Scouts tackle terrain at ranch
Twenty-three Boy Scouts and 14 adult leaders hiked for 10 days this summer at the Philmont Scout Ranch in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
|Boy Scouts and their adult leaders spent 10 days at the Philmont Scout Ranch. Pictured, back row, from left, are: John Bohn, Steve Zeuner, Jim Danner, Chris Steffan, John Danner, Jon Petri, Ryan Miller, Bob Miller, Greg Lehn, Kyle Miller, Andy Schulz, Kevin Bohn, Jeff Rapp, Travis Dearmont, Doug Boyher, Doug Boyher, Eric Schrenker and David Marsters. Middle row, from left, are: David Schwarz, Adam Rose, Adam Rouse, Tim Kinmartin, Peter Martin, David Bender, Bryan Rapp, Camp Ranger Adam Watson, Camp Ranger Tom Sander, Camp Ranger Shannon Kelly, Camp Ranger Eric Sueter, Mike Heins, Chris Efthim, Aaron Chambers, Clayton Greathouse, Patrick Fitzgibbons and Anthony Rhodes. Front row, from left, are: Jim Lehn, Ron Schrenker, Clif Fitzgibbons, Frank Efthim, Bob Greathouse and Jim Chambers.|
The Scouts, most of whom attend Mehlville Senior High, are with Troop 824, chartered at Washington Middle School.
The Scouts broke into four separate treks and hiked from 64 to 80 miles over rugged terrain, reaching heights greater than 12,000 feet. Each Scout carried a minimum of 35 pounds along with food and water. Along the way, they participated in such activities as rifle shooting, rock climbing and metalworking.
"It was awesome. To be able to see and share this kind experience with your buddies is just incredible,'' stated Greg Lehn, a Mehlville High junior who served as trek leader.