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Boy Scout troop hikes New Mexico wilderness

9/4/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 380
BATH — Boy Scouts, including Troop No. 380 from Montrose Zion United Methodist Church, and their advisers hiked through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, July 15-27.

Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet, according to troop officials.

Troop No. 380 officials report they hiked 82 miles carrying backpacks and participated in backcountry programs including blacksmithing, spar pole climbing, black powder rifle shooting and gold panning. The group is pictured above.

The trek included a conservation project in which the Scouts learned about and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure camp and has served over 1 million participants since 1938, according to Boy Scout officials.

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