Sunday, January 24, 2010

Klondike by Steve L.

The Klondike derby. A winter camp high in the mountains, where scouts come to try their skills against nature. Building emergency shelters, rescuing comrades from ice flows, treating for hypothermia and other trials of wits strength and endurance. After arriving near dark and hiking up to our cabin, we had a delicious dinner of stew and chips (a camping classic.) The night was fun, with a lot of games, running around the cabin and pummeling each-other with stuffed animals. The next morning, after packing up and a nice breakfast of pop-tarts and go-gurts, also a camping classic, we headed down to the pavilion for opening ceremonies. Then we set out for the stations. At each station they give us a situation and then we have to use our scout training to survive each scenario. Then the leaders of each station score us according to how well we do. The stations include; rescuing a scout from an ice flow in at least 60 seconds and using 6 different knots, lighting a fire and melting a bowl of snow in 7 minuets, showing how to treat someone for hypothermia, and making an emergency shelter out of a tarp and 2 sticks. Then we ran a timed sled race about a mile long, uphill both ways. :) We had a lot of fun!

p.s. thanks for the awesome sled bro. carter!

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