Backcountry Cookbook Recipe Request

The Backcountry Cookbook was first created years ago to provide Philmont’s backcountry staffs with a resource useful for preparing meals using items provided in a the typical commissary. The first edition had plenty of SPAM recipes. The latest revision of the cookbook was done in 2009.

Now is the time to update the cookbook again. If you have recipes that were used in backcountry camps, please send them in to be added to the newest version of the Backcountry Cookbook. We are looking for recipes for entrees, appetizers, desserts, drink concoctions (non-alcoholic), dips and other edible treats that have graced dining tables in the Philmont backcountry.

To submit your recipes, send them to: [email protected] or mail to: PSA, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.

The new Backcountry Cookbook will be available for purchase in the Spring of 2016.

Cookbook photo courtesy of Jenn (Pink Polly-Anna).

2015 New Year’s Eve at the Ranch

fireworksPhilmont and the Philmont Staff Association are teaming up to welcome former staffers back to the Ranch to celebrate the incoming new year. Come out to the Philmont and join your Phil-friends for fellowship at this special time.


Roofed housing at the Philmont Training Center (duplexes, multiplex rooms, etc.) available December 31st through January 3rd for $30.00 per person per night.


  • Dinner on December 31 is being provided free of charge by Philmont
  • Build-your-own Omelet Breakfast on January 1 is being provided free of charge by the Philmont Staff Association

These are the only two meals that will be available at Philmont.

New Year’s Eve Events

  • “What’s going on at Philmont” remarks by Ranch Management
  • Satellite television, games, karaoke, billiards tournament, and fellowship at Silver Sage Staff Activity Center
  • Bring your musical instruments for a jam session

New Year’s Day Events

  • Football games on TV in the Silver Sage Staff Activity Center
  • Philmont 5K run/walk and day hikes to be determined by weather conditions
  • Activities and events in the area, including skiing at Angel FireRed River and Taos Ski Valley

Roofed housing is expected to fill up quickly. Get your registration and money in today to reserve a room.

Are you staying nearby and just want to join us for the New Year’s Eve celebration? Please let us know so we can make sure we cook enough dinner for everyone!

To Make Reservations

Contact DeeDee Montoya at (575) 376-2281 ext. 1135 or [email protected]

Fireworks photo courtesy of Sarah Ackerman.

2014 PSA Summer Reunion at the PTC


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

The Philmont Staff Association’s 2014 Summer Reunion will be held on the weekend of July 11-13 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.

As part of this summer’s reunion, the PSA will celebrate the arrival of the one-millionth camper to Philmont Scout Ranch. Some of the activities for the weekend include: day hikes (including the Tooth of Time), conservation service projects, campfire programs, tours of the Villa Philmonte, talks from experts about Philmont topics, and the Silent Auction. The Philmont Museum will also be open and a “must see” on you weekend agenda.

In addition, we will also be introduced to the Chase Ranch, a Cimarron treasure, and now available to Philmont hikers and participants. Starting this summer, campers will be able to hike on the historic ranch and tour the house as part of their itinerary. PSAers will have an opportunity during the reunion to visit the ranch, too.

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.

Philmont Scout Ranch Document Archive

The Philmont Museums and Philmont Scout Ranch are very proud to introduce the new Philmont Online Archives!

post_DocArchivesAs with many successful projects, these archives are the result of years of creative foresight, dedication and labor, spanning over three decades. Beginning in 1980, Steve Zimmer, former Director of the Philmont Museum-Seton Memorial Library, foresaw the importance of collecting past and present Philmont program literature. The result is a formal archive now spanning 75 years. As the online age blossomed, David Setzer, Tom Wills, Al Thompson and others from the Patriots’ Path Council came to Philmont’s Director of Program, Mark Anderson, and proposed the idea to make these documents available online. For ten years the Watchu Organization with cooperation from the Philmont Museums, oversaw this project scanning and uploading hundreds of documents to the Watchu Website.

This summer, the Watchu Organization felt it was time for the Philmont Museums to take over the project. It was then that Philmont’s Marketing Manager, Bryan Hayek, took on the challenge to creative and implement the research friendly format you now can access at:

Over the upcoming years Philmont anticipates this archive growing dramatically to eventually include a sister archive containing articles and documents of the vibrant history which has happened in the Philmont country.

David Werhane, Philmont Museums Director, and Bryan Hayek, Marketing Manager