Annual PSA Memberships for Only $20!


There’s No Place Like HOmE. Stay Connected with the Philmont Staff Association.

Join the PSA with our $20 e-rate! Get all of the PSA benefits, but receive the High Country digitally. If you are a recent staff member, you can join at the $15 staff rate for 3 years after staff ends.

Not sure what the PSA offers? Check out our recent video (spoiler alert: you might recognize some faces and miss Philmont terribly):

Here are some PSA benefits:

  • 6 issues of the award-winning High Country magazine each year
  • Opportunities to return to Philmont: annual reunion, summer & fall treks and service projects
  • Regional events
  • Opportunities to give back to Philmont
  • PSA merchandise, including cool logo items and local interest books
  • Member directory, e-newsletter, website
  • Voting in PSA elections

Interested in another rate? Here are all of the rates:
$15 Staff Rate (available for current staff and 3 years after staff ends)
$20 E-Rate ($35 for families); digital High Country
$32 Regular Annual Rate ($40 for families); printed High Country. Multi-year discounted rates also available.
$595 Life Rate (tax-deductible with payment plans available)

For more details, call the PSA office at 575-376-1138 or email Colleen Nutter – PSA Membership.

Drawing for a Free PSA Item


We would like your feedback via a short online survey. After completing the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a free PSA merchandise item. The winner can choose a PSA Nalgene water bottle, Philmont map stationary set or one of our local interest books.

Please click this link to take the survey

The survey is short, anonymous, and you do not have to sign up for anything. At the end of the survey, we tell you how to enter the drawing while keeping your survey responses anonymous. The survey closes April 20, and we draw a winner April 23.

We are always looking for ways to improve our association, and your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

The survey is for both PSA members and non-members (who are eligible for PSA membership: current or former Philmont staff, PTC faculty, and NAYLE/NJLIC).

Annual Fund: Not Just Residing

post_AF_ColleenFridgeLast summer I had the opportunity to spend a few hours at French Henry, and I was instantly taken back to my backcountry days. Suddenly, the world slowed down, and I felt life in the moment. There is a beautiful thing about being off the grid, and not hearing anything but the creek, the wind, and a squeaky cabin floor. I saw campers soaking their feet in the creek, and I couldn’t help but ask how their trek was and where they were going next. Old habits die hard, I guess. The smells of the backcountry also brought me back: pine trees, a musty cabin, and sweaty campers, which for the record, smell the same as they always did. The staff let us relax on their porch, and it reminded me of kickin’ back on my own porch as a Camp Director at Indian Writings.

For the first time since I worked in the backcountry, I remembered what it felt like to spend a summer working and LIVING in the backcountry. Living was not just residing in a place, but being in the moment, embracing it, and loving every minute of it. A piece of me that I had almost forgotten was revived that day.

The Philmont Staff Association provides opportunities to not only connect with our staff years, but to experience Philmont in a new light. Many of these opportunities are made available with our annual fund. If you can spare a few dollars to donate, it would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made online or by calling Randy Saunders at 575-376-1138. By calling Randy, you get a 2-for-1 deal: make a donation to a great cause, and get an update from Randy on what is happening at the Ranch!

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