MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Summit Boy Scouts will be among the intrepid youth competing in "The Klondike Derby," January 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Loop in the Watchung Reservation.

"The Klondike Derby," sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, has become one of the most exciting and anticipated events of the Scouting year, and sees Patrols of four to eight Boy Scouts pulling their sleds over a field course to simulated towns, where the they can earn points by solving problems using their Scouting skills. Challenges can include first aid, fire building, knot tying and lashing, orienteering, wilderness survival, and team work.

Many years ago, men raced by means of dogs and sledges across the frozen wastes of Alaska in search of gold. Scouting has capitalized on this theme and developed "The Klondike Derby" as an activity for Boy Scouts.

The Scouts' Watchung Mountain District -- which includes Scout Troops from Summit, Berkeley Heights, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Murray Hill, New Providence, Scotch Plains, Watchung, and Westfield -- will participate in the competition January 27, with the Raritan Valley District take the course February 3 and the Munsee District participating February 10.