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The Klondike Derby, February 20&21, 2015

Eighteen Scouts slept in their snow shelters last Friday night up at the Anthony Lakes area of NE Oregon.  Their gear was appropriate to the weather conditions–18 degrees and light snow–so they enjoyed a comfortable night.  Many of these boys were barely eleven years old, yet their enthusiasm lasted the entire time, and they were most proud of their accomplishment. And I, at the other end of the age spectrum, enjoyed sleeping out in a tree well inside a bivy sack, underneath the tree boughs.

Saturday morning they competed in Scout skill events, as well as fun challenges based on a medieval knight theme–a catapult to knock over buckets, a jousting where they held a long light pole to thrust through a small hole as they were being pushed on a sledge, a bridge to knock their opponent off of.

We had enough scouts for three patrols.  One patrol finished first, so naturally there was extra excitement. These opportunities are unique skill and confidence builders–lessons and memories to last a  lifetime.

My sleeping “quarters”

Jousting target

The annual Boy Scout Klondike Derby for 2013

Last Friday night and Saturday. Boy Scouts from Troop 514 in La Grande went up to an area opposite our local ski area at Anthony Lakes.  They had built snow caves there the previous weekend. On Friday, they arrived in a snow storm in the dark, set up their gear in the snow caves in storm, ate dinner in a storm, slept thought the night in a storm, ate breakfast in a storm, competed in a heavy snow storm, and packed up in storm.

They did all of this without complaining or shirking any responsibility.  They cooperated and worked together to not merely survive, but to overcome. And these boys varied in age from fifth grade to eighth grade, so you can see the quality of the efforts.  The pictures show a few of their activities. (As always, you can click on the images to enlarge them, and get the full “flavor” of the event)