2021 PSA Reunion: Celebrating 50+ Years of Conservation

Cons Patch

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 deadline is July 9th, 2021.

Currently 300 max capacity for registration for the PSA Reunion.

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. All PSA Reunion attendees, whether it is 1 day, 2 days or all 4 days, MUST register and follow the Philmont check in guidelines of proof of vaccines or negative Covid tests. Please visit https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/covid-19-mitigation/ for full details on visiting Philmont this summer.

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
    • Opening Program
    • Cracker Barrel / Ice Cream Social
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021
    • Day Hikes & Family Program
    • Conservation Service Project
    • Keynote: Land Use History
  • Friday, July 23, 2021
    • Conservation Service Project
    • Silent Auction starts
    • Eagle Nest Dam & Chase Ranch Tours
    • Ry Taylor Concert
  • Saturday, July 24, 2021
    • Conservation Department Expo
    • 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.


2018 Philmont Wrangler Reunion

2018 Philmont Wrangler Reunion

Saturday, October 6th in Amarillo!

Former Philmont Wranglers are hosting a Philmont Wrangler Reunion on October 6, 2018. Guest of Honor: Ben Vargas, Rod Taylor, Bob Ricklefs, and Chuck Enloe. This reunion will be a “Once in a Lifetime” event!

Make plans now to attend. Any questions and R.S.V.P. by email to John Alexander at [email protected] or [email protected].

The gathering will be held in Amarillo, Texas, at the American Quarter Horse Association Museum Grand Hall at 2601 I-40 East, Amarillo. Event time 10am-9:30pm.

Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and memorabilia from the ranch. Highlights of the reunion will be a ceremony to recognize the guests of honor and musical entertainment by Tish Hinojosa!

Hotel Block Information: Comfort Inn and Suites, 2101 E interstate 40, Amarillo. Call to reserve at 806-331-7829.

2018 PSA Reunion at Tulsa – The Info You Need

Update 10/6: A few Basic slots newly available!!

After those are gone, we will take wait list orders for the Basic Program.


Your Philmont Staff Association invites you to the PSA Reunion at Tulsa October 19-20. You and your guests will enjoy a unique program that will expand your knowledge of the Phillips legacy in Oklahoma, and you will have the opportunity to connect with PSA friends, old and new.

The Reunion is open to 180 persons. The previous PSA Tulsa Reunion sold out; this Reunion will also sell out too. Immediately register for the Reunion and secure your hotel reservation, both as described below, or you may end up on the Reunion waiting list or at a less-favorable hotel.

The Reunion Program

Friday, October 19

Check in at the Courtyard Marriott lobby. This hotel is next door to the Philtower and is on the second floor of the Atlas Life Building.

Mixer in the restored early 20th century lobby of the Atlas Life Building. The PSA will provide finger food and hors’d’oeuvres, you will buy your own beverages at the cash bar, and the fun will begin.

Saturday, October 20

Guided visits to the fully restored Waite Phillips offices. You will enter through the meticulously maintained Philtower lobby—an attraction in its own right—ride the elevator up, and see Waite Phillips’ offices exactly as they were when he occupied them. Your visit will be 80 years to the day that the Boy Scouts of America phoned Waite Phillips to accept the donation of the land that became Philturn. Waite likely took the call in these offices.

Travel to Woolaroc, country retreat of Frank Phillips, Waite’s brother. Woolaroc is ranked by some as Oklahoma’s leading tourist attraction. Your program will include admission to Woolaroc, lunch in the Woolaroc Lodge dining room, guided tour of the Woolaroc Lodge, and access to the eclectic Museum, where the author’s favorite exhibit is the shrunken heads. (Kids like them too.) Others will prefer viewing the largest collection of Colt firearms in the world.

Evening program at the magnificent Philbrook Museum of Art, the Tulsa residence of Waite and Genevieve Phillips. You will be able to tour the galleries and gardens at your leisure, enjoy cocktails on the Veranda as Waite and Genevieve did (cash bar), dine in the elegant Philbrook Rotunda, and cap off the evening with a special program in the Philbrook auditorium.

Two Levels of Pricing

We are offering the Tulsa program at two price levels: basic and enhanced.

The cost per person for the basic program is $61 per person. You will enjoy everything described above, except for the Woolaroc program.

The cost of the enhanced program is $92 per person. This higher price gets you the Woolaroc program, including round trip chartered bus transportation to and from Woolaroc.

The enhanced program is limited to 112 persons. Participation is limited by the capacity of our chartered busses, the Woolaroc dining room and the Woolaroc Lodge.

Persons not purchasing the enhanced program are welcome to visit Woolaroc on their own, but we will be unable to provide lunch and the Lodge tour because of Woolaroc capacity limitations If you don’t go to Woolaroc, you can take in other superb Tulsa attractions described below. You can have a full day of outstanding activities, with or without the enhanced program.

Register for the basic or enhanced program by sending your monies directly to the PSA at 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, 87714, together with your name, the names of your guests, and your phone number and email address.

Wait Lists

In the event the enhanced program has sold out, you can get on the wait list for the enhanced program by registering for the basic program, and then let us know you want to be on the enhanced program wait list. Send notification to [email protected] Upgrades will be filled if cancellations for the enhanced program are received. Upgrades will be given in the chronological order the requests for upgrade are received. If you receive the upgrade, you will need to pay the additional fees.

In the event the basic program has sold out, go ahead and register. You will be given notice that the basic program is backordered. You will be put on a wait list. Slots will be filled in the chronological order the basic program back orders are received.

We do not expect cancellations in the immediate future. Do not be discouraged if your request for an upgrade to the enhanced level, or a back order for the basic program, does not come right away. Experience tells us there will be come cancellations, so please be patient.


You are encouraged to bring family members and friends with whom you want to share your passion for Philmont and the Phillips legacy.


We are pleased to offer preferred pricing for a block of rooms at the Tulsa Downtown Courtyard Marriott. The hotel is next door to the Philtower and directly above the Atlas Life lobby where you will enjoy the Friday night mixer.

This is the same hotel which we used for the previous Tulsa reunion. Every room in the hotel has been recently refurbished and the hotel will provide a comfortable base camp for reunion attendees. The rate for a standard king is $114 per night, the rate of a double queen is $119 per night, single or double occupancy. In addition, you are charged the local occupancy tax of 13.5%. Parking is available in the attached Philtower garage for $12 per night.

Reserve your hotel room by phoning the hotel direct at 918-508-7400 and ask for the Philmont Staff Association rate. The rate code is “PSAS $114 Standard King, $119 for Double Queen.”

Book with your Philmont Staff Association group rate now.

We currently have a hold on 50 rooms, 25 of each type. When those 50 rooms are sold out, we will ask for additional rooms. Additionally, there are 10 rooms, 5 rooms of each type, available on Thursday night, October 18, 2018, at the discounted rate.

Other Superb Attractions

For persons arriving early, or for those persons purchasing the basic package, there are superb attractions in Tulsa.

Woody Guthrie Center—this is the author’s favorite. The original, handwritten lyrics of “This Land is Your Land” are on display, and that alone is worth the price of admission to those familiar with how this song has been adapted to Philmont. Other artifacts include Guthrie’s fiddle, guitar and mandolin. You can listen to original recordings of Guthrie’s songs at the music bar. The Center is a doable long walk from the hotel, or a short cab ride.

Gilcrease Museum—this is the second most popular attraction in Tulsa. (Philbrook is number 1.) The museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art of the American West. Artists on display include Frederick Remington, Charles Marion Russel and John James Audubon. The Helmerich Center at the Gilcrease is the depository of the Bob Dylan Archives. (At this time the date when the Dylan artifacts will be displayed is unknown but we will let you know if they go on display prior to October 19-20.) The Gilcrease is near downtown, but transportation will be required.

The Church Studio—this converted church was the recording studio of rocker Leon Russell and many of his friends. The studio is currently being restored and may be open to the public by the time of the Reunion. We will provide further information closer to the Reunion. Even if the studio is not open by Reunion time, you can drive by.

Further Information

Be watching future editions of High Country for more detailed information about program features, and see the October 2017 and December 2017 issues of High Country for detailed information about Waite Phillips restored offices and Woolaroc.

You can also obtain information from Lee Huckstep at 832-620- 2014, or using the form below.

Your Tulsa experience starts now with making registrations and reservations.

Questions about the PSA Reunion in Tulsa?

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Cancellation Policy

  1. All registrations are subject to a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee.
  2. Cancellations prior to the posted 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 the year following the scheduled event 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.

The registration deadline for this event is September 30th, 2018.

Update 10/6: Extended to sell out newly available Basic slots.

2016 Florida Reunion


Egret photo courtesy of Wesley Hetrick.

Saturday, January 30th from 10:00am until 3:00pm

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

The 22,000-acre park features hiking and bicycle trails, a visitor’s center and observation tower, a boat ramp to 300-acre Lake Wauberg, RV and tent camping areas, wildlife viewing, and even bison.

PSA members and Philmont staff, past and present, and their guests and families.

What to Bring
A pot luck dish, photo albums, and stories! Plates, napkins, and drinks will be supplied, as will a laptop with screen to share your digital photos from a flash drive.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, in Micanopy, on the east side of US 441.

  • From I-75 take exit 374 (Micanopy exit) and turn east onto CR 234.
  • Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441.
  • Turn left onto 441 and go 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

Park admission is $6 per vehicle for 2 to 8 persons and $4 for single occupants. We will meet at Picnic Pavilion 2, which has tables and is convenient to restrooms, a roofed multi-grill cooking shed, trails, the campground, and a playground. More information about RV and full-facility tent camping is available here:


Contact the park at 352-466-3397 for more information about primitive tent camping

Please RSVP to Susan and Randall MacDonald at [email protected]