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Boy Scouts Troop 4 La Jolla learns a few life lessons on 30-mile hike

Boy Scouts from Troop 4 La Jolla embark on a 3-day hike, 30 miles from Descanso to the Anza Borrego Desert in February 2015. Front row: Erik Ortlieb, Nick Holden and Cade Kronemyer. Back row: Arthur Champion, Juntai Zheng, Griffin Young, Ryan Finley, Shane Pauker, Kaiden Marouf and Sajan Alagiri
Boy Scouts from Troop 4 La Jolla embark on a 3-day hike, 30 miles from Descanso to the Anza Borrego Desert in February 2015. Front row: Erik Ortlieb, Nick Holden and Cade Kronemyer. Back row: Arthur Champion, Juntai Zheng, Griffin Young, Ryan Finley, Shane Pauker, Kaiden Marouf and Sajan Alagiri
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Boy Scouts from Troop 4 La Jolla challenged themselves mentally and physically by completing a three-day 30-mile wilderness hike Feb. 14, 2015 to earn the Camelback Award. The trek was from Descanso to the Anza Borrego Dessert.

The journey required the Scouts to successfully complete two training hikes before they could participate. One was 20 miles long from Carlsbad to La Jolla, and the other was a 10-mile hike on the Los Penasquitos Trail.

There were plenty of foot blisters along the way, but in the tradition of Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared,” they were! Each Scout carried his own camping gear, food and water and cooked his own meals — all participant requirements for earning the award.

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At the end of the hike, Scouts received the coveted Camelback Award medal (part of the High Adventure program in Scouting) in recognition of their accomplishments.

To learn more about the troop and its activities, visit troop4lajolla.com