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The Exchange Program: 2011 Alumni Wilderness Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch

December 11, 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

2011 Alumni Wilderness Trek

The Exchange Program: Participate in the Philmont Staff Association’s 25th Annual “Silver” Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch


The Philmont Staff Association’s (PSA) 25th Annual Trek – the Silver Trek on August 7-14 – is your reason to go to Philmont in 2011!


As part of the Exchange Program between the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association (SAA), Philmont Staff Association (PSA) and, Sea Base Alumni & Friends Association (SBAFA), members are heartily welcomed and encouraged to participate in PSA’s “Silver Trek” at Philmont Scout Ranch. You and your Trek-eligible family members will be received with warm hospitality, fully integrated into a crew, and have the time of your life.


In celebration of the 25th Annual PSA Trek, you will earn a special Silver Trek award patch that will only be awarded to Trekkers.  These patches will not be available for purchase and is in addition to the Philmont Arrowhead award that you will earn. To make the Trek available to “vintage” Trekkers or others not up to a rigorous itinerary Philmont will allow Trekkers to design moderate itineraries which do not require hiking all the way to commissary camps for trail food – Philmont will deliver trail food to easily accessible staffed camps instead. “It’s too hard” will not be an acceptable excuse for non-participation!


If you have Trek-eligible family members, their participation is welcomed. During the past two Treks there has been a marked increase in participation by Trek-eligible family members, especially youth, and we hope this will continue. Since youth tend to be elected as crew leaders, this is the perfect opportunity for your Trek-eligible youth to hone his/her leadership skills by taking charge of a group of adults.


Preceding the Trek will be the PSA Annual Reunion August 5-7.  You are welcome to attend the Reunion at no additional cost.


Start planning now to go to Philmont for the 25th Annual PSA Trek – the Silver Trek. There are only 72 slots available, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

The basics

You will report to the Philmont Welcome Center at 8 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, August, 7, and hit the trail on Monday, August 8. You will come off the trail on Saturday, August 13, and will leave Philmont after breakfast on Sunday, August 14. The Trek cost is $400 and the eligibility requirements are as follows:


1.     Be a member of the SAA member or trek-eligible family member

2.     Be a member of the BSA

3.     Have a completed Philmont medical form

4.     Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

5.     Be in good physical shape

Trek-eligible family members

You can bring your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law who meets the eligibility requirements above.

Registration cut-off

Registration cut-off is July 1, 2011. Don’t wait until then to register, though, because the Silver Trek will likely be sold out. Use the form below.

Cancellation policy

(1)  Cancellations prior to the registration deadline of July 1, 2011 will receive a full refund.

(2)  Cancellation after the registration deadlines will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another Exchange Program event (prior to the end of 2012) or can be contributed to the SAA General Fund.

(3)  In exceptional cases, the SAA President can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.

Registration form


  • May 12, 2011 1:08 PM | Anonymous member
    Headed that way with my eldest son. We had a blast last year too!
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