Scouts Test Skills At 2015 Klondike Derby

Boys Scouts of America Troop 98 in Taos. Courtesy photo


The Annual Klondike 2015 derby is Saturday at the Elliott Barker Girl Scout Camp in Angel Fire. The Boys Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 98 of Taos will host the race.

In the late 1890s, gold prospectors traveled the frigid reaches of Alaska and Canada by dog sleds to reach the gold fields of the Klondike. They braved all kinds of winter weather and hardships and therefore needed great survival skills. Boy Scouts recreate this awesome trek using their heads, scouting skills and team work. Scouts build their own sleds, pulled by scouts, and race a course with challenges involving winter first aid, fire building, winter rescue, snowshoeing, reading maps, orienteering and identifying animal tracks. Cub Scouts also will have a special one-day Klondike Challenge.

Nearly 180 Scouts, leaders and family members are expected to attend. Community leaders or Eagle Scouts who are interested in joining in the festivities between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday can contact Chaz Mitchell at 575.758.4845 to RSVP.

For more information, contact Eddie Dry at 575.754.3364.

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