2021 PSA PhilBreak

by | Dec 9, 2020 | Gathering, Philbreak, Service Projects

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2021 PhilBreak begins in...








PhilBreak Continues In 2021

multiple sessions, low cost, various activities, Albuquerque and Amtrak shuttles

PhilBreak was re-established in 2019 and 2020 as a response to the 2018 Ute Park fire. Assisting with recovery and improvement efforts, PSA members have returned to the Ranch in March each year to perform forest fuels reduction, slash pile burning, and general debris clearing. Each week has been an exciting, rewarding, exhausting, and satisfying week of give-back and contribution to Philmont.


In 2021, PSA members will have 4 Sessions to again help Philmont:

  • Session 1: February 27th–March 6th
  • Session 2: March 6th–March 13th
  • Session 3: March 13th–March 20th
  • Session 4: March 20st–March 27th

Learn more at Philmont’s information page. Or just register now.

Each session will consist of up to forty (40) PSA, OA, and general Scouting members. The cost is only $115. This ultra-low fee will cover all meals and roofed, nightly housing at Philmont. Participants will be transported to the worksite every day. During the week, evening educational lectures, Villa & Scouting Museum tours, and special hours at the Tooth of Time Traders will be offered. On Friday of each session, participants will relax and finish the week with a day hike to a Philmont backcountry location.

To help with transportation, the Raton Amtrak and Albuquerque Airport shuttles will be offered for each session. The cost will be $20 (Raton) and $100 (ABQ). This price covers both pickup and return.

Who Can Attend?

This program is available to PSA members and their eligible family members. The minimum age is 16 years by date of participation. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of the PSA member. Please do not register anyone who does not meet these requirements.

BSA Membership Required

All participants are required to be currently registered with the BSA. You will need to include your BSA Membership # at the time of registration. Obtaining a BSA Membership is becoming a little more complicated and time-consuming. If you’re not a member, start the process now to ensure you’re eligible for PhilBreak.

Medical Requirement

Parts A, B, and C of the Philmont medical form are required. The PhilBreak program will require hard physical work, long hours, wide-ranging weather conditions, good crew spirit, and a sense of humor. This program is not leisurely. Philmont height and weight guidelines will be enforced. Philmont reserves the right to return the entire registration fee of any person who would be inappropriate for this program.

Four Weeks to Choose From

You can register for any of the 4 weeks offered. Each week can accommodate up to 40 participants. If your chosen week does obtain the minimum number, we will contact you directly and see if you’re willing to switch to another week. If you can’t switch, a refund will be issued.

Registration and Payment Handled by Philmont

The Philmont PhilBreak registration information page. All registration is handled by Philmont (not the PSA). Once registered, the PSA PhilBreak Coordinators will contact you.

Tentative Schedule for Each Week

  • Saturday: Arrive at Philmont during the day. You must arrive by 5 PM MST. No late arrivals will be allowed. If you cannot arrive by 5PM, then you should plan on arriving on the Friday before and stay in Cimarron, Taos, Raton, etc. The first Philmont provided meal will be Saturday dinner in the PTC Dining Hall. In the evening, the Conservation Department will begin the program with introductions and specific plans, gear info, advice, and general Q&A.
  • Sunday through Thursday: Daily transport to the fire area / worksite. Crews will work on various forestry projects. Breakfast and dinner at the PTC. Sack lunch in the field.
  • Friday Day: Day Off! Optional, organized day-hike in Philmont backcountry. Possible day of skiing in Red River (participants provide their own transportation and fees).
  • Friday Evening: Recognition Dinner and final gathering.
  • Saturday: Depart Philmont after breakfast

During the week, special tours (Villa, Scouting Museum) will be offered. In addition, the Conservation Department will be presenting seminars and the Tooth of Time Traders will schedule a special after-hours opening.

Questions and Answers

  1. Are we camping? No. We will spend all nights at the PTC and stay in roofed housing. You will share rooms with other Phil-breakers. We will be transported daily to the worksite.​
  2. Do we need a pack? Yes – a good-sized day pack or weekend pack. Every day you will be driven to the worksite, but you’ll need to carry a sack lunch, lots of water (4-6 liters), rain gear, extra warm clothing, gloves, camera, etc. Also, you should consider bringing one or two hard-sided plastic containers (Tupperware, Rubbermaid, etc) to carry your lunch. This prevents your sandwiches, cookies, and snacks from getting smashed.
  3. Will it be cold? Probably. This is the Backcountry in March at 8,000 – 9,000 feet. Plan on layers for your clothing. We had significant snow and cold during the 2019 PhilBreak. The 2020 PhilBreak weather was very pleasant overall.
  4. Where will we be working? In the Backcountry – multiple locations. It’s too early right now for the Conservation to pinpoint exactly where we’ll be working.
  5. Are there multiple PhilBreak sessions? There are four(4) 1-week PhilBreak sessions this year. PSA, OA, and general Scouting participants will all be working together.
  6. Can a spouse or other family member hang out at the PTC while I work every day? No, but they may stay in a nearby hotel and explore the many tourist attractions in the area.
  7. Can I arrive later in the week and still participate? No.
  8. What are Albuquerque airport shuttle times? Participants must arrive in Albuquerque by 12 noon on the first Saturday and depart after 1PM on the final Saturday.
  9. What happens if the week I’ve chosen does not reach the minimum number of participants? We will contact you and provide the option to switch to another week. If you can’t switch, a refund will be issued.
  10. I’m having trouble obtaining my BSA membership. Can I still attend? No. You must be a registered BSA member in order to sign up for PhilBreak. Start the BSA registration process now!

Contact Us

If you have further questions, please contact us:

Payments and Refunds

  • Register on the Philmont website
  • Payment is made directly to Philmont, not the PSA
  • Philmont accepts credit cards and ACH bank transfers
  • Philmont’s refund policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont (not the PSA) on an individual basis.