Klondike Derby

The Klondike will be held Saturday, February 13th [President’s Day weekend] at Centennial Park in Oak Lawn, which can accommodate the skill stations and sled race that make the Klondike a great event.

Exciting Scout-skill challenges include: Search and Rescue/Compass, Hatchet Throw, Nature ID, Knot Challenge, Howling Hitch Log Lift, 2-Man Saw, Ice Rescue, Fire building, Snowball/bean bag toss, and Sled Race.

Notes from Council:
• To keep the event safe during a pandemic, it will be limited to no more than 10 patrols with no more than 8 Scouts per patrol.
• Each skill station will be run by two leaders or older scouts, keeping the total group size to 10.
• If there is interest from more than 10 patrols, reducing the number of skill events will be considered, as well as breaking the Klondike into separate morning and afternoon sessions.
So, Troop 24: if you’d like to get out in the fresh air and have some winter fun, click here to register.

If enough Scouts sign up to field a patrol, we’ll inform Council and provide further details.

Klondike Derby – Saturday, January 25, 2020

Troop 24 will be entering the Voyageur Trace Klondike Derby at Bemis Woods South on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Scouts will meet at Riverside Presbyterian Church at 7:30 a.m. and return the same day at approximately 3:00 p.m.

We will form our annual Lost Boy Patrol of 8 scouts to take the Troop 24 sled through a course of Scout Craft activities and compete in the VT Iditarod Sled Race in the afternoon. The Lost Boy patrol will meet during the Thursday meetings in January to prepare for the race, review their scout skills, and get the sled ready to fly! All Klondike Derby activities will be outside, so scouts should dress appropriately for the weather.

The cost of this outing will be $10.00 and a can of non-cream soup (to be dumped into the “Klondike Kettle”). Scouts should also bring a sack lunch/snack to accompany the soup, a water bottle/canteen for the trail, and a lot of enthusiasm to bring home the Gold!

We are in need of leaders and drivers. Since this outing is close, drivers do not need to stay. Adults are welcome to stay and participate. Council is looking for adult volunteers for stations at the Klondike Derby. Contact Carrie Staubus at committeechair@troop24riverside.com with questions or to volunteer.

Scouts sign up HERE
Adults sign up HERE

More Scouts Needed for Klondike Derby 1/12/2019

Scouts who are NOT attending the Camp Wokanda Cabin Campout should consider attending the Klondike Derby on Saturday, January 12. The Klondike Derby is a traditional Boy Scout event held on winter weekends around the world. The Voyageur Trace District plans the event at the Bemis Woods to bring together troops from our local area for an outdoor competition testing scout skills and knowledge. The competition ends with a sled race through the woods. Our troop has won this competition several times in the past few years and always has a fun time win or lose. Although the event is usually on a cold day, scouts will stay warm with campfires and lots of hot cocoa and soup. Our sled (and leaders) are ready and waiting for a patrol for scouts to sign up.

Please let us know you’ll be there!
Click here for more info.
Scouts click here to sign up.
Leaders click here to sign up.

Klondike Derby – Saturday, January 12, 2019

Troop 24 will be entering the Voyageur Trace Klondike Derby at Bemis Woods South on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Scouts will meet at Riverside Presbyterian Church at 7:30 a.m. and return the same day at approximately 3:00 p.m.

We will form our annual Lost Boy Patrol of 8 scouts to take the Troop 24 sled through a course of Scout Craft activities and compete in the VT Iditarod Sled Race in the afternoon. The Lost Boy patrol will meet during the Thursday meeting on Jan 10 to prepare for the race, review their scout skills, and get the sled ready to fly! All Klondike Derby activities will be outside, so scouts should dress appropriately for the weather.

The cost of this outing will be $10.00 and a can of non-cream soup (to be dumped into the “Klondike Kettle”). Scouts should also bring a sack lunch/snack to accompany the soup, a water bottle/canteen for the trail, and a lot of enthusiasm to bring home the Gold!

We are in need of leaders and drivers. Since this outing is close, drivers do not need to stay. Adults are welcome to stay and participate. Space is limited for this outing. The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Contact Carrie Staubus at committeechair@troop24riverside.com with any questions.

Troop 24’s Lost Patrol won First Place in the 2018 Klondike Derby! LET’S KEEP THE TROPHY FOR TROOP 24!!!

Scout Sign up Form
Adult Sign up Form

Troop 24 VT 2018 Klondike Derby CHAMPIONS!!

The Lost Boy Patrol of  Rory B, Nathan G, Zach J, Robert M, Chance R, Thomas S, and Liam C demonstrated effective leadership, strong scout skills, great outdoorsmanship, true grit and determination in the 2018 Voyageur Trace Klondike Derby and came home with the First Place Trophy!!!  Through many grueling hours of throwing hatchets, water rescues, identifying animal tracks, navigation, first aid and knots and lashings, these scouts preserved through the frozen tundra of Bemis Woods and carried their sled to best the other Troops of the Voyageur Trace District.  Congratulations to our Scouts and a special Thank You to Mark J and Joan J for leading this most rewarding outing.

Klondike Derby – Saturday, January 20, 2018

Troop 24 will be entering the Voyageur Trace Klondike Derby at Bemis Woods South on Saturday, January 20, 2018.  Scouts will meet at Riverside Presbyterian Church at 7:30 a.m. and return the same day at approximately 3:00 p.m.

We will form our annual Lost Boy Patrol of  8 scouts to take the Troop 24 sled through a course of Scout Craft activities and compete in the VT Iditarod Sled Race in the afternoon. Scouts should be prepared for fun and Scout Craft challenges. The Lost Boy patrol will meet during the Thursday meetings on Jan 11 & 18 to prepare for the race, review their scout skills, and get the sled ready to fly!  All activities will be outside, so scouts should dress appropriately for the weather.

The cost of this outing will be $8.00 and a can of non-cream soup (to be dumped into the “Klondike Kettle”). Scouts should also bring a sack lunch/snack to accompany the soup, water bottle/canteen for the trail, and a lot of enthusiasm to bring home the Gold!

We are in need of leaders and drivers. Since this outing is close, drivers do not need to stay. Adults are welcome to stay and participate. Space is limited for this outing. The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Contact Scoutmaster John Flaherty at JEF2004@msn.com with any questions.

LET’S BRING THE TROPHY BACK TO TROOP 24!!!

Scout Sign up Form
Adult Sign up Form

Eagle Cave and Klondike Derby

We need a few more scouts and adults to attend the Eagle Cave Campout and Klondike Derby. Both take place next weekend. Here are links to information and sign up forms:

Eagle Cave Info
Eagle Cave Scout Sign Up
Eagle Cave Adult Sign Up

Klondike Derby Info
Klondike Derby Scout Sign Up
Klondike Derby Adult Sign Up

Klondike Derby – January 21, 2017

Troop 24 is planning a day outing to Bemis Woods South on Saturday, January 21, 2017, to participate in the Voyageur Trace District’s Klondike Derby. Scouts will meet at RPC at 7:30 a.m. and return the same day at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Troop 24 won first place at last year’s Klondike Derby and we need to bring one patrol of scouts to defend our title. The patrol will take our sled through a course of morning activities and compete in the VT Iditarod Sled Race in the afternoon. Scouts should be prepared for fun and challenges. All activities will be outside, so scouts should dress appropriately for the weather.

The cost of this outing will be $7.00 and a can of non-cream soup (to be dumped into the “Klondike Kettle”). Scouts should also bring a sack lunch/snack to accompany the soup.

We are in need of leaders and drivers. Since this outing is close, drivers do not need to stay. Adults are welcome to stay and participate. Space is limited for this outing. The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Contact Carrie Staubus at carrie@staubus.net with any questions.

Scout Sign up Form
Adult Sign up Form

Klondike Derby Champions

The Boy Scout Troop 24 “Lost Patrol” lead by PL Aidan F. and APL Zach J. entered the Voyageur Trace 2016 Klondike Derby at Bemis Woods on January 23 untested but confident in their scout skills. The Patrol started slow on a cold and beautiful winter day but had strong showings at the log toss, lashings, hatchet throw and fire starter skill tests. The Patrol yell “Where Are We?!?!” rallied the scouts and bolstered their morale as they progressed through the morning. By lunch, they were working as a cohesive unit heading into the Iditarod Race. A mile-long slog through snow, ice, grass and mud was arduous but the Patrol held their own. When all the scores were tallied and the last patrols crossed the finish line, your Troop 24 “Lost Patrol” was crowned the La Grange Valley Council 2016 Klondike Derby Champions. In addition to the Patrol Leaders, patrol members included, Steven Sa., Zach H., Carlos M., Cameron G., Carter S. and Steven St. A great effort was shown by all patrol members, each of whom brought their unique skill sets to the patrol in order to achieve this honor. A special thank you to all the adult leaders who attended and supported the effort, including J. Janopolous, M. Janopolous, S. Lanken, C. Staubus, J. Flaherty & R. Housek. The Klondike Trophy will be on display at the next meeting and Troop 24 looks forward to returning the trophy next year and defending its championship.
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Klondike Derby-Iditarod-Saturday, January 23, 2016

How well are you prepared for cold weather and possible adverse conditions? Are you able to brave the elements? Test your skills with games and challenges at this year’s VT Klondike Derby-Iditarod. Scouts will meet at RPC at 7:45 on Saturday, January 23. We will travel to Bemis Woods (one block west of Wolf Road on Ogden) for a day of outdoor winter fun. We will return at approximately at 3:00 p.m. The cost of this activity is $7.00 per scout PLUS a can of non-cream-based soup. (The best lunch you’ve ever had at Soupy Smith’s Saloon!) Don’t miss out on this exciting winter outing. Are you up for the cold weather challenge? Space is limited!

Scouts sign up here.
Leaders and drivers sign up here.

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