Backpacking in Paradise!

Hello Troop 648

We are back from another awesome outing, this time a backpacking trip to Bluff Springs and a visit to the world’s largest Saguaro cactus – the ’50 in 1.’ Named for the number of arms this 45 foot cactus grew, it is located in the Superstition mountains, about a 1 mile from camp. More on this later.

9 Scouts and 5 Scouters started the hike with the challenging ‘Cardiac Hill!’ We made it to camp shortly after lunch, where we pitched our tents, re-hydrated (near 80˚ F in December!) rested then headed out for a hike to visit the 50 in 1 cactus. Unfortunately, this amazing cactus succumbed to old age and is now providing shelter to the many ground animals and insects that live in the area.

We returned to camp, where Drew Achor grilled up a tasty NY Strip steak, his brother Ian  completed the Chess Merit Badge by flashlight, and Stephan, Will, Chaz, Liam, Isaac, Sam and Cameron all bundled up for some much needed rest.

A total of 12 miles hiked, more liters of water than I dare to count (thank you Mr. Cole!!) and smiles all around, we made it back to the parking lot and headed for home. It was great fun and camaraderie and another successful T648 outing. Many thanks to Brandon Bollimpalli for organizing the trip, and Mister Cole, Benyi and Gay for driving and participating.  Thanks also to Mr. Weinhold for driving as well as mentoring Brandon. A special thanks to Cameron for leading the Scouts and Drew for assisting. A job well done all!

See you on Tuesday!

Scoutmaster T648

50 in 1 back in 2012 on another T648 Outing

50 in 1 Today – R.I.P!