2021 PSA Cavalcade

2021 PSA Cavalcade

Enjoy pioneering a new autumn program!

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.

Schedule

  • Friday: Arrive at Camping Registration no earlier than 1:00 PM and no later than 3:00 PM. Check in and complete health recheck. Afterward, Cattle HQ orientation before dinner at PTC
  • Saturday: Report to the Cattle Headquarters at 8 AM, saddle, and hit the trail
  • Monday: Return from the trail
  • Tuesday: Depart Philmont

Basecamp tents are available for the night before and the night after the trail.

Eligibility

  • Weigh 200 lbs or less
  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or trek-eligible family member
  • Be a member of the BSA
  • 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

Possible Cavalcade Itineraries

South

  • Drop off at Rayado
  • Night 1: Abreu
  • Night 2: Crater Lake

Central

  • Ride out of Cattle HQ
  • Night 1: Miner’s Park
  • Day hike Tooth of Time while riding over Shaffer’s Pass
  • Night 2: Clark’s Fork

North 1

  • Drop off at Ponil
  • Night 1: Pueblano (side ride up Wilson Mesa?)
  • Night 2: Santa Claus? HOD? Longer days?

or

North 2

  • Drop off at Ponil
  • Night 1: Indian Writings
  • Night 2: Metcalf Station

Space and Payment

There will be 12 trekker slots available, don’t wait to register or it will be too late!

The PSA Autumn Cavalcade Trek allows you to bring friends and family members who meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Register on-line, beginning April 21st.

If you register for multiple spots (you + family member(s)), please be sure to includes the names, ages, and their relationship to you in the notes section of the check-out screen.

Registration Deadline

Saturday August 15th, 2021.


PSA Registration; Philmont Payment and Refunds

Register here on the PSA website, but…

  1. Payment is made by check only directly to Philmont
  2. Philmont accepts checks, credit cards, and ACH bank transfers. (PayPal not accepted)
  3. 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
  4. Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
  5. 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.

Contact the PSA Office

2021 PSA Reunion: Celebrating 50+ Years of Conservation

Cons Patch

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.

The Basics

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.
  • Volunteer Vacation — July 16-22, 2021
    • $115 per person (minimum age is 16 years by date of participation), plus a $50 Covid Fee*
  • PSA Trek — July 25 – August 1, 2021
    • $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.

2019 Reunion photo

Registration

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.

Philmont current COVID-19 response.

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.

 

Requirements

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.

https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/philmonttreks/healthform/

Reunion Schedule

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.

Highlights

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
    • Opening Program
    • 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

Merchandise

Special merchandise has be created commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Philmont Conservation Department.

https://www.philstaff.org/store/clothing/jackets/50_cons_hoodie_pullover/
https://www.philstaff.org/store/clothing/jackets/50_cons_hoodie_zip/
https://www.philstaff.org/store/gear/cons-50-buckle/

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.

Schedule
  • 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?


PSA Registration; Philmont Payment and Refunds

Register here on the PSA website, but…

  1. Payment is made by check only directly to Philmont
  2. Philmont accepts checks, credit cards, and ACH bank transfers. (PayPal not accepted)
  3. 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
  4. Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
  5. 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.

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