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

Registration for the 2021 PSA Reunion is through the Philmont Training Center and not through the Philmont Staff Association.

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.

PTC Cancellation and Refund policy.

Requirements

Individuals must be a current member of the Philmont Staff Association or direct family member to attend the 2021 PSA Reunion. In honor of 50+ Years of Conservation, the PSA is offering a special 5 year/$50 membership fee. Participation in the Volunteer Vacation and/or the PSA Trek also requires BSA membership and a full medical form. 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.

Highlights

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
    • Cracker Barrel / Ice Cream Social
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021
    • Day Hikes & Family Program
    • Conservation Service Project
    • Rod Taylor Concert
  • Friday, July 23, 2021
    • Silent Auction starts
    • Eagle Nest Dam & Chase Ranch Tours
  • Saturday, July 24, 2021
    • Day Hikes: TBD
    • 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

Merchandise

Special merchandise has be created commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Philmont Conservation Department.

2021 PSA PhilBreak

2021 PSA PhilBreak

Registration is open!

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PhilBreak Continues In 2021

multiple sessions, low cost, various activities, Albuquerque and Amtrak shuttles

PhilBreak was re-established in 2019 and 2020 as a response to the 2018 Ute Park fire. Assisting with recovery and improvement efforts, PSA members have returned to the Ranch in March each year to perform forest fuels reduction, slash pile burning, and general debris clearing. Each week has been an exciting, rewarding, exhausting, and satisfying week of give-back and contribution to Philmont.

Dates

In 2021, PSA members will have 4 Sessions to again help Philmont:

  • Session 1: February 27th–March 6th
  • Session 2: March 6th–March 13th
  • Session 3: March 13th–March 20th
  • Session 4: March 20st–March 27th

Learn more at Philmont’s information page. Or just register now.

Each session will consist of up to forty (40) PSA, OA, and general Scouting members. The cost is only $115. This ultra-low fee will cover all meals and roofed, nightly housing at Philmont. Participants will be transported to the worksite every day. During the week, evening educational lectures, Villa & Scouting Museum tours, and special hours at the Tooth of Time Traders will be offered. On Friday of each session, participants will relax and finish the week with a day hike to a Philmont backcountry location.

To help with transportation, the Raton Amtrak and Albuquerque Airport shuttles will be offered for each session. The cost will be $20 (Raton) and $100 (ABQ). This price covers both pickup and return.

Who Can Attend?

This program is available to PSA members and their eligible family members. The minimum age is 16 years by date of participation. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of the PSA member. Please do not register anyone who does not meet these requirements.

BSA Membership Required

All participants are required to be currently registered with the BSA. You will need to include your BSA Membership # at the time of registration. Obtaining a BSA Membership is becoming a little more complicated and time-consuming. If you’re not a member, start the process now to ensure you’re eligible for PhilBreak.

Medical Requirement

Parts A, B, and C of the Philmont medical form are required. The PhilBreak program will require hard physical work, long hours, wide-ranging weather conditions, good crew spirit, and a sense of humor. This program is not leisurely. Philmont height and weight guidelines will be enforced. Philmont reserves the right to return the entire registration fee of any person who would be inappropriate for this program.

Four Weeks to Choose From

You can register for any of the 4 weeks offered. Each week can accommodate up to 40 participants. If your chosen week does obtain the minimum number, we will contact you directly and see if you’re willing to switch to another week. If you can’t switch, a refund will be issued.

Registration and Payment Handled by Philmont

The Philmont PhilBreak registration information page. All registration is handled by Philmont (not the PSA). Once registered, the PSA PhilBreak Coordinators will contact you.

Tentative Schedule for Each Week

  • Saturday: Arrive at Philmont during the day. You must arrive by 5 PM MST. No late arrivals will be allowed. If you cannot arrive by 5PM, then you should plan on arriving on the Friday before and stay in Cimarron, Taos, Raton, etc. The first Philmont provided meal will be Saturday dinner in the PTC Dining Hall. In the evening, the Conservation Department will begin the program with introductions and specific plans, gear info, advice, and general Q&A.
  • Sunday through Thursday: Daily transport to the fire area / worksite. Crews will work on various forestry projects. Breakfast and dinner at the PTC. Sack lunch in the field.
  • Friday Day: Day Off! Optional, organized day-hike in Philmont backcountry. Possible day of skiing in Red River (participants provide their own transportation and fees).
  • Friday Evening: Recognition Dinner and final gathering.
  • Saturday: Depart Philmont after breakfast

During the week, special tours (Villa, Scouting Museum) will be offered. In addition, the Conservation Department will be presenting seminars and the Tooth of Time Traders will schedule a special after-hours opening.

Questions and Answers

  1. Are we camping? No. We will spend all nights at the PTC and stay in roofed housing. You will share rooms with other Phil-breakers. We will be transported daily to the worksite.​
  2. Do we need a pack? Yes – a good-sized day pack or weekend pack. Every day you will be driven to the worksite, but you’ll need to carry a sack lunch, lots of water (4-6 liters), rain gear, extra warm clothing, gloves, camera, etc. Also, you should consider bringing one or two hard-sided plastic containers (Tupperware, Rubbermaid, etc) to carry your lunch. This prevents your sandwiches, cookies, and snacks from getting smashed.
  3. Will it be cold? Probably. This is the Backcountry in March at 8,000 – 9,000 feet. Plan on layers for your clothing. We had significant snow and cold during the 2019 PhilBreak. The 2020 PhilBreak weather was very pleasant overall.
  4. Where will we be working? In the Backcountry – multiple locations. It’s too early right now for the Conservation to pinpoint exactly where we’ll be working.
  5. Are there multiple PhilBreak sessions? There are four(4) 1-week PhilBreak sessions this year. PSA, OA, and general Scouting participants will all be working together.
  6. Can a spouse or other family member hang out at the PTC while I work every day? No, but they may stay in a nearby hotel and explore the many tourist attractions in the area.
  7. Can I arrive later in the week and still participate? No.
  8. What are Albuquerque airport shuttle times? Participants must arrive in Albuquerque by 12 noon on the first Saturday and depart after 1PM on the final Saturday.
  9. What happens if the week I’ve chosen does not reach the minimum number of participants? We will contact you and provide the option to switch to another week. If you can’t switch, a refund will be issued.
  10. I’m having trouble obtaining my BSA membership. Can I still attend? No. You must be a registered BSA member in order to sign up for PhilBreak. Start the BSA registration process now!

Contact Us

If you have further questions, please contact us:

Payments and Refunds

  • Register on the Philmont website
  • Payment is made directly to Philmont, not the PSA
  • Philmont accepts credit cards and ACH bank transfers
  • Philmont’s refund policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont (not the PSA) on an individual basis.

2021 PSA Summer Trek: Fire – Covid – Treks

2021 PSA Summer Trek: Fire – Covid – Treks

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First the Ute Park Fire in 2018 and then the Pandemic in 2020. Two Philmont camping seasons canceled. No summer treks for anyone.

Let’s all hope that 2021 returns to something somewhat normal for all the Scouts and Leaders yearning to visit Philmont for the first time or again. If the PSA can squeeze in some crews, that will be even better!

2021 will be a packed and busy summer for Philmont. Record numbers are planned as Philmont works to accommodate the large number of crews that were canceled in 2018 and then suffered the same fate in 2020. Fortunately, the PSA has again been granted 60 slots for our trekkers. Thank you Philmont!

Start planning now.

Registration and Cost

The trek dates are July 24th–August 1st, 2021, and the cost is $720 (+ $50 Covid-19 surcharge) per person. Trek fees are paid directly to Philmont. There are no refunds except for emergency situations that must be approved by Philmont on an individual basis. Please see full details at the bottom of this article.

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 other people who helped make those memories so special. Reunite with past staff friends during your custom designed trek.

PSA Reunion

The annual PSA Reunion featuring the Conservation Department 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held Wednesday, July 21st through Sunday morning, July 25th. This is a separate event from the trek, but, of course, all trekkers are invited to arrive early and attend the reunion. Complete reunion registration information will be announced soon.

Schedule

The trek dates are July 24th to August 1st, 2021.

The trek schedule is as follows:

  • Trekkers arrive on Saturday, July 24
  • Spend the night of Saturday, July 24 in the Philmont area (PTC or town)
  • Report to the Welcome Center at 8AM – Sunday, July 25 (Meet Rangers)
  • Hit the trail on Monday, July 26
  • Come off the trail on Saturday, July 31
  • Depart Philmont Sunday, August 1

Lodging for the nights of July 24th and 25th will be in tents at the PTC. The first Philmont provided meal will be dinner on the 24th at the PTC Dining Hall. The last Philmont meal will be breakfast on August 1st.

Eligibility and Fitness

Please note: You must be a PSA member or an eligible family member. Your friends or simply friends of Philmont are not allowed on the PSA Summer Trek. Trek-eligible family members include your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of a PSA member who meets the eligibility requirements below.

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 (BSA membership # required*)
  • 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

*Please note the BSA Membership requirement. You should provide your membership number when you register. If you’re not a member of the BSA, you will have only 30 days to obtain membership and provide the PSA with your number. Your trek registration will be automatically removed if you cannot provide BSA membership within 30 days.

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.

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.

Register on-line, beginning January 1st, by clicking here (available 1/1).

If you register for multiple spots (you + family member(s)), please be sure to includes the names, ages, and their relationship to you in the Notes section of the check-out screen.

Registration Deadline

June 15, 2021

Questions about the PSA Summer Trek?


PSA Registration; Philmont Payment and Refunds

  1. Register here on the PSA website, but…
  2. Payment is made directly to Philmont
  3. Philmont accepts checks only, no credit cards or PayPal
  4. Philmont’s policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS and EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont on an individual basis
  5. Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
  6. In the memo, please write: "725-PSA 2021", "PSA Autumn Adventure", “PSA Volunteer Vacation”, "PSA Cavalcade", "PSA PhilBreak", or whatever your event name is.

Send check to this address:
Philmont Scout Ranch
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714

The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

2020 PSA Cavalcade

2020 PSA Cavalcade

Enjoy pioneering a new autumn program!

Philmont and the PSA are offering registration for fall cavalcades in 2020. Experience the beauty of Philmont from the back of a horse. Riding experience is helpful but not required; we can teach you all you need to know to have a novel experience in the Philmont backcountry. Backcountry camps will have already gathered, so the program will consist of riding, hiking, sightseeing, and fellowship.

PSA Cavalcade dates are September 25–29. The cost is $500 per person.

Schedule

  • Friday: Arrive at Camping Registration no earlier than 1:00 PM and no later than 3:00 PM. Check in and complete health recheck. Afterward, Cattle HQ orientation before dinner at PTC
  • Saturday: Report to the Cattle Headquarters at 8 AM, saddle, and hit the trail
  • Monday: Return from the trail
  • Tuesday: Depart Philmont

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

Eligibility

  • Weigh 200 lbs or less 
  • 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

Possible Cavalcade Itineraries

South

  • Drop off at Rayado
  • Night 1: Abreu
  • Night 2: Crater Lake

Central

  • Ride out of Cattle HQ
  • Night 1: Miner’s Park
  • Day hike Tooth of Time while riding over Shaffer’s Pass
  • Night 2: Clark’s Fork

North 1

  • Drop off at Ponil
  • Night 1: Pueblano (side ride up Wilson Mesa?)
  • Night 2: Santa Claus? HOD? Longer days?

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North 2

  • Drop off at Ponil
  • Night 1: Indian Writings
  • Night 2: Metcalf Station

Space and Payment

There will be 10 trekker slots available, don’t wait to register or it will be too late!

The PSA Autumn Cavalcade Trek allows you to bring friends and family members who meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Register on-line, beginning April 21st.

If you register for multiple spots (you + family member(s)), please be sure to includes the names, ages, and their relationship to you in the notes section of the check-out screen.

Registration Deadline

Saturday August 15th, 2020.


PSA Registration; Philmont Payment and Refunds

  1. Register here on the PSA website, but…
  2. Payment is made directly to Philmont
  3. Philmont accepts checks only, no credit cards or PayPal
  4. Philmont’s policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS and EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont on an individual basis
  5. Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
  6. In the memo, please write: "725-PSA 2021", "PSA Autumn Adventure", “PSA Volunteer Vacation”, "PSA Cavalcade", "PSA PhilBreak", or whatever your event name is.

Send check to this address:
Philmont Scout Ranch
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714

The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

Contact the PSA Office

2020 Autumn Adventure Trek

2020 Autumn Adventure Trek

(registration opens April 1st at noon Mountain)

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 Thirteenth 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 11–17, 2020, and the cost is $375 per person. Optional one-day early arrival for an additional $25. Payments are made directly to Philmont Scout Ranch (not the PSA) by check or money order. Canvas tents are provided for the night before and the night after the trek.

Register now.

Schedule
  • Saturday – optional meet and greet, 7 PM
  • Sunday – report to the Welcome Center at 9 AM, Basecamp checkout and hit the trail or head to crew-choice backcountry base-camp
  • Friday – return from trail
  • Saturday – depart Philmont

Please note…

  • The base-camp session is still a backcountry experience and participants will be in the backcountry for the duration of their trip. All gear and medical forms must be within Philmont’s backcountry guidelines.
  • Although crews will set up at camp, the facilities and amenities of that camp will not be accessible. All water and gas lines are off for the season and cabins are locked.
Cost and Eligibility
  • $375 (with optional one-day early arrival fee of $25)
  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be a member of the PSA or trek-eligible family member
  • Be a member of the BSA; provide your BSA# during check-out or within 30 days of registration of this service project.
  • 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
  • The PSA Autumn Adventure Trek allows you to bring friends and family members who meet the eligibility requirements listed above
Trek Space and Base-camping

This year we’ll have three crews with up to 14 people each for a total of 42 slots. You can choose regular trek (2 crews) or to base-camp (1 crew) at a backcountry camp of the crew’s choice from either Clark’s Fork, Crater Lake, Miners’ Park, Carson Meadows, Urraca, Ponil, Pueblano, or Head of Dean.

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 7th, 2020.

Questions about the PSA Autumn Adventure?


PSA Registration; Philmont Payment and Refunds

  1. Register here on the PSA website, but…
  2. Payment is made directly to Philmont
  3. Philmont accepts checks only, no credit cards or PayPal
  4. Philmont’s policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS and EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont on an individual basis
  5. Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”
  6. In the memo, please write: "725-PSA 2021", "PSA Autumn Adventure", “PSA Volunteer Vacation”, "PSA Cavalcade", "PSA PhilBreak", or whatever your event name is.

Send check to this address:
Philmont Scout Ranch
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714

The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

Cancellation date: Monday, September 7th, 20209.