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Klondike Derby

Sunday, January 5, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hopkinton State Park, Split Rock Pavilion


Just before the turn of the last century, gold prospectors traveled the sub-zero reaches of Alaska by means of dogs and sleds. They camped out in all kinds of winter weather, and therefore needed adequate survival skills. Scouting has incorporated this theme in the Klondike Derby. 

What’s this about?

The point of a “Klondike Derby” is to provide Scouts with the opportunity to put their Scouting skills to work in the field, to demonstrate teamwork and Scout spirit, and to have fun outdoors on a winter day. The event also provides an opportunity for parents to volunteer and help the Pack with something that will create long-lasting memories. In fact, the event cannot take place without plenty of volunteers! 

How does it work?

Participating Scouts will be organized into “sled teams” who will pull dog sleds to a series of activity stations set up around the Split Rock section of the State Park where they test various outdoor Scout skills. We’ll have sleds for the Scouts; you don’t have to bring your own sled. The activity stations are named for various towns in Alaska and the person in charge of each town is known as “The Mayor."  A rope is attached to the front of each sled for the Scouts to pull. 

How to volunteer

Let your Den Leader know that you’d like to help or sign up directly using this spreadsheet.