2015 New Year’s Eve at the Ranch

fireworksPhilmont and the Philmont Staff Association are teaming up to welcome former staffers back to the Ranch to celebrate the incoming new year. Come out to the Philmont and join your Phil-friends for fellowship at this special time.


Roofed housing at the Philmont Training Center (duplexes, multiplex rooms, etc.) available December 31st through January 3rd for $30.00 per person per night.


  • Dinner on December 31 is being provided free of charge by Philmont
  • Build-your-own Omelet Breakfast on January 1 is being provided free of charge by the Philmont Staff Association

These are the only two meals that will be available at Philmont.

New Year’s Eve Events

  • “What’s going on at Philmont” remarks by Ranch Management
  • Satellite television, games, karaoke, billiards tournament, and fellowship at Silver Sage Staff Activity Center
  • Bring your musical instruments for a jam session

New Year’s Day Events

  • Football games on TV in the Silver Sage Staff Activity Center
  • Philmont 5K run/walk and day hikes to be determined by weather conditions
  • Activities and events in the area, including skiing at Angel FireRed River and Taos Ski Valley

Roofed housing is expected to fill up quickly. Get your registration and money in today to reserve a room.

Are you staying nearby and just want to join us for the New Year’s Eve celebration? Please let us know so we can make sure we cook enough dinner for everyone!

To Make Reservations

Contact DeeDee Montoya at (575) 376-2281 ext. 1135 or denise.montoya@scouting.org

Fireworks photo courtesy of Sarah Ackerman.

2014 PSA Summer Reunion at the PTC


Register an adult (12 and up) for $100 or a child (5-11) for $30 online. Children 4 and younger are free.

The Philmont Staff Association’s 2014 Summer Reunion will be held on the weekend of July 11-13 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 on the PTC campus. So, bring the family to the reunion as part of your summer vacation.

As part of this summer’s reunion, the PSA will celebrate the arrival of the one-millionth camper to Philmont Scout Ranch. Some of the activities for the weekend include: day hikes (including the Tooth of Time), conservation service projects, campfire programs, tours of the Villa Philmonte, talks from experts about Philmont topics, and the Silent Auction. The Philmont Museum will also be open and a “must see” on you weekend agenda.

In addition, we will also be introduced to the Chase Ranch, a Cimarron treasure, and now available to Philmont hikers and participants. Starting this summer, campers will be able to hike on the historic ranch and tour the house as part of their itinerary. PSAers will have an opportunity during the reunion to visit the ranch, too.

The Rabbi Zeke Palnick Porch Talk and ice cream social will be on Friday evening. The PSA’s Annual Business Meeting will be on the schedule during the weekend, too. The Philmont Training Center staff will offer programs for children as part of the reunion. There will be pony rides, shooting sports, crafts, games, and more for our future Philstaffers to do while adults participate in other activities.

Registration fees for the reunion are: $100 per adult and youth ages 12 and older, and $30 per child up to age 12. This is the best value available to experience Philmont, our HOmE. Check-in will begin on Friday at 1:00pm. There will be activities available to participants on Friday afternoon. So, plan to arrive Friday early afternoon.

Annual Fund: The Best Part of My Time

Life has a nasty habit of dragging us away from Cimarron and the friends and adventures of Philmont.

For most of us the only way back is through the Philmont Staff Association. It might be a reunion, or the High Country, or an e-mail from Randy or Doug that sparks a memory of a trail, or a vista, or a sadly forgotten tent-mate. But thanks to the PSA, we are for at least a moment back in God’s Country.

I have always told anyone that asked that while everything we did and do at Philmont is important, the best part of my time at the Philmont Training Center was serving with the young and not so young people on the PTC staff. Working, hiking, camping, eating, and living together for the summer, we have close, important friendships that last to this day – and will last forever. Even if our only visit is at a PSA reunion.

I urge you to participate in the PSA’s Annual Fund. The Fund makes sure that the PSA is able to continue to do the things, and so much more, to bring us back to Philmont in reality and in our thoughts. It also helps keep the dues low so that all of those who have done what we have done can keep those memories alive.

Give until it feels good!

Mark Griffin
National Director

You have given $60,057!

Help us reach our goal of $84,000 by donating now, joining the 19.73 Club, or learning more…

Casting for Recovery

fly rodsPlease allow me the opportunity to share with you an exciting program that Philmont is supporting. As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, therefore it is a great time to introduce Philmont’s and New Mexico’s first ever casting For Recovery program.

Casting for Recovery is a national non-profit organization that provides retreats for breast cancer survivors. This 2 ½ day retreat is a mixture of support, education and fly fishing instruction, held in a beautiful and relaxing environment. Retreats are currently held in 27 states, Canada, and the UK/Ireland.

Philmont Scout Ranch, Casting for Recovery and the Enchanted Circle Trout Unlimited Chapter are working together to bring the program to New Mexico. The first annual event will be held at the Philmont Training Center on October 8-10, 2010. We have all seen the positive impact Philmont can have on people’s lives and I can not think of a better place to hold a therapeutic retreat.

We need your support! The New Mexico Casting for Recovery program relies on donations to provide this no cost retreat. If you are interested in having a brochure or learning how you can contribute please contact Doug Palmer email Doug.Palmer@scouting.org

You may also find information on the web at http//casting for recovery.org

Philmont truly is a magical place and we look forward to seeing the impact we can have on our Casting for Recovery participants, who are our sisters, friends and wives.

~Doug Palmer

October 2010 Update:

Casting for Recovery, a national non-proft support and education program for breast cancer survivors, was selected as a finalist for a $250,000 grant in the ³Pepsi Refresh Project!²
From now until the end of October, please help Casting for Recovery win this grant by voting DAILY. You can cast three votes a day: online, text and on Facebook.
1. Text: Send “101715” to 73774 (Pepsi)

Photograph courtesy of Bugeaters