Local Boy Scouts Trek through New Mexico Wilderness
CIMARRON, N.M. — A crew of teenage Boy Scouts and their leaders are on a life-changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet.
Troop 78 of McKenzie, will hike approximately 65 miles over 12 days at Philmont.
The group of Scouts and their advisors carry everything they need to survive on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They participate in backcountry programs along the way, including rock climbing, mountain biking, fly-fishing and gold prospecting. The trek includes a conservation project, in which the Scouts learn and participate in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Along with the trek, Scouts endure tough challenges, including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs, and often-inclement weather.
“They must meet only one other group of Scouts on the trail in an entire day of hiking,” according to Backpacker Magazine. “Even in the most crowded destinations, each Scout group camps in isolation, out of sight and sound of all other groups.”
The crew makes what amounts to a Scouting pilgrimage with their trip to Philmont, the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world. It has served nearly one million participants since 1938.