Piedmont Troop 6 to host plant sale to send scouts to wilderness trek

Philmont Scout Ranch

A campsite at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico

BSA Scout Troop 6 hosts its 3rd Annual Plant Sale this Saturday and Sunday, March 18 – March 19, on the blacktop at the Corpus Christi School, 1 Estates Drive, in Piedmont. Multiple varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables, herbs, flowers and succulents will be available at great prices. Scouts started these plants as seedlings earlier this year, earning their gardening badge in the process.

Sale proceeds will be used to help send 20 scouts to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Once there, scouts will experience a life-changing, 12-day summer trek through the wilderness of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. At 140,171 acres, or about 220 square miles, Philmont is the world’s largest youth camp. There are 315 miles of trails, 35 staffed backcountry camps, and 770 campsites. 

Once there, scouts and their adult advisors will carry everything they need for the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. Along the way, they will participate in backcountry programs including rock climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing, and gold prospecting. The trek will also include a conservation project where scouts learn and participate in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Philmont presents scouts with tough challenges including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs, and weather that is often inclement.

Donations from the community are also welcome.

For more information, contact Atlantis Langowski at 415-596-2689, or Troop 6 Scoutmaster Bill Bruin.

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