Klondike Derby – February 14, 2015

1.0 Overview

The Klondike Derby is an annual event sponsored by the Order of the Arrow and involving troops from throughout the district. The idea is that each patrol pulls a sled bearing all their equipment along a course that leads from station to station. At each station the patrol is asked to demonstrate a particular Scout skill or meet some challenge involving a Scout skill. The patrol is scored at each station and at the end of the day the highest score wins the competition. The event is being held at the Palmer Brook Scout Reservation in Littleton, NH.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will meet at the Rec Center at 7:15, assemble gear, pack the cars, and aim for a departure of 7:30 so that we can arrive in Littleton by 8:45. At the fairgrounds we will check in and then follow the instructions for the event. The patrol will proceed from station to station as assigned. When the course is complete, all patrols will meet for the award of prizes and a closing ceremony. We will then return to Hanover.

Please review the 2015 Klondike Guide for more information.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday, 14 February

0700 — Advance party meets at Rec Center. Retrieve sleds and other gear.
0715 — Scouts arrive. Pack gear into cars.
0730 — Depart for Palmer Brook Scout Reservation.
0845 — Arrive Palmer Brook Scout Reservation. Unpack and register.
0900 — Opening Ceremony.
0915 — Event start. Proceed as directed along the Klondike Trail.
1200 — Lunch.
1500 — Complete course.
1530 — Closing Ceremony.
1600 — Depart for Hanover.
1715 — Arrive in Hanover.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

There are no significant difficulties or hazards, but the weather is expected to be COLD! Dress appropriately.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 8 Jan 15

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 7 Feb 15

3.3 Costs

$5 per participant, patches may be available for $5 extra.

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

Class A uniform!Winter hiking gear as described in the Personal Equipment List. Pay particular attention to the clothing, winter supplement, and survival equipment sections.Adequate clothing for the weather!

  • Layers to stay warm, including a windproof outer layer
  • Warm gloves AND mittens
  • Snow pant
  • Winter boots
  • Warm hat(s)
  • Hand and foot warmers if need them

Boy Scout Handbook (each scout)Nerckerchief (required for first aid)Personel messkitAt least 2 liter of water per scout (put the bottles in a CLEAN wool sock to keep them warm!Snowshoes if you have them.CompassPencil and paperOne can of condensed soup (no cream of or milk based soups please)!

3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

SledPatrol flagBowsawWatchBlanketMatches/flint and steelFirst Aid Kit including bandaging materials, including 1 large triangular bandage and 2 Splints.Survival kitSturdy scout staves (one staff per patrol member, min. 3)Rope for lashings and hanging bucket to make snowCompassEnough dry wood to start a small fireTrash bag2 Gallons of waterScout Spirit

3.4.3 Troop Equipment

First Aid Kit

3.5 Transportation Plan

Drop-off Point: Community Center
Drop-off Time: 0715 Sat 14 Feb15
Pickup Point: Community Center
Pickup Time: 1715 Same day.

Driving Directions to Palmer Brook Scout Reservation in Littleton, NH (I didn’t write this, it came from the organizers):

Palmer Brook Scout Reservation
911 Broomstick Hill Road
Littleton, NH

As fer getting’ to Littleton, well, comin’ up from the South, take that big road, I-93, and be getting’ off at a sign that says “Exit 41, fer Littleton & Whitefield.” Ye’ll go right and stay straight ‘till ya get to a traffic light – hold your horse there ‘till it’s green. Then turn left, and make yer first right at the movie theater. Big fancy sign there says “Jax Jr.” That there’s the road to the horse lot AND to our camp. To get to our camp, go all the way up that road, ‘bout 2.1 miles. Ye’ll notice the name o’the road changes part-ways up, from Pleasant to Manns Hill, and that’s okay, yer goin’ the right way. Ye’ll turn left on Broomstick Hill and go just about 2 miles to our camp, on your left. Park where the rest o’the horses are and walk or sled down the hill. But be hearin’ us now – we ain’t got much room for horses, so ye’ll really want to share some rides.

4.0 Leadership

4.1 Planning Committee


4.2 Adult Leaders

SMIC: Mr. MendelsohnMr. LowMr. LantzAsher LantzMr. Stocken (Pack 45)

Approved DLM 8Feb15

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