I was a little overwhelmed by our crew on PSA3 trek this summer. For starters, we had 14 in our crew, and we could not have been more different. We had men, women, single, married, tall, short, liberal and conservative. We had Philmont alumni and family who had never had that experience. We had quiet contemplative souls and loud rambunctious characters, naturally athletic and those that had to work for every footstep. I just didn’t see how we could spend nearly six days together on a rather difficult trek without dire consequences.
Of course, you all know the end of the story. We made it, no Chaplain intervention was required, and–really–it was an amazing experience. What happened was that each person was able to give something to the group that was needed to complete our team. Gene and Taylor made sure we had our morning coffee, Laura was the epitome of quiet determination and support, Doug grinned and pitched in every time help was needed. Everybody gave what they could to make it work, and we ended the trek as a team.
We often hear this called “the season of giving”, but in truth, we give of ourselves all the time. It is part of what makes us whole. I am humbled to see how hard our adult volunteers work at the council, district, troop and den levels to provide a quality scout experience for our kids, and am equally in awe of how much time, talent, teamwork and treasure goes into continuing the Philmont experience for campers every summer.
We give in so many ways: PTC Ambassadors, working with local troops to plan their Philmont adventure, being a staff amigo and supporting a camp staff so that they can support the campers are but a few. We have people that offer their art for auction so that the PSA can earn money for staff scholarships. We have people that donate their time organizing regional and national reunions. We have people that donate money to support the mission of the staff association. I am proud to be part of an organization that has members so willing to give of themselves to promote the growth of so many youth and adults.
This winter, I urge you to look into how you can continue this legacy we have by donating to the Annual Fund, the Campaign 4 Philmont or in other ways just as important.
“Real philanthropy consists of helping others, outside our own family circle, from whom no thanks is expected or required” ~Waite Phillips