2010 PSA Reunion & Colfax Colloquium

The 2010 Philmont Staff Association (PSA) Reunion will be a week-long conference hosted by the Philmont Training Center (PTC). This unique experience was last done in 2005, and it was a raging success. The date for the reunion is July 25-31, 2010. Since our reunion will be at PTC, this will be an ideal venue for your family vacation. There are programs for children and spouses, as well as family gatherings in the evenings. Tent cities at PTC accommodate you and your family. Tents are large two-person wall tents on wooden or concrete floors with electricity, lighting, a wardrobe, and two twin beds. Each tent city has restrooms and hot showers. There is also a Laundromat on PTC campus. Meals are provided at the PTC Dining Hall.

Bring the Family to PTC for the PSA Reunion

Family members from infants to grandparents can come and enjoy themselves:

  • Family members will participate in programs catered to their specific age groups.
  • While they have fun during the day, you will still get to spend meals and participate in evening activities as a family.
  • There is a full service Nursery available for infants to 2 year-olds, and the Small Fry Center is dedicated to providing exciting care for 3 to 5 year-olds.epending upon age, the activities range from hiking, archery & rifle, pony rides, horseback riding, games, sports, and overnighters in the backcountry!
  • Children 14—18 can choose to go on a Mountain Trek, where they spend a week on the trail and get to experience the backcountry.
  • Spouses get to fill their week with activities like hiking, handicrafts, touring unique New Mexico locations, challenging themselves on the high ropes COPE course, and much more!

How to Register for the PSA Reunion

If you are a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America:
Go to http://www.myscouting.org and register under the Events Reservations tab. Be sure to select Week 8: Philmont Staff Association Conference.
If you are not a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America:
Contact the PSA office at [email protected] or (575) 376-1138 to register.

Conference Fees (Fees include materials, meals and lodging):
Conference attendee: $470 Ages 14-20: $285
Spouse: $340 Ages 6-13: $225
Mountain Trek: $345 Ages 5 and under: $180

Highlights of the 2010 PSA Reunion

Here is a tentative schedule of events for the week:

Sunday 725
Check-in begins at 1:00pm
Mountain Treks gather at 2:00pm
Opening Program/Campfire

The Colfax Colloquium is a collection of speakers on a variety of topics concerning Philmont and Philmont country. 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.

Monday 726
Family programs begin
Colfax Colloquium, morning and afternoon sessions
Family Night at Handicraft

Tuesday 727
Family programs continue
Colfax Colloquium, morning and afternoon sessions
Buffalo Barbeque on Greensward
Western Night Games and Dance

Wednesday 728
Family Day
Day hikes
Day trips to Raton, Angel Fire, Red River, Taos, Santa Fe…

Thursday 729
Family programs continue
Service Projects in AM (Various projects around the Ranch)
Off-site tours
Family Night at Handicraft

Friday 730
Family programs continue
Annual Meeting & Silver Sage Award presentation
Silent Auction
Author Fair

Saturday,731
Check out begins at 6:00am
Mountain Treks return, 9:00am

New PSA Office Manager

The PSA is pleased to announce we’ve hired Julia McCulloch to be the new Office Manager, effective November 2nd

Julia moved to Cimarron this summer with her husband, Owen, and their three children this past summer. Owen is the Associate Director of Program here at Philmont. Previously, the McCullochs resided in Florida. Julia has a background in marketing and human resources. Julia has also worked at the Florida Sea Base, another BSA High Adventure outpost.

Julia will work approximately 12 hours a week, year-round. She will be responsible for mailings, our membership database, and other such tasks.

Julia fills a position that was vacated by Janice Clark, who retired in May.

Please extend a welcome to her when you get a chance!

PSA Backcountry Cookbook

The Philmont Staff Association revised our Backcountry Cookbook.

PSAers first compiled the Backcountry Cookbook a decade ago to provide summer backcountry staff a way to feed themselves heartily using ingredients provided by the Philmont commissary. Lots of Spam recipes in the original edition…

Well, through the efforts of current seasonal staff and more contributions from you, our members, the newest edition of the PSA Backcountry Cookbook is being placed in backcountry kitchens throughout Philmont. There are over 120 pages (from over 50 contributors… many of which are in the original version, too) full of recipes for every eating occasion. There are even Dutch oven, vegetarian and kosher offerings. An added bonus: illustrations throughout the cookbook done by PSAer Chip Travers.

You can get your own copy for only $20.00. Contributors to the cookbook can purchase one for $10.00 (half-off regular price). Get one for a friend, too. Add one more to your collection of camping cookbooks.

Only a limited number of these cookbooks were produced, so order yours now.

Cookbook contributors:
Michele Allen, Sherry Jane & Max “Bear” Aycock, Ed Bailey, Tim Collver, Jannette Cotrino, Patty Davis, Andrew Dennis, Daisy Dix, Fr. Ed Erb, Eric the Bear Guy, Douglas Fasching, Jim Foster, Sgt. Brantley & Suzanne Foster, Jason “Diego” Gaskin, Amy Gerhart, Andy Gerhart, Martin Gibson, Milo Gomez, Meg Graham, Michelle Gross, Heather Harvie, Kate Helbig, Mariah Hughes, Don Hull, Jen Jenkins, Michael Jones, Kat Kallal, Patrick Kelly, Kosher Outdoor Cookbook and Beyond: Troop 13 and Rabbi Rachmiel Tobesman, Scoutmaster, Jerry Lobdill, Stacey Locke, Colleen McLaughlin Nutter, “Dirty Larry” McLaughlin, Wally Meyer, Ashley Pagnotta, Lori Repovich, Charles “Rock” Rohrbacher, Emily Rose, Tim “Tech Man” Rosseisen, Spencer Seim, Lee Shaver, Heath Shelton, Andrea Sprung, Sara Toney, Scott Toney, Allison Vinson, Eric White, Gerald “Chip” Travers (illustrator).

Silver Sage Staff Activity Center Dedication

about to beginPerhaps the biggest evening in the history of the Philmont Staff Association finally came. The Silver Sage Staff Activity Center, the $1 million gift to future Philmont staff from the PSA, was formally opened and dedicated with a gala affair on August 16, 2008. Over 300 members, donors, and current seasonal staff were on hand, and despite torrential rain and unseasonably cold temperatures, the ribbon was cut on a building that will serve coming generations of Philstaff.

eating dinnerAs dinner was about to begin, the skies darkened and one of those fabled New Mexico storms swept through base camp. Despite the wind and heavy rain, the events of the evening went on according to schedule, thanks to Philmont staff leadership. Rod Taylor entertained the crowd with some of their favorites after dinner.

The Silver Sage award ceremony was next on the program. honoring folksThe PSA honored David Bates, Joe Clay, Jack Rhea, and Bill Spice for their valuable contributions to Philmont and the Philmont staff experience. Steve Fossett was also honored, although no one from his family was able to attend. Joe Davis and members of Boss Sanchez’s family were also in attendance, representing the first class of Silver Sage recipients.

As the sun set on the evening, the temperatures dropped to below 60 degrees. The ribbon was cut by seasonal staff leadership; then Chief Ranger Adam Herrenbruck lit the Ranger Legacy Fireplace. lighting the first fireThe dedication ceremony moved indoors. Ed Pease and Bill Spice made remarks about the project. Bill also recognized some of the key donors in attendance: Hugh Brewer, Jim MacGillivray, Dwight Stein, and John Murphy. Gene Schnell and Steve Willis were recognized as the inspiration for the OA Trail Crew campaign. Mary Walcutt was also recognized for the gifts made in her husband’s memory. Artists with works on display at the facility were also recognized. President Jim Lynch presented the dedication plaque to Keith Gallaway, Philmont’s General Manager. To close the ceremony, Father Don Hummel blessed the building.

Again, thank you to all who have contributed and support the PSA’s most ambitious project to date.moved inside