A crew of teenage boy scouts from Rogers Troop 852 and their adult advisors recently embarked on a high adventure trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico.
Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to a peak of over 12,000 feet.
The crew of eight scouts and three advisors hailed from Rogers Troop 582, each of who have been preparing for this trek for the past year. In order to successfully traverse the rigorous trails, participants prepared for physical as well as mental challenges along the trail. During their trek, the Rogers crew (known as Crew 625F-01) hiked 80 miles over 12 days.
Crews attending Philmont have the option to choose their specific trek and Crew 625F-01 selected a trek which allowed them to balance some rugged hiking as well as fun group activities along the way. The group of scouts and 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/rappelling, mountain biking, gold-prospecting, blacksmithing, horseback riding, cowboy action shooting and also saw a great musical cantina show put on by Philmont staffers. 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, often-inclement weather and even getting lost for a few hours! The highlight of the scout’s trek was hiking to the top of the 12,441 ft. Mt. Baldy. The climb to the peak took nearly 3 hours and the view was spectacular. As the scouts returned from their twelve-day trek, they were covered in dirt from head to toe but all had huge smiles.
“Our crew worked very well together and we had an awesome time out on the trail,” said Troop 582 crew leader Nathan Pinter, who added that the trip was “life-changing” for the troop.
Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world serving over one million participants since 1938 marking its 75th anniversary this year.