ROUGHING IT — Pictured, front row, from left: Jacob Roy, Zachary Brown, Marc Schmid, Philmont Ranger Ryan Sundell, Tristan Rosiek, Tyler Schultz and Advisor Tom Brown. Back row: Advisor Fred Roy, Jesse Schmid, Connor Mammoser, Pat Stroh, Adam Blair and Fred Roy. Photo submitted by Tom Brown.
HAMBURG — Hamburg Boy Scouts and their leaders recently took a summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. Philmont covers 214 square miles of wilderness and trails climb up to as high as 12,441 feet.
During their stay, Scouts from Troop 4 of Armor hiked more than 80 miles, during 10 days.
The group carried everything needed to survive. The boys participated in rock climbing, black powder rifle shooting, tomahawk throwing, horseback riding and in a conservation project, where they learned about the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem.
Each Scout group camps in isolation, out of sight and sound of all other groups.
The crew made this Scouting pilgrimage at the location of the Scouts’ high adventure camp, the largest youth camp in the world. Philmont has served nearly 1 million participants, since 1938.
Troop 4 of Armor meets weekly on Monday nights, during the school year, at Armor Elementary.