Troop 68: Two-Week Expedition to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 • 7:25am
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In July, a crew of nine Boy Scouts and three adult troop leaders from Troop 68 went on a two-week expedition to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.
At Philmont, the Scouts enjoyed many activities including, rock climbing, spar poling, firing black powder rifles and panning for gold. The crew began the trip in Denver, where they visited the Air Force Academy, and later hiked through the Garden of the Gods. The next day, the crew went to the top of Pikes Peak and then went white water rafting in the Arkansas River.
From Colorado, the scouts took a three-hour bus ride to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron. The first day in base camp, the crew received their gear, got personal gear organized and make sure they were prepared for the backcountry. Early the next day the crew set off on their 10-day expedition.
Throughout the trip the scouts hiked through breathtaking landscape, saw wildlife, participated in many activities. The crew experienced many things including seeing bears, touring a mine and rock climbing.
One of the days, the crew will never forget, began with an early start and hiking as the sun rose. They completed a conservation project, hiked eight miles to their next camp site and setup camp. As soon as the crew finished setting up it began to hail and continued for over an hour. By the time it was over the campsite looked like it had snowed. When they woke up the next morning the sun was out and the ground was still covered in hail.
Philmont was an amazing experience and the crew managed to hike 80 miles while carrying 40-50 pound packs. It is truly life changing and is another great reason to join Boy Scouts. For information about the Troop and how to join, visit bhtroop68.com.