The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 10, 2013

No child left indoors: The thrill of a Klondike derby


Every 20 minutes or so, a horn would sound and the patrols would pack up their sleds and run off to another "town" for another skill test. Some of the other towns and the skills tested were: Dalton Post, where the challenge was fire-building and cooking; Chilkoot Pass, where the Scouts drew a simple map showing a trail winding down a mountain with distances and degree readings using only a compass (GPS units weren't around then); and Porcupine Hill, where the mayor had each patrol member correctly tie a square knot.

The mayor wanted to see how the well the older Scouts did in teaching the younger boys how to tie this simple knot. Once they all knew how to tie the knot, they joined their short ropes together with perfectly-tied square knots and used their now much-longer rope to yank their sleds up a 15-foot rock cliff.

Klondike derbies are just one more example that winter is a great time to head outdoors.

As a reminder, neither you nor anyone in your family needs to stay indoors today. The Valley offers numerous fun family-oriented activities that will keep your children active and learning.

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