2018 PSA Summer Trek: Don’t Wait So Long

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Every year, when coming off the trail, new PSA Trek participants universally make the same statement:

“Why did I wait so long to go on a trek, I should have done this sooner!”

The normal excuses are cited: school, new job, kids, work, and so on. All real and valid reasons to postpone your dream trek. However, all too often, new excuses keep appearing.

“Next year…” you say to yourself.

Stop!

Next year is now! Get out of your rut – break the habit!

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 the other people who helped make those memories so special. Reunite with past staff friends during your custom designed trek.

Registration and Cost

Start planning now! Registration opens on January 1st, 2018

The cost is $575 per person. ($560 for cash or checks). There is a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee for each person registered.

Schedule

The Trek dates are July 28th – August 5th, 2018.

The 2018 Trek schedule is as follows:

  • Spend the night of Saturday, July 28 in the Philmont area
  • Report to the Welcome Center at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 29
  • Hit the trail on Monday, July 30
  • Come off the trail on Saturday, August 4
  • Depart Philmont Sunday, August 5

Lodging for the nights of July 28th and 29th will be in tents at Camping Headquarters. The first Philmont provided meal will be dinner on the 28th at the Staff Dining Hall. The last Philmont meal will be breakfast on August 5th.

Eligibility and Fitness

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. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of PSA member who meets the eligibility requirements above.

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.
You can register on-line, beginning January 1st, by clicking here. You can also register by sending your check to: PSA, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.

If you register by mail, please include information with the names, ages and gender of your eligible family members. This helps identify Youth Protection and tenting issues early-on. Also, if you or your eligible family members have not done the PSA Trek in the past five years, please include a description of each person’s backpacking or other strenuous activity experience during the past five years. This will assist us in getting you crewed-up with persons of similar experience and ability.

If you register on-line, we will contact you via email for the information described above.

Questions about the PSA Summer Trek?

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Cancellation Policy

  1. All registrations are subject to a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee.
  2. Cancellations prior to the post registration deadline (date below) will receive a full refund, subject to the $25 cancellation fee.
  3. Cancellation after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another PSA event prior to the end of 2019 or can be contributed to the General Fund.
  4. In exceptional cases, the Executive Director AND Vice President of Service can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.

The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

Registration Deadline

June 15, 2018

Full-time PSA Office Clerk Wanted

This could be your next office!

Philmont Staff Association
Office Clerk, Full Time Position
40 hours per week, 8am-5pm year round.
*Summer month’s rotating weekends with other staff, pending on scheduled events

Office Clerk Responsibilities

..include, but are not limited to:

  1. In the office duties: Work with the PSA year-round to maintain office hours. Duties in the PSA office include: helping visitors, selling merchandise, answering phone calls, membership data entry, handling and entering donations and assisting in putting together mailings. Learn how to use Raisers Edge database. This will allow you to access information for a member, update address and email, and query specific groups.
  2. Assist with events hosted by the PSA. Duties will include: assist with registration, coordinating weekend activities, and promoting reunion events to Philmont summer staff.
  3. This position will have the opportunity to work 5 days per week in of the office and occasional out of the office, pending on the week’s events and scheduling of days off with seasonal staff. Examples of out of the office, but not limited to are – Staff Opening Banquet, Staff Activity events such as Bratwurst Day, Salsa Night, Open mic music night, Reunion Activities, etc. Also help where needed on Ranch such as Ranch Committee or other special events that might need assistance.
  4. Out of the office: Assist with marketing and promoting the Philmont Staff Association (PSA) as a membership opportunity to Philmont summer staff and PTC faculty. This includes creating materials to be used for recruiting, maintaining a promotional presence at the Staff Activity Center, Staff Dining Hall, PTC Staff Dining Hall, and PTC Staff Lounge, Backcountry and visiting staff departments throughout Philmont.

Other Job Duties

…include, but are not limited to:

  1. Assistance with PSA treks check-in, registration and administrative duties
  2. Attending various recruiting events at Philmont such as the Rayado Banquet, ROCS Banquet and meeting scholarship recipients
  3. Meeting PSA Board and Executive Committee members
  4. Getting a glimpse at non-profit budgeting and book-keeping
  5. Examining collaboration between two non-profit organizations
  6. Other duties assigned by the Executive Director and must live within 45 miles of Philmont Scout Ranch

Job Requirements

Graduation from an accredited high school/GED program required. Associate and/or Bachelor’s degree preferred. Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions, organize and process work and establish and maintain effective working relationship with other PSA and Philmont employees and the general public. Must be familiar with working on a computer/desktop with programs such as Word, Excel, Microsoft Office and data-entry skills. Must be able to operate a copy machine, phone lines, printers and other office equipment. May require prolonged walking, standing, sitting, climbing or bending, and ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. unassisted.

How to Apply

Submit resume, proof of accreditation or degree if applicable, letter of intent and list of 3 references and phone numbers of non-related individuals.

To apply, e-mail all job materials to Dollie O’Neill by November 30th, 2018: [email protected]

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2017 PSA at the Jamboree

The Philmont Staff Association will be hosting a Philmont Staff Reception at the National Scout Jamboree on Wednesday, July 26, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Legacy Village, Tent LE01 (the biggest one near 12 Points). Refreshments will be served. Come to our gathering and fellowship with Philmont folks spending time at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree.

2017 Amigos

More details on the Staff Amigo program.

This listing is updated regularly, but not instantly. Please understand that a department, training crew or camp may no longer be available even though it is listed as available below. Cathy Hubbard will contact you regarding your selection and suggest alternates from her master list if yours is already taken. We endeavor to keep this online listing as up to date as possible.

Until you’ve been confirmed directly by Cathy, please don’t assume you’ve been assigned your first choice staff just because it disappeared from the list below shortly after emailing us.

Mail packages to:

(Name of Staff)
Philmont Scout Ranch
47 Caballo Rd.
Cimarron, NM 87714

Last update: 3:12 PM Mountain Time, Friday June 16th, 2017.

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Apache Springs 7
Baldy Town 7
Beaubien 11
Black Mt. 5
Carson Meadows 6
Chase Ranch 5
Cimarroncito 21
Clark’s Fork 11
Clear Creek 6
Crater Lake 6
Crooked Creek 6
Cypher’s Mine 7
Dan Beard 6
Dean Cow 8
Fish Camp 6
French Henry 6
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Head of Dean 8
Hunting Lodge 6
Indian Writings 7
Kit Carson 8
Metcalf Station 6
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Miranda 8
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Camping Headquarters
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CHQ Logistics 22
CHQ Security 11 Available
CHQ News & Photo Services 19
CHQ Maintenance 16
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