They departed from Philmont Scout Ranch — a rugged, mountainous ranch covering 140,177 acres of wilderness located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico — and hiked 65 miles, including a climb to the summit of Mount Baldy at an altitued of 12,441 feet. In addition to nearly two weeks of camping, they had the opportunity to repel down a mountain, shoot a black powder muzzleloader, learn the skills of a blacksmith, and horseback ride.
On July 5, Katy Cimbalo separated from Troop 477 to join the St. George Trek. She is one of two students, and the only female, selected from the Archdiocese of Louisville to participate. The Saint George Trek is a program sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® to develop Catholic leadership skills. According the the NCCS website, “the program brings Catholic high school youth together from around the country with selected priests, religious, and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat.” The program is “designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith, scripture, and vocation”.