Seeing the Boys Off

A Michigan Boy Scout troop boards Amtrak’s Chicago-bound Blue Water in Durand, Michigan, on a Saturday morning on the first leg of an adventure.

Seeing them off and making photographs of the event are parents and friends.

I didn’t ask where the troop was going but it is likely they are headed for the Philmont Scout ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico, for a week of hiking and camping in the mountains.

Summer is the season when Boy Scout troops across the country trek to Philmont for an experience the Scouts will long remember and talk about.

Some of those Scouts ride Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to Raton. Taking the train to Philmont is a long-standing Scouting tradition.

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