Klondike Derby 2014 Program

Lewis and Clark District 2014 KLONDIKE

Medicine River Camp…Great Falls, Mt

Janruary 17,18,19 2014

Directions to Camp Medicine River:

Latitude and Longitude:  47.509802,-111.378375

Please note that in order to do the events that we wanted to do at Klondike we had to have a close in site. We will be doing a first ever YETI hunt at night instead of skits this year. We will teach you Curling and bring back Human Bowling with better sleds. We have scenarios for a brown or white Klondike so be prepared for both. We will be having prizes that will be awarded to patrols instead of individuals. We WILL make sure you will love this campout as we put a lot of thought into it.

Camping Committee Chairman

Forrest C LaBelle

Theme:  This Camporee will be focused on endurance and coordination skills

Registration – fees – tour permits:  Registration is $10 per person, payable in Scout office by 1/10/2014 at 4:00pm.  We need the name of one adult from your troop to help with the judging.  Remember you need to get a “Local Tour Permit” from the Scout Office.  The “Tour Permits” will be checked when you arrive at the Camporee.  You will not be allowed to camp or compete without a “Tour Permit”.  This also means you must have at least “Two Deep Leadership” and at least one leader trained in “Youth Protection”.  You should also have a copy of the “Medical Form” for each scout and each leader, in addition to “Parent Permission Slips” and a copy of “Guide to Safe Scouting”.  Registration deadline is Jan. 10, 2014 ….WE NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY PRIZES TO BUY.

Check in:  All troops need to check in with the camping committee when they arrive in camp.  The camping committee needs to know the final numbers so that they may prepare for the contests AND PRIZES.  The camping committee will also show/tell you where you can set up camp and where to park your vehicles.  Campsites are generally assigned on a first come basis.  Please check with the camping committee before parking, so that we may maximize the use of this area for all.

Check out:  All troops need to check out with the camping committee before they leave camp.  Failure to do so may result in loss of patches.  Make sure your camp area is clean – “Leave no Trace”.

Patrol size:  You should have a minimum of 3-4 scouts in a patrol and a maximum of 8-10 scouts.  Small troops with small patrols may be added together so that the patrol may compete in events.  In the scoring of the points for completion of an event, scores will be adjusted mathematically so that small or large patrols are not handicapped or given an unfair advantage.

Camping Committee Philosophy: 

Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.

The boys should have learned some skills prior to the contests.

The boys are to do the work, the adults just watch.

Troops/Patrols are not to be assisted by adult leaders.

The boys are to work together as a team; they start together and finish together.

The Senior Patrol Leader is the person leading their troop, and the Patrol Leader is the person leading his patrol.

A Scout will be a living example of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto and Scout Slogan, and the will camp following the Outdoor Code.

The contests will be announced and explained as much as possible and as early as possible before the event.

Some contests by their very nature will not be announced or explained until right before the contest starts. 

Contests & Competition:


  1. Check In – 100 points

The “Tour Permit” is current and appropriate.

Medical Forms (adult and youth) are on site and available.

Parental Permission/Consent slips are on site and available.

 2.  Camp Site Setup, Organization – 100 points

The campsite shall be well laid out, neat & orderly, this includes inside the tents, too.  Typical areas to include are:  cut and uncut wood area/pile, ax yard, cooking area, camp kitchen, and wash area, etc. 


Does your camp have the First Aid kit present and obvious?  Are there water buckets/barrels available for fire?  Is the fire place of approved design?  Are tents correctly and neatly set up?  Is there a spade/shovel available?  Are extra rope/line and camp materials neatly stored?  Has the original ground cover been removed?  Is there a designated hand washing area?  Is an approved ax yard neatly set up? Is there a proper dish washing area?  Is food properly stored & is the area neat and clean?  Are trash bags available & in use?  Is the water stored to prevent leaking?  Is the meal preparation area neat and clean, and are the meals served in a cleanly manner?

3.     Flags – American, Troop – 100 points

50 points for the American flag

50 points for the Troop flag

 4.     Scout Patrol Name Competition….points vary

Each Patrol will be named after the KLONDIKE THEME. Most original name will be awarded additional points from a panel of expert Klondike judges. So in a sense you will rename your patrol’s for this event only, be creative and win additional points.

  5.     Klondike Sled Materials……200 pts

Each sled should have the following items…

Three poles 8 to 10 feet long

100 ft of rope

A tarp 8×10

A burlap bag

Three gallon jugs of water frozen

A #10 can…..( 1 gallon)

Three brooms….used

Fire building material including wood

A GPS device

A yardstick

Two shovels one big one small

Yeti bait

Yeti repellant

Survival kit

First aid kit

Survival food

1 water bottle per scout

Any extra items to build a brown scenario shelter

Lots of flashlights

6.    Milk Jug Curling…..300 pts                                                                                                   

Each patrol will Curl for points on an ice rink…..kind of like shuffleboard on ice…..You will need three frozen water jugs( one Gallon size) and two brooms

7.    Water Machine….200 pts

Each patrol will construct a water making machine that will melt snow over a fire into a can that will have to be full….a # 10 one gallon can….you can look on line for ideas how to construct this device

8.    Survival Questions, Height estimation, Distance estimation…..100 pts

This station will require each patrol to answer 10 survival questions and estimate a height and a distance…..timed event

 9.     Sled Balance…..100 pts

Each patrol must balance their sled over a round log……….timed event


 10.  Stump people pile….100 pts

Each patrol will see how many boys you can get on a stump …..you may have to borrow some people……I recommend you visit this station with your Troop to get extra people…You will be scored on how many you get on the stump.


 11.  Snowman or Sculpture Competition…..100 pts

Each patrol will build a Snowman or sculpture with snow if we get any….be sure to pack any items you want to use to build this


11b…Shelter Building…..200 pts

Patrols will build either a brown or white scenario shelter with items from their sled….can be done with the snow sculpture  also can be done at your campsite….this is not a station event …this will be done after lunch during free time events 

12. Foil Lunch Competition…..300 pts

At lunchtime we will provide a large fire pit to cook a foil pouch lunch. You will need to make an additional lunch for the Judges the pit for the judges is only for judges.  ….scout meals will be cooked at your camp

Scored on




Taste…………….and weather its fully cooked


13. Adult Coffee Competition…….scouts Cocoa Competition……Bragging rights and a mug!

Each Troop will concoct the very best coffee and cocoa to be judged by their peers…..contest will be on all day Saturday




Human Bowling


Hockey Shot

Gps Treasure Hunt……………..each patrol will get their own treasure to hunt

After lunch you will be allowed to do each of these

Time schedule will be given at Cracker barrel

Evening Yeti Hunt………….

Track the wily Yeti to his lair and bring him back to camp. Yes there will be blood and hair and carcasses to follow to his lair. Use your best tracking skills to find the Yeti


General Rules


Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.


One of the most important parts of a Klondike is to keep warm and dry. Each Scout must know what to wear. Winter weather is very changeable, requiring preparedness for any condition. A nice day can turn into a very cold night.


Your best protection is common sense. Dress in layers. Avoid working up a sweat, and stay comfortable by removing or adding layers. Cotton clothing is not good. Wool is.


Waterproof boots are essential. Wear good wicking socks.


A good wool or thermal hat is needed; it must be able to cover your ears. You can also wear it in your sleeping bag. A scarf is also important, to cover your neck.


Good gloves and a backup pair for each boy. The best for back-up is mittens in wool.


Scouts are more vulnerable to cold at meals, because they do not move around as much. Adults need to ask each boy if he is dry and not sweaty. If needed have them change clothes.


Clothing inspection…Unit leaders should visually inspect each boy before he hits the trail. 


If the Camping Committee sees a boy unfit to task he mays be pulled from events.


Webelos – There will be no Webelo events at Klondike




Campfires are limited to rings or above ground unless restricted by USDA Forest Service.    There will be minimal wood available so bring some and you are welcome to burn any trash wood you scavenge. Shovels  and 5 gallons of water needs to be by each fire, and adult supervision at all times.


RV’s will be permitted only by adult leadership or for medical reasons.


No pets.


Pack in, pack out.  Leave no trace.


There are  two Porta Potties and no water so bring your own….You will also need fire wood