2015 PSA Summer Reunion at the PTC

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Register an adult (12 and up) for $100 or a child (5-11) for $30 online. Children 4 and younger are free.

The summer of 1965 was one that left its mark on Philmont history. The June flood washed away Fish Camp and wrecked the Rayado Canyon. There are many heroic tales as a result of this natural disaster. Come to the Philmont Training Center for the PSA’s summer reunion to meet some of the 1965 staff and hear their stories as we commemorate 50 years since that epic summer.

The Philmont Staff Association’s 2015 Summer Reunion will be held on the weekend of July 10-12 at the Philmont Training Center (PTC). You and your family are invited to participate in a weekend of activities, service, fellowship, and sharing memories. The Philmont Training Center is the perfect venue for our reunion. The facilities at PTC are first class. Tents are large two-person wall canvas on wooden or concrete floors with electricity, lighting, a wardrobe, and two twin beds. Each tent city has restrooms and family shower houses with hot water. There is also a Laundromat on the PTC campus. So, bring the family to the reunion as part of your summer vacation.

Some of the activities for the weekend include: day hikes (including the Tooth of Time), a conservation service project, campfire programs, tours of the Villa Philmonte, talks from members of the 1965 staff about the flood, and the Silent Auction. The Philmont Museum will be open and a “must see” on your weekend agenda. There will also be a reception for 1965 Rangers, hosted by Denny Dubois.

The Rabbi Zeke Palnick Porch Talk and ice cream social will be on Friday evening. The PSA’s Annual Business Meeting will be on the schedule during the weekend, too. The Philmont Training Center staff will offer programs for children as part of the reunion. There will be pony rides, shooting sports, crafts, games, and more for our future Philstaffers to do while adults participate in other activities.

Registration fees for the reunion are: $100 per adult and youth ages 12 and older, and $30 per child up to age 12. This is the best value available to experience Philmont, our HOmE. Check-in will begin on Friday at 1:00pm. There will be activities available to participants on Friday afternoon. So, plan to arrive Friday early afternoon.

2015 Silent Auction at the Reunion

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Saturday, July 11.

During the PSA reunion, we hold a silent auction to raise money in support of Seasonal Staff Scholarships. It’s a lot of fun and we get to send you home with some wonderful mementos of your time spent at Philmont.

We’re asking each PSA reunion and trek participant (or family) to bring something for the auction. In fact, all members are invited to donate something to our auction even if you are not attending the summer activities at Philmont. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Just bring something if you can! Below are some general guidelines, but don’t let these stifle your creativity.

  1. It can be new or used, as long as it’s in good condition. For example, if your “friend” doesn’t ever get around to using that perfectly good backpack he has, donate it! Or, if you’re still a gear geek who has to have the newest stuff, even though the old stuff it still perfectly usable, donate the old stuff and you’ll finally be able to rationalize buying the new.
  2. It can be worth 50 cents, $5.00 or $500.00, and anything over, under and in-between.
  3. You can ask for donations from area merchants and organizations. Please feel free to show them this letter and have the merchant or organization contact Randy Saunders at 575-376-1138 if they want more information about the organization. Also, have them call Randy if they want the PSA’s charitable organization tax ID number or a copy of the letter.
  4. Many people have the best luck asking for donations from their place of employment. Many of you probably work for companies that produce some sort of product. Employers are often willing to make donations to organizations close to the hearts of their employees.
  5. Show us your talent! If you’re an artist, bring or send a piece of your work. Few things are as special as something you’ve created. It’s wonderful to see how talented our Philmont alumni are!

If you have an item to donate, please send it as soon as possible to:

Philmont Staff Association
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron NM 87714

It would be great to have it ahead of time so we can prepare a silent auction bid sheet for the item, but if you can’t please bring it with you when you check in for the reunion.

The Silent Auction will take place on Friday, July 11th.

2015 PSA Trek: WFA and CPR

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first aid patchPhilmont now requires that all crews have at least two participants, (adult or youth) in each crew who are currently certified in Wilderness First Aid or the equivalent and CPR from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or the equivalent. (The requirement of two certified persons was relaxed in 2014, but not in 2015.)

Getting certified in Wilderness First Aid can be a challenge – it is sometimes hard to find an available course. Visit your council service center for more information about when your council will be offering Wilderness First Aid instruction. Do this soon because some councils do it early in the year and these classes fill quickly. If your council does not offer this instruction, call your local Red Cross to see if the course is being offered.

If that does not work, equivalent training can be obtained from the following nationally-recognized organizations:

In lieu of Wilderness First Aid and CPR training, Philmont will accept the following advance levels of training. A copy of the current license or certification must be shared with Philmont during the registration process:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Outdoor Emergency Care
  • EMT Basic, Intermediate, or Paramedic
  • Military Corpsman or Medic
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Nurse Practitioner
  • Licensed Physician’s Assistant
  • Licensed Physician, MD or DO

Full trek details.

For further information contact:
Doug Latimer at [email protected]
Dave Romack at [email protected]
Lee Huckstep at [email protected]

Our standard terms and conditions apply. Cancellation policy:

  1. Cancellation prior to the registration deadline of June 1, 2015 will receive a full refund.
  2. Cancellation after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another PSA or Exchange Program event prior to the end of 2016 or can be contributed to the general fund of the cancelling participant’s association.
  3. In exceptional cases, the Executive Director AND Vice President of Service of the PSA can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.

2015 PSA Trek: Itinerary Planning

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It’s time to start planning your itinerary for the PSA Trek July 12 – 19, $475 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

orienteering merit badgePhilmont 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 11, must be spent in the Philmont area and that counts as the first night. The night of July 12, 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 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.

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.

The southwest part of Philmont will not offer a traditional conservation site in 2015. Instead, special treks like the PSA Trek will be able to complete their conservation requirements at Beaubien and Apache Springs by doing campsite restoration projects. Also, all staff camps will offer invasive species removal projects for crews that cannot otherwise complete the conservation requirements.
Traditional conservation will be offered at the following camps: Pueblano, Indian Writings, Whiteman Vega, Harlan, Hidden Valley, Sawmill and Crater Lake.

The bottom line is that meeting conservation requirements in 2015 will be much easier.

Bus Drop-off/Pick-up Points

Your itinerary planning must take into account the established bus drop off/pickup points. These points are 6 Mile Gate, 9 Mile Gate (Ponil Road), Bear Canyon, 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.

For further information contact:
Doug Latimer at [email protected]
Dave Romack at [email protected]
Lee Huckstep at [email protected]

Our standard terms and conditions apply. Cancellation policy:

  1. Cancellation prior to the registration deadline of June 1, 2015 will receive a full refund.
  2. Cancellation after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another PSA or Exchange Program event prior to the end of 2016 or can be contributed to the general fund of the cancelling participant’s association.
  3. In exceptional cases, the Executive Director AND Vice President of Service of the PSA can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.