In the summer of 1977, I took a two week break from working at a Girl Scout Camp in southwestern Pennsylvania to participate on a co-ed trek with advisors Bill and Lorrie Waugh. Bill was my older brother Jay’s Scout Master. He and Lorrie had raised three Eagle Scouts. Although their sons attended Philmont, and two of their sons (Jonathan and Timothy) worked on staff, Lorrie thought the Philmont trek was an opportunity that young women should also be able to experience. She and Bill organized a group of girls from my neighborhood, including my younger sister Kathy, and a group of boys from a troop on the other side of the City of Pittsburgh. We had a great trek that summer and covered as much ground as possible.
I was glad to return to Philmont as a PTC staff member in 1978 and 1980. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to attend PSA reunions exposing my husband and both our children to Philmont. What a thrill for me this past summer that Anna (17) and Jack (15) both participated in Mt. Treks during our week long PSA reunion at PTC. They had a wonderful time. Though my children are non-scouters, the PSA has provided me the opportunity to expose them to the magic that Philmont offers. I am grateful that the PSA also provides me a way to give back.
Western Regional Director