UCD 2014 WINTER CAMPOREE – KLONDIKE DERBY
UCD 2014 WINTER CAMPOREE – KLONDIKE DERBY
DATES: FEBRUARY 21ST-23RD 2014
(Hill family farm- Ditty Rd., Cookeville TN)
A little history…..
Just before the turn of the last century, gold prospectors traveled the sub-zero reaches of Alaska by means of dogs and sleds. They camped out in all kinds of winter weather, and therefore needed adequate survival skills, which they learned from the native Eskimos. Scouting has incorporated this theme in the Klondike Derby. Scouts use their heads, to put their Scouting skills to work in the field, to demonstrate teamwork and Scout spirit, and to have fun outdoors. Boy Scout troops and patrols will compete against each other by building a dog-type sled, powered by Scouts instead of dogs. The Scouts will pull the sleds which are loaded with their personal and patrol equipment. Scouts will journey through the woods and fields, up and down the hills, and stop at different towns where they will encounter situations which will test their Scouting skills and ingenuity. Each town is run by its Mayor, (a leader from each of our different troops) who runs the city and assists the patrol in solving the problem or completing their challenge. After the patrol completes the event, their score card is marked by the mayor, and if they have worked well together and showed Scouting Spirit, they could be awarded a certain number of Gold Nuggets. Patrols will be recognized for high score in each individual event as well as overall winners.
Date, Time and Place: February 21st-23rd at the Hill family farm (Hillmont) To my knowledge this will be at least the third Klondike derby held at this location but the first since 2007. An address for reference is 4011 Ditty Rd. Cookeville, TN There will be more detailed instructions as far as where we off load gear, park troop trailers, vehicles etc., in order to be respectful of the land owners. Scouts will use their sleds to get their gear to the campsite area. Backpacks may also be used but patrol and personal gear must be able to be transported without vehicles. Staff will make arrangements to have water and special needs at sites.
Registration: The fee for each participant adult and scout will be $5.00 Troops may register as many 5-8 person teams as they would like. Each team will be responsible for their own sled and gear. Patrol registration sheets and events (town) sign up sheets will be provided as an attachment and at roundtable.
Team Specifications: Each team will have a minimum of 5 scouts and maximum of 8 scouts. All members of the team must be properly clothed for cold and stormy weather. Each team must submit a roster of each patrol.
Sled Specifications: The sled must display the patrol flag and the troop number. The flag must be removable and on a staff. The sled should be scout constructed as much as possible. An award will be given for the best patrol sled but “scout built” will factor into the judging. Sleds should be built and assembled prior to the event. See diagram for sled information. Please note that there are no specific guidelines for sleds, we only offer a diagram that may be improved upon if the patrol decides that they have a better plan. There are a variety of websites on the internet with sled plans. An award will be presented for the most unique patrol sled.
Wheels can / should be attached to the sled, Pneumatic tires on rims can be used as long as maximum rim diameter size does not exceed 8″ with total tire diameter size not to exceed 16″. Solid wheels can be used not to exceed a total maximum diameter of 16″.
The following plan is for a sled that has minimum and maximum dimensions as shown. There is no absolute requirement for these dimensions, but these are typical of those used in most areas. The sled below is shown as a guide. Your own design may be used if it conforms to the minimum and maximum dimensions. Make sure the sled is strong enough to bear the weight of your equipment and will hold together for a long trip. It is best to use screws rather than nails. Drill first to avoid splitting wood. Wire netting or a canvas snow curtain
may be added to prevent items from falling off of the sled. Secure a towing rope at the front and secure a brake rope at the rear.
Lunch on Saturday: Lunch on Saturday should be carried on the sled and will be prepared at a designated point by the scouts, weather permitting. There will be Nuggets awarded for effectiveness in lunch prep and food results. A stove may be carried on the sled for use in preparing this meal. Obviously this plan is subject to change
based on weather conditions.
Nugget Pouch: Each team should have a homemade pouch to carry their gold in and an award will be given for these based on uniqueness and adherence to the theme of the event.
Judges: Plan so that each scout will understand and know that the judges word is final. Each individual troop will be responsible for one event per Patrol that they are fielding. Each Scoutmaster will be informed prior to the derby of their troop’s event(s). Experience has shown that often times older scouts like to judge events. This is certainly acceptable, however, the intended judges must be approved by the event staff prior to the event.
Sled Safety: The Patrol Leader is expected to be in complete control of his team at all times. At no point in the derby should the safety of others around or in front of the sled be compromised.
Awards: Awards will be given for most unique sled, overall patrol performance, lunch prep and results, as well as awards for best performance in each “city” activity.
Sled Gear: Will be solidified at Roundtable depending somewhat on the events that are decided on but will include first aid kit, team flag, roster, etc. more details to follow.
Personal Gear: As per cold weather guidelines: Being cold all day is bad, being cold and wet can make for a miserable time.
Suggestions for Klondike events: ALL EVENTS FOR THE KLONDIKE WILL BE BASED ON BASICSCOUTING SKILLS AND CONCEPTS AS TAUGHT AND USED IN THE SCOUT TO FIRST CLASS RANK ADVANCMENT SECTION OF
THE HANDBOOK OR WILL BE FUN TYPE CHALLENGE EVENTS
THAT WILL NEED NO PRIOR INSTRUCTION. Remember, all units must sponsor one event per patrol they field. EVENT STAFF WILL TAKE
SUGGESTIONS FOR EVENTS BUT MAY ELECT TO ASSIGN ONE OF THEIR OWN IF DESIRED. FEEL FREE TO VOLUNTEER YOUR UNIT FOR ANY OF THESE EVENTS (OR MAKE SUGGESTIONS FOR OTHERS).
BLIND MAN TENT SLING SHOT
FIRE BUILDING FIRST AID
LOG SAW LASHING
SLED RACE AXE THROW
SHELTER BUILDING TEAM SKIING
ORIENTEERING LOG LIFT
Thoughts? Obviously the time remaining until the event and the process of acquiring materials and wheels for the sleds and building them will provide a challenge. That being said it is a great opportunity for a fun, team building, patrol building event. I think it would also be a great opportunity to reach out to the local Cub Scout Packs and invite the Webelos out to participate in some of the events. The farm is large enough to accommodate many Scouts. Let’s me know what else you need to promote this to your troops. We can decide on events and make further plans at Roundtable Feb. 6th. Check out the attached pictures!
Questions or comments: John Wiggins, firstname.lastname@example.org 931-644-3585