Mansfield Living

Scouts conquer Philmont trek

Ten Scouts and five adult leaders from Boy Scout Troop 1993 went on a life-changing summer trek through the mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., in August. Philmont covers 214 square miles of wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to 12,441 feet. During their trek, they hiked more than 80 miles during their 11-day adventure.

The crew of Scouts and leaders carried everything they needed to survive during their trek in their backpacks while hiking from camp to camp. They participated in backcountry programs along the way including rock climbing, shooting black powder rifles, forestry and challenge course events. The trek included a conservation project where the Scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Along the trek, the Scouts endured tough challenges including backpacking in bear country, climbing two mountains and dealing with inclement weather. They cooked their own meals, got up before dawn to watch a sunrise, took tours of historical sites and learned to rely on each other as members of a team.

Boy Scout Troop 1993 meets every Monday evening at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 777 Walnut Creek Drive. In addition to backpacking, scouts in Troop 1993 go camping every month. Their activities include snow skiing, canoeing, shooting, first aid, wilderness survival, swimming, water skiing and community service. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Brush at (817) 994-1046.