2010 PSA Reunion at the PTC

July 25 – 31

Why Attend a PSA Reunion?

See the Ranch: One of the best perks of membership in the Philmont Staff Association is the opportunity to visit the Ranch. One of the ways to take advantage of this opportunity is to attend a PSA reunion.

Reconnect with old Phil-friends: Are there people you worked with during your days at the Ranch that you haven’t seen in a while or lost touch with? There is a good chance you could run into them again at a PSA reunion.

Make new Phil-friends: Remember what made those Phil-friendships special? Well it hasn’t changed. Even if you didn’t work in the same era as someone you meet at a PSA reunion, you have something special in common with everyone who attends. Come and make new friends.

Introduce your family to a place that is special to you: Sure they listen to your stories as you go on and on about your time at the Ranch, but bringing them to Philmont gives them the chance to experience it for themselves and create their own stories. Is there anything better you could share with your loved ones?

Why Attend This Year’s PSA Reunion?

For the Former Staffer: The week is full of program highlights for those who already know and love the Ranch. To start things off, Wally Berg, one of us, will give the keynote address about what he learned at Philmont and what he has done after he left the Ranch. The Colloquium is a collection of fascinating speakers on a variety of topics related to Philmont and the area. Thursday’s service project gives you a chance to give back to the Ranch to repay in a small way what it has provided you. The silent auction will allow you to get that one thing that is missing from your collection. The Annual Meeting provides an overall look at what the PSA is doing for you, Philmont, and the BSA. And the Silver Sage Award ceremony is an opportunity to recognize those who have made Philmont what it is today.

For the Spouse of the Former Staffer: If your spouse isn’t interested in the colloquium or the other staffer-centric day programs, the PTC Silverados program will keep them entertained. They will find that a wide-range of exciting activities is available throughout the week. Activities include museum visits, day hikes, a pottery making demonstration, Villa tours, COPE, horse rides, and trips to nearby resort towns.

For the Children of the Former Staffer: Children are joined by others in their age group to participate in carefully designed, age-appropriate programs under the leadership of trained and experienced Philmont staff. Children 2 months to 2 years old can be left for either an hour or two, or for the entire program session, with care being provided according to your instruction. Children older than 2 years old will be under the supervision of Philmont staff to take part in activities such as games, pony rides, supervised play, nature hikes, songs and skits, crafts, museum tours, all-day hikes, archery and air rifles, sports, handicraft projects, outdoor cooking, and overnight camping trips, depending on their age. Children 14-20 years old can participate in the Mountain Men and Mountain Women treks.

For the Entire Family of the Former Staffer: Evening events such as campfires, special dinners, and cracker barrels allow the whole family to enjoy Philmont together. And Wednesday has been set aside as a day for family hikes or excursions to your favorite haunts in Cimarron, Raton, Taos, or Santa Fe.

How is This Reunion Different from Other PSA Reunions?

In addition to all the above mentioned program highlights, there are several other reasons to attend this year’s reunion.

Whole Week Long: Unlike our weekend reunions where it seems like we are all packing to leave shortly after we arrive, this reunion is Sunday through Saturday. There is enough time to see all the parts of basecamp (and even some of the backcountry!) that you have been missing.

Full Staff Support: The PTC staff will be available to the PSA for the entire week. Usually we have a limited amount of staff assistance, but since we are using the PTC facility, there will be seasonal staff members to help facilitate this reunion. This includes all meals being provided in the PTC dining halls, evening programs (such as Western Night, campfires, and cobbler nights). It also includes the above mentioned child care/youth programs.

Showers: Sure we will still be sleeping tents, but this year we will have showers and restrooms available to us (with hot water!).

Come join us for this very special reunion at the PTC facility that is only occasionally available to us!

(**Please note: The May 1st registration limit is not valid. You may register up to July 15th.**)

Sign up for Reunion if you are Registered with the BSA

or

Sign up for Reunion if you are NOT yet registered with the BSA.

2010 PSA Reunion at the PTC

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July 25 – 31

Why Attend a PSA Reunion?

See the Ranch: One of the best perks of membership in the Philmont Staff Association is the opportunity to visit the Ranch. One of the ways to take advantage of this opportunity is to attend a PSA reunion.

Reconnect with old Phil-friends: Are there people you worked with during your days at the Ranch that you haven’t seen in a while or lost touch with? There is a good chance you could run into them again at a PSA reunion.

Make new Phil-friends: Remember what made those Phil-friendships special? Well it hasn’t changed. Even if you didn’t work in the same era as someone you meet at a PSA reunion, you have something special in common with everyone who attends. Come and make new friends.

Introduce your family to a place that is special to you: Sure they listen to your stories as you go on and on about your time at the Ranch, but bringing them to Philmont gives them the chance to experience it for themselves and create their own stories. Is there anything better you could share with your loved ones?

Why Attend This Year’s PSA Reunion?

For the Former Staffer: The week is full of program highlights for those who already know and love the Ranch. To start things off, Wally Berg, one of us, will give the keynote address about what he learned at Philmont and what he has done after he left the Ranch. The Colloquium is a collection of fascinating speakers on a variety of topics related to Philmont and the area. Thursday’s service project gives you a chance to give back to the Ranch to repay in a small way what it has provided you. The silent auction will allow you to get that one thing that is missing from your collection. The Annual Meeting provides an overall look at what the PSA is doing for you, Philmont, and the BSA. And the Silver Sage Award ceremony is an opportunity to recognize those who have made Philmont what it is today.

For the Spouse of the Former Staffer: If your spouse isn’t interested in the colloquium or the other staffer-centric day programs, the PTC Silverados program will keep them entertained. They will find that a wide-range of exciting activities is available throughout the week. Activities include museum visits, day hikes, a pottery making demonstration, Villa tours, COPE, horse rides, and trips to nearby resort towns.

For the Children of the Former Staffer: Children are joined by others in their age group to participate in carefully designed, age-appropriate programs under the leadership of trained and experienced Philmont staff. Children 2 months to 2 years old can be left for either an hour or two, or for the entire program session, with care being provided according to your instruction. Children older than 2 years old will be under the supervision of Philmont staff to take part in activities such as games, pony rides, supervised play, nature hikes, songs and skits, crafts, museum tours, all-day hikes, archery and air rifles, sports, handicraft projects, outdoor cooking, and overnight camping trips, depending on their age. Children 14-20 years old can participate in the Mountain Men and Mountain Women treks.

For the Entire Family of the Former Staffer: Evening events such as campfires, special dinners, and cracker barrels allow the whole family to enjoy Philmont together. And Wednesday has been set aside as a day for family hikes or excursions to your favorite haunts in Cimarron, Raton, Taos, or Santa Fe.

How is This Reunion Different from Other PSA Reunions?

In addition to all the above mentioned program highlights, there are several other reasons to attend this year’s reunion.

Whole Week Long: Unlike our weekend reunions where it seems like we are all packing to leave shortly after we arrive, this reunion is Sunday through Saturday. There is enough time to see all the parts of basecamp (and even some of the backcountry!) that you have been missing.

Full Staff Support: The PTC staff will be available to the PSA for the entire week. Usually we have a limited amount of staff assistance, but since we are using the PTC facility, there will be seasonal staff members to help facilitate this reunion. This includes all meals being provided in the PTC dining halls, evening programs (such as Western Night, campfires, and cobbler nights). It also includes the above mentioned child care/youth programs.

Showers: Sure we will still be sleeping tents, but this year we will have showers and restrooms available to us (with hot water!).

Come join us for this very special reunion at the PTC facility that is only occasionally available to us!

(**Please note: The May 1st registration limit is not valid. You may register up to July 15th.**)

Sign up for Reunion if you are Registered with the BSA

or

Sign up for Reunion if you are NOT yet registered with the BSA.

2010 Colfax Colloquium Highlights

Opening Keynote Speaker – Wally Berg

It all began at Philmont Scout Ranch when a young kid, only 16 years old, was hired off a Kit Carson Man crew to be a Ranger back in 1971. Wally Berg spent eight summers on the Philmont staff, working as a Ranger, Gateway Ranger, conservationist, trail crew foreman on the Rayado trail (“the best job I had at Philmont”), Director of Conservation, and Camp Director at Indian Writings. During that time, he started rock climbing while attending college in Durango. In 1979, he went to work for Colorado Outward Bound and continued his climbing. For 13 years, he worked for the ski patrol at Copper Mountain and honed his skills in the Colorado peaks. Then he began to go higher and farther.

Among the world‘s foremost expedition leaders and climbers, Wally has summited Everest four times, including guiding the International Everest Expedition in 1992 and the American Everest GPS Expedition in 1998. He and Scott Fischer were the first North Americans to climb Lhotse, the world‘s fourth-highest peak. On the GPS ascent he installed a Global Positioning System receiver near the Everest summit. During the 1990‘s, Wally became the foremost ―Seven Summits guide for climbers ascending the highest peak on every continent. His 2000 Embree Glacier Exploratory Expedition surveyed an unvisited region of Antarctica‘s Ellsworth Mountains.

With his wife Leila, Wally operates Berg Adventures International (BAI) from their home in Canmore, Alberta, offering quality learning and adventure trips worldwide and ascents of the Seven Summits. A trademark of BAI is that every journey is undertaken with humility to the landscape and respect for local cultures. Noting Wally’s success as a world-class mountaineer, explorer, and educator, Fort Lewis College granted him an honorary degree of Humane Letters. He is a member of The American Association of Avalanche Professionals, the Canadian Avalanche Association, the Wilderness Medical Society, and the American Alpine Club.

Wally’s dramatic photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Time, and many other publications.

Colloquium Speakers and Topics

Subject to change.

The Colfax Colloquium is a collection of speakers on a variety of topics concerning Philmont and Philmont country. This collection has been prepared especially for the Philmont Staff Association Reunion at the Philmont Training Center, on July 25-31, 2010. There will be seven speakers in each of the following three categories: Art, History, and Science. The speakers in each category will give their presentations concurrently on Monday and Tuesday. All PSA members, spouses, and current Philmont staffers are welcome to attend.

20100612 Update: Download the latest schedule!

Art

David Witt – How the Wolves of Union County Led Ernest Thompson Seton to Change America
Dawn Chandler – Of the Land & Spirit of a Woman of New Mexico: The Art of Dawn Chandler
Dick Woolheater – Flint-knapping-Replicating Stone Tools
Bill Cass – Ideals and Traditions of Scouting and Philmont as Revealed in Paintings
Father Don Hummel – The Philmont Chaplaincy
Deborah Blanche – If You Believe, They Will Believe: Historical Interpretation in Philmont’s Backcountry
Martin Pavletich – Art, Cimarron Style

Science

Mary Stuever – Philmont Forestry
Doug Palmer – Philmont Backcountry for the Last 22 Years
Bob Ricklefs – Philmont Ranch Department Past and Present: People, Structure and Processes
Warren Lail – Philmont Archeology
Nathan Lay – Wilderness Medicine and the Philmont Health Lodge
Staff Bear Scientist – How Big Are They Really?
Amy Boyle – Dawson, NM – Beyond the Cemetery

History

Steve Zimmer – Vermejo Park: A History of a New Mexico Ranch
Dave Caffey – The Santa Fe Ring: Gilded Age Politics in Old New Mexico
Nancy Klein – The Phillips Family and Their Villa Philmonte
Henry Ostrander – The Santa Fe Trail – 57 Years of Commerce
Rich Loosbrock – Mining on the Margin: The Struggles of the Baldy Mountain Mining District
Harriet Freiberger – Lucien Maxwell: Villian or Visionary
Warren Smith – Philmont Ranger History

Register for the reunion now: Registered w/BSA | Not registered w/BSA

Thinking of the 2010 PSA Reunion

As you make plans to gather with your family this time of year, be sure to also make plans to join your other phamily for the 2010 week-long reunion at the Ranch. Because of the Jamboree celebrating the BSA’s 100 years of Scouting in the United States we once again have the opportunity to use the PTC facilities and staff for a memorable reunion. The last time we did this it was the PSA’s largest reunion ever and this year we hope to surpass those lofty attendance numbers.

Start planning now to bring your family to God’s Country and let them see what all the fuss is about. There will be something for every member of your family to enjoy. The popular colloquium program will take place on Monday and Tuesday for those of you who want to learn more about the Ranch and northern NM. Several keynote speakers are being contacted for everyone’s enjoyment. Wednesday will be a family day full of day hikes and other PTC family programs. Older children can take part in the Mountain Men/Women treks and younger children will be entertained all week by the PTC staff. The annual meeting and the Silver Sage award ceremony will take place at the end of the activity filled week.

The dates for the reunion are July 25-31. On-line registration will begin in January on the PTC website. Watch the PSA website and the High Country for more information after the new year.