1,000 Scouts show skills in annual Klondike Derby


January 24, 1995|By SHERRY GRAHAM

When I first learned that the Klondike Derby was to be held at Piney Run Park, I imagined something involving little wooden cars.

No, that's the Pinewood Derby. "Well, OK," I thought, "it must be the one with the big cars that they ride in."

Wrong again -- that's the Soap Box Derby.

If you were anywhere near Piney Run Park on Saturday, you quickly learned that the Klondike Derby is a huge event for both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

More than 1,000 Scouts from all over Carroll County converged on the park for the annual daylong event.

The snow that fell intermittently throughout the day added to the Klondike atmosphere.

The Klondike Derby gives Scouts the opportunity to use their Scouting skills in friendly competition with other troops and packs.

For the Boy Scouts, the derby focuses on more traditional Scouting skills.

Cooking, knot-tying, map skills and compass work are just a few of the tasks that are put to the test in the spirit of competition. I'm told that most Boy Scouts spend a good deal of time preparing for the Klondike.

Most events in the Klondike are timed events and each patrol of Scouts is rated on a point scale. At the end of the derby, the points from every event are tallied.

The winning patrols or dens are awarded plaques at their next meeting and every participant in the Klondike receives a patch commemorating the derby.

While individual skills are emphasized for Boy Scouts, the Cubs focused more on teamwork and building strong team spirit.

Cub Scouts spent the day rotating through a series of 14 stations with names such as Polar Bear Drag and Yukon Gold.

Pancake Flipping gave the Cubs a chance to test their manual dexterity as they flipped a flat rubber disk using a board.

At the Ice Floe Walk, thinking skills were necessary to negotiate a path across a specific area using only two rounds of wood. The Husky Workout featured an obstacle course of boards, tunnels, tires and poles.

The Fire Brigade required a real team effort as the boys raced around a course handing off a bucket of wood chips as they ran.

The Kodiak Guess was a more subdued station with questions on the Scouting organization and ranks.

The Team Ski was a hilarious version of the three-legged race. Each team of three boys was strapped onto two skis, which they tried to walk uphill.

This demanded true teamwork as they sometimes chanted "left, right, left, right" as they made their way toward the finish line.

Another popular station was Yukon Gold, where a team would pull together to drag a sled around a hilly course while one of their teammates rode on the sled and picked up as many "gold bricks" as he could.

At the Ice Break station, Cubs put into practice the ice rescue theory of "reach, throw, row and go" as they tried to rescue a simulated ice break victim.

A bucksaw and team of two worked hard at Lumberjack Pass to saw through a log as quickly as possible.

el,.2l The Klondike Derby was a great success, thanks to the hard work of parent volunteers who ran the stations, and the dedication of the Scout leaders.


St. Patrick's Day is still a few weeks away, but make plans now attend the St. Patrick's Day Country Dance, sponsored by the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department.

The dance is slated for March 18, from 9 p.m. to midnight at the fire hall at Route 32 and Freedom Avenue.

Music will be provided by a disc jockey known as "The Sting."

Tickets are $8 per person and include beer, sodas, chips and pretzels.

Tickets and information: 795-7122.

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