You know what is missing from the PSA?

Your old tent mate…

Your old hike-in buddy…

Your last camp director…

That guy who was always smiling in the chow line…

Your friend from CPR training…

Talk to your friends. Tell them why you joined the PSA. Tell them they should join as well. It will be good for them and there is even a prize in it for you.

Take some time to think about all your memories from Philmont. If you are anything like me, you think fondly of the place: the cabins on a rainy day, sunrise from Window Rock, a beautiful stretch of trail near a stream, or the view from Baldy. The place is without a doubt one of the greatest places I have spent time.

On the other hand, for me it is about the people. The views, the rain, the trails and the cabins could be replaced in my mind with other locals. It is the people that really resonate. I loved the long nights playing cards around a table lit by lantern light. I reveled in the rush of working as a team to find a lost scout or carry an injured participant. I found joy in the people that shared a desire to deliver great program to scouts from all over.

The place is still there. The people can be as well. I never tire of sitting around the campfire reminiscing with my oldest friends when we meet back up at the ranch. It can be that way for you as well!

Call up that old tent mate. Find your hike-in buddy from “back in the day”. Drop a line to your last camp director. Let them know that you like the PSA and that you think it would be better with them involved too.

Let us know who you recruit. There are prizes to be had. Nothing inspires participation as much as a personal invitation from a friend.

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