July 27, 2013
Boy Scout Troop 973 from Conyers displays their banner on top of Baldy Mountain, a 12,441 foot peak, in July during the course of a 100-mile backpacking trek at Philmont, a Scout high adventure ranch in New Mexico. Shown, from left, are Scott Maxwell, Matthew Watford, Andrew Maxwell, Josh Schindler, Sam Carter, Dustin Dorman, Steve Carter, Scoutmaster James Wall, Zach Schindler and Drew Baker.
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Scout troop backpacks through N.M. mountains
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