So many Klondikes to choose from!

Winter is here! I love it. The snow, the slush, the cold, the holidays. It’s great.

It also means it’s time for winter fun for Scouts. And many of our district volunteers have been working hard to put together some awesome events for your Scouts to enjoy in our wonderful Utah winter weather! (Try saying that 10 times fast)

One of the events you’ve most likely heard quite a lot about is Klondike Derbies. But what’s the difference between a Klondike and a regular winter campout? So much!

First off, there are some similarities like camping during winter. (Duh) However a Klondike Derby is much more than a campout. It’s about camaraderie, competition, and Scout skills.

 Scouts on the starting line for their big debut at the 2018 Klondike Derby hosted by Bonneville District (5).

Scouts on the starting line for their big debut at the 2018 Klondike Derby hosted by Bonneville District (5).

Your Scouts will be tested at a Klondike Derby at different stations on how well they know their Scout skills. Tying knots and fire starting are a few main staples when it comes to stations, while other activities may test Scouts on their leadership abilities, problem solving, and creativity.

My favorite part by far of any Klondike Derby is the sled race. That’s right! A sled race. And this sled isn’t your run-of-the-mill, plastic toboggan. No. This is a Scout sled. That means your Scouts created this all on their own. They spent time and brainpower trying to figure out the best way to build a sled that can carry one of their fellow Scouts around a race course. However (and this is where the activity becomes my favorite), things don’t always work out as the Scouts intend. Skis fall off, rails break, and the occasional sled will tip with a poor little Scout inside. Nobody is hurt, but man, it’s so much fun to see how Scouts will turn a cruddy situation into a fun one.

But how did this all begin?

Klondikers carrying supplies ascending the Chilkoot Pass, 1898

Well it all goes back to the Klondike Gold Rush which happened between 1896 and 1899. Prospectors from all over the Western United States had heard of gold being found in the Yukon Territory of Canada. And just as they had to California, these prospectors rushed to Canada.

But the Yukon provided a much different set of challenges: lack of food, frostbite, and wildlife just to name a few. These prospectors, many of whom had little to no mining experience, had to create their own transport and carry 1 year’s worth of supplies. It was hard, but they had dreams of striking it rich.

While your Scouts may not be searching for gold, they will discover that they too are capable of doing amazing things!

So don’t hesitate to sign up. Spots are quickly filling up!

FAQ's

Can I only attend a klondike hosted by my district?

You can attend any klondike that works for your unit’s calendar. Feel free to choose the klondike that has activities that best fit you Scouts.

Do we have to provide our own shelter?

That depends on the klondike you choose to attend. Some of them will provide cabin space while others will require you to provide you own shelter. Some will even allow you to make your own shelter in the snow like an igloo or quinzhee. The best thing to do is contact the volunteer over that specific klondike.

Will we being cooking our own meals?

That depends on the klondike you choose to attend. The best thing to do is contact the volunteer over that specific klondike.

Available Klondikes for 2019