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This is the first in a series of posts to get you revved-up, signed-up and informed about your 2010 PSA Trek July 24 – July 31.

“I’m still enjoying the heck out these PSA treks. I’ve now done four and I’m kicking myself for not participating in more of these treks earlier-on in my post Philmont Staff years. Marriage, career, children…… those are pretty good reasons to postpone or push back your first PSA trek, but once you come back for a Trek, I think you’ll be hooked. I have so many good friends and memories from my staff years, but now I have even more! You don’t need to know anyone in a crew when you sign up, but it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll have 6 or 7 new buddies when you come off the trail. Plus, meeting and interacting with today’s staff is priceless. I’ll be back in 2010, 2011, 2012…”

~Phil Winegardner, Philmont Staff 1969-1974, PSA Trekker 2005-2009

Trek basics — the info you need to know

trek sunsetJanuary is the perfect time to start planning your 2010 PSA Trek. This e-mail contains the Trek basics – the information you need to get started on your journey home to Philmont. Put the date on the calendar, start recruiting your Phriends and Trek-eligible family members and sing “I wanna go back to Philmont…”.

When

The Trek will be July 24 – July 31. You will report to the Welcome Center the morning of Saturday, July 24, hit the trail on Sunday, return to base camp late Friday morning or early Friday afternoon, and leave Philmont after breakfast on Saturday, July 31. Because you will be reporting to the Welcome Center early on July 24, as a practical matter you will need to spend the night of Friday, July 23 in the Philmont area.

Cost

$380 per person

Eligibility requirements

  1. Be a member of the PSA or Trek-eligible family member
  2. Be a member of the BSA
  3. Have a completed Philmont medical form
  4. Be 14 years old by September 1, 2010

It is also recommended to get in shape!

Becoming a member of the BSA is straightforward: you register at your local Scout office by explaining that BSA membership is a requirement for your participation in an event at Philmont, pay nominal fees and pass a background check.

Trek-eligible family members

You may bring your spouse, child or step child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law who meets the eligibility requirements above.

Registration deadline

June 21, 2010, if not already sold out. (60 slots available) Early registration will get you “in the loop” sooner for crew formation and itinerary planning. Get the crew you want and the itinerary you want by recruiting your Phriends and Trek-eligible family members and signing-up now!

Cancellation policy

  1. Cancellation prior to the registration deadline of June 21, 2010 will receive a full refund
  2. Cancellation after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another PSA event (within one calendar year) or can be contributed to the General Fund
  3. In exceptional cases, the Executive Director AND Vice President of Service can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline

Why?

“Where else can you hike, smell, fart, belch, chew your coffee, human sump your pots, eat charcoal, sleep under the stars, and repeat the same stories about ‘That place…’ and be considered normal!?”

~Joe “The Schmoe” Liesz, Philmont Staff 1992-1995, PSA Trekker 1996-2009

Questions?

Contact your Phacilitators below:

Registration, $380 per person, can be done downloading the printable form or on-line at www.philstaff.com