Klondike Derby

Camp Kootaga

The Kootaga District and the Shawnee District of the Buckskin Council are combing efforts this year for their annual Klondike Derby. This event will be held the weekend of January 28 at Camp Kootaga. Registration is available on the Buckskin Council website.

Klondike derby is an annual winter event held by the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada districts during the winter months and is based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush. BSA units have been running Klondike derbies since 1949.

The event varies by district, but the typical Klondike derby consists of several stations where patrols/units must test their Scoutcraft skills and their leadership abilities, earning points towards a total score. Often, one or more races are included while the Scouts navigate between stations.

The unit must transport their gear on a homemade sled pulled by the Scouts. Districts may have specific guidelines for the construction of sleds.

Interested in Scouting in your area? Both the Kootaga District and Shawnee District have active Facebook pages where you can get more information. Or contact Michael Cidor at the Parkersburg Scout Office.

Camp Kootaga will celebrate its 100thbirthday in 2022. More info about the celebration is on the Camp Kootaga FB page. 100thanniversary commemorative

shirts are available at the Parkersburg Scout Office.