2021 PSA Reunion: Celebrating 50+ Years of Conservation

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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 for the 2021 PSA Reunion is through the Philmont Training Center and not through the Philmont Staff Association.

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.



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.

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.


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
    • Cracker Barrel / Ice Cream Social
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021
    • Day Hikes & Family Program
    • Conservation Service Project
    • Rod Taylor Concert
  • Friday, July 23, 2021
    • Silent Auction starts
    • Eagle Nest Dam & Chase Ranch Tours
  • Saturday, July 24, 2021
    • Day Hikes: TBD
    • 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


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

Volunteer Vacation: I Wanna Give Back to Philmont

Volunteer Vacation: I Wanna Give Back to Philmont

iwgbtp sticker
The Tooth of Time Traders sells this sticker. We all know what the letters represent, right? If by some slight chance, the meaning has slipped by you, just Google it. Pages and pages of results will tell you: I Wanna Go Back To Philmont.

However, The new PSA Volunteer Vacation (September 17-24, 2016) will give these letters a whole new meaning:

I Wanna Give Back To Philmont

VolunteerVacationPatch_tree_smallThat’s right, this program offers a unique way to go back and give back to Philmont. You’ll also get dirty, work hard, and have a lot of fun. A true opportunity to give back to the Philmont you love.

The cost is only $210 and participation is limited to twenty persons. Registration begins at noon Central Time on March 1, 2016.

Click here for complete information.

2015 Conservation High Country Call for Submissions


As part of the next High Country Conservation Special Issue, we’re seeking brief personal essays on how Philmont has shaped people’s lives and connections to the land. We’re especially interested in essays of approximately 750 words that respond to either of these prompts:

One: How has Philmont shaped your connection to the world around you? We hope that these essays collectively reveal how the magic of Philmont transcends the ranch and influences our connections to the land, as well as to each other.

Two: What role did Philmont play in guiding you to a career in a conservation-related profession? We hope that these essays illuminate the diverse impacts Philmont has had on people’s live and career choices—be they rooted in natural resource management, environmental education, firefighting, etc. Through these essays, we also want to expose the Philmont community to the range of conservation activities that people with a connection to the ranch are engaged in throughout the world.

We’d love to hear from you. If you’re interested in sharing your story, please email Mike Sudmeier at [email protected] for additional details.