Arrival at the Parking Lot – Skagway,
Welcome to Skagway – Gateway to the Klondike! Upon entering
our town, be prepared for the beginning of your exciting journey
into the Yukon. Skagway is located at the entrance driveway to
Camp Chawanakee off Dinky Creek Road, and it is here that you
will arrive by car to drop off your scouts and gear. There will
again be a competition to see which Troop can off-load their
equipment the fastest while demonstrating outstanding
organization and leadership by their Senior Patrol Leader. We
want to see your Senior Patrol Leader “LARGE AND IN-CHARGE!”
Please consolidate all of your scouts and equipment into as few
cars as possible due to limited available parking spaces. Upon
arrival you will be directed where to line up your car and as
soon as it is backed into off-loading position, THE CLOCK WILL
START!!! After all of your gear and scouts are safely moved
out of the off-loading area and onto the trail head, the driver
will be directed to one of our three off-site parking areas. A
free shuttle car will be provided to bring your driver back to
the trailhead to continue your journey to the Klondike!
Arriving in Camp
When you arrive in camp, your Troop must check in at the
registration trailer. The Troop will be given final camping
instructions and each patrol will be given a Passport used to
document participation at each town. The Patrol with the most
stamps will win a prize. Passports will be reviewed on Saturday
at Lunch and you must be present to win.
Activity 1 - Snow Sculpting , Deadhorse
DEADHORSE is a town of snow sculpturing. Work well as a
team (patrol) in creating a snow sculpture that this time will
remain standing, so strength and integrity are important.
Creativity and planning will be high-scoring tools. Come
prepared to cooperate with others in building a memory. Bring
your own tools!
Activity 2 - Spike Drive, Chinese Camp
Chinese Camp and test your skills and strength by driving
a stake into a railroad tie.
Activity 3- The Great Sled Race,
On January 20, 1925 doctors in Nome had diagnosed cases of
diphtheria among the citizens of the town, many of them
children, so an urgent telegraph message went out calling for
The medicine came from Anchorage by train
to the town of Nenana which is where the train line ended. From
Nenana a group of sled dog mushers, in relay, had to race more
than 600 miles in order to get the serum to Nome. The first team
departed on January 25, 1925. On February 2, 1925 the last team
in the relay made it to Nome. The town was saved! The 647 mile
trip was made in about 127 hours.
Come all you mushers and sled dogs and
make the trip from Anchorage to Nome to deliver a breakable vial
of vaccine. Any number of dogs may power the sled, sled must be
dog-powered though, no engine assist. Event is timed.
Competitors may compete more than once to try to better their
score. Damaged vaccine results in disqualification; cutting or
straying from the course results in a 5-second penalty for each
infraction. Patrols need to bring your own sled and 50 feet of
¼ inch rope.
Activity 4- Log Saw, Dawson
The town of Dawson will host the log saw. Use an eight
foot long bow saw to cut tamarack logs. When you’re done, brand
the stump with the BSA emblem.
Activity 5 - Tug-of-War , Whitehorse
Visit Whitehorse Canada to participate in the Log Pull and
Tug of War.
Tug-of War of the Century!!! Bring your muscles and good team
Activity 6- Log Lift (knots) ,
(known today as Sitka, Alaska) will be the location for
the Log Lift. Use the common Scout Knots to hoist a log in the
air – timing is everything. Hint, know the bowline, timber
hitch, and sheep shank.
Activity 7- Snow Melt, Yukon, Alaska
Using only tinder and wood (no special ingredients), build a
fire in record time. The purpose of this event is to test
scouts’ skills in quick fire building. Scouts must provide
all material used in the event. The patrol’s job is to
build a fire to melt 2 cups of natural snow as quick as they
possibly can and working as a team to earn points. All
materials must be provided by scouts. Materials needed:
Fire pan (metal sheet such as trashcan lid to
build fire on),
wood and kindling,
a pot (can hold at least 2 cups),
a device to hold your pot over the fire.
Fire starters (matches, battery/steel wool,
magnified glass, flint/steel, fire bow). Lighters, stoves, and
any alcohol/chemical/flammable products are prohibited.
Activity 8- Snow Canons – Nome,
Wanted: Able bodied teams from the populace are
wanted to participate in ‘Bear discouragement activities’. Due
to increased travelers in the territory and their failure at
proper refuse disposal the local bears have become a nuisance to
livestock, food stores, and the occasional person. Interested
teams will report to Sergei Armstrong Rasputin, Nome Artillery
Battery Commander, for additional details regarding this
activity. Successful applicants will be paid based on cannon
ball distance from the artillery line and on how many bears are
Cannons will be provided to all teams. Due
to inclement weather and the cost of transporting heavy objects
the artillery rounds were left at the bottom of the hill at the
Chilkoot Pass. Cannon balls will be manufactured by teams in
Nome using available natural resource, SNOW.
Bounty posted: A bounty
has been placed on the head of Moose N’ Squirrel by one B.
Found: One left boot.
Looking for: a twin right boot; one legged man; or a good home
for the first boot.
Activity 9 - Orienteering, Skaguay
Each Patrol needs to bring a compass. You
enter the claims office, make a deal for directions for a claim,
you will be given a gold sample to be tested at the assay
office, using your compass and skills locate your claim. Send
a telegram hack to your loved ones. The method each patrol
negotiates obtaining their claim forms will be judged for scout
spirit (One Third). The score (One Third) will be determined by
the distance from the final mark. The unique wording of a
telegram showing proper and good scout spirit will be judged for
spirit (One Third). The estimated time to participate is about
30 minutes per patrol.
Activity 10 – Blind Snow Shoe Race,
Use the Patrol Method to guide your Scouts through a maze of
winter obstacles. Best time wins!
Activity 11 – Tomahawk Throw, Kenai,
Steady… Steady… throw! Tomahawk throwing is back as a
Klondike event at the town of Kenai. Use your skills to hit a
target and score points for GOLD.
Visit the Assayer
"There is GOLD in the hills for the "Klondike Derby". And
for the GOLD that Scouts earn in competitive events at each
town, there is 'BOOTY'(A nautical term for gold)!
Visit the Assayer . Turn in your GOLD at the "Official Office
of the Assayer" and you will get the gooeyest, gummyest,
sourest, sweetest,chocletyest and most disgusting 'BOOTY' that
you can imagine!!!! It's a pound of BOOTY for a pound of GOLD.
And there is special 'Bonus BOOTY' for Scouts that have their
GOLD all collected and ready to weigh on the Klondike scales,
Updated February 3rd 2011