2020 Autumn Adventure Trek

2020 Autumn Adventure Trek

(registration opens April 1st at noon Mountain)

By Steven and Cynthia Truemper

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.

Register now.

  • Saturday – optional meet and greet, 7 PM
  • 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

Please note…

  • 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

Registration cut-off is Monday September 7th, 2020.

Questions about the PSA Autumn Adventure?

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PSA Registration; Philmont Payment and Refunds

  1. Register here on the PSA website, but…
  2. Payment is made directly to Philmont, not the PSA (address below)
  3. Philmont accepts checks only, no credit cards or PayPal
  4. Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
  5. In the memo, please write: "PSA Autumn Adventure", “PSA Volunteer Vacation”, "PSA Autumn Adventure" or whatever your event name is.
  6. Philmont’s refund policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS OR EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont (not the PSA) on an individual basis.

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.

Cancellation date: Monday, September 7th, 20209.

2020 PSA Summer Reunion at the PTC

Register an adult (18 and up) for $100 or a child (5-17) for $55 online. Children 4 and younger are free.
Deluxe tents available for $350 for two; contact the PSA Office for higher capacity costs.

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
  • 12 noon Departure

2020 Silent Auction at the Reunion

2020 Silent Auction at the Reunion

Silent Auction Begins








The Biggest and Best Silent Auction!

Last year, the PSA raised over $7,000 in one day for the Silent Auction and 100% went to our Scholarship Fund. For the 2020 Reunion, we would like to have that same success!

The Biggest & Best PSA Silent Auction at the PSA Annual Reunion will be open on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 in the Marchetti Room at the National Scouting Museum.

To make it the biggest and best silent auction, we really need your help. PSA members always come through, so let’s do it once more. We need auction items. Search your drawers, your closets, and your garage. What items would really be desired by PSA members? And remember, they don’t have to be Philmont or Scouting related—anything that might interest PSAer is welcome.

Remember 100% of funds generated by Silent Auction go to the Staff Scholarship Fund. The more we raise, the more scholarships we can award.

To send in your items, you can mail them to the PSA office between now and July 1st. Our deadline for the 2020 Silent Auction is July 1st. Any items received after July 1st or on site during the Reunion we are happy to take and will be placed in the Silent Auction for the 2021 Conservation 50th Anniversary. All donated items qualify as a tax deduction and will be provided with a letter from the PSA listing items for your 2020 donations.

For information or to make donations, contact:
Dollie O’Neill [email protected]

Ship items to:
Philmont Staff Association, 17 Deer Run Rd, Cimarron, NM 87714

Zachary Donahoe Joins the PSA Office

Join the PSA Board of Directors in welcoming Zachary Donahoe as our new full-time PSA Office Manager! Zachary joins the Philmont Staff Association in this position and will be working with the Executive Director coordinating day-to-day business with membership services and merchandise sales.

Zachary started working at Philmont Scout Ranch as a ranger in 2015. He then went on to work in the PSA Office in the summer of 2018 and Timber Stand Improvement that fall. In 2019, he was the OATC Foreman for Philmont Scout Ranch. Zachary earned his B.A. in Journalism and Technical Communications from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. Zachary is an Eagle Scout from Albuquerque, NM.

A few words from Zachary:

“Scouting has been a big part of my life since I was young, but I never imagined the places it would take me. Scouting has given me the courage to chase my dreams, the discipline to accomplish the goals I set, and the perspective to see beyond myself and my own needs. In my life I have worked long days shearing sheep and alpaca, spent winters on the slopes teaching kids how to ski, and experienced life through a lens capturing photos and video for Colorado State University. However, I always find myself being drawn back to HOmE. Philmont has given me so much over the years, but its greatest lesson to me is that Scouting is all about giving back to others. I look forward to serving our staff and supporting the ranch as I take on this position with the PSA!”

Zachary begins working for the PSA in early February. Welcome Zach to the PSA Office!