Patriots’ Path 1st Philmont Alumni Brunch

Patriots’ Path Council invites past Philmont participants and staff to reconnect at our 1st Philmont Alumni Brunch.

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Where: Perona Farms, Andover, NJ
Cost: $35.00 per person

 

Program Highlights

  • Recognition of the 2017 Philmont Leadership
  • Information about the 2018 Philmont/New Mexico Alumni Trip
  • Presentation of the first David Setzer Philmont Alumnus Award to Leo Redmond
  • Presentation from Kevin Dowling, Director of Philmont Scout Reservation

For More Information

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Amy Schwartz can also be reached at 973-765-9322, ext 246.

Refunds and Cancellations

Individuals or groups who cancel the reservation 30 days prior to the date of the event will receive a refund of fees paid, less a 15% administrative charge. No refunds will be made after the 30-day cancellation deadline, unless there is a medical or other emergency.

All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to the Patriots’ Path Council, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

Handicapped Accessibility Statement

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at its meetings. Please call Amy Schwartz at 973-765-9322 x246 with your request.

2017 Silent Auction at the Reunion

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Biggest & Best PSA Silent Auction

The Biggest & Best PSA Silent Auction at the PSA Annual Reunion will open Thursday evening, July 27 and close Friday afternoon, July 28th.

To make it the biggest and best silent auction, we really need your help. PSA members always come through, so let’s do it once more.  We need auction items. Search your drawers, your closets, and your garage. What items would really be desired by PSA members? And remember, they don’t have to be Philmont or Scouting related—anything that might interest PSAer is welcome.

Remember 100% of  funds generated by the Biggest & Best Silent Auction go to the Staff Scholarship Fund. The more we raise, the more scholarships we can award.

Send in your small items now, but please contact the office before shipping your items so our staff knows what to expect, larger items need to be held till July 1st since we don’t have any storage (when we have our own office at HOmE that shouldn’t be a problem).

Don’t send staff shirts from the past 20 years, but if you have an old yellow “bumblebee” staff shirt, we’d like to have it—those have become collectors’ items!

For information or to make donations, contact:
Ray Czech at rayczech@gmail.com or
Dollie O’Neill psadirector@philstaff.org

Ship items to:
Philmont Staff Association, 17 Deer Run Rd, Cimarron, NM 87714

2017 PSA at the Jamboree

The Philmont Staff Association will be hosting a Philmont Staff Reception at the National Scout Jamboree on Wednesday, July 26, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Legacy Village, Tent LE01 (the biggest one near 12 Points). Refreshments will be served. Come to our gathering and fellowship with Philmont folks spending time at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree.

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: 3:12 PM Mountain Time, Friday June 16th, 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 Available
Cabin Restoration 5
Camping Headquarters
CHQ Seasonal Administration 11
CHQ Logistics 22
CHQ Security 11 Available
CHQ News & Photo Services 19
CHQ Maintenance 16
Mailroom 6
CHQ Services 15
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
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
Training Crew 17 8
Training Crew 18 8
Training Crew 19 8
Training Crew 20 8
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
GIS 3 Available
Conservation Leadership 5
Ranch Dept
Bear Research 2
Motor Pool 1
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 Available
Housekeeping 12 Available
PTC Program 33
PTC Craft Center 7
C.O.P.E. 8
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.