ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A co-ed scout troop in South Georgia is preparing for an amazing journey. They'll travel to New Mexico to hike more than 70 miles through mountains.
15-year-old Collin Giovingo is packed and ready on a Summer hiking trip. He's one of 20 co-ed scouts from the South Georgia Council Philmont Contingent group about to embark on a hiking journey in the mountains of New Mexico.
"All the friendship and the memories that we're going to make," said Collin Giovingo, Scout. "I've heard a lot of people say well yeah you're going to go out there and you're going to have a life-changing experience."
"We actually have two scouts from New York attending with us," said John Takash, Scout Leader. "We have a scout from Missouri and two from Valdosta."
The 10 day hiking adventure will consist of a 73 mile hike in the New Mexico wilderness.
"They'll be food pickups along that 10-day period," said Takash. "They'll do rock climbing, repelling."
They've been preparing for this trip for more than six months.
"A lot of late nights," said Giovingo. "Getting clothes ready and making sure you have the proper gear."
Tuesday, Takash made sure the scouts had items such as a warming blanket, boots and water bottles.
"This is our last equipment shakedown before we leave," said Takash.
Takash says it's an experience that will continue building on the scouts' leadership skills.
"This really culminates all those things they've been learning in scouting," said Takash. "The scout law and how to work together as a team."
The troop is leaving June 28th and will return to Albany July 14th.