2014 Staff Amigos Open

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Another season at Philmont is right around the corner, and again I bring my request for former staffers to volunteer to befriend a staff group at Philmont this summer. Hiring is nearly complete, camps and trails are being prepared, and the winter moisture is being assessed.

Some big changes at the Ranch include the opening of Metcalf Station Camp in the north, and itineraries that will pass through the Chase Ranch lands.

I will be taking requests for staff groups beginning earlier this year in hopes of covering more groups. I will open up on March 15 (Saturday), and will continue to fill groups until they are all taken (I hope..).

Groups available are: Ranger Training Crews, Backcountry Camps, Horse Department, Conservation, Base camp staff: Activities, Welcome Center, Logistics, News and Photo, Chaplains, Health Lodge, Dining Hall, Administration and Trading Post. PTC staff: Administration, Program Staff, COPE, Seton Museum, Villa Staff and Handicrafts.

If you or your group are interested please email me at [email protected], or contact me through the Philstaff Facebook page. I will need your first and second choices, an email, and any other information that you deem important.

Expectations are that you connect with your staff group early in the season, and send appropriate care packages and letters throughout the summer. I will be available to you with information as I receive it.

Thank you so much for helping these staffers enjoy their summer even more!

Annual Fund: We Could Not Have Been More Different

post_AF_MakingCampI 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

Please help us reach our goal by donating now, joining the 19.73 Club, or learning more…

2013 Staff Amigos

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Signs of spring are appearing all over the country: snow is slowly melting, birds are singing, and the sun is rising a little earlier every day. On college campuses and in homes, email is being checked daily for that sought after note that a Philmont contract is on its way.

About half the staff have received their contract in the mail and are busy planning for the summer. Through the Staff Amigos Program, those of us who are not lucky enough to be headed for the Sangres this May can still be involved. This program is here to help you reach out to each year’s staff. It is as easy or hard as you choose to make it, and can be a lot of fun.

Just pick a group of staff. You can befriend a backcountry camp, the medical staff, a Ranger Crew, PTC, or any other group. Cathy Hubbard will start taking requests in early April, and groups are assigned first come, first served. She will send you a list of ideas and suggestions but also encourage you to be creative. You can send one package or several smaller ones, postcards and letters. Just think of what you might have wanted to receive when you were working at the Ranch, what you missed the most.

Cathy opens Amigos up on April 2nd, and staff groups are given out in a first come, first served fashion. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 608-836-6672.

Thank you so much for what you do for the ranch and the staff.