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Klondike Derby hosted at Daniel Boone Homestead

By Emily Thiel, News

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A brisk, windy day out on the open land of the Daniel Boone Homestead doesn’t scare away the Boy Scouts of Troop 597.
The Troop, based in Amityville, held their Klondike derby day at the Daniel Boone Homestead, where the older scouts teach younger cubs the skills of scouting. TTroop 597 consists of 63 scouts and almost 100 cubs.
The outdoor day helps the boys with their leadership skills as the older scouts teach the younger cubs how to work as a team and learn skills for outdoor survival in different stations.
Scoutmaster Rick Henry admired the boys ability to take charge as leaders while planning the day. Henry said the leaders are only in charge of the safety, but aside from that, the entire day was planned by the scouts.
Scout Troop 597 decided what the stations should highlight and how the cubs will transition between the stations.
Stations included learning activities like how to build a lean-to, how to build a fire, and what to keep in your backpack. Other stations had activities that had the cubs working together as a team. Races, and strategic games were put in place to challenge the boys.
The Troop will have their car show and carnival 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. April 27 at the Daniel Boone Middle School. This will be their sixth year holding the event. For more information visit