It was 1952 and an early morning summer day in Dunmore, a small mining town in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Dan Beard Council’s first Philmont expedition of 40 Explorer Scouts and Advisors boarded a bus for the long three day non stop cross-country journey to New Mexico; a place far away and foreign to all of us. We slept in the luggage racks and on the bus floor, sang songs, played games, and watched in awe as America rolled by.

It was dark when we pulled in under the gateway. A familiar sight as we had seen it in the Philmont fliers. Off in the distance we could see the flicker of an outdoor movie. In another direction we could hear Scouts singing what we would come to know as the Philmont Hymn.

Sunrise the next morning revealed the inspiring sight of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. After breakfast we were off to Carson Maxwell via the Santa Fe Trail; all riding in the back of open trucks. Our 23 day trek in the great mountains was about to begin. The adventure would become one of the defining events of my life.

Through PSA membership, even after 58 years, I remain connected to the wonderful adventure of my youth. It gives me great pleasure to contribute to our Ranch in meaningful and visible ways. We are making a difference. Please join with us and contribute what you can to help continue our work on behalf of our Philmont Scout Ranch.

Photo courtesy of Sherlock77