Re: Klondike Derby?
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 12:25:05 -0400
Felicia M. Ciaudelli wrote, in part:
> Good morning, everyone. I have another question....Joseph's troop is
> getting ready for a Klondike Derby. What exactly is a Klondike Derby?
> I've asked Joseph, and he doesn't know (I reminded him to ask his troop
> (OOPS!) Scoutmaster, but as usual, he forgot. Aaaah, youth!
In our district (Four Rivers, Baltimore Area Council), the Klondike is a
District-wide event organized around patrol groups (actual patrols or
Webelos Dens, or groupings created for the event), each of which has a
sled (more or less similar to the dog sleds used in the Klondike) loaded
with materials specified in the sign-up materials (the sleds are judged
before the event, on appearance and completeness of stocking). The
participants pull the sled around a circuit, stopping periodically at
stations (usually a dozen or so), each of which (manned by Scout and
Scouter volunteers) poses a challenge to the patrol and a task to be
Klondike-themed challenges are appreciated, but not strictly required.
For instance, one challenge recited that a dam upstream had burst, and
that a wall of water three feet high would reach the site in 5 minutes.
The challenge was to get all the patrol members, their gear AND SLED at
least three feet above the ground, before the flood reached the site.
The Scouts must dress for the weather, which in our area can be anything
from the 'teens to the sixties. A lot of fun, even for the Scouters who
accompany but cannot assist the Scouts (and freeze while the Scoutas run
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City