2019 PSA Summer Trek: We’re Back!

by | Dec 24, 2018 | Announcements, Annual Reunion & Trek, Gathering, Treks

Oh, how it hurt to hear the announcement that all 2018 treks were canceled. 67 PSA Trekkers had formed their crews and formulated their custom itineraries. Everyone was ready to go. It hurt even more to hear about and see the fire damage. But everyone understood. Philmont would survive and be better. Campers would return and so would the PSA treks. And now… We’re back!

2019 promises to be a full and busy summer for Philmont. The Ranch has done everything possible to allow canceled Scout crews from 2018 to trek in 2019. Record numbers are expected. More than generous, Philmont is allowing 60 spots for PSA Trekkers in 2019!

Start planning now!

Registration opens at noon (Mountain) on January 1st, 2019.

Registration and Cost

The trek dates are July 27th to August 4th, 2019, and the cost is $590 per person. Starting in 2019, trek fees are paid directly to Philmont. There are no refunds except for emergency situations that must be approved by Philmont on an individual basis. Please see full details at the bottom of this article.

Space will be very limited this year since the canceled 2018 PSA Trekkers were given first chance at securing a slot for 2019. They had until December 31st, 2018 to sign-up before registration opens to all PSA members on January 1st.

The PSA Trek is open to all PSA members and their eligible family members. Share first-hand with your loved ones the experience you have talked about for years and let them meet the other people who helped make those memories so special. Reunite with past staff friends during your custom designed trek.

Please note: You must be a PSA member or an eligible family member (defined below). Your friends or simply friends of Philmont are not allowed on the PSA Summer Trek.

PSA Reunion

The annual PSA Reunion will be held Friday, July 26th thru Sunday morning, July 28th. This, of course, is the weekend when the trek begins. Trekkers will be able to arrive a day early on Friday and participate in all the Reunion activities during the weekend. Complete registration information and the extra cost for housing and meals will be provided in the Reunion announcement.


The trek dates are July 27th to August 4th, 2019.

The 2019 trek schedule is as follows:

  • Optional – Arrive on Friday, July 26 for the PSA Reunion (extra cost)
  • Spend the night of Saturday, July 27 in the Philmont area (PTC or town)
  • Report to the Welcome Center at 8AM on Sunday, July 28
  • Hit the trail on Monday, July 29
  • Come off the trail on Saturday, August 3
  • Depart Philmont Sunday, August 4

Lodging for the nights of July 27th and 28th will be in tents at the PTC. The first Philmont provided meal will be dinner on the 27th at the PTC Dining Hall. The last Philmont meal will be breakfast on August 5th.

Eligibility and Fitness

The Trek eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or a Trek-eligible family member
  • Be a member of the BSA
  • Have a current completed Philmont medical form
  • Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

Your doctor’s signature on your medical form, by itself, is not sufficient for Trek participation. Ask yourself several questions. Am I really ready to trek at Philmont? Am I really in shape? Am I really ready to work and be a team crew member? You’re not 21 years old anymore. If you are not physically and mentally fit and willing to be a team player, you will not enjoy the Trek. There will be negative impacts on your crew members, as well. Please take a moment and read this article: Are You Really Ready To Trek?

You are encouraged to bring your Trek-eligible family members. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of PSA member who meets the eligibility requirements above.

You and your family members should share Philmont and Scouting values. This includes dressing appropriately for a Scouting environment and behaving in such manner which does not have a negative impact on the experience of your crewmates and others with whom they come into contact. The PSA Trek is not the appropriate place to work out family issues: the issues will not likely be resolved and may impact negatively on your crewmates.

If this is the first trek for your family member, you should conduct shake-down overnight hikes at home before your trek – just like a regular Scout crew. Don’t delay and burden your other crew members as you teach basic camping skills.

Itinerary Planning

As always, your crew will be free to design its own itinerary, subject to Philmont’s itinerary planning guidelines. By registering early, you can form your own crew or join the crew you want and be a part of the itinerary planning fun. A crew will consist of up to 12 persons and open spaces in crews will be available to any registrant until the crew is filled. If you have a group with which you want to trek, get them to sign up early so there will be space for all of you in the same crew.

Space and Payment

There are 60 Trekker slots – approximately 5 crews. Sign up ASAP and begin the crew and itinerary planning process now.
Register on-line, beginning January 1st, by clicking here (available 1/1).

If you register for multiple spots (you + family member(s)), please be sure to includes the names, ages, and their relationship to you in the Notes section of the check-out screen.

Registration Deadline

June 15, 2019

Payments and Refunds

  • Register at the PSA website, but…
  • Payment is now made directly to Philmont (not the PSA)
  • Philmont accepts check only, no credit cards or PayPal
  • Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
  • In the memo, please write: “728-PSA 2019”
  • After completing your order, send checks to: Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714
  • Philmont’s refund policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS OR EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont on an individual basis.