Mr. Mark Fleming, our esteemed ex-Scoutmaster, is leading a patrol of 1o of our scouts and adult leaders to Philmont this summer. The group has participated in several camp outs and hikes over the last few months to prepare for the June 27 – July 9 trip. All the younger scouts can look forward to future high-adventure trips once they meet the BSA minimum age 14 requirement.
For those unfamiliar with Philmont Scout Ranch, it is 137,000 acres of rugged mountain wilderness in northern New Mexico. It has 34 separate staffed camps offering a fantastic assortment of program activities, plus 55 unstaffed back-country camps. Scouts can enjoy shotguns, black powder rifles, fly fishing, search and rescue, horseback riding, rock climbing and rappelling, mountain biking, panning for gold, blacksmithing, and more. Philmont serves 22,000 scouters each year from across the country. A patrol from Troop 368 goes to Philmont every odd year, and to either Sea Base or Northern Tier every even year.
We salute Mr. Fleming and everyone in his group heading to Philmont for a fantastic experience. We hope they return with plenty of photos to prove they actually went, and weren’t just sitting poolside at the Hilton the whole time, sipping pina coladas and eating jumbo shrimp cocktails.