as part of your summer vacation.

Some of the tentative activities for the weekend include: day hikes, a conservation service project, campfire programs, tours of the Villa Philmonte, and a silent auction. The National Scouting Museum will be open and a “must see” on your weekend agenda. The PSA’s Annual Business Meeting will be on the schedule during the weekend, too.

This schedule is subject to change as we get closer that weekend.

Friday, July 17th

*Set up for Silent Auction in Marchetti Room, National Scouting Museum Thursday and Friday; PSA staff and volunteers.

  • 1–5 pm Check-in at the Philmont Training Center; tent assignments will posted at the PTC and PSA Offices
  • 5:30–6:30 pm dinner at PTC Dining Hall
  • 7:00–7:45 pm Chapel Service
  • 8:00 pm “Palnick Porch Talk” Ice Cream Social, Murphy-Lynch Veranda at PTC Dining Hall
  • 8:00 pm Salsa Night and Open Mic Night at SSSAC

Saturday, July 18th

  • 6 am Lover’s Leap Hike ($15 charge and must sign up during registration) max 25 capacity
  • 7 am Breakfast at PTC Dining Hall
  • 8 am Meet at PTC parking lot for 8 am to 12 noon hikes; must sign up during registration
  • 8 am Silent Auction opens (4:30 pm close) in Marchetti Room, National Scouting Museum
  • 12–1 pm Lunch at PTC Dining Hall
  • 3–4 pm Annual Meeting at PTC Assembly Hall
  • 4:30 pm Silent Auction closes
  • 5:30–6:30 pm Dinner in PTC Dining Hall
  • 6:30 pm Group Photo Villa Lawn
  • 7:15 pm Silver Sage Awards in PTC Assembly Hall
  • Silver Sage Reception after the awards presentation; ice-ream on veranda of PTC Dining Hall

Sunday, July 19th

  • 7 am Breakfast at PTC Dining Hall
  • 8 am PSA Treks check–in at CHQ Welcome Center
  • 8–9 am PSA Reunion attendees move out PTC tents. Must be moved out by 9 am to allow time for staff to prepare for incoming PTC Participants
  • 10 am–12 noon PSA Reunion participants possible visit or schedule a tour with the Chase Ranch, Villa Philmonte, Rayado or National Scouting Museum
  • 12 noon Departure

2020 Silent Auction at the Reunion

2020 Silent Auction at the Reunion

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The Biggest and Best Silent Auction!

Last year, the PSA raised over $7,000 in one day for the Silent Auction and 100% went to our Scholarship Fund. For the 2020 Reunion, we would like to have that same success!

The Biggest & Best PSA Silent Auction at the PSA Annual Reunion will be open on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 in the Marchetti Room at the National Scouting Museum.

To make it the biggest and best silent auction, we really need your help. PSA members always come through, so let’s do it once more. We need auction items. Search your drawers, your closets, and your garage. What items would really be desired by PSA members? And remember, they don’t have to be Philmont or Scouting related—anything that might interest PSAer is welcome.

Remember 100% of funds generated by Silent Auction go to the Staff Scholarship Fund. The more we raise, the more scholarships we can award.

To send in your items, you can mail them to the PSA office between now and July 1st. Our deadline for the 2020 Silent Auction is July 1st. Any items received after July 1st or on site during the Reunion we are happy to take and will be placed in the Silent Auction for the 2021 Conservation 50th Anniversary. All donated items qualify as a tax deduction and will be provided with a letter from the PSA listing items for your 2020 donations.

For information or to make donations, contact:
Dollie O’Neill psadirector@philstaff.org

Ship items to:
Philmont Staff Association, 17 Deer Run Rd, Cimarron, NM 87714

2020 PSA Summer Trek: Back to the Backcountry

2020 PSA Summer Trek: Back to the Backcountry

After painfully sitting out the canceled 2018 season, PSA Trekkers triumphantly journeyed HOmE in 2019. PSA Crews returned to Philmont’s beloved Backcountry and also began exploring the new land being shared with Philmont by its ranching neighbors. The treks were fantastic. Weather was great. And countless new Philmont memories were created.

2020 will again be a full and busy summer for Philmont. Near record numbers are expected as Philmont continues to recover from the 2018 fire. The PSA has again been granted 60 slots for our trekkers. Thank you Philmont!

Start planning now.

Registration open until June 15th, 2020.

Registration and Cost

The trek dates are July 18th–July 26th, 2020, and the cost is $620 per person. Trek fees are paid directly to Philmont. There are no refunds except for emergency situations that must be approved by Philmont on an individual basis. Please see full details at the bottom of this article.

The PSA Trek is open to all PSA members and their eligible family members. Share first-hand with your loved ones the experience you have talked about for years and let them meet other people who helped make those memories so special. Reunite with past staff friends during your custom designed trek.

PSA Reunion

The annual PSA Reunion will be held Friday, July 17th through Sunday morning, July 19th. This, of course, is the weekend when the trek begins. Trekkers will be able to arrive a day early on Friday and participate in all the Reunion activities during the weekend. Complete registration information and the extra cost for housing and meals will be provided in the Reunion announcement.

Schedule

The trek dates are July 18th to July 26th, 2020.

The 2020 trek schedule is as follows:

  • Optional – Arrive on Friday, July 17 for the PSA Reunion (extra cost)
  • Normal trek arrival is on Saturday, July 18
  • Spend the night of Saturday, July 18 in the Philmont area (PTC or town)
  • Report to the Welcome Center at 8AM on Sunday, July 19 (meet Rangers)
  • Hit the trail on Monday, July 20
  • Come off the trail on Saturday, July 25
  • Depart Philmont Sunday, July 26

Lodging for the nights of July 18th and 19th will be in tents at the PTC. The first Philmont provided meal will be dinner on the 18th at the PTC Dining Hall. The last Philmont meal will be breakfast on July 26th.

Eligibility and Fitness

You must be a PSA member or an eligible family member. Your friends or simply friends of Philmont are not allowed on the PSA Summer Trek. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of a PSA member who meets the eligibility requirements below.

The trek eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or a trek-eligible family member
  • Be a member of the BSA
  • Have a current completed Philmont medical form
  • Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

Your doctor’s signature on your medical form, by itself, is not sufficient for Trek participation. Ask yourself several questions. Am I really ready to trek at Philmont? Am I really in shape? Am I really ready to work and be a team crew member? You’re not 21 years old anymore. If you are not physically and mentally fit and willing to be a team player, you will not enjoy the Trek. There will be negative impacts on your crew members, as well. Please take a moment and read this article: Are You Really Ready To Trek?

You are encouraged to bring your trek-eligible family members.

You and your family members should share Philmont and Scouting values. This includes dressing appropriately for a Scouting environment and behaving in such manner which does not have a negative impact on the experience of your crewmates and others with whom they come into contact. The PSA Trek is not the appropriate place to work out family issues: the issues will not likely be resolved and may impact negatively on your crewmates.

If this is the first trek for your family member, you should conduct shake-down overnight hikes at home before your trek – just like a regular Scout crew. Don’t delay and burden your other crew members as you teach basic camping skills.

Itinerary Planning

As always, your crew will be free to design its own itinerary, subject to Philmont’s itinerary planning guidelines. By registering early, you can form your own crew or join the crew you want and be a part of the itinerary planning fun. A crew will consist of up to 12 persons and open spaces in crews will be available to any registrant until the crew is filled. If you have a group with which you want to trek, get them to sign up early so there will be space for all of you in the same crew.

Space and Payment

There are 60 Trekker slots – approximately 5 crews. Sign up ASAP and begin the crew and itinerary planning process now.
Register on-line, beginning January 1st, by clicking here (available 1/1).

If you register for multiple spots (you + family member(s)), please be sure to includes the names, ages, and their relationship to you in the Notes section of the check-out screen.

Registration Deadline

June 15, 2020


Registration, Payment, and Refunds

2021 Summer Volunteer Vacation
Registration open now. Registration & payment all handled directly by Philmont.
Registration deadline: TBD for the summer session

2021 Autumn Volunteer Vacation
Opens at noon Mountain Time on March 1, 2021.
Registration deadline: September 1, 2021 for the autumn session.

Register here on the PSA website, but…

  1. Payment is made by check only directly to Philmont
  2. Philmont’s policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS and EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont on an individual basis
  3. Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
  4. In the memo, please write: "PSA Autumn Volunteer Vacation"

Send check to this address:
Philmont Scout Ranch
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714

The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.