A progress report from the PSA

artists rendering of 3sacThe Philmont Staff Association set forth in 2004 with the largest project in its 30+ year history: to raise one million dollars to build a new Staff Activity Center. This facility would be a state-of-the art complex with rooms for gatherings, training, computer usage, and a massive open-air pavilion. The pavilion would not only serve as a great location for seasonal staff events, but it will also become the rainy night location for the campers closing campfire. In other words, this facility is an essential cog in “base camp” life during the summer.

The total square footage of this complex is over 7,000 sq. feet. Nearly 7,000 sq. feet is the enclosed portion. There is a wrap-around porch, so shade is

The PSA set a goal of raising one million dollars by he end of 2008. Well, thanks to nearly 750 donors and a generous grant of $100,000 to the Philmont Scout Ranch from the Mabee Foundation to support this project, the goal was achieved by the end of 2007. Bill Spice and is Capital Campaign Committee are the ones that made this happen. Now the best part, dirt has been moved, and the building is well on its way to being completed to open for Summer 2008.

The Numbers

Monies collected, considered, or outstanding as of February 28th, 2008:

CapCam Chart 20080318

jim lynch presents shovel to bill spice Jim Lynch presents the “groundbreaking shovel” to Bill Spice for his leadership.


AVIS Construction from Ute Park was awarded the contract to build the Silver Sage Staff Activity Center in October 2007. Site work began before Halloween. The construction schedule requires 220 days to complete this project. To make things more exciting, AVIS is also building the new Health Lodge in base camp
simultaneously. Fortunately, the weather has cooperated to date.

excavation Site work October 25, 2007

3sac_08.jpg Footings in place for enclosed portion December 20, 2007

3sac_11.jpg Plumbing in place December 29, 2007 (also a little snow on the ground)

concrete slab Concrete slab poured for the enclosed portion January 18, 2008

framing the 3sac Walls going up February 19, 2008

trusses on the 3sac Roof Trusses in place February 26, 2008

More Tidbits

  • Over 650 donors will be recognized with an engraved brick on the front porch
  • $16,195 has also been raised for the Ranger Legacy Fireplace, the prominent feature of the open air pavilion
  • The building will be named the Silver Sage Staff Activity Center, in honor of the recipients of the PSA’s Silver Sage Award
  • Mark your calendars, the Silver Sage Staff Activity Center will be dedicated with a ceremony on Saturday, August 16, 2008. Invitations will be sent with details later this Spring

three with gift Check presentation to Philmont management at the site.

(left to right: Mark Anderson, Ed Pease, Keith Gallaway)