R. Scott Smith, son of Barbara and Ronald Smith of Hagerstown, was the lead adviser for a group of Scouts attending Philmont Scout Ranch.
He attended as a youth in 1978 with Boy Scout Troop 100 of Williamsport, and was thrilled to return as a leader and to share the trek with his son, Cameron Smith, the grandson of Barbara and Ronald.
A crew of teenage Scouts and their leaders, from St. Augustine Boy Scout Troop 1111 in Elkridge, Md., went on the life-changing summer trip through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M.
Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet. During their trip, Boy Scout Troop 1111, Crew 711-L16 hiked 81 miles over 10 days.
The group of Scouts and their advisers carried everything they needed to survive during the trip on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They participated in back-country programs along the way, including rock climbing, archaeology and gold prospecting.