Twenty-three boys from Medfield Boy Scout Troop 10 returned to compete at the Boy Scout’s annual winter event – the Klondike Derby on Jan. 29 and 30. As it was in years past, the event was held at the Sportsman's Association in Walpole.
The Klondike Derby is a test of Scout skills and endurance, where each patrol forms into a “dog sled team” and competes in events such as: the Iditarod, the Standing Chop, Snow Shoeing, Hoop & Spear, Panning for Gold, Rifle Shooting, and Tomahawk Throwing. Also, as part of the winter experience, the Scouts learn how to prepare for and experience winter camping the night before the contests. With temperatures below freezing, learning how to stay dry and warm is critical.
The scouts from Troop 10 arrived at the Sportsman’s Association on Friday evening. Before they could set up camp, they shoveled out the three feet of snow that filled their campsites. Once cleared, they were able to construct their tents. The evening wrapped up with hot chocolate by the campfire and then the boys settled down for the night. Early Saturday morning they prepared their hot breakfasts and began the competitions.
“It was a fun experience,” said a Second Class Scout from Troop 10. “The only difficult part of it was because of all of the snow. It was hard to get to our campsite with all the bags. But once we were there, it was really great.”
There were approximately 50 sled teams participating from the Seven Rivers District – four of which were from Troop 10. There were two Scout Team sleds and two Mountain Man Sleds – the teams were named: The Venture Mountain Man Patrol, The Border Mountain Man Patrol, Mango Patrol, and Duct Tape Patrol. The Mango Patrol placed 1st in Panning for Gold and 3rd in Hoop & Spear. The Venture Mountain Man Patrol placed 3rd in Iditarod, 2nd in Standing Chop, 2nd in SnowShoe, and 1st in Tomahawk Throw. Troop 10 is pleased to announce that The Venture Mountain Man Patrol placed 2nd overall.
Medfield Boy Scout Troop 10 is chartered to the , where it holds weekly meetings on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. To find out how you can join the adventure, please visit the Troop website and/or contact David Derian, Scoutmaster of Troop 10, at (508) 259-9369 or e-mail him at DavidDerian@PrudentialPage.com.
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