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Grand River Trails Klondike Derby

Event Details

2022 Pony Express Council

Grand River Trails District


Date:  January 14th  - 16th, 2022

Time: Check in will open at 4:00 pm on Friday the 14th. For troops arriving late Friday or Saturday. Check in will be from 8:00am -8:30am Saturday morning.

Early site selection & prep is welcome stake your claim now.

Who: The Klondike will be hosted by Troop 70 of Hamilton & the Klondike Committee of Grand River Trails, Questions call Van @ 816-649-8314

Location: Directions to the Klondike camp grounds (Search) Dunham Blvd, Hamilton, MO or From Junction 36 Hwy & 13 Hwy (in Hamilton) Go South on 13 Hwy 4 miles go East on U 2 miles you are there it is on the South side.

Cost: No Charge If you work a station or help @ the Klondike (20 spots, sign up in advance)

Adult Leaders will be $5.00ea

Scouts will be $7.00ea.

Included in the $7.00 fee:

  • Patch
  • Indoor Restrooms and 2 outhouses
  • Hot Cocoa while supplies last, & Water
  • Dinner Saturday night ( Potato Soup, Ham and Beans, Chili & Crackers )
  • Trading post items that can be traded for Gold obtained on the trail
  • Firewood (self service, all you can cut) some precut stacked at the base of trees


Printable Flyer (includes roster and registration form)


Klondike Derby 2022 Schedule: 

Friday, 14th of Jan.                                                                            

4:00 pm Check-in registration begins                                              
8:00 pm Cracker Barrel BYOS                                                                    
 (Bring your own snacks)     
Saturday, 15th of Jan.     
7:00 am Reveille
8:00 - 8:30 Late Registration
8:30 Station set up by K C
8:45 Flag / Opening
9:00 - 11:00 Morning Activities
11:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 2:30 Afternoon Activities
3:00 Sharp Sled Race
3:30-4:30 free time & trading post will be open  for patrols to use there gold nuggets they earned on the trail
4:45 Flag Lowering
6:00 pm Supper
7:00 Campfire, Awards, Thorns & Roses Church Service

Sunday, 16th of Jan.

Breakfast & Breakdown
Check Out


Saturday Briefing

Teams will be rewarded with “Klondike Gold” for skill & teamwork at the event. “Klondike Gold” will be awarded for participation in these activities. Don’t be fooled “Klondike Gold” does not come easy.

To start off this day you will be given a route map to follow. Before you begin the journey you as a Patrol will need to inspect your sled and make sure you are prepared for the trail ahead.

SOME of the things you will need to be prepared for:

HILL RESCUE CREW 911 - Bring (first aid kit)
SHELTER - Bring (Rope, Tarp, Stakes)
FIRE - Bring (Matches, Fire starter)
SMELLABLES - There are animals in the area that are relating sleds and gear to food everything must be raised into the tree, out of reach of the night food stalkers.

RAVINE CROSSING - The bridge is out and you must make a crossing to get the sled across without getting wet.

LOST DOG - You have lost a dog from the team you must lasso a wild dog to replace the lost one

LOCATION - The team must use the map and landmarks to find locations and marked on the map, There they will recover the item left for their team. Bring (compass)

GET THE GOLD - Recover a bucket of gold from the middle of a sinking bog.  Then mark the danger @ center of the bog with a tall pole.

TIE UP YOUR DOGS - Demonstrate your ability to tie knots to secure your load of gold and provisions for transport. These knots will be ones that were learned from Scout - First Class

BLACKSMITH - You never know when you may need to forge a needed item

LASHING - Lash 2 poles to make 1 long one, lash 3 poles to make a tripod. More info at the station

ON YOUR HONOR - There will be other unmanned task along the trail

PAY YOUR OWN WAY - For any Scout that wants to participate in the PAY YOUR OWN WAY Reward. They must submit a paper (@ least a small Paragraph) that he has written. On how he earned the money to pay for the Klondike Fee and his part of the food for his patrol meals. If done correctly it will meet the req. #10 for second class which is Earn an amount of money agreed upon by you and your parents, then save at least 50% of that money).

The saved money can be used to Pay their own way. Even though some of the higher ranking boys do not need this requirement I encourage all scouts to participate in this pay your own way reward. Please get this info to your scouts so they can earn their own way. They will turn this paper in to a Person at check in. It needs to be dated, neat, legible, with their name and troop # on it. Last minute scribbles will not be accepted. This info needs to get to the boys as soon as possible to give them time to earn the money needed for the 2022 Klondike and prepare their paper.

Some stations may be added we will probably have Hawks mixed with one of the stations. We would like to see all of the scouts have Totin Chip, so they can purchase knives at the trading post. We understand some of the older scouts may have lost them and a leader can vouch for them.

This certification grants a Scout the right to carry and use woods tools. The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility to do the following:

  1. Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.
  2. Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of the pocket knife, ax, and saw.
  3. Use knife, ax, and saw as tools, not playthings.
  4. Respect all safety rules to protect others.
  5. Respect property. Cut living and dead trees only with permission and good reason.
  6. Subscribe to the Outdoor Code.

The Scout's "Totin' Rights" can be taken from him if he fails in his responsibility


If any Scout is unsatisfied with the value of this Klondike they may turn in all of their Klondike Gold for a refund.


Hosted by: GR
When & Where
When: 01-14-2022 4:00PM to
          01-16-2022 10:00AM

Where: Van Dunham Farm
            2656 NE State Route U
            Hamilton, MO 64644


Coords: 41.4925374, -99.9018131