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Plan and run a Klondike derby

Planning a Klondike derby is a great team-building exercise requiring leadership and decision-making skills. The best derbies incorporate traditional Scouting skills into fun competitions.

The Scouts of Troop 323, Fruita, Colo., (featured in the November 2007 issue of Boys’ Life magazine) chose to reward patrols with points for their abilities in shotgun shooting, emergency shelter building, fire starting, tug-of-war, sled racing, orienteering and first aid in their Klondike derby.

Here are some other ideas for your next derby:

The Injured Scout: Blindfolded team members must carry one of their teammates on a stretcher through an obstacle course, relying solely on instructions from the Scout on the stretcher.

The Injured Scout, Version 2: Scouts must figure out what condition has stricken a teammate and provide correct treatment, while the teammate can only give them hints on his fake condition, without actually naming it.

The Out-of-Reach First-Aid Kit: A first-aid kit lies just 10 feet away, but you can’t walk over to it. Instead, patrols must use pioneering skills to create a device to retrieve the kit.

The Don’t-Spill-the-Serum Race: Your basic sled race with one twist — there’s a cup of liquid “medicine” (use water) sitting on top of the sled that can’t be spilled during the race.

Click on the link at the top of the page for more ideas in our detailed Klondike derby guide.

BUILD A SLED

Click here for plans for a great Klondike derby sled. Even though our sled is fast and strong, you don’t have to be a master carpenter to build it. Cost of materials is about $100; the plans will set you back a suggested price of $10.

17 Comments on Plan and run a Klondike derby

  1. FUN!

  2. Going to do our first sled race event for our new pack from El Paso Tx going to be going to White Sands New Mexico and using the white sand instead of snow.

  3. First Class Scout // March 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm // Reply

    At our Klondike Derby our patrol made 227 points out of 390. We came in second.

  4. we won our klondike derby up here at park station NY we got 7 of 10 trees right and we scored an 98 overall we allso did the best on the river crossing we were 1 of 3 team that got a the out of ten

  5. I was in the klondike derby yesterday, and I was run over by a 80 pould sled going at 20 miles an hour. The races are dangerous!

  6. middie football // January 27, 2010 at 8:06 am // Reply

    my troop is the best at klondike derbys absolutely no one can beat us but if u think u can let me know.

  7. Were doing a cardboard sled race at my school

  8. Grizzly Price // March 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm // Reply

    We’re bringing Klondike Derby to South Florida!!! Wheels are the only difference…. and, oh yeah… no snow!!!

  9. i hope snow so i can play klondike derby thazk you.

  10. at our klondike this year we are going to have a cardboard sled race.

  11. I think this is a great idea!My sister agrees with me so we’re hoping to build a sled of our own.(Don’t believe everything you hear about the South West.They do get snow.)

  12. I LIKE THE SLED IDEA!!!!!!!

  13. This sounds really cool.

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