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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.
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.
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.
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?
- All registrations are subject to a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee.
- Cancellations prior to the post registration deadline (date below) will receive a full refund, subject to the $25 cancellation fee.
- 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.
- 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.
June 15, 2018