The Klondike Derby builds youth leadership and teamwork, so . . .Boy Scouts lead themselves.
The Patrol Method is adhered to. Adults are discouraged from accompanying Scouts during the competition. Judges, Stationmasters, and Mounties direct their comments to the patrol leader. Scouts conduct events without adult input or supervision, relying on their patrol leadership, team-work, skills and preparedness. (Adult leaders are okay to help Dens.) If adult leaders must accompany their patrols, they do so from a distance (i.e., for photo ops), but patrols lose points when adults coach.
Ensure that your unit is prepared: snow boots, snow pants, heavy jacket, and gloves/mittens. Wear proper foot-wear for winter conditions. Sneakers are not allowed! Wear wool socks over a pair of wicking socks. No low cut shoes unless covered by gaiters or water-proof boots and heavy socks. Wear headgear for head and ears. Hand warmers are nice, but not a necessity. Scouts not appropriately dressed for cold and snow must remain in the care of an adult leader. Remember: Cotton kills!
Unit leaders are responsible to check each Scout’s clothing and equipment before arrival.
Oregon Trail provides lunch on Saturday. Units prepare all other meals for themselves. Participants bring their own bowl, fork, spoon and cup.
Portable toilets will be available at select locations around camp.
Campfires are prohibited unless maintained on a fire pan or in a burn barrel. Fires must be supervised at all times. ALL remains must be packed out! The land we are camping on is private property. Please do not burn any pallets or wood containing nails. Also, please make sure all tent stakes are taken home with you. Nails and stakes can damage farm equipment and tires when planting/harvesting crops on the property. Let us be courteous stewards!
Participants are responsible for removing all camp remains including fire remnants, ashes and refuse before leaving. Each unit must carry out all garbage since there is no trash collection. Although the Klondike Derby is officially over Saturday afternoon, units may camp through Sunday.