WATCHUNG, NJ -- Local BSA Scouts transformed the Watchung Reservation into the Yukon region of Canada and Alaska for The Watchung Mountain District’s annual Klondike Derby on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Twenty-three (23) Scout patrols pulled their sleds throughout the park, demonstrating their Scouting skills at towns along the way such as First Aid, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, Camp Preparation, Lashing and Knots, and Fire Building.

Normally, the event takes place in cold weather with snow on the ground. However, this year, temperatures topped 50 degrees, and over an inch of rain fell on the participants. Some organizers said that this was the toughest Klondike Derby in recent memory.

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Despite the poor conditions, The "Cosmic Tigers" Patrol from Scotch Plains Troop 104 finished in second place in the Scout Sled group, completing the entire course in 4 hours and 20 minute.

The Klondike Derby is made possible through the efforts of Scouters who devote considerable time and effort to organize and operate the event. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.