Greenwich Boy Scouts competed in the annual Klondike Derby at Seton Scout Reservation, recently, braving the frigid temperatures to participate in the outdoor skills competition and night of camping. More than 100 Scouts worked with fellow troop members to carry necessary supplies on dog sleds that they pulled as a team. This year the sleds were covered to look like boats and many Scouts wore costumes as part of the events "Valley Forge" theme. Typical Klondike Derby activities such as fire building and the Iditarod race around Lake Hillegas were perfect in the light dusting of snow. Particularly popular this year were the themed station additions including crossing an icy lake in row boats, commemorating Washington's crossing the Delaware on Christmas night in 1776, and learning about and firing .75-caliber colonial-era replica muskets using black powder.
The Greenwich Scouting Klondike Derby is one of many challenging yet fun programs that local Scouts participate in. Scouts are able to have fun while increasing their team work and problem-solving skills, as well as learning how to survive in the cold outdoors. Working, playing and living outdoors has remained essential to the Greenwich Scouting experience since its start in 1912.
For more information about Greenwich Scouting visit www.GreenwichScouting.org or for info on a local Pack or Troop, contact Senior District Executive Bob Gunsten at 203-869-8424 x111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.