Scouts hold Klondike Derby Jan. 27

RAPID RIVER — The Red Buck Sub-District Klondike Derby will again be held on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the head of the Grand Island Trail just north of Rapid River. Over 130 Scouts and Webelos with their adult leaders are expected to take part in the annual outdoor fun.

The theme of this year’s Derby is, “Hawaiian Luau Klondike Derby” where the Scouts and Webelos will be challenged with events, which although they will have tropical names, will all be outdoor winter events in the snow. Cody Wellman of Troop 411 who designed the Klondike Patch for the year receives free admittance to the Derby.

There is a registration fee to participate in the derby, plus two cans of soup. One can of soup is for the “big” pot for lunch, which will be prepared and served by the Order of the Axe.

The second can of soup will go into the cooler for donation to the Salvation Army food pantry. The Scouts of Red Buck have donated can goods to the local food pantry for about the last 15 years. The Order of the Axe typically cooks up about 15 gallons of soup on site for the boys and leaders out in the cold.

Red Buck has already received requests for information from troops outside our local Sub-District area about attending our Klondike Derby 2018 — the more boys the better.

At about 8:30 a.m., the first activity the Scouts will encounter is the official sled check, which will be handled by Assistant Scoutmaster Anders Nyberg of Troop 466.

To assist the boys with the challenges they were to face in the events throughout the day, the Scouts were given a detailed list of required sled equipment to be carried. Each sled will be then checked for the completeness, and scored accordingly.

After the sled check the Scouts will then have other events to further challenge them, including:

T-411 — “Shark Attack and Rescue” (Water Rescue & First Aid)

T-408 — “Hunt of the Big Pig” (Patrol creativity)

T-400– “Cap the Volcano” (Team building)

T-466 — “Trek to the Volcano” (Orienteering)

T-473 — “Hula Dancers” (Knots and Communications)

T-488 — “Fire Building” (Patrol competition)

A rough schedule of the Klondike Derby is as follows:

8:30 a.m. — Sled check opens with Anders Nyberg

9:15 a.m. — Opening by Order of the Axe Mark Rose T-411

9:30 a.m. to noon — Morning events

Noon to 1 p.m. — Everyone – Lunch at Order of the Axe Headquarters. Lunch will be the Luau and “Pig Roast” (the “roasted pig” will be hot dogs).

1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. — Afternoon events (All events stop At 3:15 p.m.)

3:15 — All afternoon events stop

3:30 p.m. — Great Klondike Derby Sled Race for both Scouts and Webelos. After all of the regular events of the day, the Scouts and Webelos will compete in the Annual Klondike Derby Sled race. In this race the boys are the “dogs” pulling their sled across a snow-covered opening with one of their Patrol members riding. Watching a dozen or more patrols race all together in the deep snow is quite an event to see!

4 p.m. — Closing ceremonies

Everyone is encouraged to come out and see the fun your boys are having out in the snow. Plenty of soup will be available for lunch, and the long-range forecast is for temperatures near 30 degrees.

For more information about Scouting in the Delta County and Manistique areas, contact Mark Rose, Red Buck Sub-District Commissioner (906)-630-186, mrose1@chartermi.net.

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