RAPID RIVER - Boy Scouts from Troop 414 Cobra Patrol of Escanaba took home top honors with a total score of 617 points at the 2012 Red Buck District Klondike Derby held at the Grand Island Trailhead on County Road 509 east of Rapid River on Jan. 28.
Webelo Busy Beavers Pack 402 of Manistique captured the Wilson Traveling Trophy with a total of 561 points.
The theme for this year's derby was "In the Team of Things," and activities and problems all centered around team-building skills, including Human Ladder, Snowshoe/Stretcher event, Log Switching, Balance Board and Mountain Rescue. A Sled Race rounded out the day's events.
Troop 414 Cobra Patrol takes home the Gerber Traveling Trophy for finishing in first place in the Klondike Derby 2012. Holding the Gerber Trophy are Nick Chenier, left, Mike Whitman and Gabe Ostrenga. The troop also won the Klondike Derby Sled race (held by Gabe Ostrenga). Not available for the photo was John McGraw.
Other participating Scout patrols were: 2nd - Manistique Troop 400 Eagle (592), 3rd - Escanaba Troop 411 Sniping Snake (589), 4th - Manistique Troop 400 Uncle Ben Rice (563), 5th (tie) - Escanaba Troop 408 Black Penguins (555) and Flat Rock Troop 473 Eagle (555), and 7th - Gladstone Troop 466 Lolcats (458).
Webelo scores were: 2nd - Rapid River Pack 488 Wolverine (554), 3rd - Gladstone Pack 471 Lighting (553), 4th - Bark River Pack 445 Honest Eagles (532), 5th - Escanaba Pack 411 Scorpions (466), and 6th - Gladstone Pack 471 Cobra (438).
"As you can see by the scores for the Webelos and Boy Scouts, everybody was pretty close together, with the top three for Webelos only eight points apart," said district commissioner and Scout leader, Mark Rose. "We had a great day for the boys out at the Head of the Grand Island Trail. The temperature Saturday morning was 20 degrees with about 2 1/2 of new snow."
According to Rose, approximately 130 Scouts and Webelos with adult leaders were registered, along with families. "This year we had more Patrols registered than usual with 13 total, six Webelos and seven Scout Patrols," he said. "We also had more Troops camp overnight than ever in my tenure as a Scoutleader."