Sample Klondike Derby Schedule

From 2011



Friday, February 4:


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM – Arrival, Registration, and Troop Site Assignment (Overnight camping for Boy Scout Troops only). Bring your own tents and equipment. There will be a Mystery Cooking Competition, the District will provide the ingredients and instructions. The bathroom in the main building will be available all night. Scoutmasters are responsible that all participants are properly trained and equipped for cold weather camping. Pre-registration for the Freeze Out is Required, and MUST be received at the Council Office by February 2nd!


Saturday, February 5:


6:30 AM - 8:00 AM – Rise, Breakfast, and build Snow Sculpture in Site.


8:00 – 8:45 AM – Registration at Juneau Town Hall for the KLONDIKE DERBY by the Troop Adult Leader and Inspection of “Patrol” Sleds in the Town Square. All Scout Patrols MUST bring a Klondike Derby sled. If you do not have a standard sled, a patrol can participate with any large sled or toboggan. Each sled must be equipped with a towrope, and should be packed with their patrol flag, first aid kit, blankets, compasses, poles sturdy enough to make a stretcher, water, and extra clothing. The Patrols should also bring basic scouting skills and knowledge. If there is no snow, sleds should have wheels. Each Patrol should, carry their own supplies. NOTE: Registration of the 5 participants for the Biathlon is made during the registration for the Klondike Derby either on Friday night or on Saturday between 8:00 and 8:45 AM!


9:00 AM – BOY SCOUT OPENING CEREMONY and Official Send-off of the Sled Teams entered in the Klondike Derby.


9:15 AM - 12:15 PM – KLONDIKE DERBY. Patrol Sled Teams head out to try to find "GOLD" along the arduous trail from Skagway, through White Pass, over the mountain range in British Columbia to Whitehorse, and on through the Yukon Territory to the famous Klondike gold fields near Dawson. Gold Nuggets are earned at each stop along the trail, including “inspection (of the sled, team members and supplies)”.


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM – LUNCH at the Juneau Diner. Chili, hot dogs, soup, chips, soda and dessert. Cost for Lunch is $6. Hot Chocolate will be FREE all day (FREE Coffee for Adults).


12:00 PM - 1:30 PMBIATHLON. Each Troop will send their 5 best riflemen (must be 12 years old by January 27) to Fort William H. Seward, to enter the Biathlon, sponsored and directed by the members of the Watervliet Fish & Game Protective Association. The Biathlon combines running and shooting skills. NOTE: Registration of the 5 participants for the Biathlon is made during the registration for the Klondike Derby either on Friday night or on Saturday between 8:00 and 8:45 AM!


1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Presentation of Awards for Biathlon & Klondike Derby by members of the Watervliet Fish & Game Club.


Snow Sculpture

Each Troop will be encouraged to build a Snow Sculpture in their campsite or designated area for judging during the Klondike Derby




Test of Strength

Stepping Stones

Get the Message

Nuclear Reactor

Crossing the River

Raising the flag










4:30 – 5:00 PM – All Troops depart




Please complete the Troop Klondike Derby registration form including the names of all participants before you arrive at the registration station. Have the balance of your Troop’s registration fee ready at the time you register. Registration will start at 8:00 AM at Juneau Headquarters. Make sure you indicate which division each patrol in your Troop will be competing in. Leave your Troop Health Forms (organized in a labeled envelope or binder) at the registration station.



Juneau Town Hall will be Derby headquarters. The Medic will be stationed here. The Town Hall will also serve as a Warming Hut, First Aid Station and Health Form Repository. All medications are to be stored here. Adult leaders or senior Scouts should ESCORT ill or injured Scouts to the Medic stationed at the Town Hall. A patrol may continue its competition without an ill or injured Scout as long as it still has a minimum of four Scouts in the Patrol.



Each patrol is asked to bring a large can of hot chocolate mix when it registers. These will be prepared at the Town Hall and will be available to all Derby participants on breaks between events as needed.



Any adult leader or senior Scout (Life or Eagle) not participating with a Patrol who is available to serve on the Derby Staff is encouraged to volunteer. Please indicate your availability and preference area (if any) on the Pre-registration form that your Troop sends in. There will be a Town Hall meeting for all Derby Staff at 8:00 AM at the Town Hall for instructions and to answer any questions. Each staff member will receive a Winter Camporee patch.

Trash Removal: Please be prepared to carry out what you carried in!

Firewood: Scavenge Dead and Down fuel in the woods or carry in needed firewood.


NO SNOWBALLS: Offending Scouts will be asked to leave the Derby.