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Boy Scout contingent visits Philmont Ranch

Area maintained as high adventure experience for Scouts

Area maintained as high adventure experience for Scouts

September 12, 2009

The Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America sent a contingent to the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, N.M.

The group left Martinsburg, W.Va., by train July 18 and returned Aug. 4, spending 17 days on the adventure of a lifetime.

The ranch consists of 127,395 acres and the crews backpacked on the many trails in the western state, hiked to Baldy Mountain Conservation area, visited the Continental Tie and Lumber Co. and Waite Phillips hunting lodge.

The group participated in a Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda Camp, black power rifle shooting and burro packing on the trail.

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The Scouts participated in boot branding and ate meals from a chuck wagon. Gold is still found in the stream on the Philmont Ranch and the Boy Scouts had the opportunity to visit the gold mines and panned for gold.

One aspect of the program is to bring attention to the necessity of conservation and each crew helped to complete a conservation project to help insure that the Philmont Scout Ranch is preserved for all to enjoy in the future.

The trip concluded with a hike to the "Tooth of Time" a 9,003-foot high Philmont molar, rising abruptly 2,500 feet from the valley floor. A landmark along the old Santa Fe Trail gives a view of the Philmont Ranch.

An awards campfire was held following the hike.

Philmont Ranch was a gift to the Boy Scouts of America by Waite Phillips in 1941.

The ranch is maintained as a high adventure experience for Scouts and leaders. A training center is on the property for leaders to learn and develop more skills regarding their various positions in Scouting.

The Mason-Dixon Council serves youths in the Washington, Franklin and Fulton counties.

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