2017 Amigos

More details on the Staff Amigo program.

This listing is updated regularly, but not instantly. Please understand that a department, training crew or camp may no longer be available even though it is listed as available below. Cathy Hubbard will contact you regarding your selection and suggest alternates from her master list if yours is already taken. We endeavor to keep this online listing as up to date as possible.

Until you’ve been confirmed directly by Cathy, please don’t assume you’ve been assigned your first choice staff just because it disappeared from the list below shortly after emailing us.

Mail packages to:

(Name of Staff)
Philmont Scout Ranch
47 Caballo Rd.
Cimarron, NM 87714

Last update: 4:02 AM Mountain Time, Friday May 26th, 2017.

Department, TC or Camp Headcount Availability
Backcountry
Abreu 7
Apache Springs 7
Baldy Town 7
Beaubien 11
Black Mt. 5
Carson Meadows 6
Chase Ranch 5
Cimarroncito 21
Clark’s Fork 11
Clear Creek 6
Crater Lake 6
Crooked Creek 6
Cypher’s Mine 7
Dan Beard 6
Dean Cow 8
Fish Camp 6
French Henry 6
Harlan 7
Head of Dean 8
Hunting Lodge 6
Indian Writings 7
Kit Carson 8
Metcalf Station 6
Miners’ Park 10
Miranda 8
Phillip’s Junction 6
Ponil 17
Pueblano 7
Rayado Ridge 6
Rich Cabins 6
Ring Place 6
Sawmill 6
Seally Canyon 5
Urraca 6
Ute Gulch 6
Whiteman Vega 6
Zastrow 6
Backcountry Mgrs/Staff 9
Cabin Restoration 5
Camping Headquarters
CHQ Seasonal Administration 11
CHQ Logistics 22
CHQ Security 11 Available
CHQ News & Photo Services 19 Available
CHQ Maintenance 16 Available
Mailroom 6
CHQ Services 15 Available
Trading Post Mgmt 14 Available
Trading Post Clerks 29 Available
Trading Post Whse 7 Available
CHQ Commissary 17 Available
CHQ Food Service, Front house 30 Available
CHQ Food Service, Back House 30 Available
CHQ Activities 25 Available
Welcome Center 12
Chaplains 8
Health Lodge
Medics 1st Round 6 Available
Medics 2nd Round 6
Medics 3rd Round 6 Available
HL Admin/Support 26
Rangers
Training Crew 1 8
Training Crew 2 8
Training Crew 3 8
Training Crew 4 8
Training Crew 5 8 Available
Training Crew 6 8 Available
Training Crew 7 8 Available
Training Crew 8 8 Available
Training Crew 9 8 Available
Training Crew 10 8
Training Crew 11 8 Available
Training Crew 12 8 Available
Training Crew 13 8
Training Crew 14 8
Training Crew 15 8
Training Crew 16 8 Available
Training Crew 17 8 Available
Training Crew 18 8
Training Crew 19 8
Training Crew 20 8 Available
Training Crew 21 8 Available
Training Crew 22 8 Available
Training Crew 23 8
Training Crew 24 8 Available
Training Crew 25 8 Available
Mountain Trek Rangers 8
Ranger Administration 10
Academy Cadets
USAFA 1st Round 11
USAFA 2nd Round 11 Available
USAFA 3rd Round 11 Available
USNA 1st Round 12
USNA 2nd Round 12
USNA 3rd Round 12
USMA 10
Conservation Dept
Work Crew 1 5
Work Crew 2 5 Available
Work Crew 3 5 Available
Work Crew 4 5 Available
Work Crew 5 5 Available
Work Crew 6 5 Available
Work Crew 7 5 Available
Conservationists 18
Environmental Education 8
OA Trail Crew 13
Sustainability Specialists 3 Available
Invasive Species 3 Available
GIS 3 Available
Conservation Leadership 5
Ranch Dept
Bear Research 2
Motor Pool 1 Available
Horsemen 8
Wranglers – Beaubien 24
Wranglers – Clarks 24 Available
Wranglers – Ponil 24
Philmont Training Center
Seasonal Admin 4
Medical Staff 1
PTC Food Service 15 Available
PTC Services 7
Housekeeping 12 Available
PTC Program 33
PTC Craft Center 7
C.O.P.E. 8 Available
Museums
Kit Carson 8
Villa Staff 8
Seton 6

2017 Volunteer Vacation

Last year, the very first PSA Volunteer Vacation sold out within 2 hours of opening registration. Those lucky participants experienced a fantastic week in the backcountry, hard physical work, and the ultimate satisfaction of giving back to Philmont.

Your Philmont Staff Association and Philmont Scout Ranch are pleased to again offer this opportunity in 2017. The dates are September 16 to 23, 2017. The cost is still only $210. Registration deadline is August 15th, 2017. Please see the Registration and Cancellation Policies at the end of this article.

Carrying On in 2017

The work in 2017 will continue what was started last year. Volunteers will proceed with the construction of a new spur trail off the Sawmill and Thunder Ridge trail connecting the new Whistle Punk trail camp to the top of Cimarroncito Peak. Eventually this trail will go to Cypher’s Mine, providing a route through a seldom used part of Philmont. There has never been a trail to Cito Peak. Your work will be instrumental in making this happen.

The entire 2017 Volunteer Vacation program will be very similar to 2016’s, but only better, based on the feedback received from the first-year participants. If you missed the recent summary article in the December High Country magazine, you can read it here.

What did the 2016 participants have to say about Volunteer Vacation? “Extremely hard work!” “A very satisfying experience.” “Trail building at 10,000 feet was much more difficult and physically taxing than anticipated.” “Perhaps the best Philmont event ever.” “I hope to do it again next year.

This program is available to PSA members and their eligible family members. The minimum age is 16 years by date of participation. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of the PSA member. Please do not register anyone who does not meet these requirements.

If females under the age of 21 years are registered, we will attempt to make accommodation for Youth Protection requirements. If we cannot meet Youth Protection requirements (having a female over 21 participate) we will return the entire registration fee.

The full Philmont medical form will be required – the same seven-page form required for Trekkers. Please note, just because your doctor certifies you, it does not mean this program is for you. Volunteer Vacation requires hard work, long hours, a good crew spirit, backpacking ability and a sense of humor. This program is not leisurely and is not for those who are afraid of sore muscles, getting dirty, and who cannot maintain a great attitude when the going gets tough. The PSA reserves the right to return the entire registration fee of any person who would be inappropriate for this program.

Volunteer Vacation Schedule

Saturday, September 16
Arrive at Philmont during the day. First meal will be dinner in the PTC Dining Hall. In the evening, the Conservation Department will begin the program with introductions and specific plans, gear and packing advice, and general Q&A.
Sunday, September 17
Breakfast at PTC and then depart for the drop-off point just above Sawmill. Next, a short hike to Whistle Punk trail camp, set up camp, and have lunch. Following lunch, you will receive Philmont tools and trail construction instruction, start trail construction work, and have fun.
Monday-Wednesday, September 18-20
Trail construction work (and more fun). There should be time to climb Cito Peak!
Thursday, September 21
Finish uncompleted trail construction work, break camp, clean-up the Whistle Punk campsite, and then hike to another campsite of the crew’s choosing to spend the night – rest and relaxation via traditional backpacking.
Friday, September 22
In the morning, hike to the pick-up point and return to Base Camp. You’ll have the option of climbing the Tooth of Time or just relaxing. Friday evening’s dinner will be a celebration of the week and recognition for what you have given back to Philmont. Participants will be awarded the coveted Volunteer Vacation patch.
Saturday, September 23
Depart Philmont after breakfast. Take a proud and satisfying look back at Cimarroncito Peak (and the Tooth, of course)!

Anticipated Questions

What will we eat?
Both trail food and large quantities of FRESH food to insure sufficient calories. This will be a much better menu than the standard trail food menu. Cooking, cleanup, and water crews will be established.
Will we need to carry a full back pack?
Yes & No. Philmont will pre-stage food, tools, and all crew equipment at Whistle Punk. However, the unused room in your pack will need to be filled with extra (and heavier) work clothes along with warm clothes (jackets, gloves, long underwear, headgear, etc). Extra gear can be shipped back to Base Camp after trail work is completed, but you will then be carrying traditional crew gear and food when hiking to your campsite on Thursday.
Will it be cold?
Probably. Whistle Punk is almost 10,000 feet, and by September 16th, Autumn will be setting in. You will need warm clothes and a warm sleeping bag.
Where is Whistle Punk?

Whistle Punk is located south, and uphill, of the trail from Sawmill to Thunder Ridge. There is a spring nearby. This camp was first used in 2016.

What does Whistle Punk mean?
A Whistle Punk is the lumberjack who operated the signal wire running to a donkey engine whistle. The camp was given this name because it is near an old logging camp.
What happens if twenty persons register before me?
We will put you on a wait list. We did have several cancellations last year.

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Registration Policy

  1. Available slots (see below) will be filled in the order that registrations are received.
  2. The preferred method of registration is electronic at http://www.philstaff.org/.
  3. The slots will be filled according to the date and time an electronic registration is received. If registering by mail, the date and time of receipt by the PSA office. If you call in your credit card information, the date and time of that call.
  4. Postmarks or dial-in registrations prior to the opening date and time (see below) will not be accepted.

2017 Volunteer Vacation registration opens at noon Central Time on March 1, 2017. 20 slots will be available upon opening.


Cancellation Policy

  1. All registrations are subject to a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee.
  2. Cancellations prior to the post registration deadline (date below) will receive a full refund, subject to the $25 cancellation fee.
  3. Cancellation after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another PSA event prior to the end of 2018 or can be contributed to the General Fund.
  4. In exceptional cases, the Executive Director AND Vice President of Service can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.

The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

Registration deadline: August 15, 2017.

The 2017 PSA Summer Trek: Rangers Welcome

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The PSA Trek is open to all PSA members and their eligible family members. It is your best opportunity to share first-hand with your family the experience you have talked about for years and let them meet the other persons who helped make that experience so special.

And, 2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Philmont Ranger Department. What better way is there to celebrate that milestone than by doing the PSA Trek! Rangers and non-Rangers are welcome – this is not a closed event.

The Trek dates are July 29–August 5, 2017, and the cost is $522 per person. There is a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee for each person registered (deadline: June 15, 2017), and the Trek follows the week-long PSA Reunion at the Training Center, July 23–29, 2017. CPR and Wilderness First Aid training will be available for Trekkers during the Reunion week. Watch the High Country and on-line newsletter for Reunion details, and consider doing both.

Discounted Reunion and Trek Bundle Pricing

  1. The week-long 2017 PSA Reunion (July 23—29) is before the trek and costs $540
  2. Register for both events and pay only $800! A $262 savings. Normally $1,062
  3. Register for the PSA Reunion on the Philmont Training Center website
  4. Once registered, contact the PSA Office for your discount coupon code
  5. Apply coupon to summer trek purchase

Dates and Schedule

The PSA Summer Trek is July 29—August 5, 2017.

  1. Spend the night of Friday, July 28 in the Philmont area
  2. Report to the Welcome Center at 8 AM on Saturday, July 29
  3. Hit the trail on Sunday, July 30
  4. Come off the trail on Friday, August 4
  5. Depart Philmont Saturday, August 5

Spending the night of July 28 in the Philmont area gives your crew more flexibility in designing an itinerary, and being at the Welcome center by 8 a.m. (and no later) on July 29 will allow your crew to get through the check-in process quickly and efficiently.

Cost and Eligibility

The cost is $522 per person. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or Trek-eligible family member
  • Be a member of the BSA
  • Have a current completed Philmont medical form
  • Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

Your doctor’s signature on your medical form is, by itself, not sufficient for Trek participation. Ask yourself: am I physically and mentally fit enough to work at Philmont? If the answer to this question is “no”, the Trek is probably not for you. If you are not physically and mentally fit, you will not enjoy the Trek and there will likely be negative impacts on your crew members, as well.

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

You and your family members should share Philmont and Scouting values. This includes dressing appropriately for a Scouting environment and behaving in such manner which does not have a negative impact on the experience of your crewmates and others with whom they come into contact. The PSA Trek is not the appropriate place to work out family issues: the issues will not likely be resolved and may impact negatively on your crewmates.

As always, your crew will be free to design its own itinerary, subject to the PSA’s itinerary planning guidelines. By registering early, you can form your own crew or join the crew you want and be a part of the itinerary planning fun. A crew will consist of up to 12 persons and open spaces in crews will be available to any registrant until the crew is filled. If you have a group with which you want to Trek, get them to sign up early so there will be space for all of you in the same crew.

We have 60 Trekker slots to fill. With 2017 being the 60th Anniversary of the Ranger Department, we will have no trouble selling all the slots. Don’t sit there staring at your pack because your slot will be sold and you will be left in the dust of a Philmont bus as your friends head off to their starting points.

You can register by sending your check to the PSA, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.

If you register by mail, please include a slip of paper with the names, ages and gender of your eligible family members. This helps identify Youth Protection and tenting issues early-on. Also, if you or your eligible family members have not done the PSA Trek in the past five years, please include a description of each person’s back-packing or other strenuous activity experience during the past five years. This will assist us in getting you crewed-up with persons of similar experience and ability.

If you register on-line, we will contact you for the information described above. Please respond promptly.

Questions about the PSA Summer Trek?

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Cancellation Policy

  1. All registrations are subject to a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee.
  2. Cancellations prior to the post registration deadline (date below) will receive a full refund, subject to the $25 cancellation fee.
  3. Cancellation after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another PSA event prior to the end of 2018 or can be contributed to the General Fund.
  4. In exceptional cases, the Executive Director AND Vice President of Service can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.

The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

Annual Fund – One Vivid Memory

  • 2016 Annual Fund (final) 92.84%

Note: In the early 1980’s, Julie Huiras served as a PTC Group Leader, Services Manager, and News & Information Service Manager (the office now known as Marketing and Photo Service). From 1975-1981, Jason “Mort” Mascitti was a Ranger, Backcountry PC and CD, and NIS manager. They married in 1988 and live in Madison, WI. Their two sons, Evan and Marco, have known Colfax County since childhood and hiked Philmont at reunions and as Scouts. Marco was a Philmont Ranger in 2013 and Bear Researcher during these recent two summers. Two of their Golden Retrievers were named Cimarron and Springer.

Like many of you, I think about Philmont every day.

One vivid memory is of an early PSA summer reunion held at the Ranch. It was in August, after Gather. Dawn Chandler, then PSA Executive Director, arranged for participants to descend on Ponil Camp for a couple days of camping and day hiking, then wrap it up with the South Ponil Trout Restoration project. Families welcome. Though school would start the day after returning to Madison, our little foursome signed up.

Youngsters were happy crossing log bridges, playing in the unexpected hailstorm, climbing boulders, observing trout close up, and learning about smellables while hanging the bear bag (Jim Thomas heeded that anyone under two years-old could be a smellable). At the campfire, kids sang along since they already knew most of the PhilSongs.

Adults were happy too. There was catching up and trail talk, crisscrossing decades, and the river’s nighttime lullaby. It was Angela’s birthday (she of the Foster-Hadaway dynasty) and though Angela and Bear were happily married and expecting a baby, she quietly mentioned a childhood dream of a Run With the Wind serenade by Doc Walker and the Philly Boys. Done.

My family’s love of the people and the place inspires us to invest in its future. Whether you choose the $19.73 Club (named for the founding year of the PSA) or make a one-time donation in any amount, your gift allows the PSA to keep all of us connected to God’s Country.

…or call Dollie in the PSA Office at 575-376-1138.

Julie Huiras Mascitti, Longtime Avid PSA Life Member

Annual Fund – Near and Dear

  • 2016 Annual Fund (final) 92.84%

Philmont has been a part of my life since I was in the 5th grade in 1985. My grandparents took me and my siblings to the Training Center for a week. I hiked and camped and made so many friends. I am not sure if I truly knew it yet, but that summer a seed was planted in my heart! I returned in 1996 to be on staff. I worked at the Training Center as a Group Leader. Again, I hiked and camped and made so many friends. So many friends that are still near and dear to me today!

Philmont is life changing! To say this to a former staffer seems silly. But it is so very true! I support the PSA and give whenever possible. I feel great knowing that my funds help support Philmont Scout Ranch. The PSA also depends on these funds to continue operating and offering many opportunities to former staffers to return to Philmont through treks, reunions and service projects.

Would you consider donating to the PSA Annual Fund? With just two months to go, we are hoping to raise a much needed $87,000. If you have already given, thank you!

Please help us reach our goal. You can donate online…

…or you can call Dollie, the Executive Director of the PSA, at 575-376-1138 and tell her you are ready to donate and help the PSA and Philmont.

Thank you!

Amy Hall
Southern Regional Director