Troop 353 Scouts Participates in Council’s Largest Klondike Derby Ever


On the weekend of January 26th, 14 (of 18 total scouts) scouts began their initial adventure through the multiple challenges of The Klondike Derby at Camp Smith in Cortlandt Manor, NY. With over 1,200 scouts participating from throughout the Westchester Putnam Council, it was believed to be the Council’s single largest Boy Scouting event ever. The general theme was a search and rescue mission from a helicopter crash that was also discovered to be carrying hazardous materials. Accordingly, scouts were challenged to: 1) set up a temporary relief camp for emergency personel; 2) use orienteering skills to locate the imaginary downed chopper; 3) administer first aid to victims of the imaginary helicopter crash; and 4) transport hazardous materials to a safe location. Of course, there was the timed Derby Sled race, which the boys enjoyed perhaps more than any other single event!

During the day Scouts were educated to how soldiers currently utilize MOP suits for chemical warfare as well as witnessed live training provided by the New York National Guard. Additionally, there were various weapons displays available. Saturday evening entertainment provided included a slide show highlighting events of the day, a movie and music.

Special thanks to the following groups that volunteered their time and expertise: New York Search & Rescue, New York Guard, New York Army National Guard, New York Veterans Corps of Artillery.

For more fun photos from the Klondike, click here!



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