Klondike Derby Stations - 2004

Safety considerations are given in italics, below.

Sled preparation and equipment check
Sled is inspected for all required equipment and for proper packing; nothing should fall out when the sled is inverted.
Safety aspects: Every Scout and leader must be wearing clothing and footwear appropriate to the conditions. No running shoes or rubber rain boots!

Blindfolded stretcher carry
Four Scouts (blindfolded) carry a fifth Scout (not blindfolded) on a stretcher around a course following directions given by the Scout on the stretcher. If a patrol has fewer than five Scouts, leaders at the station will serve as the missing stretcher bearer(s).

Compass bearing and map symbols
All members of the patrol sight on an object and report collectively on its bearing; lay off a bearing and report the object on the bearing. The patrol identifies a dozen standard map symbols

First aid and survival kit inspection
Each sled should have a patrol first aid kit. Each Scout should have an emergency/first aid kit in his or her knapsack. At the station, the patrol kit and several individuals' kits are examined and Scouts asked to comment on the use of various items.

First aid and survival quiz
Some basic questions on first aid and survival skills. Quiz may distributed at the beginning of the day or at lunchtime, to be submitted later, or be the last event of the day, indoors.

First aid: splint and transport casualty
Patrol required to care for a casualty with a broken leg; after splinting, place the casualty correctly on sled for transport. Patrol should bring splints (e.g. cardboard) and triangular bandages.

Gully crossing
Each member of the patrol to cross a "gully" on a thick rope stretched between two trees. If time allows, extra points if the patrol is able to transport its sled across the rope as well.
Safety aspects: A leader should test the installed ropes with his/her full weight before Scouts cross. Height of ropes should be such that the feet of a Scout hanging by both hands and about to fall will be close to the snow. Snow beneath the ropes should be free of sticks, stumps, rocks, etc. Event with 4 ropes in operation needs 7-8 leaders, with one or two to control traffic. A leader should coach/monitor each Scout traversing on a rope.

Height and distance estimation
Patrol estimates a) the height of a tree or rock face, and b) a horizontal distance.
Safety aspect: No climbing in the height estimation.

Ice rescue
Some members of the patrol throw a rope to a "victim" who has "fallen through the ice" and retrieves same, talking to "victim" and calling for help. Patrol may be asked to demonstrate other forms of ice rescue.

Knife and saw
Each Scout demonstrates safe use in simple tasks, e.g. sharpening and using a knife, using a saw to cut a small-diameter log
Safety aspects: Continuous supervision during the event.

Some members of the patrol tie knots (Voyageur level) appropriate to natural or synthetic rope.

Patrol demonstrates lashings in the construction of something simple, such as a tripod.

Panning for gold
Patrol uses a tarp cooperatively to toss a "nugget" (yellow tennis ball, volleyball, basketball or other soft item) over a horizontal rope 3 m above the ground.
Safety aspects: "Nugget" must be soft and rounded so that it will not injure a Scout if the patrol's toss is misdirected.

Rope climb
Each member of the patrol climbs a thick rope to a height of about 3 m. Any method that works, including direct ascent or pyramid of Scouts. Partial points for partial ascents.
Safety aspects: Snow beneath ropes clear of sticks, stumps, rocks. No use of sleds for initial boost. Sound tree limbs to support the ropes; leaders to test the ropes before Scouts climb.

Side hill manoeuvre
Patrol timed in moving its sled without damage over a steep uphill and downhill course. Going up requires cooperation to push sled and use rope around tree to hold sled in place between pushes; going down, use of back rope around trees for controlled descent of sled.
Safety aspects: Course must be adjusted to the snow conditions, e.g. shortened or rerouted if icy. Adequate coaching/supervision essential.

Slalom race
Patrol timed in pulling its sled around a course (100 m?) on flat ground.
Safety aspects: Leaders must walk the course several times to check footing - fill holes, etc. Scouts should be able to release their tow rope easily so that they will not be run over or dragged if they fall, e.g. no rope tied around waist.

"Smooshboard" race
Patrol members' right feet are tied to a long 2x4; left feet to another. Patrol is timed in completing a course on flat ground.

Spider hole
A vertical "spider web" with a Scout-sized hole approx 1 m off the ground is constructed with baler twine between two trees. Patrol passes all its members through the hole without destroying the web.
Safety aspects: Snow beneath webs free of sticks, stumps or rocks.

Tree identification
Patrol identifies half a dozen common trees

Lunch stoves and site cleanup
Patrol demonstrates safe use of hobo/vagabond stoves to heat their lunches. Site cleanup after lunch: points deducted for garbage left behind.
Safety aspects: Lunch-site supervision - several leaders to be tasked with monitoring Scouts' behaviour during the lunch period - points off for unacceptable behaviour, including playing with fire. These leaders should provide an activity for patrols that finish lunch before leaders are ready to leave for the early afternoon stations.

General supervision: Leaders to monitor any road crossings or travel along roads, the latter especially in the afternoon. Leaders of each troop to check their Scouts at lunch for dry clothing and footwear, sufficient food eaten and enough liquid drunk.

Code of conduct: the Scout Law applies. Leaders to remind Scouts beforehand that failure to observe the Law, e.g. through hassling other Scouts or swearing, will cost points.