2016 Klondike Derby - Jan 22-24

  • Arrive Friday afternoon
  • Movies, games and food on Friday evening
  • Sledding and cross-country skiing on Saturday (with possibility of earning a good chunk [almost all] of the SNOW SPORTS merit badge)
  • Build a huge SNOW CAVE
  • Competitive events among patrols (like the Hazmat event and fire starting)
  • Finish by 5PM Saturday and return home
If you've already purchased food for the Klondike please email the Scoutmaster and tell him what you purchased. If we camp at St. John's we can probably use it.

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Winter fun and competition at the Baden Powell District Klondike Derby!  You patrol will pull its sled from event to event competing in various Scout skills.  The event will be held at Camp Delmont (and we'll camp in the Dan Beard cabin).

Senior Scouts: we need your help to put on another successful "Arctic Hazmat" event. Please sign up via the RSVP form, even if you can only come for the day (or part of the day).
  • Location:  Camp Delmont. We will also be camping there, directions here ==>  DIRECTIONS (GPS 40.353797, -75.445857).  We'll be camping in the Dan Beard cabin (and not sharing with any other troops).  See the additional details on how to get to Dan Beard on the Directions page (RED link above).
  • Depart:  From St. John's at 5:45PM on Friday (try to arrive by 5:30).  Check in with the Registrar Scout, get your car assignment, and put your things in that car immediately.  If there's no room, put your things in the trailer.

  • Return:  To St. John's at Noon on Sunday

  • What should you bring?  
    • Warm clothes in layers (you'll be outside all day: wool, fleece, a wooly hat, not a ballcap, two pairs of gloves)
    • Good boots or shoes (the Klondike people specifically said NO SNEAKERS) with warm socks (wool over cotton is best)
    • Bring one extra pair of shoes that you can use if your main ones get too wet or muddy
    • A small backpack or sling bag to carry around your things during the day on Saturday (the cabin where we're staying is a couple of miles from where the events are so you have to carry your extra things with you)
    • Your Scout shirt with a turtleneck or something to wear underneath it, and your name tag
    • A full change of clothes; you may need it on Saturday evening
    • A flashlight or headlamp
    • Rain gear, a compass, your Troop 98 Permission Slip (to be sent later).  Check the weather forecast as it's possible that it will snow or rain on Saturday.  Be Prepared.  
    • Eating gear and a cup you can carry with you during the day (for hot cocoa). Put your name on everything!
    • At least one personal water bottle (one quart or more; NALGENE bottles are best). The water system has frozen at camp this year so we have to bring all our own water supplies. Your own personal supply will help.

    • For meals, each patrol needs to plan, buy food for, and prepare one meal for the entire troop as follows:

      Friday snack: (to be decided: either Barbarians or Three Stooges,
      depending on who's going)
      Saturday breakfast: Blue Phoenix
      Saturday dinner: Trojan
      Sunday breakfast: Tribal Whale

      You will be buying food and cooking for all Scouts and adults for your assigned meal. We will let you know by Wednesday 20 January how many people you should be planning to feed. We also want you to have your menu checked by Mr. Bryant. Email him here: cbryant3615@comcast.net

      Your patrol also needs to bring a specific "competition" meal for Saturday's lunch (which you will cook over coals at "Cook Town").  Talk to you Patrol Leader or Troop Guide for details (or take a look at THIS DOCUMENT, page 5).

  • We will be sleeping on wooden bunks in a cabin.  We will do our best to heat the building with firewood and coal, but bring your warmest sleeping bag (or two sleeping bags), warm (and clean) clothes to sleep in (like sweats) plus a clean hat, gloves and socks to sleep in, an extra blanket that you could put above or below you (wool is best), and at least one sleeping pad to put underneath you.

  • Cards, board games or something else you can play inside the cabin at night (nothing electronic).
Pictures from the past two year's Klondikes are here:  2015 Klondike  2014 Klondike