Lewis & Clark District Winter Klondike

Klondike 2020 Schedule

BE PREPARED: There is not much snow at camp as of right now. Please plan accordingly!


  • 4:00 pm to 8pm arrival and camp setup
  • 9:00 pm Cracker Barrel and Registration
  • 11:00 pm Lights Out


  • 7:30 am Reveille
  • 7:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 Events Start – please be punctual!
  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Morning Events
  • 12:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm are events PM
    • Each Patrol will have a Station specific timeslot
  • 4:00 pm Sled Races
  • 4:30 to 6:00 pm Dinner
  • 6:45 pm Scouts Own at the Chapel
  • 7:30 pm Campfire, skits, and Scoutmaster dessert competition


  • 7 am-ish Reveille
  • 8:00 – 11:00 am Camp Breakdown

All units MUST check out with the Camporee Committee before leaving camp.

A Good Turn for the Rotary Club

The Rotary club was using a drone this weekend to take aerial photos of Camp Rotary in Monarch. The drone crashed and they need some Scouts to help find it this weekend.

Camp Rotary is our annual location of the Lewis and Clark District Klondike Derby.  The Rotary Club of Great Falls has been very generous to us over the years, giving us access to the camp at greatly reduced rates.

We know the general area where the drone crashed, but need to organize a search party to locate and retrieve the device.  The Club will spring for lunch for any Scouts that can help out.  Time spent, including travel time, can count towards service hours needed for rank advancement (talk to your Scoutmaster first, of course!)

Please message Aaron (aaron@weissman.com, 868-8982) if you can meet at Camp Rotary on Sunday mid-morning to help.

Klondike Derby 2013

Lewis and Clark District Klondike Derby
Camp Rotory Monarch,MT
Janurary 18,19,20…2013
Directions to Klondike Camp Rotory
N47d.02722 W110d.777778

 Go east from Great Falls on hwy 200/87 toward Lewistown.MT. Turn right at Armington Jct (at weigh scales and rest area) you are now on Hwy 89 going to Monarch and Neihart,MT. Pass through Monarch and drive 6.42 miles to the camp turn off on your right. (it will be marked with a BSA sign) Cross the old creaky bridge and follow the dirt road 1 mile to camp.
Theme: This Klondike will be a relay sled pulling event with six stations. Scouts will be judged mostly on attitude and participation.
Registration – fees – tour permits: Registration is $10 per person, payable in Scout office by 1/4/-2013 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 Janruary 4, 2013 (1-4-2013).
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 etc. 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.

A list of things you need to be aware of
“Bear Aware” – You also need to cover this with your boys prior to the Camporee.
Wild animal awareness and safety
Food Handling & Storage I the wild
Emergency and Survival Priorities
Basic Wilderness First Aid
Water Purification
Fire Building
Basic & Useful Knots
S.T.O.P – Stop – Think – Observe – Plan
Hiking Hints/Rules
Emergency Shelters I the Outdoors.

Camping Committee Philosophy:

Adults are welcome to watch their boys compete.
The boys should have learned the 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:

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.

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?

Flags – American, Troop & Patrol – Troop Duty Roster, Menu & Schedule of events – 100 points
20 points for the American flag
20 points for the Troop flag
20 points for the Patrol flags (If there are 2 patrols they need 2 patrol flags – Patrol flag names must match registered patrol names)
10 points each for a current – schedule of events, menu, duty roster, & fire watch schedule (if they are not current = 0 points).

Is the Scout Prepared – 10 Essential items plus – 100 points
Does each scout have the 10 Essential Outdoor items as per “The Boy Scout Handbook” pg. 207, and do they have the following bonus items:
Ten feet of small diameter rope,
Three feet of Duct Tape wrapped on a short pencil,
A small survival kit,
Scout Book,
Insect repellent,
“Mountain Money” (toilet paper).

Each patrol will be evaluated by an adult – scouts will be asked to produce a random item from the list above. One scout will be chosen from each Patrol to produce all 10 essentials.

Build a survival snow shelter 101
Scouts need to build a shelter for survival……….100 pts

Yanktoon the Yeti …………………. ( best mannequin 100 pts)
Your Yeti is to be pre made to bring to Klondike. Make him look like a Yeti or Bigfoot. He should be 6’ tall and have head hands and feet. You can build it from whatever materials you like, but remember you have to carry it. There will be a camp wide vote on the best Yeti 100 first 75 second 50 third 25 forth.

But here we go…..Your Yeti had a bad fall from sledding and needs first aid, these injuries need to be fixed before camp and they will be judged.

1…left sprained ankle
2…a superficial cut on his head
3…broken right Humuras
4…broken right clavicle
5…broken left radius
6…hyper-extended right knee

That’s right Scouts, your Yeti really wants to come with you so build him and doctor him well.

Yeti first aid…100 pts

Scoring for first aid completed on your Yeti

Snowshoe Building……100 pts

Each patrol must build a working set of snowshoes to bring to Klondike ( two patrols means two sets)

Slingshot 101….100pts

Each patrol must build a homemade slingshot. It must be homemade and you must hit a target with it. You can bring as many as you like.

The Sled……..300 pts ( yes it is the most important part of the Klondike)

Each sled will be loaded with the following items

Trail food
Extra clothes for emergencies
Patrol flag
Patrol roster
Pencil and paper and clipboard
Two six foot poles
First aid kit
Tin foil
Extra water
Fire building supplies
12 feet on ¼ inch rope
Scout handbook
A large trash bag for each scout
12×12 tarp or larger
One Yeti

Klondike Sled Relay…..200 pts

The relay will consist of six stations

ATTU STATION…Snow shoe to get help for Yeti
KODIAK STATION…rescue on the ice
FAIRBANKS STATION…three survival problems
SKAGWAY STATION…ice fishing for snapper
POLAR COVE…turkey shoot
JUNEAU STATION…get Yeti to safety….snow slide is coming

Klondike sled race….100pts
A race for fastest sled. We will re-trace your 6 point course and time you on speed. Since you packed it all down earlier.

Tug-o-war – 100 points
Same as Spring Camporee – boys will work as a team with other boys outside their troop. All points will be for participation. Show on the snow.

Human Bowling 100pts
Boys will hurl themselves at large pins and score points

Bonus Points – Dad Gum Claim Jumpers
Each patrol will be ambushed during the relay and asked a scouting question. You get it right you get five gold nuggets … wrong you give up five.

Scoutmasters’ Choice – 100 points…Long Spoons
Time permitting we will do this in the Lodge. I never knew eating ice cream could be so difficult.

Skit in a box…..100 pts
Each patrol will be given a skit box at Cracker Barrel and will be expected to build a skit around those items
General Rules

Camping sites will be done on a first come basis.

One of the most important parts of a Klondike Derby 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 possible webelo activities at camp, provided we get the lodge.

There are water hydrants available, but may be turned off, so bring water.

Campfires are limited to rings or above ground unless restricted by USDA Forest Service. Bring your own wood. There will be some wood available but don’t count on it. Snow shovels 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 2 toilets.

Klondike was a Rousing Success!

About 80 boys and 40 adults enjoyed this past weekend camping at Camp Rotary for Klondike, with 10 patrols representing nine separate units!  Many boys were heard to remark that this was one of the best camporees that they had ever attended!

Boys attending for the weekend earned 5 frost points.

Congratulations to Troop 28 for winning the Camporee Trophy and to Camp Director Rex Jewett and the camping committee for putting on a wonderful event!

Photos from the event are posted on the District’s Facebook page.  Please ‘like’ our page to be part of the conversation!

Updates on the Klondike

From: Dave Mikulecky
Subject: Updates on the Klondike
Date: January 16, 2012 9:36:57 PM MST

The boys should all have a change of clothes plus extra socks gloves etc.
You will need to bring your fire wood for cooking or what ever you are going to cook with. 
You will also need to bring your own water to cook with and wash with.  There will be no cooking or washing facilities available.
The road from the highway to the camp is approximately 2-3 miles long and is basically a one way road.  We have arraigned for plowing but it might be a good idea to bring tire chains and a tow chain or rope.  I have always found that when I have them I don’t need them and when I don’t have them I need them. 
Also be sure that you have enough rope and poles for event # 6 Hoist a log and event #10 Tying 8 knots.
As the Cubs will be staying in the Main Lodge they will be in charge of cleaning it up.  Bring supplies!!!
Due to the limited parking area, it may be necessary for some to come into camp and unload and then go back and park at or near the Lazy Doe.
Good Luck and see you there.
Dave M

Be Prepared for Klondike

20120116-065455.jpgThe Klondike Derby is in less than a week, and it is snowing at Camp Rotary!

Be Prepared for all weather conditions at Klondike! Overnight temps will be sufficient so that Scouts should be able to earn frost points toward their 100 degrees of frost patch.

Camping committee member Bob Dowdy has the following message for participants:

From: Robert A Dowdy
Subject: Klondike

This time next week we will be at Klondike. Would send out a reminder for the leaders? I want them to go over winter safety and proper clothing with the scouts, on the Webelos side they need to talk to the parents. We want a fun and safe event. If the Webelos are going to have a fire in the lodge they are going to need to have a adult on fire watch at all times.