In May of 1999, I showed up at Philmont a couple of days after my last finals for a few weeks of pre-season tent crew followed by 3 months of simple living and frisbee throwing at Seally Canyon. After a week of setting up what seemed to be an endless supply of basecamp tents, a few of us (with Ranch permission of course) went up to Hunting Lodge to camp. I can still clearly remember hearing Rich Griffin, Dublin Clawson, Candice Taylor, Jim Qualters and Bob Mosher among others sit around the fire and talk about this indescribable magic of Philmont. I had no idea what they were talking about at the time, but by the end of the summer, I understood completely. Interestingly, I’ve spent the years since trying to explain, pretty much unsuccessfully, the same exact thing. Like the rest of ya’ll, I’d give just about anything to go back to those days. But a close second and much more attainable goal, is making sure that others get the same opportunities. The PSA is doing that work, and doing it very well. By donating to the Annual Fund, you become a part of that work.

Couple of thoughts about our Annual Fund. It’s not about the amount. Obviously, generous donations allow for generous work, but I would venture to say that it’s more important to have our membership actively support, participate and buy into our vision of supporting Philmont. The PSA Annual Fund is a great way to do that.

Troy Phillips