2020 looks to be another great summer in Scouting at Philmont! Last summer, Philmont provided the ultimate Scouting and camping experience to 24,039 Scouts and Scouters. Yes, it was a hard summer and some of those weeks, we on staff were hard pressed to find a tent for the overbooked. Also, our commissary staff often worked overtime, since the record numbers needed their supplies and we did not have the Ute Gulch commissary for normal summer activities. Last summer, we continued as an organization to become acquainted to our new PSA HOmE and before the summer was over, a new roof and new front doors made our PSA HOmE more comfortable.
The purpose of the President’s circle is to help provide funding the beginning of the year. The PSA has successfully stuck to a tight budget and the PSA continues to provide so many helpful activities and aid for the Philmont staff in times of their need. Finally, our scholarship efforts for college students has not gone without notice. Our scholarships for campers in STEM, ROCS, and Rayado really provide aid for Scouts to come to Philmont.
As John Murphy indicated last year, without the help of the President’s Circle to ensure PSA operation budget money during the early part of the year, it is hard to have the resources needed in our tight financial time of year. Please consider joining the President’s Circle with a donation of a minimum of $1,000. Your donation will help the PSA to fully support Philmont again this year as we support the staff in changing the lives of over 20,000 campers that will attend Philmont this summer. Due date for the President Circle is March 31st.
As a donor, you will be recognized in many ways, but the inner happiness and comfort of helping the PSA is a real rush. I felt the same feeling in 1967, when joining OA, and truly learning the satisfaction of “cheerful service.” My wife, Cindy, and I are planning on a fantastic President’s Circle weekend in October on the 9th-11th at Philmont for the members of the President’s Circle. Mark your calendar! Also, we are planning on visiting Albuquerque for a few days prior to our October weekend, so we can enjoy the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. Feel free to join us then!
Dr. Daniel Miller
President, Philmont Staff Association