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Clark Cub Scouts Escape the Cold with 'Indoor Klondike Derby'

The Webelos scouts and leaders of Cub Pack 145 in Clark at the indoor Klondike Derby. Credits: Nancy Morris
Boys laid a fire, although did not light it, in this year's indoor derby.  Traditionally, lighting and maintaining the fire is an essential skill in earning Klondike points.  Credits: Nancy Morris
Scouts demonstrate their knowledge to an adult leader to earn points in the competition. Credits: Nancy Morris

CLARK, NJ – With outdoor temperatures in the low teens and wind chills dipping below zero, the Munsee District Cub Scout Webelos Klondike Derby was moved indoors as a safety precaution on Saturday.  Seven Webelos scouts from Clark Cub Pack 145 participated in this annual scouting skills competition.

“We came in fifth out of 19 patrols,” Den Leader Nancy Morris said.  “I’m very proud of the boys.  They worked as a great team and excelled at all five stations. They had a great time.”

The Webelos, fifth grade boys in their final year of Cub Scouting, rotated through five stations demonstrating scout skills such as first aid, emergency preparedness, map and compass techniques, fire building and knot tying. 

The Cub Scout event mirrors the Boy Scout Klondike Derby, a similar competition. In the Boy Scout version, groups of scouts pull sleds built by their troop and loaded with essential gear through a set course in the Watchung Reservation.

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