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Erik C and Erik J represent Troop 370 at the 2015 Klondike Derby
Peter M explains to 85 scout participants (representing 7 troops in the Mustang District) the ground rules for the day. Scouts will rotate between seven 'territories' to participate in various activities.
Erik C and Erik J review first aid with Roger M at the Dyea station.
Stephan F coaches Erik J and Erik C in wood cutting at the Skagway station.
Skagway was originally founded in 1897. Wood cutting was done February 21, 2015.
Erik C splits wood.
Scouts must pass the split wood through a tube to earn credit (and keep the wood). Once a piece of wood is stuck in the tube, the scouts have completed the session.
George P (mayor of the Chilkoot Territory) guides scouts in an orienteering exercise to stake a claim.
Erik J and Erik C improvise a shelter using their sled and a tarp for wilderness survival exercises at White Pass.
In addition to shelter, scouts build a fire for heat and signaling for survival. Don R looks on as the fire starting done on the ice with only tinder and matches.
Completing four territories, Erik C and Erik J relax before lunch.
Sandy W serves scouts homemade chicken and bean soup for lunch.
At the Yukon River station, scouts demonstrate ice rescue techniques- throwing a line to save someone who has fallen through the ice.
Part of the Yukon River station was building a fire (tinder and matches only), which was difficult due to wind blowing across the lake.
At Dawson City, scouts were challenged to pick up a frozen bucket of water using ropes and a hook suspended over the 'ring' without stepping into the ring.
Poles were lashed together to form a cross to hold the hook. Ropes were attached to the ends of the poles to suspend the hook over the ice bucket.
Successfully capturing the ice bucket, Erik J and Erik C break it open to get to the prizes frozen inside the bucket.
Teamwork exercises at Tikchik Lake Territory involved catching and tossing a football using a tarp.
Erik J and Erik C launch the football using their tarp.
Klondike sled gymnastics.
Troop 370 contestants Erik J and Erik C successfully complete the required stations.
The grand finale is the Klondike sled race held on the lake. The course is a three legged triangle, each segment about 75 yards long. Contestants are lining up at the starting line.
The Troop 370 sled is light and strong, outfitted with new skis this year. The gear is lashed to the sled since losing gear means losing the race.
Scouts prepare for the race. Erik J will pull and Erik C will push.
A quick start and all 10 sleds are in the race.
Erik J and Erik C gain an early lead heading into the first turn of the course.
Erik J leads the field on the final stretch of the race. Peter M is the official race judge.
The Troop 370 sled crosses the finish line in first place!
Scouts at the final line up to learn which team has accumulated the most 'gold nuggets' from the day's activities.
Erik J and Erik C accepting the first ever traveling 'Klondike Derby' trophy from Peter M.
A successful day for Troop 370- Erik C and Erik J win both the sled race and the most nuggets from the day's activities. Outstanding!
Map showing the 'territories' (locations) for scout activities at Bryant Lake Park.
Boy Scout Troop 370 is based in Eden Prairie, MN, chartered by Pax Christi Catholic Community, and run by scoutmaster Mike Z.