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

2017 Silent Auction at the Reunion

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Biggest & Best PSA Silent Auction

The Biggest & Best PSA Silent Auction at the PSA Annual Reunion will open Thursday evening, July 27 and close Friday afternoon, July 28th.

To make it the biggest and best silent auction, we really need your help. PSA members always come through, so let’s do it once more.  We need auction items. Search your drawers, your closets, and your garage. What items would really be desired by PSA members? And remember, they don’t have to be Philmont or Scouting related—anything that might interest PSAer is welcome.

Remember 100% of  funds generated by the Biggest & Best Silent Auction go to the Staff Scholarship Fund. The more we raise, the more scholarships we can award.

Send in your small items now, but please contact the office before shipping your items so our staff knows what to expect, larger items need to be held till July 1st since we don’t have any storage (when we have our own office at HOmE that shouldn’t be a problem).

Don’t send staff shirts from the past 20 years, but if you have an old yellow “bumblebee” staff shirt, we’d like to have it—those have become collectors’ items!

For information or to make donations, contact:
Ray Czech at [email protected] or
Dollie O’Neill [email protected]

Ship items to:
Philmont Staff Association, 17 Deer Run Rd, Cimarron, NM 87714

The 2017 PSA Summer Trek: Rangers Welcome

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The PSA Trek is open to all PSA members and their eligible family members. It is your best opportunity to share first-hand with your family the experience you have talked about for years and let them meet the other persons who helped make that experience so special.

And, 2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Philmont Ranger Department. What better way is there to celebrate that milestone than by doing the PSA Trek! Rangers and non-Rangers are welcome – this is not a closed event.

The Trek dates are July 29–August 5, 2017, and the cost is $522 per person. There is a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee for each person registered (deadline: June 15, 2017), and the Trek follows the week-long PSA Reunion at the Training Center, July 23–29, 2017. CPR and Wilderness First Aid training will be available for Trekkers during the Reunion week. Watch the High Country and on-line newsletter for Reunion details, and consider doing both.

Discounted Reunion and Trek Bundle Pricing

  1. The week-long 2017 PSA Reunion (July 23—29) is before the trek and costs $540
  2. Register for both events and pay only $800! A $262 savings. Normally $1,062
  3. Register for the PSA Reunion on the Philmont Training Center website
  4. Once registered, contact the PSA Office for your discount coupon code
  5. Apply coupon to summer trek purchase

Dates and Schedule

The PSA Summer Trek is July 29—August 5, 2017.

  1. Spend the night of Friday, July 28 in the Philmont area
  2. Report to the Welcome Center at 8 AM on Saturday, July 29
  3. Hit the trail on Sunday, July 30
  4. Come off the trail on Friday, August 4
  5. Depart Philmont Saturday, August 5

Spending the night of July 28 in the Philmont area gives your crew more flexibility in designing an itinerary, and being at the Welcome center by 8 a.m. (and no later) on July 29 will allow your crew to get through the check-in process quickly and efficiently.

Cost and Eligibility

The cost is $522 per person. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or 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 is, by itself, not sufficient for Trek participation. Ask yourself: am I physically and mentally fit enough to work at Philmont? If the answer to this question is “no”, the Trek is probably not for you. If you are not physically and mentally fit, you will not enjoy the Trek and there will likely be negative impacts on your crew members, as well.

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.

As always, your crew will be free to design its own itinerary, subject to the PSA’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.

We have 60 Trekker slots to fill. With 2017 being the 60th Anniversary of the Ranger Department, we will have no trouble selling all the slots. Don’t sit there staring at your pack because your slot will be sold and you will be left in the dust of a Philmont bus as your friends head off to their starting points.

You can register by sending your check to the PSA, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.

If you register by mail, please include a slip of paper 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 back-packing 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 for the information described above. Please respond promptly.

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.

2016 PSA Trek: Itinerary Planning

It’s time to start planning your itinerary for the PSA Trek July 10 – 17, $515 per person. Whatever itinerary you come up with, you need to know the basics of itinerary planning at Philmont. Here they are.

The 9,000-foot Rule

Philmont requires that the first three nights at Philmont be slept under 9,000 feet elevation. You can hike as high as you want on any day. The reason for this rule is altitude sickness prevention. Your itinerary must comply with this requirement. The night before reporting to the Welcome Center, July 9, must be spent in the Philmont area and that counts as the first night. The night of July 10, spent in Camper Tent City, counts as the second night. In order to be compliant with the rule, the first night on the trail must be spent at an official Philmont starting camp, including Minette Meadows on the Cimarroncita tract, or one of the following staffed camps: Zastrow, Carson Meadows, Abreu, Urraca, Crater Lake, Miner’s Park, Clark’s Fork, Cito, Hunting Lodge, Harlan, Indian Writings, Ponil, Pueblano or Dean Cow. Trekkers providing their own transportation to the Valle can spend the first night at Ring Place or Whiteman Vega. No exceptions, even if a camp is below 9,000 feet. Note that if you spend the first night at Minette Meadows on the Cimarroncita tract, your gateway to the rest of Philmont is via Ute Park Pass.

Itinerary Length

Hikes on successive days should generally be in conformity with hikes found in approved Philmont itineraries. Itineraries with hikes substantially exceeding the length of those found in approved Philmont itineraries may be subject to disapproval by Logistics. Even though your itinerary may comply with 9,000-foot rule and be in conformity with hikes found in the approved itineraries, your itinerary should be appropriate for the hiking abilities of your crew. Not everyone can do a super-strenuous itinerary.

Conservation

Itineraries shall include the opportunity for 3 hours of conservation work. Conservation can be done at the following locations:

  1. Whiteman Vega – new trail construction/trail maintenance, meet at Whiteman Vega
  2. Flume Canyon to Elkhorn – new trail construction, meet at Flume Canyon
  3. Indian Writings to Chase Canyon – new trail construction, meet at Indian Writings
  4. Harlan to Deer Lake – new trail construction, meet at ???
  5. Hidden Valley to Cathedral Rock Camp – new trail construction, meet in between Window Rock and Hidden Valley
  6. Whistle Punk Camp to Cyphers Mine – new trail construction, meet at Whistle Punk Camp
  7. Crater Lake – Trail construction
  8. Beaubien (backcountry staff/self-led)
  9. Apache Springs (backcountry staff/self-led)
  10. Clear Creek (backcountry staff/self-led)

With all these opportunities, meeting the conservation requirements in 2016 should be easy.

Bus drop-off/pick-up points

Your itinerary planning must take into account the established bus drop-off/pick-up points. These points are Cimarroncita (replacing Bear Canyon) 6 Mile Gate, 9 Mile Gate (Ponil Road), Chase Ranch, Cito, Lover’s Leap, Ponil, Rayado (Kit Carson Museum), Turkey Creek and Zastrow. In addition to the above, personal vehicles may be used to get you to and from the “parking lot” south of Whiteman Vega Camp in the Valle Vidal on Cerrososo Road east of McCrystal campground. Personal vehicles are not permitted at the Maxwell turnaround, and there is no bus service, either.

Food Pick-up Points

Your itinerary should provide for food pick-ups. You can pick up food at Ring Place, Rich Cabins, Baldy Town, Ponil, Ute Gulch, Phillips Junction, Miner’s Park and Apache Springs.

Wrap-up

Your itinerary planning should include consideration of drop-off and pick-up points, hiking abilities of crew members, food pick-up, and compliance with the 9,000-foot rule. The rest is up to you. Get your Philmont maps out, start planning itineraries, share those itineraries with friends, and join in the fun of planning! Your Trek experience starts now.

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.