Philmont August 2015

Colchester Boy Scout Troop 109 trek through New Mexico Wilderness

Two Crews of 10 scouts and 4 leaders 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 with trails that climb from 6500 feet to as high as 12441 feet.  During their trek Boy Scout Troop 109 Colchester hiked over 90+ miles over 6 days between the two crews.

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, fly-fishing, black powder shooting and shotgun shooting to name a few. 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 challenged including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs and often inclement weather.

They often only met one other group of scouts on the trail in an entire day.  Even in the most crowded destinations each crew camped in isolation out of sight and sound of other crews.

The crews made what amounts to a scouting pilgrimage with their trip to Philmont.  Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America premier high adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world serving over 1 million participants since 1938.

Boy Scout Troop 109 meets Tuesday at 7 pm at Westchester Congregational Church, (95 Cemetery Rd, Colchester). Please contact Rob Dubiel at scoutmaster@troop109ct.org or www.troop109ct.org for more info.

Date of trip: August 11th – August 18th, 2015 (we flew in two days earlier on August 9th)

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