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All Staff day sparks joy and friendship

June 14, 2022 — During the last week of May, over 1000 staff arrived

at Philmont to prepare for the summer. Many of these staffers are arriving to work at Philmont for the first time.

“You know, I’ve been hearing about it for a while, and in 2021, I finally got the chance to come on trek.” said Cade Ulbricht, a clerk at the Tooth of Time Traders. “I get to meet all these new people . . . I’ve made so many new friends and see them around everywhere.” said Victoria Kimber, a member of the Welcome Center staff.

All the staff gather once during the entire summer sea-son, aptly named All-Staff Day on the 29th of May. Soon staff will scatter to their various departments around the ranch and begin the program. The day kicked off with training in a variety of subjects, including youth protection policy, backcountry camping policy, and Living the Philmont Brand, an introduction to Philmont values, all ending with a mandatory sing-along to “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers.

“I thought it was pretty cool with the song at the end [of the training]. I thought that was a really sweet moment.” said Grace Butina, a Program counselor at Rich Cabins.

Afterwards, staff gathered for lunch and headed to the Greensward, under the afternoon sun. The lawn was filled with staffers spread out, playing games, laughing, and having a great time.

“So far everyone’s been super friendly, there’s been no moments where I feel alone, or where I have to be alone.” said Kimber. Full-time staff and representatives from the Philmont Staff Association gave welcoming messages. From there, staff split into groups for basecamp tours and department meetings. Later the staff all gathered for the opening flag ceremony and dinner, and rang the first ranger bell of the season. Rangers tell funny stories about the many times they wished they were at Philmont before reciting the Ranger Song, and doing a trust fall. Later that night, staff met for the full staff photo and the opening campfire program as the sun set over the Tooth of Time.

“I think Philmont is not only a great way to become a better adult; it’s not just a growing point if you attend it, but if you staff it, you become a more mature and better version of who you are.” Ulbricht said.

Shortly after all-staff day, the staff dispersed, and moved out across the ranch. The Philmont staff won’t meet in one place again until the next summer season. To all staffers, welcome back to your home, and best of luck as you make Philmont into your new home.

Photo by Philmont Marketing and Photography Services.

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