Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia
to New Mexico
Local Boy Scouts enjoy
Cavalcade trail ride through New Mexico wilderness
Cimarron, New Mexico — A crew of local teen-age Boy Scouts from Troops
21 and 26 in Americus and their leaders recently returned from a life
changing horse trail ride through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at
Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. Philmont is situated in the Rocky
Mountains and covers 214 sq. mi. of vast wilderness with trails that
climb from 6,500 ft. to as high as 12,441 ft. Upon arrival at Philmont
on June 25, members met their assigned horses, trained for a day, then
headed out for a 50-mile ride over nine days.
The group of Scouts and their advisors carried everything they needed to
survive during the trail ride and used four pack horses while moving
from camp to camp. Starting at base camp, the group was often up at 5
a.m., saddling and packing horses for the day’s ride. They participated
in backcountry programs along the way including rock climbing,
rappelling, spar pole climbing and gold prospecting. Along the trail,
Scouts endured tough challenges including backpacking in bear and
mountain lion territory, steep climbs and often-inclement weather. They
experienced thunderstorms and hail while riding and the longest trail
ride in one day was 18 miles. Oftentimes they met only one other group
of Scouts on the trail during an entire day.
Each night they camped in isolated groups, out of sight or sound of all
other groups and civilization. At the conclusion of the trail ride the
group competed in a rodeo where they were participated in barrel races,
flag races, figure eights and steer herding.
The crew made what amounts to a Scouting pilgrimage with their trip to
Philmont. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier
high-adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world serving
nearly one million participants since 1938.
Those attending included Scoutmasters Tommy McCurley and Mike Ellis,
Assistants Mark Barrett and Jody Dillard, and Scouts Alex Purdy, Adam
Heath, Jacob Dillard, Chandler Diem, Khelan McGhee, Heerul McGhee, Jake
Coptsias, Carl Johnson, Tyler Brown, Matt Ledger and John Barrett.
Special thanks are due to the Americus Kiwanis Club and First Baptist
Church, as they sponsor and have supported Troops 21 and 26 for many
years. Their support is helping these young men develop character and
responsibility and developing them into tomorrow’s leaders.
Published on August 6,