2017 Holiday Catalog

Our fourth annual PSA Holiday Catalog has some great new items, plus some old favorites!

Check out our new PSA hoodie, new boot and map magnets, the popular zip-up jacket, Nike PSA polo in sapphire blue and black PSA polo. Nalgene bottles and the travel mug are available. The 2018 Scholarship Calendar is also available for pre-order. If you haven’t bought your 100th anniversary Order of the Arrow buckle, they are offered at a great sale price!

Don’t miss out on our huge book sale! Until December 31st, all books are only $5.

You may place an order online or—as always—you can call Dollie in the PSA office and place your order by phone (575-376-1138).

Thank you to everyone who made the previous holiday catalogs a success. Your purchases supported either our scholarship fund or our operating expenses and we truly appreciate it.

Thank you for supporting the PSA!

Amy Boyle
Vice President, Membership

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PSA Publishing

We’ve published some great books from Philmont authors…

High Country Annuals

High Country Annuals currently available for each year 2008 to 2016.

These perfect bound volumes reprint an entire year’s High Country magazines in one convenient edition. Easy to stack; perfect to shelve; excellent to display.

The black and white printing inside these is as high a quality as the originals. The type is crisp and the pictures are smooth.

Philmont Backcountry Cookbook

Recipes from the Philmont backcountry and sometimes further abroad.

The Other Side of the Road

The Philmont Staff Association proudly announces the publication of its newest book: The Other Side of the Road by Mark Griffin.

This history of the Philmont Training Center is available for purchase now.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword (by Bill Spice)
  • Introduction
  • A Dream Becomes a Reality
  • The Volunteer Training Center Takes Shape
  • Years of Growth, Change and Challenge
  • PTC Makes a “Comeback”
  • Summer Conferences
  • Family Program
  • The Training Center Staff
  • “Off Season” and Other Training
  • Philmont Museums
  • The Campus
  • The Training Center in Scouting
Born at the Confluence

In the 1840s, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that the unique genius of Americans is their ability to form themselves into associations – associations that allow people to aggregate their resources and their talents for a common good.

The Philmont Staff Association is one such group. Formed in the 1970s, the PSA’s mission is to unite “the Philmont staff – past and present – for the purpose of serving the adventure, heritage and experience of Philmont Scout Ranch and the Boy Scouts of America.” Here in print for the first time is the story of the Philmont Staff Association, from its founding and early struggles to its recent successes.

A “confluence” – while it is certainly a place, and a very special place where the Rayado and Agua Fria creeks come together – it is also more than just a place. It is a coming together of many kinds. “Born At The Confluence” is the story of how people can come together to have significance and impact, but it is also – in microcosm – a glimpse into what makes Philmont, the Boy Scouts, and America itself great.

Ken Davis, a long-time Scouter and lover of Philmont, has a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia. After active duty service in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, he continued his Army career as a reservist, rising to the rank of colonel before retiring in 1999. He also had a 30-year career as a civil servant, working for the National Archives and other government agencies. Davis has also written “The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service: The History of the Order of the Arrow” and “A History of Woodbadge in the United States.”

Carry On

Follow Joe Davis, the young Eagle Scout from New York’s Finger Lakes, on his camping adventures in the Adirondacks through his Cornell University graduation. Share in the excitement of spending a summer in the Idaho wilderness working for the US Forest Service and then fighting fires, conserving the environment, and directing public projects with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Western Maryland.

You will learn of his many accomplishments as a BSA professional serving councils in Philadelphia, Washington, and Chicago, and especially Roanoke where he bought a mountainous tract that is still the largest council-owned Scout reservation in the United States. Join Joe as he achieves national prominence as the Director of Camping at Philmont in the 1960s and 70s.

Meet the real man behind that unforgettable handshake.

Author, James E. “Jim” Sundergill, captured many of the lifelong adventures of Joe Davis while Joe was visiting with Jim and his lovely wife Linda who is Joe’s niece. Jim has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Management from Frostburg (Maryland) State University. He is retired after 30 years with Bechtel Power Corporation. Jim has been an adult Scouter for over 20 years and has been to Philmont on two separate occasions.

Head for the High Country

“When I first came into the country of the Philmont Scout Ranch, it was from a world where a life-span was something that came in a neat package, precisely styled and sealed in plastic. Adventure then was some quality that had left with the older days, something that people could now only try to know in fiction or maybe experience from a pill.” — from Head For The High Country

Dave Caffey’s account of his summers on the Philmont staff was originally published in 1973, and it was an immediate hit with both campers, advisors, and staff. The Philmont Staff Association is pleased to bring this now classic account of the Philmont Staff experience to a new generation. This 35th anniversary edition includes the original foreword by Philmont’s legendary Director of Camping Joe Davis, as well as a new introduction by the author.

I Wanna Go Back

If there is an icon in Scouting who personifies the movement’s aspiration to build the most physically fit, principled leaders in the next generation of Americans, it is the legendary Philmont Ranger. These remarkable young men (and since 1972, young women) “live the dream” in the mountains of New Mexico, and anyone who has been to the ranch knows one when he sees one.

In August of 2007, hundreds of former Philmont Rangers converged on the Ranch for a rendezvous celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ranger Department. Stories of the people, the place, and the program that make Philmont so special tumbled over themselves faster than any one person could record them all. So, the Philmont Staff Association, determined that someone needed to do so, persuaded Warren Smith, himself a former Ranger, a published author, and currently publisher of World magazine, to pull it all together.

The result is a wonderful book entitled “I Wanna Go Back: Stories of the Philmont Rangers”. It is a captivating read – part history, part Philmont legends, part “coming of age” story, and a large part of the exuberance of youthful idealism played out in the “purple mountains and azure skies” of Philmont Scout Ranch. It is the quintessential “Philmont book” and an absorbing read which reaffirms all that is best in Scouting. Even those who have never set foot on Philmont will find it impossible to put down.

Let the Coyotes Howl

The first known book about a Philmont expedition is the PSA’s newest addition to our growing library of Philmont literature.

In 1941, a veteran Scout leader takes a group of boys from Quinnipiac Council in Connecticut—after intensive preparation at Yale—to Philmont to conduct the first archeological “dig” on the Ranch. The introduction and afterword by Dave Caffey put the story in context of the times.

Return to the Summit of Scouting

Join Bill Cass as he returns to Philmont as an expedition advisor and father, over two decades after having left the Ranch as a summer staffer.

In Return to the Summit of Scouting, young campers discover themselves through trial by terrain and weather, accomplish goals through teamwork, and apply the basic skills of Scouting as they have never been applied before.

The Life and Times of Jack L. Rhea

Jack Rhea was Philmont’s director of camping from 1954 through 1962 – a half century ago. Now, he is all but forgotten by the greater Philmont community. His accomplishments are, however, visible to everybody today because they have become part of Philmont’s very bedrock. No matter where you look, Jack Rhea left his mark. The Philmont Rangers. The twelve-day expedition. The iconic Philmont Arrowhead patch. The first radio system. The topographic map. Explosive growth at the Philmont Training Center. Tent City. Ranger City. The modern day Cimarroncito. Clarks Fork, Miners Park, and Indian Writings just to name a few of the camps Jack brought on stream.

This new book reveals the back stories behind those Philmont milestones and provides many insights into the life of Jack Rhea, the Depression era farm boy who became an Eagle Scout, championship basketball player, schoolteacher, cowboy high in the Colorado Rockies, loyal Scouter, and devoted family man. Its pages chronicle Jack Rhea’s perilous journey through World War II when he led young men in combat through France and Germany. Follow his remarkable career from professional Scouting field executive in Texas and Iowa to the highest levels of the National Office.

It’s a lot of book for the money too!

  • 384 pages
  • Over 100 photos
  • Authoritative, personal accounts
  • Definitive history of Philmont from 1954-1962
  • Dawn Chandler cover painting