A crew of Westfield and Scotch Plains Boy Scouts raised the flag on Mount Baldy after days of hiking through New Mexico to reach the summit.

The boys and scout leaders were taking part in the experience-of-a-lifetime that is the trip to the Philmont Ranch owned by the Boy Scouts of America.

Philmont attracts many scouts from across the U.S. every year and demands a great deal of preparation and physical training for what can be a grueling trek.

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The Westfield/Scotch Plains group trekked over 80 miles, carrying all their equipment and supplies, often in an environment where low oxygen levels can be challenging.

Troop 72 Scoutmaster Mike McGrail said, “This is one of the hardest treks I have ever done and I was immensely proud of everyone in our group. They worked as a team, they supported each other and they created some amazing memories.”

The scouts and leaders pictured are from Troop 72 (Westfield Presbyterian Church) unless otherwise stated. From the left, they are Nick Chermak, James McCutcheon, Dave and Doug McIntyre (Troop 104, Scotch Plains), James and Avery Wenta, Mark Kostyack (Troop 77, St Paul’s Church), Alexander, Mike and Michael McGrail, Andrew Maldonado and Kurt Gerckens.