The following is an announcement from Lynnfield's Boy Scout Troop 48:
Eight Boy Scouts and 4 adults from Lynnfield Boy Scout Troop 48 left on Sunday, July 29, for the Scouting adventure of a lifetime. The crew of 12 is headed to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, and will visit sites in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, en route.
The crew of teenage Scouts and their leaders will spend 11 days backpacking over 70 miles through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet.
The group of Scouts and their advisors will carry everything they need to survive during the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They will participate in backcountry programs along the way including rock climbing, fly fishing and black powder rifle. The trek will include a conservation project where the Scouts will learn and participate in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Along the trek, the Scouts will endure tough challenges including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs, and often-inclement weather. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure base and the largest youth camp in the world serving nearly one million participants since 1938.
Planning for the trip started over a year ago when Troop 48 won a coveted spot in the annual Philmont crew lottery and the Scouts have prepared for the rigors of the trail with backpacking trips in New Hampshire this spring and summer. Look for a full trip report after the Scouts return to Lynnfield on August 13.
The group of Scouts is led by Crew Leader Dan Braconnier, a Lynnfield High School senior, and includes Harry Fogarty, Ethan Forrest, Sam Forrest, Andrew Hall, Nick Miller, Zack Morelli and Andrew Robins. The adult Crew Advisors are Gordon Forrest, Mark Braconnier, Jon Hall and Bob Miller.
Boy Scout Troop 48 is chartered to the Centre Congregational Church in Lynnfield and has been serving the local community for 58 years. For more information, stop by one of our meetings on Monday evenings at the Centre Congregational Church starting September 10th, or call Scoutmaster Gordon Forrest at 781-342-5027.