Lake Lotawana Troop 251 Conquers the North
By Merle Bowers
January 27, 2011
photo by Phil Weber
The Falcon Patrol of Troop 251 with their winning sled.
Troop 251 of the Lake Lotawana United Methodist Church traveled north on January 14 to participate in a winter camp out and Klondike Derby. The camp out was being held by the North Star District of the Heart of America Council BSA.
A Klondike Derby is a race where a patrol of scouts pulls a wooden sled that is built to exact specifications. Each sled is required to have a set of supplies such as drinking water, rope, saws and other wood craft tools. They are timed over a course with stops testing compass work, memory games, first aid and fire building among many other scout skills. Each event is timed and the patrol cannot move along until they have completed the described task.
Troop 251 arrived at Smithville Lake on Friday night January 14 and camped out in single digit cold. They participated in the Klondike Derby the next day. Out of 42 sled participating from around the area north of the river, Falcon Patrol of 251 took first place, Wolf Patrol took 5th and Patriot Patrol took 21st.
Troop 251 has a history of success in this event and they have begun training for next years event.
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