Scouts demonstrate their teamwork at derby


February 13, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THEY CAME to test their skills and their mettle in the annual Scouting event known as the Klondike Derby. When the day was over, many a mother was surely testing her laundry detergent against the grimy clothes of those Scouts.

More than 1,000 Boy Scouts and Cubs Scouts from all over Carroll gathered at Piney Run Park Saturday in a daylong celebration of sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie. For many Scouts, the Klondike Derby is a chance to show off the new skills they've learned through Scouting.

Unlike last year, when a gentle snow began to fall at the start of the event's opening ceremony, this derby was affected by the muddy remains of our most recent bout with wintry weather.

"Oh the mud, the mud, oh my gosh, the mud," said Mark Bennett, father of three Scouts at the derby. "It was unbelievable; it was everywhere. We actually had to wash some the boys' faces just so they could eat lunch."

The muddy conditions didn't seem to deter the Cub Scouts. They slipped and slid their way through 14 stations set up throughout the park.

More than a few Cubs ended their run through the obstacle course called the Husky Workout with a headlong slide through the brown glop.

"I didn't slide at the end because it wasn't too muddy there yet when my den did the obstaclecourse," said Matthew Latham, a member of Den 2 in Pack 389. "I got dirty at the Polar Bear Drag. I was the leader, but most of my team was falling down. But I really got muddy at the Tarp Raising because we had to crawl into our tent after we got it set up."

Stations with names such as Fire Brigade, Yukon Gold and Lumberjack Pass required a team effort while Snowball Sling, Moosechip Kick and Flapjack Flip concentrated on individual efforts.

In spite of the acres of mud, the day was a huge success, according to derby organizer Wes Prince.

"The events ran a lot smoother than in the past," he said. "We were also very excited to fly the Carroll County flag along with the other flags at our opening ceremony. This is the first year that we were able to obtain a county flag. Commissioner Richard Yates was instrumental in getting it for us," said Mr. Prince.

Earning that promotion

A promotion is always exciting whether it involves employment or the mastery of a new skill. The Sykesville Parks and Recreation karate program recently held its first quarterly demonstration and evaluations.

Sarah Hiltz performed well and earned a promotion to the Orange Stripe in the 5 to 7 age group.

In the 8 to 11 group, Jenny Hiltz and Adam Priest were promoted to the rank of Orange Belt, 6th Kyu.

Sykesville Recreation and Parks presented Certificates of Appreciation to Cathy Better and Kathy Hiltz for their work in support of the karate program.

Classes in karate and self-defense for children and adults are offered at Sykesville Middle School. Information: Pete Hiltz at 549-7437.

Craft shows blooming

The Little Red Wagon will host a Country Craft and Antique Show on Feb. 22-24 at the Freedom Community Center.

Information: 795-1550 or 549-7164.

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