31 Boy Scouts and 12 adult chaperons, all members of Falls Church Boy Scout Troop 895, returned Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM, having successfully completed a backpacking trek in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of the Southern Rockies. The trip was chartered by Falls Church Presbyterian Church.
Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 – 12,441 feet. During their trek, the troop hiked between 80-100 miles over 12 days, often climbing as much as 4000 feet within a daily hike and camping at elevations as high as 11,500 feet.
The group carried everything that they needed to survive during their trek in backpacks while hiking from camp to camp often facing inclement and sometimes threatening weather. They participated in a wide range of back country programs which included rock climbing, horseback riding, fly fishing and various shooting sports. They also carried out service work by participating in wilderness conservation projects.
Such a trip was unprecedented event for Troop 895, sending four crews at once to Philmont, the Boy Scouts of America’s flagship High Adventure camp. For more information about the troop, visit troop895.us.