Pony Express Council - Lewis and Clark Klondike Derby 2021

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Lewis and Clark Klondike Derby 2021

Event Details

The 2021 Lewis and Clark Klondike Derby is at Klinefelter Farm near Hiawatha on January 29, 30, and 31. 

This will be a no cost event. Note on registration:  Youth and adult participants who are registered for the Klondike by 12/18/20 will NOT need to pay the $5 fee, even though the system shows a balance is due. The online system will show $5 due, but units and families registering WILL NOT BE CHARGED at checkout and will select "pay at the door". The district will waive the $5 due for everyone signed up by 12/18. After 12/18, the system will begin to require payment at the time of checkout. Although this event is being offered at no charge, there are still some event expenses including food and program supplies. A free will donation is available for anyone who would like to help offset event costs and this can be brought in any amount to the Scout Office or to the event. This donation is neither expected nor required by participants attending. 

Deadline for no-cost registration is December 18. Registration after December 18 will cost $5 per person.

Each troop furnishes its own tents, food for lunch on the trail, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, and equipment. The event will provide a patch, Saturday dinner, and cracker barrel food for each participant. Water will be available (bring your own water jugs to store it in) as will firewood (however units are still encouraged to bring some of their own firewood). Latrines will be provided. It is recommended that the troop have an adequate cooking heat source, a Coleman stove works well. Remember, all policies of BSA will be followed. Adult leaders are encouraged to bring a camp chair. 

Scout Skills to be challenged for points. Top 3 patrols awarded a ribbon:

Tentative Activities:

Outdoor first aid
Creek Crossing
Shelter Building
Map and Compass
Knots and Lashings
Fire Building
Sling Shots
Bow and arrow
BB Gun
Sled Race for Speed

After the day's stations, there will be a campfire/awards ceremony, dinner, and cracker-barrel (food for cracker-barrel will be provided) 

Each patrol must have a patrol flag. 

The Klondike Derby challenge requires a patrol of not fewer than 4 Scouts and not more than 7 Scouts per patrol/expedition party. Each patrol will need to be single gender, but both female and male Scouts are invited to the Klondike. Each patrol will be competing for the top 3 overall spots including both boy and girl patrols. Each patrol will need to prepare a dog sled with all required gear for the challenges that await them.

Each expedition party will be racing against one another through various wilderness challenges and "Alaskan Camps". Each patrol leader will be handed a sealed satchel with a map and instructions. Trail designations and order of departure will be drawn by lot before the start of the race. Patrols will encounter situations along the trail which require various Scouting skills and ingenuity to overcome. Accomplishing each of these challenges will earn patrols points that will be tallied at the end of the race to proclaim a Klondike champion winner. 

Dog Sled Gear List:

Dog Sled (homemade at least 30" wide and at least 48 " long)- If there is no snow on the ground, 2 small wheels, no more than 8 inches in diameter, may be attached to the sled. Inspections will be held prior to race to ensure rules are adhered to. 
First Aid Kit
Mess Kits (one per team member)
2 quarts of water, minimum, per member
minimum of 50 ' of rope
hot lunch for all team members
stove for cooking or heating lunch
fire starters (strike anywhere matches AND flint/magnesium and steel striker AND any other allowable fire-starting device your Scouts are skilled with.)


For any questions feel free to contact myself or Dan Hager

Kirk McFadden   913-271-7438

Dan Hager   913-426-1019


When & Where
Klinefelter Farm
Friday 01-29-2021 5:00 PM CT to
Sunday 01-31-2021 11:00 AM CT Past
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