2018 Autumn Adventure Trek

By Steven and Cynthia Truemper

See Philmont from a different perspective than the hustle and bustle of the summer that you experienced while being on staff, enjoy the stillness and serenity of the Philmont backcountry, backpack through the golden aspens and listen for bugling elk. Join the PSA this October for the Eleventh Annual PSA Autumn Adventure Trek. The backcountry camps have already gathered so the program will consist of hiking, sightseeing and fellowship.

Trek dates are October 7–13 and 14–20, 2018, and the cost is $305 per person. Optional day early arrival for an additional $25.

There is a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee for each registration.

Register now.

Dates and Schedule
  • Saturday – optional meet and greet, 7 PM
  • Sunday – report to the Welcome Center at 9 AM, basecamp checkout and hit the trail*
  • Friday – return from trail
  • Saturday – depart Philmont

*Fish Camp Base will head to Fish Camp.

Basecamp tents are available for the night before and the night after the trek.

Cost and Eligibility
  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or Trek-eligible family member
  • Be a member of the BSA
  • Have a completed Philmont medical form
  • Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation
Trek Space and Eligible Members

There will be 14 trekker slots (42 total) available for us to fill each of three sessions, don’t wait to register or it will be too late! The PSA Autumn Adventure Trek allows you to bring friends and family members who meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Special Award Patch

Persons completing the Autumn Adventure Trek will receive a special award patch. It must be earned; it cannot be purchased.

Registration Cut-off

Registration cut-off is Monday September 3, 2018.

Questions about the PSA Autumn Adventure?

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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.

Cancellation date: Monday, September 17th, 2018.

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 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.

Registration Deadline

June 15, 2018

2018 PSA Winter Adventure

PSA members have asked to participate in Philmont’s winter program – just as we’ve done with the Summer Trek and Autumn Adventure. Now we can!

Our second annual PSA Winter Adventure is set for February 16-20, 2018.

Originally known as “Kanik”, the program began in 1990 and was renamed Winter Adventure in 2011. The program provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy Philmont’s winter beauty, learn new skills and, most importantly, have fun. Your PSA crew will participate in a variety of activities, including cross country skiing, snow shoeing, building snow shelters, sledding, snow tubing, avalanche safety & snow science and learn cold weather camping skills. The final day is a trip to Red River where everyone can downhill ski, tube or just enjoy the town.

Trained guides are provided for the crew, along with specialized equipment, plenty of food and great PSA fellowship!

Registration Deadline

Wednesday February 1, 2018. Roughly 2 weeks prior to Winter Adventure start date.

Adventure Schedule

2/16 – Arrival Day
(Arrive by 3:00 PM for check-in, medical screening)
5:00 – Supper @ PTC Dining Hall
6:30 – Orientation Slide Show @ PTC Classroom TBA
8:00 – Gear Issue & Shakedown

2/17 – Backcountry Day
7:00 AM – Breakfast
8:00 AM – Finish Packing & Load Vehicles
9:00 AM – Depart for Backcountry
10:00 AM – Arrive at Drop Off & Snowshoe to campsite
Rest of day: Set up camp, build snow shelters, cross country ski, sled, tube, etc.

2/18 – Backcountry Day
Continue Winter Activities
12:00 – Lunch in Backcountry
1:00 – Break camp, snowshoe to pick up point
2:00 – Arrive to Base, clean up, relax
3:00 – Travel to Ski Rental Shop to pickup ski gear
5:00 – Supper in Base Camp

2/19 – Ski Day @ Red River Resort
6:45 – Continental Breakfast
7:15 – Depart for Red River
8:45 – Lessons begin or hit the slopes
Enjoy rest of day at Red River. Sack Lunches provided
4:00 – Depart for Philmont (Optional: Enjoy a meal in Red River as a group. Each person covers their costs.)

2/20 – Departure Day
7:00 – Breakfast at PTC
8:00 – Checkout and depart

Questions about the PSA Winter Adventure?

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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.

Registration Deadline

Wednesday February 1, 2018. Roughly 2 weeks prior to Winter Adventure start date.

The PSA Summer Trek: An Enduring Tradition

Since 1987, PSA members and their eligible family members have gathered at the Welcome Center to meet their Rangers and kick off what has become a summer ritual in many members’ lives: the annual PSA Trek. This most enduring of PSA traditions is back again in 2016. Trek dates are July 10-17, 2016, and the cost is $515 per person. There is a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee for each registration, and payment of the Trek fee allows you to attend the Annual Reunion the weekend before, July 8 to 10, at no additional cost.
We will be contacting you to obtain 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, we will ask for 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. You can also register by mailing your registration fee to PSA, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, New Mexico 87714. Please include a slip of paper with the information described above.

Dates and Schedule

The PSA Summer Trek is July 10–17, 2016.

  1. Spend the night of Saturday, July 9 in the Philmont area
  2. Report to the Welcome Center at 8 AM on Sunday, July 10
  3. Hit the trail on Monday, July 11
  4. Come off the trail on Saturday, July 16
  5. Depart Philmont Sunday, July 17

Cost and Eligibility

The cost is $515 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 approval and signature on your medical form are alone not enough clearance 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.

Trek Space

We have 60 Trekker slots to fill. We have had no trouble filling these slots (and more) in past years and in 2016 we will fill them all. Don’t dawdle and wait, because your slot will be sold and you will be left weeping at the Welcome Center as your friends head to the bus drop-off points.

Itineraries

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– before it fills up – and be a part of the itinerary planning fun. And with information requested above about your past backpacking and strenuous activity experience, we can help you find the right crew.

Registration Cut-off

Registration cut-off is June 6, 2016.

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 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.