Boy Scout Troop 597 pass skills to younger Cubs at annual Klondike Derby

Submitted photo Scout Troop 597 held their Klondike Derby March 22 and 23 at the Daniel Boone Homestead.
Submitted photo Scout Troop 597 held their Klondike Derby March 22 and 23 at the Daniel Boone Homestead.

The Boy Scout Troop 597 Klondike Derby was held Saturday, March 22 at Daniel Boone Homestead. With the Klondike Derby, the Boy Scouts plan and design a total of 16 stations to teach the younger Cub Scouts utdoor skills, teamwork and some just plain fun.

About 50 Boy Scouts camped overnight Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, with ten more joining for the day on Saturday due to conflicts with sports and family activities.

The scouts complete eight stations in the morning, and eight in the afternoon. This year stations included giant slingshots, “Leave No Trace” campsite, fire building, first aid stretcher relay, lava river game, giants croquet, outdoor cooking (hot fruit cobbler), wilderness survival, monkey bridge, reactor game, tire bowling, blind maze, keep it up/human knot, replication build, minefield and tug of war. Stations are in a round-robin style by each group of Cub scouts rotating every 15 minutes to a different activity.

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On Sunday afternoon, scouts demonstrated the stations for their parents to show what they were teaching.

The Klondike Derby was attended by approximately 70 Cub scouts, their families and leaders.

This year marked the 10th year the leaders and Boy Scouts have hosted this for the Cub Scout pack. It is a great way to practice leadership and teaching skills for older scouts, and keeps the younger boys interested in scouting by showing what they have to look forward to.

From Scout Troop 597