Western wildfires derail trip to New Mexico ranch for local Boy Scouts

Making the trek to the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico is a staple for the Boy Scouts - but troops in our area won't have that opportunity this year. (Image: Cherokee Area Council)

UPDATE (July 6th):

A post on Philmont's website says the scout ranch will close for the rest of the summer season, and that refunds will be sent to all troops who had been planning a trek. More details here.

PREVIOUSLY:

Huge wildfires are burning in New Mexico Wednesday, destroying buildings and forcing thousands to evacuate. The effects of the fires are being felt by local Boy Scout troops.

Making the trek to the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico is a staple for the Boy Scouts - but troops in our area won't have that opportunity this year.

Video of Philmont Ranch from earlier this month shows wildfires burning down empty buildings where Boy Scouts typically spend part of their summer.

They prepare all year - hiking, backpacking and staying in shape - for their hikes in New Mexico.

"We do have some great activities particularly for our older scouts," says Victoria Jones, Director of the Boy Scouts of America. "Usually the boys go to Skymont for a number of years. So we do have some white water rafting and some really high adventure opportunities for our boy scouts that recreate some of the opportunities they would've had a Philmont."

Jones says the scouts from around here are disappointed they can't make the trip to Philmont this year.

But it's in a Scout's nature to adjust.

Philmont ranch has already reached out to troops in our area, rescheduling their hike for next year.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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