All Scouts and Webelos are invited to re-enact the historic gold rush to the Klondike. Scouts will pull homemade sleds from Skagway to Dawson. En route they will encounter problems that require basic Scout skills and teamwork to overcome. Leading up to the event, Scouts will build their own Klondike sled, but Scouts (not dogs) will be powering the sleds through the snow. Get out in the snow, test your mettle, and see how your Patrol or Den fares in this annual favorite!
Reminiscent of the great Klondike gold rush of the late 1890's, Scouts at the Aquila District Klondike Derby travel to stations with names like Chilkoot Trail, Stewart's Crossing, and Yukon River to compete against other teams using skills that prospectors had to master back in their day. All activity stations are outside in the snow, and include sawing through a log with a two-man crosscut saw, building a fire and cooking a meal, treating a team member for injury, running in snowshoes to escape a bear, racing in a sled to beat other teams to their gold claim, and more.
Check back for the 2021 event date.
New in 2020! The Klondike Derby will be a multi-District event including Aquila, Lake Shores, Northern Trails, and Thunderbird Districts. This will be a much larger event with somewhere around 30 activity stations. Many details have changed from prior years, so be prepared and read through the Leader Planning Guide, FAQ, and Iditarod race format and rules. There are also guides for sleds and hobo stoves.
Come and spend the night Friday and/or Saturday, or just for the day on Saturday. Information about registration, fees, and overnight accommodations is available on the Klondike registration page.
Friday, Jan 10
- 5pm: Cutoff for registration and overnight reservations
Friday, Jan 17
- 2pm: Start arriving, Klondike Campsite registration
- 8pm: Event leaders check in
- 9pm: Campfire program at Klondike HQ Yurt and Kitchen
- 10pm: Registration closed
- 10:15pm: Taps
Saturday, Jan 18
- 6-8am: Breakfast in Dining Hall for those who purchased it
- 8am: On-site Registration
- 8:30am: Patrol Leader Council at Klondike HQ Yurt
- 9am: Opening flag and announcments
- 9:10am: Adults meet at Klondike HQ Yurt
- 9:30am: Chilkoot Pass sled inspection
- 10am: Activity stations open
- 12pm: Lunch (patrols eat on the trail, adults at Klondike HQ)
- 1pm: Activity stations resume
- 3pm: Activity stations close, Patrol Leaders turn in gold at Klondike HQ Assay Office, patrols prep for Iditarod
- 3:30pm: Iditarod - Great Sled Race
- 4:30pm: Awards presentation and closing flag
- 5:30pm: Klondike is over, departing units can check out
- 6-8pm: Dinner in Dining Hall for those who purchased it
Sunday, Jan 19
- 8am: Flapjack breakfast for anyone spending the night
- 9am: Interfaith service
- 10am: Check-out for remaining units
- Units planning to stay over Friday and/or Saturday night can register for tent camping or a very limited number of cabin beds. Exclusive cabin use for a Unit is not guaranteed and will be assigned by Klondike staff. Please do not contact Camp Koinonia to make reservations. Campsites will be available starting at 2pm on Friday. The parking lot will be plowed, toilets provided, campfires are OK but there are no fire-pits so you must bring your own portable fire pit, and it must be fully extinguished whenever the campsite is unoccupied or vacated.
- All sleds must be hand crafted. There is no size or shape limit but they should resemble the sketch below. Skis may be used for runners. The sled carries a team member. The driver may push and the rest of the team will pull using ropes.
- Each team shall consist of at least four but not more than eight Scouts. A pack/troop may enter as many teams as they wish. However, the team that signs in must stay together for all events, including the races. No substitutions from other teams are permitted.
- Scouts get a unique Klondike patch for attending the event.