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posted Jan 12, 2015, 6:40 PM by John Cataudella   [ updated Jan 12, 2015, 6:47 PM ]
Klondike Derby is just around the corner and is a lot of fun.
If you are not familiar with or don’t remember what the Klondike Derby is. Here is a brief description along with  you tube video link. You can also go to our photos to see pictures from earlier years.




TIME: 8:00 to 3:00 P.M. (Gate opens at 7:00 AM)


The Course

The course will consist of a check-in station, six towns, and a check-out station. Each sled is given 4 ½ hours to complete the course once they leave the check-in station. Sleds may continue to participate in the event after the time limit, but will be penalized 1 point per 10 minutes over the 4-½ hour time limit, up to a maximum of three (3) points. All sleds will be called off the course at 3:00 p.m. This ‘hard stop’ allows our Mayors to attend the awards ceremony.

Sled Teams

Each sled must consist of a minimum of 5 or a maximum of 10 Boy Scouts.

Patrol Flag Contest

The patrol flag is a unique item that identifies your patrol. It sets you apart from all the other patrols that are participating in the Klondike Derby. While your patrol is going through the Check-in Station, our judges will be conducting their assessments of your patrol flag and sled.

The Stations

Check-in – After leaving Registration, all sleds must stop at the check-in station before beginning the course. The patrol will receive important instructions needed to complete the course. Sled should report fifteen minutes prior to their assigned start time.

Camping (Nome):                                                                                                                                                                       All patrols will be required to set up a campsite using the seven principles  of Leave No Trace. A Leave No Trace instruction sheet is attached to this packet.

Cooking (Aniakchak):                                                                                                                                                                                                            All patrols will be required to build a cooking fire and cook a meal of their coice, (keep time allowed in mind) The meal eaten by the patrol must be hot and cooked  over the cooking fire built by the patrol. A patrol will be graded on how well it starts, uses and puts out their fire (Leave No Trace Principle # 5, "Minimize Campfire Impacts".) The patrol will also be judged on how well it cleans up when it is done, (Leave No Trace Principle # 3"Dispose of Waste Properly".) Hot water will be provide by the town for clean up.

Rescue  (HooperBay):                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Each Each patrol will be given a first aid problem they will need to complete.  This problem will be based on Tenderfoot to First Class Scout requirements in the BSA Handbook.

Challenge Event (Fort Yukon):                                                                                                                                                                                          Each patrol will be given a series of basic challenges that will need to work  together (team building) to complete and/or solve.

Pioneering (Point Hope):                                                                                                                                                                                                   Each patrol will be required to build an object using proper knots and lashings found in the Scout Handbook.

Orienteering (Tok):                                                                                                                                                                                                             Each patrol will be give instructions on an orienteering course, and then must work together to complete the course.

Check-out - All sleds must check-out even if they do not complete the entire course



Check-in                                                          14 Nuggets

Six town problems @ 20 nuggets per town    120 Nuggets

Checkout                                                          10 Nuggets

Finishing on time                                                6 Nuggets


Total Nuggets                                                  150 Nuggets

Important Information

FOOTWEAR: For safety no sneakers or jogging shoes shall be worn while participating in  the Klondike Derby. Any Scout wearing sneakers or jogging shoes will not be able to participate.
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Mr. Cat