Recently 12 members of Boy Scout Troop 101, sponsored by the Pinal Mountain Elks Lodge 2809, traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico. The group spent ten days backpacking from camp to camp on the Ranch. The Scouts covered almost 70 miles during their time on the trail. Each day found the crew at a different staffed camp, which offered a variety of activities for the Scouts. Some were based on themes about the mid to late 1800s such as a logging camp, an 1870s Homestead and a Gold Mine.
More modern activities included rock-climbing and repelling, and fly fishing.
Philmont Scout Ranch is owned and operated by the National Boy Scouts of America and is considered the finest High Adventure Camp in the country. It is easily the largest youth camp in the world. It covers over 140.000 acres of the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains known as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron. Each summer approximately 22,000 Scouts from across the country and around the world experience Philmont’s over 300 miles of trails.
Due to popularity of the camp, Troop 101 had to make their reservations to attend almost 2 years prior to actually going this summer.
Young men between the ages of 11 and 18 or their Parents interested in Scouting can contact Joe Bronson at 928-425-9253 for information on Troop 101.