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Boy Scouts from Troop 360 trek through New Mexico wilderness

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 10, 2017 at 9:00 PM

A crew of teenage Boy Scouts and their leaders went on a life-changing summer trek recently through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. 

Philmont covers 214 square miles of wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet. During their trek, Boy Scouts from Troop 360 hiked 106 miles in 12 days.

More than a year of crew planning and training and went into preparation for the adventure.

The group of scouts and their advisors carried everything they needed to survive during the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They participated in backcountry programs along the way, including rock climbing, shotgun and rifle shooting, archery and spar pole climbing. The trek included a conservation project where the scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Along the trek, scouts endured challenges, including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs and often-inclement weather.

“They may 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 made what amounts to a scouting pilgrimage with their trip to Philmont. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world, serving nearly 1 million participants since 1938.

Troop 360 is chartered by Dillon Cabinet and Millwork and meets at First United Methodist Church on West Main Street in Lebanon. For information about the troop, contact Scoutmaster James Sims at 615-414-3823.

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