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Preparing for the Klondike Derby

In a Klondike Derby, Scout patrols acting as huskies pull specially designed homemade sleds around a field course marked by stations named for towns or cities, such as Dawson or Fairbanks. At each town the Scouts tackle exercises in problem-solving.

A successful patrol will practice their scout skills and teamwork in advance of the event, and carry the necessary equipment on their person and the sled. Below you will find a suggested list of items that should be packed on the sled, and personal equipment for each scout.

Sled Items

Patrol Flag
Patrol First Aid Kit
(include at least 4 crevates, and padded splinting material)
Patrol Roster
Paper & Pencil
Scout Handbook
Scout Field Book
Fire Kit
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Hot Spark
  • Tinder (dryer lint, pine duff, bark,…)
Kindling and Wood for a small fire
Rope ( 3/8” – ½” diameter, ends whipped)
  • 2 x 12’
  • 6 x 6’
  • 50’ paracord
Water (3 gallons)
3 x 6’ Staves ( 1 3/8” diameter minimum)
Bow Saw /w blade cover
Scout Axe /w blade cover
Small Shovel
GPS Unit
Paper Towels (1 roll)
Toilet Paper (2 rolls)
Aluminum Foil (1 roll, heavy duty)
2 – 40 gal trash bag (heavy duty)
Ground Cloth ( 12’ x 12’ minimum)
2-3 Tarps (to build a shelter)
2 Blankets
Cooking Equipment
  • Stove (and fuel)
  • Pot to boil water /w lid
  • Frying pan
  • Utensils (tongs, spoon, spatula)
  • Oil or cooking spray
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cleanup Supplies  (dish soap, dish rag, towel)

Personal Items

Sturdy Boot (waterproof advised, no sneaker allowed)
Weather Appropriate Clothing (dress in layers, avoid cotton)
  • Base layer (long underwear)
  • Sweater/Fleece
  • Coat
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves or Mittens
Wet weather gear (poncho, rain suit, etc)
Extra Clothing
  • 2 Plastic Bread Bags (to put in boots if they leak)
  • Socks
  • Mittens/Gloves
Mess Kit (Plate, Bowl, Cup, Utensils)
Personal First Aid Kit
Water Bottle
Pocket Knife & Tote’n’Chit Card
Matches in a Waterproof Case and/or Hot Spark and Striker & Firemanship Card
Pocket Notebook & Pen/Pencil

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