More than 1,000 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and adult leaders braved the January cold to take part in the 24th annual Klondike Derby on Jan. 18-20 at Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg.
Boy Scouts’ Potomac District welcomed troops from Montgomery County, Frederick and as far away as Solomons Island, Md., for a weekend of fellowship and fun.
Scouts demonstrated winter camping and cooking skills. They could visit 23 stations to demonstrate their knowledge of first aid, knot tying, plant and animal identification and problem solving. One station required Scouts to don blindfolds and arrange themselves in a line by height.
The winning patrol in the skills competition was the Cobra Patrol of Troop 68, sponsored by the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Bethesda. Martin Holdrich is the Scoutmaster.
The Klondike Derby has been in Montgomery County annually since 1991 and is considered a “signature event,” Potomac District Scout Chairman Pete Minderman said.
The finale was the Klondike Derby sled races. Scouts used homemade sleds fitted with wheels — because there was no snow — to compete in races reminiscent of the events of the original Yukon Gold Rush of 1897. The Staff Patrol of Troop 52 from All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase was declared the winner.