2015 PSA Trek: Destruction and New Beginnings

Register for Trek

On the night of Thursday, June 17, 1965, a mighty flood swept down the Agua Fria in Philmont’s South Country, battering the Fish Camp buildings standing in its way. As Phil Yunker, the Fish Camp Director, recalls it from the letters he sent home shortly afterwards:

The water had undermined the foundations of the kitchen enough that we moved what we could out of the kitchen and closed it off. As we waited by the fire in the living room the whole lodge seemed to groan, windows in the kitchen broke, and the kitchen and pantry washed away with a grinding, thunderous crash of concrete, logs and one large cast-iron stove. I went to the dining room door, opened it and faced – instead of the vestibule leading to the kitchen – a raging torrent of water washing by. The pantry and kitchen were gone, but the roof still hung on, intact, cantilevered over darkness.

fish camp flood cabinThe light of the next morning revealed the Agua Fria to still be a mighty force, and that other buildings, such as the servant’s lodge, had been swept away as well. The damage to buildings and campsites was so extensive that Fish Camp was closed to campers the remainder of the summer.

The closure of Fish Camp necessitated the establishment of another South Country camp. The site selected was Apache Springs, and so began a new Philmont staffed camp.

Fifty years later, Apache Springs is still there, and nature has done much to repair the scarred landscape of Fish Camp. You can enjoy these camps again by joining the 2015 PSA Trek.

The cost is $475 per person and you can register by sending your check to the PSA, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714, or you can register on-line.

fish camp flood downstreamThe basic Trek information is as follows:

  1. Spend the night of Saturday, July 11 in the Philmont area
  2. Report to the Welcome Center at 8AM on Sunday, July 12
  3. Hit the trail on Monday, July 13
  4. Come off the trail on Saturday, July 18
  5. Depart Philmont Sunday, July 19

We have 60 Trekker slots to fill. We have had no trouble filling these slots (and more) in past years and in 2015 we will fill them all.

The Trek will be preceded by the PSA Annual Reunion July 10-12. You can do both these events. Details for Reunion will be published at a future time.

apache springsThe Trek eligibility requirements are as follows:

  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 OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation.
  5. Be in good physical condition.

Remember, you are encouraged to bring your Trek-eligible family members. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or step child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of PSA member who meets the eligibility requirements above.

For further information contact:
Doug Latimer at latimerdk@verizon.net
Lee Huckstep at lee.huckstep@kbr.com
Dave Romack at dromack@tx.rr.com

fish camp chimneyOur standard terms and conditions apply. Cancellation policy:

  1. Cancellation prior to the registration deadline of June 1, 2015 will receive a full refund.
  2. Cancellation after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another PSA or Exchange Program event prior to the end of 2016 or can be contributed to the general fund of the cancelling participant’s association.
  3. In exceptional cases, the Executive Director AND Vice President of Service of the PSA can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.

PSA Golf Hat

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Golf-Hat-BackThis is the first PSA hat in a really long time–or maybe ever.

The Dri-fit fabric is pale putty (not white; not cream) with grey lettering. “Philmont Staff Association” on the front and “Cimarron, NM” on the rear. Under the brim it’s charcoal.

The tag says “one size fits most”, and miraculously fits my big head–that never happens. The hook and loop (maybe it’s Velcro) adjustment tab has plenty of range for sizing; the excess tucks neatly away.

High Country Annual Editions

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High Country Annuals currently available for each year 2009 to 2013 (five different ones).

These perfect bound volumes reprint an entire year’s High Country magazines in one convenient edition. Easy to stack; perfect to shelve; excellent to display.

The black and white printing inside these is as high a quality as the originals. The type is crisp and the pictures are smooth.

Until June 1st, 2014 we have a “Buy one; get one free” deal going on. When you purchase one High Country Annual Edition at the regular price, you’ll get the next year free. So if you buy 2011, you’ll get both 2011 and 2012. Since we only have editions through 2013, when you buy 2013 it will roll over to the beginning and give you 2009.

Or if you just tell us which one of the years you want for free in the comments that’s fine too. Maybe you only like the even years, maybe you want 2013 twice.