Annual Fund: In New Friendships

Every Holiday Season seems to bring more requests for donations, and the PSA is no exception. I’m sure you have your favorite charities, and I hope the PSA is one of them. If you’ve given in the past, we all thank you! If not, or if you haven’t contributed yet this year, let me give you a little encouragement.

post_AF_ManheimI want to tell you why the PSA has been on the top of my giving list since 1998. Like so many of you, I was serving as the District Chairman and brought the family out to PTC while I completed Key Three Training. Outside of a brief visit my wife and I made to the Ranch in 1984, this was the first time I had spent any time at Philmont since bringing a crew out on trek in 1978. In 1998, my family immediately fell in love with the place. That’s not hard to understand!

Well, with a little nudge from another Scouter back home, I joined the PSA, having missed out on my first opportunity to do so in 1973. It didn’t take long to reconnect and get active with the PSA on the Treks and Reunions. In fact, my wife enjoyed the reunions so well, that she urged me to become a Life Member. Before I knew it, not only was I getting reacquainted with old friends from My Ranger Days in the early ’70s, but making many new friends from other generations.

To shorten the story, my son Spencer began spending his summers on staff. He now enjoys the PSA Treks and Reunions. Then, there was committee work, followed by election as a regional director. Now that I’m completing my second term as a regional director, serving on PSA committees and passing on my experience at my Council here in Elgin, Illinois. The PSA experience can only enhance your Scouting programs, too, in your pack, troop, district or council!

Yes, there’s been a lot of giving, but also a lot of ‘taking’ by my family and I in new friendships, fun and knowing that we’re helping Philmont live up to our past ideas of what it was–or should be.

Like so many of us, money has been tighter for my family in recent years, but the 1973 Club has made donating to the PSA easy. Whatever works for your budget, please donate something this holiday season!

Chris Manheim
Ranger ’73
Training Ranger ’74

Please help us reach our 2013 goal by donating now, joining the 19.73 Club, or learning more…

Celebration Trek: Stop Drooling

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75 arrowhead patchPhilmont has given the PSA 102 slots for the Celebration Trek—July 13 to 20—and a few of those slots are unfilled. Even when we hit 102 registrations, because we know there will be some cancellations, we can “stretch” those slots to accommodate a few more persons with confirmed registrations.

If you have not given consideration to the Celebration Trek, please do. There will never be another 75th Anniversary of Philmont and this is your only opportunity to earn the special 75th Anniversary Arrowhead.

For those of you young enough to return in 2038 for the 100th Anniversary Trek, you will want bragging rights for having hiked the 75th Anniversary Trek.

For some of us this is, well, uh, our last chance to lay claim to a big anniversary Trek. Don’t miss out.

Stop drooling over this patch. Register now to lay claim to your 75th Anniversary Arrowhead. Read the full details or just register now.


Full Celebration Trek details here.

Questions? Not yet have a crew? Contact your facilitators:

Doug Latimer at [email protected]
Chris Manheim at [email protected]
Lee Huckstep at [email protected]

Our standard terms and conditions apply:

  • Eligibility requirements: (1) Be a member of the PSA or Trek-eligible family member (2) Be a member of the BSA (3) Have a completed Philmont medical form (4) Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation.
  • Trek-eligible family members: Spouse, child or step child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of PSA member who meets eligibility requirements above. The PSA member must accompany Trek-eligible family members on the Trek.
  • Cancellation policy: (1) Cancellation prior to the registration deadline of June 1, 2013 will receive a full refund. (2) Cancellation after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another PSA or Exchange Program event prior to the end of 2013 or can be contributed to the General Fund. (3) In exceptional cases, the Executive Director AND Vice President of Service can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.