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.

Currently 300 max capacity for registration for the PSA Reunion.

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. All PSA Reunion attendees, whether it is 1 day, 2 days or all 4 days, MUST register and follow the Philmont check in guidelines of proof of vaccines or negative Covid tests. Please visit https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/covid-19-mitigation/ for full details on visiting Philmont this summer.

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/

2021 PSA Summer Trek: Fire – Covid – Treks

2021 PSA Summer Trek: Fire – Covid – Treks

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First the Ute Park Fire in 2018 and then the Pandemic in 2020. Two Philmont camping seasons canceled. No summer treks for anyone.

Let’s all hope that 2021 returns to something somewhat normal for all the Scouts and Leaders yearning to visit Philmont for the first time or again. If the PSA can squeeze in some crews, that will be even better!

2021 will be a packed and busy summer for Philmont. Record numbers are planned as Philmont works to accommodate the large number of crews that were canceled in 2018 and then suffered the same fate in 2020. Fortunately, the PSA has again been granted 60 slots for our trekkers. Thank you Philmont!

Start planning now.

Registration and Cost

The trek dates are July 24th–August 1st, 2021, and the cost is $720 (+ $50 Covid-19 surcharge) per person. Trek fees are paid directly to Philmont. There are no refunds except for emergency situations that must be approved by Philmont on an individual basis. Please see full details at the bottom of this article.

The PSA Trek is open to all PSA members and their eligible family members. Share first-hand with your loved ones the experience you have talked about for years and let them meet other people who helped make those memories so special. Reunite with past staff friends during your custom designed trek.

PSA Reunion

The annual PSA Reunion featuring the Conservation Department 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held Wednesday, July 21st through Sunday morning, July 25th. This is a separate event from the trek, but, of course, all trekkers are invited to arrive early and attend the reunion. Complete reunion registration information will be announced soon.

Schedule

The trek dates are July 24th to August 1st, 2021.

The trek schedule is as follows:

  • Trekkers arrive on Saturday, July 24
  • Spend the night of Saturday, July 24 in the Philmont area (PTC or town)
  • Report to the Welcome Center at 8AM – Sunday, July 25 (Meet Rangers)
  • Hit the trail on Monday, July 26
  • Come off the trail on Saturday, July 31
  • Depart Philmont Sunday, August 1

Lodging for the nights of July 24th and 25th will be in tents at the PTC. The first Philmont provided meal will be dinner on the 24th at the PTC Dining Hall. The last Philmont meal will be breakfast on August 1st.

Eligibility and Fitness

Please note: You must be a PSA member or an eligible family member. Your friends or simply friends of Philmont are not allowed on the PSA Summer Trek. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of a PSA member who meets the eligibility requirements below.

The trek eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or a trek-eligible family member
  • Be a member of the BSA (BSA membership # required*)
  • Have a current completed Philmont medical form
  • Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

*Please note the BSA Membership requirement. You should provide your membership number when you register. If you’re not a member of the BSA, you will have only 30 days to obtain membership and provide the PSA with your number. Your trek registration will be automatically removed if you cannot provide BSA membership within 30 days.

Your doctor’s signature on your medical form, by itself, is not sufficient for trek participation. Ask yourself several questions. Am I really ready to trek at Philmont? Am I really in shape? Am I really ready to work and be a team crew member? You’re not 21 years old anymore. If you are not physically and mentally fit and willing to be a team player, you will not enjoy the trek. There will be negative impacts on your crew members, as well. Please take a moment and read this article: Are You Really Ready To Trek?

You are encouraged to bring your trek-eligible family members.

You and your family members should share Philmont and Scouting values. This includes dressing appropriately for a Scouting environment and behaving in such manner which does not have a negative impact on the experience of your crewmates and others with whom they come into contact. The PSA Trek is not the appropriate place to work out family issues: the issues will not likely be resolved and may impact negatively on your crewmates.

If this is the first trek for your family member, you should conduct shake-down overnight hikes at home before your trek – just like a regular Scout crew. Don’t delay and burden your other crew members as you teach basic camping skills.

Itinerary Planning

As always, your crew will be free to design its own itinerary, subject to Philmont’s itinerary planning guidelines. By registering early, you can form your own crew or join the crew you want and be a part of the itinerary planning fun. A crew will consist of up to 12 persons and open spaces in crews will be available to any registrant until the crew is filled. If you have a group with which you want to trek, get them to sign up early so there will be space for all of you in the same crew.

Space and Payment

There are 60 trekker slots–approximately 5 crews. Sign up ASAP and begin the crew and itinerary planning process now.

Register on-line, beginning January 1st, by clicking here (available 1/1).

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

June 15, 2021

Questions about the PSA Summer Trek?


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.

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!

2020 PSA Summer Trek: Back to the Backcountry

2020 PSA Summer Trek: Back to the Backcountry

After painfully sitting out the canceled 2018 season, PSA Trekkers triumphantly journeyed HOmE in 2019. PSA Crews returned to Philmont’s beloved Backcountry and also began exploring the new land being shared with Philmont by its ranching neighbors. The treks were fantastic. Weather was great. And countless new Philmont memories were created.

2020 will again be a full and busy summer for Philmont. Near record numbers are expected as Philmont continues to recover from the 2018 fire. The PSA has again been granted 60 slots for our trekkers. Thank you Philmont!

Start planning now.

Registration open until June 15th, 2020.

Registration and Cost

The trek dates are July 18th–July 26th, 2020, and the cost is $620 per person. Trek fees are paid directly to Philmont. There are no refunds except for emergency situations that must be approved by Philmont on an individual basis. Please see full details at the bottom of this article.

The PSA Trek is open to all PSA members and their eligible family members. Share first-hand with your loved ones the experience you have talked about for years and let them meet other people who helped make those memories so special. Reunite with past staff friends during your custom designed trek.

PSA Reunion

The annual PSA Reunion will be held Friday, July 17th through Sunday morning, July 19th. This, of course, is the weekend when the trek begins. Trekkers will be able to arrive a day early on Friday and participate in all the Reunion activities during the weekend. Complete registration information and the extra cost for housing and meals will be provided in the Reunion announcement.

Schedule

The trek dates are July 18th to July 26th, 2020.

The 2020 trek schedule is as follows:

  • Optional – Arrive on Friday, July 17 for the PSA Reunion (extra cost)
  • Normal trek arrival is on Saturday, July 18
  • Spend the night of Saturday, July 18 in the Philmont area (PTC or town)
  • Report to the Welcome Center at 8AM on Sunday, July 19 (meet Rangers)
  • Hit the trail on Monday, July 20
  • Come off the trail on Saturday, July 25
  • Depart Philmont Sunday, July 26

Lodging for the nights of July 18th and 19th will be in tents at the PTC. The first Philmont provided meal will be dinner on the 18th at the PTC Dining Hall. The last Philmont meal will be breakfast on July 26th.

Eligibility and Fitness

You must be a PSA member or an eligible family member. Your friends or simply friends of Philmont are not allowed on the PSA Summer Trek. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of a PSA member who meets the eligibility requirements below.

The trek eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or a trek-eligible family member
  • Be a member of the BSA
  • Have a current completed Philmont medical form
  • Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

Your doctor’s signature on your medical form, by itself, is not sufficient for Trek participation. Ask yourself several questions. Am I really ready to trek at Philmont? Am I really in shape? Am I really ready to work and be a team crew member? You’re not 21 years old anymore. If you are not physically and mentally fit and willing to be a team player, you will not enjoy the Trek. There will be negative impacts on your crew members, as well. Please take a moment and read this article: Are You Really Ready To Trek?

You are encouraged to bring your trek-eligible family members.

You and your family members should share Philmont and Scouting values. This includes dressing appropriately for a Scouting environment and behaving in such manner which does not have a negative impact on the experience of your crewmates and others with whom they come into contact. The PSA Trek is not the appropriate place to work out family issues: the issues will not likely be resolved and may impact negatively on your crewmates.

If this is the first trek for your family member, you should conduct shake-down overnight hikes at home before your trek – just like a regular Scout crew. Don’t delay and burden your other crew members as you teach basic camping skills.

Itinerary Planning

As always, your crew will be free to design its own itinerary, subject to Philmont’s itinerary planning guidelines. By registering early, you can form your own crew or join the crew you want and be a part of the itinerary planning fun. A crew will consist of up to 12 persons and open spaces in crews will be available to any registrant until the crew is filled. If you have a group with which you want to trek, get them to sign up early so there will be space for all of you in the same crew.

Space and Payment

There are 60 Trekker slots – approximately 5 crews. Sign up ASAP and begin the crew and itinerary planning process now.
Register on-line, beginning January 1st, by clicking here (available 1/1).

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

June 15, 2020


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.