Shep the Sheep’s Colorado Trail Hike-a-Thon for Raton Scout Troop 91
In his desire to support the youth of Boy Scout Troop 91 in Raton, New Mexico, our intrepid explorer, Shep the Sheep (accompanied by Scoutmaster Jared Chatterley), will be venturing out into the wilds of Colorado armed only with what he can carry on his back, as he explores the Rocky Mountains by transversing the Colorado Trail.
Raton, New Mexico —Starting August 29, 2017 in Denver Colorado, Shep the Sheep, Troop 91’s mascot, and his companion, Scoutmaster Jared Chatterley will hike the entire Colorado Trail with a goal of finishing by September 28. Skirting along a trail system that has an average elevation of 10,000 feet and comprising 486 miles this one month long expedition will eventually end in Durango, CO. Logging approximately 17 miles a day, it is their quest to raise awareness and funds for the Boy Scouts of Raton, NM Troop 91. Funds raised will be used for a trip to Alaska for the boys who achieve their Eagle Scout Award, for scout camp, and for other outdoor adventures. This trek is not for the faint of heart. Fortunately Shep is one Baaaaaaaaad Sheep!
“Shep is not a sheep of many words, but I feel I can speak for both of us when I say we are looking forward to this adventure,” Scoutmaster Jared Chatterley remarked. “Although only Shep and I are thru-hiking the Colorado Trail, the Scouts have been with us all along the way, completing several 10 mile training hikes. It is their job to help spread the word and raise money for our troop; Shep and I are just logging the miles.”
About Raton NM Boy Scout Troop 91. Raton BSA Troop 91 has 10 boys ranging in ranks from Scout to First Class. The boys are all from Raton, NM and range in age from 11-14 years old. While everyone is working on individual ranks, all hope to achieve Eagle Scout Rank by the spring of 2019. The troop has 2 patrols: the Minions and the Tomahawks. There are 3 leaders including Scoutmaster Jared Chatterley. Some of their outings have included: hiking Trinchera Peak in Colorado, hiking the Tooth of Time at Philmont Scout Ranch, and rafting the Rio Grande. The Scouts have also done many local service projects such as picking up trash around Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park, cleaning and organizing the Cat Care of New Mexico storage, helping set up 2 local Disc Golf courses, and setting targets at the NRA Whittington Center.