CIMARRON, New Mexico — Ten Boys Scouts from Waxahachie's BSA Troop 232, along with three adult leaders, departed June 11 for a two-week adventure to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.

Since the first Boy Scout campers in 1938, Philmont has been the ultimate experience for members of the scouting community. The property — totaling 137,000 acres of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico — provides a beautiful backdrop for the estimated 22,000 scouts each year seeking the ultimate scouting challenge.

The group of Scouts and their advisors carried everything needed to survive during their sixty-eight-mile trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp and participated in backcountry programs along — such as rock climbing and gold prospecting.

The trek included a conservation project where the Scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Along the trek, Scouts endured tough challenges that ranged from backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory to steep climbs and even an arduous trek to the top of Baldy Mountain.

The mountain has an elevation of 12,441 feet.

The thirteen-man crew from Troop 232 made what amounts to a Scouting pilgrimage with their trip to Philmont. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high-adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world serving nearly one million participants since 1938.

Sponsored by the Waxahachie Rotary Club, Troop 232 was founded in 1944 and meets every Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Richard F. Chapman Scout Cabin on Brown Street at Mustang Creek and Chapman Park. Ellis County boys interested in learning more about Scouting are welcome to attend or visit http://troop232.org/boy-scouts-troop-232-waxahachie-tx/ for more information.