Some of you may have heard that I recently resigned my position as a national board member of the Philmont Staff Association. I have already heard a couple of different stories about why I did, so I want you, especially members of the ‘95-‘00 staff, to know why I came to that decision.
I have been a member of the PSA for about 25 years. I can’t recall the year I actually joined, but I think it was either in the early ‘90s or late ‘80s when the PSA opened membership to PTC faculty members. My first experience with the PSA was when Janet and I joined my father on a PSA trek in 1981.
follow site The PSA is a GREAT organization with wonderful leadership! They do so many things for Philmont and members of the Philmont staff. I am a Life Member and I will be forever grateful that the PSA made the publishing of http://integralvision.com/pma/ The Other Side of the Road a reality in 2009.
As most of you know Philmont is a big part of my family. Three generations – eight members – of my family have served in some role on the Philmont staff. Six of them have been part of the CHQ or backcountry staff. So every member of the Philmont staff is important to me – but for obvious reasons the PTC staff has a very special place in my heart.
About four years ago I was asked to be considered for one of the positions on the board of the PSA. It was suggested that if elected I could be an advocate for the PTC staff and faculty. I was already aware that the PTC faculty was well-represented in the PSA but the seasonal PTC staff, especially recent PTC staff, was not.
When I was indeed elected to the board I committed to many of you to do whatever I could to be sure that the men and women “who lived beyond East Tent City” were not forgotten in PSA planning and recognition. I tried to get more of “us” to join and tried to encourage the PSA to do things for the PTC staff. I encouraged donations to official and unofficial PSA/PTC projects. I suggested that PTC staff be considered for PSA recognitions.
I was honored to be re-elected last year. I have enjoyed being on the board, I have enjoyed the fellowship with the officers and members of the board, and I am proud to have been a small part of the good works the PSA does.
But I do not feel that I have been able to do what I needed to do nor was elected to do for the past, present, and future PTC staff. I have not been able to get the PSA to do a project for the PTC staff. I have not been able to get the people that built PTC and made PTC so great, nor PTC itself, the deserved recognition for the important role played in the Ranch’s operation and history.
So last week, with great sadness, I submitted my resignation.
When researching my book I came across a quote from William C. Littrell, director of the Philmont ranching department for more than 20 years and Philmont’s General Manager from 1973-1976. He said:
synthroid buy fast “I would like to say in my opinion it [the Philmont Training Center] is probably the most important phase of the Philmont operation. The experiences during the week spread to councils, and have a direct influence on kids, who come back on this side of the road.”
(That quote is where I got the idea for the title of the book by the way!)
In the forward of the book former General Manager Bill Spice wrote:
“PTC has had as much or more impact on Scout councils and districts across America than any other entity. Each year hundreds of Scouters and their family members attend training conferences to learn the latest and best new programs, and techniques related to all aspects of the Scouting program. These Scouters carry this new information to every corner of the country to train other leaders who in turn pass this knowledge on to the millions of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, District Committees, Executive Boards, and Commissioner Staffs in these councils.
where to buy arimidex The effect of the Philmont Training Center on the Boy Scouts of America can never be measured. But without its impact, we would not be able to maintain the same high quality programs we now enjoy.”
Waite Phillips and Arthur Schuck, the two men who most influenced the development of the ranch also envisioned the importance of the training center in their correspondence.
PTC is an important part of Philmont, a smaller part than the camping operation, but still important and worthy of support and recognition.
I plan to stay involved in the PSA as much as I can, or as much as they will let me. I sincerely hope that more of “us” will join the PSA, will get very active, and that some of you will be able to serve in leadership roles someday and do what I could not.