Boy Scouts Troop 51 does best 'Man vs. Wild' impersonation
CLARENDON HILLS – Dramatic climate changes, forest fires and more than 100 miles of hiking tested a group of Boy Scouts from Troop 51 who Bear Gryllsed the wild during a 12-day adventure in New Mexico, all while being almost self-sufficient.
“It’s not as wild as ‘Man vs. Wild,’ but it’s close,” said Andy Schmidt of Clarendon Hills, referring to the TV show featuring survivalist Bear Grylls.
Schmidt, his 16- and 14-year-old sons and about 21 others headed out on a train June 13 from the Clarendon Hills train station for the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Philmont is considered one of the premier destinations for high adventure in Boys Scouts.
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