2016 PSA Amigos

More details on the Staff Amigo program.

This listing is updated regularly, but not instantly. Please understand that a department, training crew or camp may no longer be available even though it is listed as available below. Nancy Coleman ([email protected]) will contact you regarding your selection and suggest alternates from her master list if yours is already taken. We endeavor to keep this online listing as up to date as possible.

Until you’ve been confirmed directly by Nancy, please don’t assume you’ve been assigned your first choice staff just because it disappeared from the list below shortly after emailing us.

Mail packages to:

(Name of Staff)
Philmont Scout Ranch
47 Caballo Rd.
Cimarron, NM 87714

Last update: 8:05 AM Mountain Time, Saturday May 14th, 2016.

Department, TC or Camp Headcount Availability
Backcountry    
Abreu 7  
Apache Springs 7  
Baldy Town 7  
Beaubien 10  
Black Mt. 5  
Carson Meadows 6  
Chase Ranch 8?  
Cimarroncito 21  
Clark’s Fork 11  
Clear Creek 6  
Crater Lake 6  
Crooked Creek 6  
Cypher’s Mine 7  
Dan Beard 6 Available
Dean Cow 8 Available
Fish Camp 6  
French Henry 6  
Harlan 7  
Head of Dean 7  
Hunting Lodge 6  
Indian Writings 7 Available
Kit Carson 8  
Metcalf Station 9  
Miners’ Park 9  
Miranda 7  
Phillip’s Junction 6  
Ponil 15  
Pueblano 7  
Rayado 6  
Rayado Ridge 6 Available
Rich Cabins 6  
Ring Place 6  
Sawmill 6  
Seally Canyon 5  
Urraca 6  
Ute Gulch 6  
Whiteman Vega 6  
Zastrow 6  
Backcountry Mgrs/Staff 11 Available
Cabin Restoration 5 Available
Camping Headquarters    
CHQ Seasonal Administration 11  
CHQ Logistics 21 Available
CHQ Security 12  
CHQ News & Photo Services 21  
CHQ Maintenance 17  
CHQ Services 22 Available
Trading Post Mgmt 14  
Trading Post Clerks 29  
Trading Post Whse 7  
CHQ Commissary 12 Available
CHQ Food Service 44 Available
CHQ Activities 22 Available
Welcome Center 10 Available
Chaplains 7  
Health Lodge    
Medics – 1st Round 6 Available
Medics – 2nd Round 6 Available
Medics – 3rd Round 6 Available
HL Admin/Support 34 Available
Rangers    
Training Crew 1 8  
Training Crew 2 8  
Training Crew 3 8  
Training Crew 4 8 Available
Training Crew 5 8 Available
Training Crew 6 8 Available
Training Crew 7 8 Available
Training Crew 8 8 Available
Training Crew 9 8 Available
Training Crew 10 8 Available
Training Crew 11 8 Available
Training Crew 12 8 Available
Training Crew 13 8  
Training Crew 14 8 Available
Training Crew 15 8  
Training Crew 16 8  
Training Crew 17 8 Available
Training Crew 18 8 Available
Training Crew 19 8 Available
Training Crew 20 8 Available
Training Crew 21 8 Available
Training Crew 22 8 Available
Training Crew 23 8 Available
Training Crew 24 8 Available
Training Crew 25 8  
Mountain Trek Rangers 8  
Ranger Administration 10  
Academy Cadets    
USAFA 25  
USMA 18 Available
USNA 20  
Conservation Dept    
Work Crew 1 5  
Work Crew 2 5 Available
Work Crew 3 5 Available
Work Crew 4 5 Available
Work Crew 5 5 Available
Work Crew 6 5 Available
Work Crew 7 5 Available
Conservationists 18  
Environmental Education 8  
OA Trail Crew 13  
Sustainability Specialists 3 Available
Invasive Species 3 Available
GIS 3 Available
Conservation Leadership 5 Available
Ranch Dept    
Bear Research 2 Available
Motor Pool 1 Available
Horsemen 8 Available
Wranglers – Beaubien 24  
Wranglers – Clarks 24 Available
Wranglers – Ponil 24 Available
Philmont Training Center    
Seasonal Admin 4  
PTC Food Service 29  
PTC Services 14  
Housekeeping 9 Available
PTC Program 36  
PTC Craft Lodge 8  
C.O.P.E. 7  
Museums    
Kit Carson 8  
Villa Staff 8  
Seton 6  

2013 Staff Amigos

nav_amigosFeatureSee the list of available 2013 Staff groups

Signs of spring are appearing all over the country: snow is slowly melting, birds are singing, and the sun is rising a little earlier every day. On college campuses and in homes, email is being checked daily for that sought after note that a Philmont contract is on its way.

About half the staff have received their contract in the mail and are busy planning for the summer. Through the Staff Amigos Program, those of us who are not lucky enough to be headed for the Sangres this May can still be involved. This program is here to help you reach out to each year’s staff. It is as easy or hard as you choose to make it, and can be a lot of fun.

Just pick a group of staff. You can befriend a backcountry camp, the medical staff, a Ranger Crew, PTC, or any other group. Cathy Hubbard will start taking requests in early April, and groups are assigned first come, first served. She will send you a list of ideas and suggestions but also encourage you to be creative. You can send one package or several smaller ones, postcards and letters. Just think of what you might have wanted to receive when you were working at the Ranch, what you missed the most.

Cathy opens Amigos up on April 2nd, and staff groups are given out in a first come, first served fashion. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 608-836-6672.

Thank you so much for what you do for the ranch and the staff.

2011 Staff Amigos

The PSA Amigos program is here to help you reach out to this year’s staff. It’s easy and you can have a lot of fun with it. The befriending process is simple. Just pick a staff or part of a staff: you can befriend French Henry, East Tent City, or a Ranger Training Crew, for example. During the summer, send your staff some goodies that will make their summer more enjoyable. When you befriend, you’ll be sent a list of ideas, but you’re encouraged to be creative: think back to your days on staff and what things from civilization you missed most, things that would have made your job easier, or things that just would have been fun to play with during those dull moments.

More info here and the 2011 list of available staffs here.

Care package photo courtesy of Michael Seery.

2009 Staff Amigos Program

One of the PSA’s most popular ways to stay connected with Philmont as it is today has been the Adopt-a-Staff program. I received some feedback last year that perhaps the term “Adopt” either belittled the heroic effort and sacrifice made by true adoptive parents or implied a higher level of commitment to this particular program than was actually envisioned. There were several alternative titles suggested or possible: Sponsor-a-Staff; Staff Buddies, Big Brother/Big Sister (Oops! Copyright infringement), Philstaff Patrons, Fairy Den Mothers (way too much trouble there!), Support-a-Staff (do we really want….never mind), and on and on! In an attempt to avoid the problems inherent in some of these while preserving the intent of the program and giving a bit of a Southwest resonance, let’s call it “Staff Amigos.” I tried to find a suitable Spanish equivalent for “Staff” but found the term as we use it really doesn’t translate well. The closest was “cuerpo” which means “corps” but also means “corpse or cadaver.” As you can see, the possibilities for giving offense or getting into trouble are legion!

So until somebody can suggest another title that provides adequate shorthand of the program without the semantic difficulties, Staff Amigos it is.

So what is (are?) Staff Amigos? We are PSA members who remember that Philstaff service does have its drawbacks. little in the way of local resources for reading material, recreation equipment, dietary variety, fashion accessories, or soft bathroom tissue! Plus, we’ve all thought that we could do a better job if only we could lay our hands on …… you name the item NOT part of your official supply issue! Staff Amigos understand these sacrifices and deprivations and want to help. All you have to do is (1) pick an identifiable part of the Philmont Seasonal Staff: Ranger Training Crew, Service Department, Backcountry Camp, Conservation Crew, HQ Service Department, PTC Tent City, etc.; (2) Think about ways you can make the life of these people a bit more pleasant or productive (go to the PSA website for some ideas); (3) send these items to your selected staff once, twice, or even three times over the course of the summer; (4) enclose a note telling them why they’ve been selected as the beneficiaries of your generosity, reminiscing about your days on staff, letting them know that the PSA appreciates and supports their service, and encouraging them to join the PSA. Ask them to drop you a note (most of them have email access nowadays, so be sure to give them that option) describing their staff experience and what they’re doing this summer. Some of them may actually respond!

Go to the PSA website for a list of camps and departments, a list of possible gift items, and other procedural info. To reserve a staff as your very own amigos, contact me using any of the methods below (email is usually the most reliable). All phones have voice mail.

Jan C. Gimar
[email protected]
(505)345-8603 ext 15 (office)
(505)892-2967 (home)
(505)459-2561 (cell)

4524 Rockaway Loop
Rio Rancho, NM 87124