22 Scouts and 10 adults met at West Side Presbyterian Church to gather our gear, load up into our vehicles, and head out to the annual Klondike Derby. We left the church on Friday night at 7pm and arrived at Ensign Ranch near Cle Elum by 8:30pm. After checking in, we made our way to Family Cabin 6 and met up with some Webelos and dads from Cub Scout Pack 282.
We lucked out on the weather. It finally snowed just before the weekend, otherwise we would have had no snow on the ground for the sled and snowshoe races. Even so, it was a little tricky to find good spots to setup our tents because the plants surrounding the cabin were poking out everywhere, as there were only a few inches of snow. Snowball fights were back in vogue this year, so the action was fast and furious until about 11pm when we all climbed in our sleeping bags for the night. The sky was clear and the stars were bright. The temperature dropped to 26 degrees F overnight.
We woke early on Saturday, broke camp, stowed tents and gear, and had a nice breakfast of oatmeal, muffins, croissants, bagels, fruit, orange juice, cocoa, and coffee. Another 6 Scouts and 7 adults joined us in the morning. After a sweep of the cabin, Scouts made a plan for the day and re-jiggered the Patrols. Patrol Leaders for four of our Patrols checked in with the registration desk at 9am. This year there were 169 Scouts from 19 Patrols and 6 Webelos Dens competing, which was less than previous years, but it was Super Bowl weekend.
All the favorite events were back again this year. Boy Scout Patrols and Webelos Dens competed against each other in the two-man crosscut log saw, fire building and cooking (egg in toast), first aid (broken leg), knot tying, snowshoe relay, figure eight sled race, and the great race across the field. Thanks to the soup crew from Troop 488 out of Cle Elum led by Dave Anderson, everyone had a nice hot cup of soup for lunch. Nothing better than a hot lunch on a cold day!
How did we do in the competition? The High Voltage (AKA Purple Jacks) Patrol took 2nd in the figure eight sled race, Big Tree took 1st in Fire Building/Cooking and 3rd in Knots, and Allatuna took 2nd in the Snowshoe Relay as well as First Aid and Knots. Allatuna took 2nd overall and Big Tree took 3rd overall. The Spartans Patrol from Troop 392 took 1st overall, so we’ll have to prepare a bit better next year if we want to bring home the overall trophy.
The day ended a little earlier than usual, so we were on the road by about 2:15pm, and back to the church by 4pm. Thanks to Pat Heidal and the Aquila District for a fun weekend in the snow! – MHG