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Jan 25-27, 2019
High Plains District Klondike Derby

Klondike Derby 2019

This is the 19th consecutive year we have run a Klondike Derby for the High Plains District, it is our intention to make each of the Klondike will be better than the year before.

This is also the 12th year we have opened up winter activities to Webelos scouts to come to the Klondike and enjoy a day of special activities, as well as watch the scouts in action!

Starting this year, we will be selling the famous HP Klondike event patch (see the cover of this packet) directly to participants at the Klondike. The patches are $2.00 ea. We have lowered the cost of the Klondike by $1.00 to $11.50 per person.

Be Prepared is more than the Motto of Scouting it is a way of living each and every day. This needs to be encouraged and practiced before it is a normal routine. That is the reason for the event planning sheets that we have used for several years with limited success. We STRONGLY encourage your unit’s leadership to work with the patrols to do their homework before arriving at Klondike. The event station instruction sheets are available as a resource on the website to give the Patrols every opportunity to develop a great plan.

To achieve minimal difference between the red and blue course judging, the station scoring for 2019 will be similar to 2018 in that judges will only need to pick the appropriate score for each requirement by scoring 0, 1, or 2 points. Each patrol will carry a passport with their score sheets inside.

An example of scoring as follows:

Did the patrol build a Iditarod-style sled? 0 1 
Was there a clear patrol leader? 0 1
Was there teamwork during the build? 0 1
Did all patrol members participate? 0 12
Did the patrol pre-planning work up match their station performance? 0 12
Are there proper knots and lashings? 0 1
Did the sled survive the trail?  0 1

I hope you will enjoy the event, and if you do have some ideas for improvement, please do not hesitate to let us know. Weather will be monitored throughout the weekend and updates will be passed to leaders should any storms or high winds be anticipated. We’ll also do a site survey the week prior to update you on conditions and snow depth. We ask each unit have a “quick departure” (1 hour) plan should the word be given to evacuate. We have posted the detailed Event tee ups as a resource on the Pikes Peak Council website.

If you have any questions or concerns or need any additional information about the Klondike, please contact: Bob Lightbody, Event Chairman at (719) 439-9092 Mitch Howell, Klondike Trail Coordinator (719) 649-9890 We’ll see you on January 25th with snow

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