Boy Scout Troop 361 takes journey to New Mexico adventure camp

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  • During their Philmont Scout Ranch trip, scouts Danny Schofield, left, Stephen Watson, right, and Tim Lieberman, back, enjoy the view from the “Tooth of Time” mountain peak .The 9,003 feet high landmark was used as a point of reference for travelers on the historic Santa Fe Trail.
During their Philmont Scout Ranch trip, scouts Danny Schofield,… (Photo courtesy of Gavin…)
July 15, 2011

Welcome home, Boy Scout Troop 361 members Danny Schofield, Daniel Pomeranz, Alec Font, Tim Lieberman, Michael LeRoy, Stephen Watson, Paul Watson, Luke Bosley, Josh Merrihew and Troop leaders Steve Merrihew, Gavin Watson and John Bosley.

The group recently returned from a trip to New Mexico's Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's largest national high-adventure base. Situated in the Rocky Mountains, the camp is about 214 square miles of rugged wilderness terrain and steep mountains tops.

Over the course of 12 days, the Scouts and troop leaders hiked a strenuous 82 miles, visiting 10 camp sites. Their journey took them rappelling, rock climbing, shotgun shooting and branding. Their itinerary also included a chuckwagon dinner and breakfast, gold mine tours, gold panning and lessons on conservation and archaeology including a visit to the world's only T-Rex dinosaur tracks.

"It was really cool to be there," said Scout Stephen Watson, who was making his second trip to the Philmont Ranch.

Kudos to all the scouts and the adult leaders!

Veterans Elementary School is hosting summer play dates for incoming kindergartners on the school playground. It's a great way for new students and parents to meet before school starts. Siblings are welcome. The next play date is Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.

It's time again for Howard County Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks. Starting July 25 and going through Aug. 8, a variety of county restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menus from $10 to $40 per person (exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity). It's a great way to try someplace new or visit your favorite haunt for a discounted deal.

Several Ellicott City eateries will be participating in Restaurant Weeks including Alexandra's at Turf Valley, Greystone Grill, Portalli's, Kelseys, Stella Notte and Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant.

In addition, several more county restaurants will also offer unique prix-fixe menus: Venegas Prime Filet, Ranazul, The Elkridge Furance Inn, AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar, Cafe de Paris, Coho Grill, The Melting Pot, Flavors of India, The Kings Contrivance, Second Chance Saloon, Town Grill at Lisbon Citgo Auto Center, Union Jack's British Pub, The Woodstock Inn, Iron Bridge Wine Company, Bistro Blanc and Victoria Gastro Pub.

For more information or to make reservations, go to the Howard County Restaurant Weeks website at

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