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Scouts from Troop 1111 back from the wilderness [Elkridge]

Scouts and their leaders from Troop 1111 in Elkridge are seen in front of some mountainous terrain at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
Scouts and their leaders from Troop 1111 in Elkridge are seen in front of some mountainous terrain at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.(submitted photo)

Adventure begins in Elkridge as a crew of local Scouts from Troop 1111 that embarked on a trek through the New Mexico Wilderness over the summer returns home.

The Scouts and their leaders went on a life changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet.

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During their trek they backpacked 97 miles over 10 days, carrying everything they needed to survive on their backs. They participated in backcountry programs along the way, including rock climbing, spar pole climbing, bouldering, tomahawk throwing and blacksmithing. They also completed a conservation project and learned about preserving the ecosystem at Philmont.

They endured tough challenges that included backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs and often-inclement weather. It hailed on them several times during this journey. They showed great resolve and determination. This is the Troop's second trip to Philmont since the Troop was started in 2007. Last year the Troop sent a crew to Northern Tier in Bissett, where they canoed in an area so remote they had to travel there by float plane.

If you have a boy aged 11-17 that would enjoy this type of adventure, Troop 1111 is looking for new members. The Troop is hosting an open house on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine's Church, 5976 Old Washington Road, in Elkridge. Come see what adventures you can choose — and bring a friend!

On Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 a.m., Rockburn Elementary School's PTA will host a 5k run and a 1-mile fun run complete with vendors like Kona Ice, our Elkridge Fire Department Volunteers, face painters, free massages for racers and more.

The bonus of this event is that every Elkridge School is invited to benefit and participate. The Rockburn Elementary PTA is looking to see many parents, family and communities support what the PTA brings to our schools. Funds create environments where kids can have fun, get social, and be educated in unique ways (through assemblies, parent workshops, sports night, and more). The races begin at 10 a.m. at the Lyndwood Executive Center, 9085 Marshalee Drive, Elkridge, rain or shine. You can see the sponsors, course map and register at http://www.rockyontherun.com.

On Friday, Nov. 7, at 10:30 a.m., the Howard County Library System will host Choo Choo Blue, the bright blue, fun-loving mascot from the B&O Raiload Museum in Baltimore, at the Elkridge branch location this fall.

She's the newest and youngest locomotive in the B&O roundhouse, and she's making the trip west to share her love of railroading with library patrons. The young steam engine will bring stories, activities, and fun train facts to children ages 2 to 10. Call 410-313-5077 for more information.

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