The 2020 Klondike Information Packet is ready for you to analyze! Klondike is January 24-26 at St. Thomas Camp near Monarch. The packet covers registration, patrol sizes, event scoring, critical performance indicators, and general expectations.
Please let me know your Troop’s attendance by January 20th so that the Camporee Committee can appropriately plan supplies and prizes. Email or text me at firstname.lastname@example.org and 406-788-0657
Many Thanks to the brave people of our District for coming out to our Spring event. Regretfully we were unable to go to Wood Lake as the area was still under snow drifts from last winter. I was left to the unpleasant task of finding a new site for the Fishing Merit Badge Camporee and we all know that Willow Creek is not known for pleasant conditions or pleasant scenery, although any location was subject to bad weather conditions last weekend. I was amazed at the turn out and Military like attention to details as you all set up your campsites. I can attest to the testing of mettle of you all as you braved this type of conditions and I applaud you all for attending with no real complaints.
This event was the first Camporee for Troop 110 our first all girl Troop. I had a lot of fun teaching all of them in the arts of fishing and watching them all have fun even tho the weather was tough on us all. During the event competitions they stood toe to toe with our other veteran Troops and performed admirably.
So saying that I will post the results of the first ever Spring Klondike….
4th place (tie) Troop 26 Panthers Troop 110 3rd place (tie) Troop 1 Dragons Troop 28 Wild Stallions 2nd Place Troop 14 Flaming Arrows 1st Place Troop 1 Hydras
Tops in Dutch oven was a tie between Troop 28 and Troop 14 but all the entries were amazing.Each Troop will win 2 free passes to Klondike 2020
Tops in skits were Troop 14 and Troop 110 and Troop 1 with perfect scores.
And hats off to Billy in Troop 26 who caught the ONLY fish and won a 1940’s Fishing Pole.
Thank you to Tim Park and Rex Jewett, Alex Thayers (Committee Reps) for stepping up and coming out to help when things got tough.
The 2019 Klondike was a test of will and endurance for the boys and adults alike. When I arrived a 2 pm Mr. Jewett and I had to deal with another foot of snow on the road to camp. We immediately called the snow plow guy, Marvin Croft, and begged for another pass thru camp. He made it in good time as I do not think cars would have made it to the top. Parking once again was a real test of stacking imagination. We had a turnout of 91 people for the event and 92 vehicles which were an impressive thing to watch as the Scoutmasters Marshall-ed their Troops into a coordinated attack on the snow. The Troops of 12,151,155 even shoveled out their own parking spots.
Troops 1, 4, 28 and 14 took the front parade area and had snow at about 2 feet deep. Troops 7 and 26 were winning the battle over the snow when to the rescue was Robert Burton’s snow blower which easily handled the deep snow. Luckily the snow was fresh and light and moved much easier than it could have been.
Saturday morning brought a cold clear sunny day with
perfect conditions for a Klondike.
We had many tasks for the boys to complete which took
about 2.5 hours to complete. At lunch the boys cooked foil dinners with a
secret ingredient of SPAM. The winner was Troop 14 with their concoction called
Wham Bam Thank You Spam and Troop 28 closely followed them with their Hawaiian
Luau Sweet and Sour Spam. All of the meals were a treat and I enjoyed the
Most helpful Scout was Michael Menvey of Troop 1 who
won a nice BSA red wool coat.
Troop 28 won the best knife creation from their
Leadership that finished a knife blank donated by Tim Locke.
The sled races were won by Troop 14 followed by Troop 1 only 1 second behind.
Overall Results were:
First Place Troop 14 with a score of 1746
Second place Troop 26 with a score of 1347
Third place Troop 28 with a score of 1331
Fourth was Troop 7 Wolf Pack with 1189
Fifth was Troop 4 with 1151
The Yeti was captured by Troop 14 as well as the bag
Troop 28 rescued Mr Locke ( in absentee) from the Yeti
Thank you to my helpers on the Committee: Tami Lucas, Mike “The Yeti” Lucas, Rex Jewett, and Sandra Dee.
Next will be Spring Camporee with the new Troop 10
competing, so get ready to rock on a trip to Augusta ,MT
5 pm to 9 pm Arrive and Set-up
9:15 pm Cracker Barrel
11 pm Lights Out
7 am Reveille and Breakfast
9 am Flags
9:30 am Morning Activities Begin
12 pm Lunch
2 pm Hike and GEO hide
6 pm Dinner
8 pm Campfire
11 pm Lights Out
7 am Reveille Be sure to zero out with a Committee Person and collect patches.
Fall Camporee Program
1. Morning Program … possible 500 points
You will be tasked to find with your GPS 11 different locations that contain a letter. This group will spell the name of a mountain. Patrols will be required to learn the operations of a GPS device at their specific Troop meetings and bring said device to the Camporee.
The morning hunt will be a GEODASH with staggered starts…announced at Cracker Barrel.
2. Afternoon Program … possible 500 points
A hike along the North Shore Trail to hide a Geocache box.
Each Scout needs a day pack for the hike with the 10 essentials.
Each patrol will need:
a GPS device
A prize to put in the box (small please)
A 3”x5” spiral notebook with Patrol name and Troop name, Scoutmaster and address inside the cover.
One 33 gallon trash bag per man in patrol
A knit hat
A Montana map … Possible 100 points
Skits are a possible 200 points.
Theme: Spooky story
Dutch oven pizza contest … possible 200 points
Bake a pizza of your choosing to compete (trial by Judges).
Most creative name of their pizza will win an extra 100 points.
No competition will be held for any campsite requirements.