Philmont and the PSA are offering registration for fall cavalcades in 2021. Experience the beauty of Philmont from the back of a horse. Riding experience is helpful but not required; we can teach you all you need to know to have a novel experience in the Philmont backcountry. Backcountry camps will have already gathered, so the program will consist of riding, hiking, sightseeing, and fellowship.
PSA Cavalcade dates are September 24–28. The cost is $500 per person.
We invite all PSA members and their families to join us in 2021 for the Annual PSA Reunion. 2021 is the 50th Anniversary of the Philmont Conservation Department. The schedule will include activities and programs suited for all members of the PSA, even if you didn’t have direct involvement with the Conservation Department over the years. Guest speakers will join us to discuss the natural resource landscape that is the backbone of this sense of place which Philmont gives each of us. Celebrate our past while we empower ourselves for the next 50+ years of Conservation at HOmE.
Where: Philmont Training Center
When: July 21-25, 2021 Come earlier or stay later than the Reunion. Before the reunion is the Volunteer Vacation (July 16-22, 2021) and afterwards is the PSA Trek (July 25 – August 1, 2021). Registration for each of the PSA Reunion, Volunteer Vacation, and PSA Treks will be separate.
Cost: (all events subject to a $50 Covid surcharge fee, but it will only apply to a single event per summer so if you register for multiple events, will only have to pay once.)
Reunion 4-day Full Package — July 21-25, 2021
Adult: $200, plus a $50 Covid Fee*
Youth ages 12-17 years old: $75
Youth ages 4-11 years old: $50
Youth 3 and younger: Free
Reunion Daily Rate (includes tent lodging and PTC and 3 meals/day)
$60 per person (adult or youth) plus a $7 daily Covid Fee*
Maximum daily rates offered for up to 2 days. If interested in 3 days, please register for the Full package.
$720 per person (minimum age is 14 years by date of participation), plus a $50 Covid Fee*
*Covid fee is for recovering costs related to Covid mitigation at a Ranch-wide level, ie. Sanitation supplies, additional precautions for food service, PPE for programs, etc. There is no Covid fee for youth 4-day reunion package.
Registration for the 2021 PSA Reunion is through the Philmont Training Center and not through the Philmont Staff Association.
Registration deadline is July 9th, 2021.
Registration for the Volunteer Vacation will be available soon and the PSA Trek is available now on this site, but payment will be made directly to Philmont.
Please note that if Philmont cancels the reunion there will be a 100% refund. If a participant decides to cancel their registration, the PTC Cancellation and Refund policy outlines a 30, 45, and 60-day timeline describing what percentage of the cost will be refunded.
Individuals must be a current member of the Philmont Staff Association or direct family member to attend the 2021 PSA Reunion. In honor of 50+ Years of Conservation, the PSA is offering a special 5 year/$50 membership fee. Participation in the Volunteer Vacation and PSA Trek, require BSA and PSA membership. To attend the PSA Reunion, it is required to be a PSA member (not a member of the BSA). Also, for Summer Treks and Volunteer Vacation, you must have parts A, B & C of the full medical form completed. For Reunion participants a medical form with parts A&B must be completed (linked below). See their requirements under their registration.
Our planning committee has been hard at work for well over a year planning and drafting our activities, programs, speakers and more. Given the light of the last year and ongoing unknown for the global pandemic of COVID-19, please know that alternative options and continued vigilance about the best quality in-person or virtual offerings are being considered. Check back often for updates to the schedule.
All events and schedule are subject to change.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Volunteer Vacation crew returns back to Camping HQ
Reunion attendees check in at PTC
Cracker Barrel / Ice Cream Social
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Day Hikes & Family Program
Conservation Service Project
Keynote: Land Use History
Friday, July 23, 2021
Conservation Service Project
Silent Auction starts
Eagle Nest Dam & Chase Ranch Tours
Ry Taylor Concert
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Conservation Department Expo
PSA Annual Meeting
Silent Auction concludes
Silver Sage & Distinguished Staff Alumni Award Ceremony
Sunday, July 25, 2021
PSA Trekkers check in
Reunion attendees check out of tents by 9am
Special merchandise has be created commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Philmont Conservation Department.
See Philmont from a different perspective than the hustle and bustle of the summer that you experienced while being on staff, enjoy the stillness and serenity of the Philmont backcountry, backpack through the golden aspens and listen for bugling elk. Join the PSA this October for the Thirteenth Annual PSA Autumn Adventure Trek. The backcountry camps have already gathered so the program will consist of hiking, sightseeing and fellowship.
Trek dates are October 11–17, 2020, and the cost is $375 per person. Optional one-day early arrival for an additional $25. Payments are made directly to Philmont Scout Ranch (not the PSA) by check or money order. Canvas tents are provided for the night before and the night after the trek.
Sunday – report to the Welcome Center at 9 AM, Basecamp checkout and hit the trail or head to crew-choice backcountry base-camp
Friday – return from trail
Saturday – depart Philmont
The base-camp session is still a backcountry experience and participants will be in the backcountry for the duration of their trip. All gear and medical forms must be within Philmont’s backcountry guidelines.
Although crews will set up at camp, the facilities and amenities of that camp will not be accessible. All water and gas lines are off for the season and cabins are locked.
Cost and Eligibility
$375 (with optional one-day early arrival fee of $25)
Be physically and mentally fit
Be a member of the PSA or trek-eligible family member
Be a member of the BSA; provide your BSA# during check-out or within 30 days of registration of this service project.
Have a completed Philmont medical form
Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation
The PSA Autumn Adventure Trek allows you to bring friends and family members who meet the eligibility requirements listed above
Trek Space and Base-camping
This year we’ll have three crews with up to 14 people each for a total of 42 slots. You can choose regular trek (2 crews) or to base-camp (1 crew) at a backcountry camp of the crew’s choice from either Clark’s Fork, Crater Lake, Miners’ Park, Carson Meadows, Urraca, Ponil, Pueblano, or Head of Dean.
Special Award Patch
Persons completing the Autumn Adventure Trek will receive a special award patch. It must be earned; it cannot be purchased.
Registration cut-off is Monday September 7th, 2020.
Questions about the PSA Autumn Adventure?
PSA Registration; Philmont Payment and Refunds
Register here on the PSA website, but…
Payment is made by check only directly to Philmont
Philmont accepts checks, credit cards, and ACH bank transfers. (PayPal not accepted)
Philmont’s policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS and EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont on an individual basis
Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
In the memo, please write: "PSA Summer Volunteer Vacation" or "PSA VV Fall 2021" as appropriate for your event.
Send check to this address:
Philmont Scout Ranch 17 Deer Run Road Cimarron, NM 87714
The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.
The Philmont Staff Association’s 2020 Summer Reunion will be held on the weekend of July 17-19 at the Philmont Training Center (PTC). You and your family are invited to participate in a weekend of activities, service, fellowship, and sharing memories. The Philmont Training Center is the perfect venue for our reunion. The facilities at PTC are first class. Tents are large two-person wall canvas on wooden or concrete floors with electricity, lighting, a wardrobe, and two twin beds. Each tent city has restrooms and family shower houses with hot water. There is also a laundromat, so bring the family to the reunion as part of your summer vacation.
Some of the tentative activities for the weekend include: day hikes, a conservation service project, campfire programs, tours of the Villa Philmonte, and a silent auction. The National Scouting Museum will be open and a “must see” on your weekend agenda. The PSA’s Annual Business Meeting will be on the schedule during the weekend, too.
This schedule is subject to change as we get closer that weekend.
Friday, July 17th
*Set up for Silent Auction in Marchetti Room, National Scouting Museum Thursday and Friday; PSA staff and volunteers.
1–5 pm Check-in at the Philmont Training Center; tent assignments will posted at the PTC and PSA Offices
5:30–6:30 pm dinner at PTC Dining Hall
7:00–7:45 pm Chapel Service
8:00 pm “Palnick Porch Talk” Ice Cream Social, Murphy-Lynch Veranda at PTC Dining Hall
8:00 pm Salsa Night and Open Mic Night at SSSAC
Saturday, July 18th
6 am Lover’s Leap Hike ($15 charge and must sign up during registration) max 25 capacity
7 am Breakfast at PTC Dining Hall
8 am Meet at PTC parking lot for 8 am to 12 noon hikes; must sign up during registration
8 am Silent Auction opens (4:30 pm close) in Marchetti Room, National Scouting Museum
12–1 pm Lunch at PTC Dining Hall
3–4 pm Annual Meeting at PTC Assembly Hall
4:30 pm Silent Auction closes
5:30–6:30 pm Dinner in PTC Dining Hall
6:30 pm Group Photo Villa Lawn
7:15 pm Silver Sage Awards in PTC Assembly Hall
Silver Sage Reception after the awards presentation; ice-ream on veranda of PTC Dining Hall
Sunday, July 19th
7 am Breakfast at PTC Dining Hall
8 am PSA Treks check–in at CHQ Welcome Center
8–9 am PSA Reunion attendees move out PTC tents. Must be moved out by 9 am to allow time for staff to prepare for incoming PTC Participants
10 am–12 noon PSA Reunion participants possible visit or schedule a tour with the Chase Ranch, Villa Philmonte, Rayado or National Scouting Museum
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