Scouts enjoy backpacking adventure

First Posted: 10/12/2008

Ten Boy scouts from Troop 444 from Sweet Valley recently participated in a 12-day backpacking adventure at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico.

Boy Scouts from Troop 444 of Sweet Valley who recently participated in a 12-day backpacking adventure at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico are, from left, Mike Caffrey, advisor; Kyle Caffrey, Shamus Field, Matt Sikora, Ryan Hoyt, Dominick Duris, Ricky Dodson, Nick Hollos, Kyle Salaway, Alex Suder and Mike Caffrey.

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Scouts hiked over 85 miles and camped at altitudes above 11,000 feet, battling temperatures that ranged from upper 80s and lower 30s, heavy rain and lightning storms while carrying 50-pound packs.

Boy Scouts participated in events and activities, including rock climbing, repelling, black powder shooting, panning for gold and spar pole climbing.

The crew had been planning this trip for over two years and spent four weekends backpacking trails in northeastern and central Pennsylvania to prepare for the trek.

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