Signs of spring are appearing all over the country: snow is slowly melting, birds are singing, and the sun is rising a little earlier every day. On college campuses and in homes, email is being checked daily for that sought after note that a Philmont contract is on its way.
About half the staff have received their contract in the mail and are busy planning for the summer. Through the Staff Amigos Program, those of us who are not lucky enough to be headed for the Sangres this May can still be involved. This program is here to help you reach out to each year’s staff. It is as easy or hard as you choose to make it, and can be a lot of fun.
Just pick a group of staff. You can befriend a backcountry camp, the medical staff, a Ranger Crew, PTC, or any other group. Cathy Hubbard will start taking requests in early April, and groups are assigned first come, first served. She will send you a list of ideas and suggestions but also encourage you to be creative. You can send one package or several smaller ones, postcards and letters. Just think of what you might have wanted to receive when you were working at the Ranch, what you missed the most.
Cathy opens Amigos up on April 2nd, and staff groups are given out in a first come, first served fashion. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 608-836-6672.
Thank you so much for what you do for the ranch and the staff.