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Photos courtesy Boy Scout Troop #360

A crew of six teenage Scouts and their leaders from local Boy Scout Troop 360 went 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, and during their trek the scouts hiked 70 miles over 12 days, summited 5 peaks and camped at altitudes as high as 11,740 feet. 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 blacksmithing, rock climbing, mine exploration, fur trapping lore and gold prospecting. The trek included a conservation project where the Scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Along the trek, Scouts endured tough 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 one million participants since 1938. Interviews are available from the local contact upon request. Boy Scout Troop 360 is sponsored by the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.]]>