Re: Klondike Derby Ideas
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Sat, 9 Sep 1995 11:14:59 CST
On Fri, 8 Sep 1995 21:02:40 -0500 Mark Orlovsky said:
>Does anyone have some theme ideas for a klondike derby? I have been asked to
>join my distric's committee and the first thing they asked was to use my
>resources and come up with some themes from the net.
I was going to respond by saying that a Klondike Derby is a theme of its
own--the Alaskan (Klondike) Gold Rush. But, that's too simple!! I directed
the Indianhead Council's Klondike Derbies for several years. They were held
in conjunction with the St. Paul Winter Carnival and usually drew about 100
sleds. We always used the Carnival theme and our participation patches were
modeled after that year's winter carnival logo. That made it easy.
Most of the themes I remember from other locations were symbolic of Alaska.
Such things as "Barrow and Beyond" (referencing Point Barrow), "Klondike
Fever", "Biliken Battles." As I recall, the theme made little difference in
One of our favorite things to do was to have each scout bring a can of
condensed soup. All were opened and dumped in a huge booya pot over a great
bed of coals. Water was added to bring it to the appropriate consistency and
the mixture was served throughout the day to help keep people warm. Our
derbies usually operated in the 0-20 degree F. range and for the three years
I was director always included at least a light dusting of snow. The "soup"
sounds terrible, but tastes great. We sometimes had more cans than would fit
the pot so the extras were given to local food shelves.
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