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2525 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Eugene, OR, 97401
United States


Oregon Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America serves more than 5,000 youth, supported by over 2,500 adults in over 400 units. It includes 7 districts in 6 counties covering Western Oregon including communities like Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Roseburg, and Coos Bay. Scouts are also served along the Oregon Coast is covered from Lincoln City to Brookings. 

Klondike Derby

January 19-21, 2018
Lemolo Sand Sheds, east of Roseburg

Klondike Derby Chair, Stu Carlson (541)677-0521 (no calls after 8:00 pm please)

DIRECTIONS to Lemolo Sand Sheds: Located 73 miles East of Roseburg the south side of Highway 138 just before the junction with the road on the north side of the highway that leads to Lemolo Lake. Camping is available in a conifer forest with snow of an unknown depth. Parking is available in a plowed area adjacent to the Oregon Department of Transportation work site.  The event is located on the Diamond Lake Ranger District on the Umpqua National Forest. Cell phone coverage exists. 

Webelos Scouts: Webelos are encouraged to attend for the day, but if they spend the night, they must follow all appropriate guidelines with adult leadership. Webelos can participate as a Webelos den or join in with a patrol of Scouts from a troop.

Camping: Camping is encouraged by all participants. Use of certified weed-free hay or straw for comfort under a tent is permitted by the Umpqua National Forest. If troops bring weed-free hay or straw with them, they must also bring a copy of the certification for this material and give it to the Klondike Derby Chair upon arrival. Sanitary facilities are on site. Each troop must bring their own drinking water. No water available on-site. Be prepared for winter weather including snow, cold temperatures, wind, and bright sunshine. Practice “Leave No Trace” principles at the Klondike Derby. Absolutely NO flames, burners, fires, stoves, or heaters are allowed in any tent.

Klondike Derby sleds are customary for each groups, but are not required. However, each group must have a method to transport your Klondike Derby supplies from one station to the next.



The following is a brief description for each of the nine (9) stations at the Klondike Derby that patrols, Venturing crews, and Webelos dens will compete in. The number of each station may change during layout of the stations but the overall theme will remain the same as described below. In the event of deep snow, it is possible that the Navigation & Measurements station will be dropped.

Station #1: Target Practice: Your group has determined that food is needed for survival. Using your ropes and rubber band, construct a sling-shot to shoot ammunition at your food source (targets). Patrols will need to bring their own large rubber band and ropes to lash together poles for the sling-shot so they can attach their sling-shot to the poles. Ammunition (dog biscuits) will be provided and poles will be provided.

Station #2: Blindfold Obstacle Course: Your group is about to depart for a month-long trip into the Yukon to look for gold. However, since you are traveling in the winter darkness, is a 24-7 on-going challenge. Your youth leader will lead the other members of their team on an obstacle course. Groups need to bring their own blindfolds for this station.

Station #3: Navigation & Measurements: During your travel in the Yukon, you must navigate with a compass using azimuth bearings to safety. During your travel, you must also cross a ravine. Follow the given azimuth bearings and distances to safety. Just before you reach your destination, you must cross a deep ravine. Use your Scout skills to estimate the height of a nearby tree and the ravine to determine if the tree is tall enough to function as a method to cross the ravine.  Scouts may also need to identify a variety of map symbols commonly found on a USGS quad map. A compass will be provided for groups to use at this station but they may bring their own compass since it is one of the “ten essentials” you need to have in the Klondike.

Station #4: Fire Building & Cooking: Your groups has found a suitable spot to spend the night in the Yukon. Now they must build and light a fire so they can cook and warm their chilly bones. Construct a fire from materials you brought, light the fire without using matches, and then (using your own fry pan and pancake batter) make at least one pancake that is edible. Patrols may want to bring a metal pan to build their fire in since snow will be on the ground.

Station #5: Ravine Crossing: Your groups must now cross a ravine to safety. Using ropes and other types of equipment you brought, move the stretcher across the ravine with one Scout in the stretcher. Stretcher will be provided for each group at this station. Each group must bring all of their own ropes and equipment for this station.

Lunch: Each group will cook their lunch at the location of their fifth station and must clean up before they travel to their sixth station. Lunch will be graded and will be scored like the Klondike Derby Stations. Also during lunch, each youth leader and one or more Scouts will be inspected to see that they are properly dressed for the Klondike Derby. This inspection will be scored like a Klondike Derby Station. Remember, cotton clothing is a very poor choice for a Klondike Derby.

Station #6: Shelter Construction: Your group must now construct a shelter since travel in the deep snow took longer than you anticipated. Your shelter must be large enough to have two Scouts under cover. Be creative as you construct your shelter. Poles will be provided for each patrol if you need them, but if a group needs ropes, tarps, or shovels, they need to be in your equipment. 

Station #7: Spider Hole:  Using teamwork skills, and under the direction of your youth leader, pass each member of your group thru the spider holes. Remember if the spider web is touched, the mean Yukon Black Widow Spider may awake from its deep sleep and cause pain to your group members. 

Station #8: Chilcot Pass “Sled Pull”:  Alas, you are close to the gold mine you have dreamed of claiming for your own and it is only 50-100 feet away. Unfortunately, that gold mine is uphill and other Scouts are also racing you to this destination.  Your team must pull your sled uphill using ropes and other equipment you brought without spilling any of your supplies into the snow. 

Station #9: First Aid: One of your Scouts has had a major malfunction on your journey looking for gold and needs immediate first aid assistance. Using your first aid kit in your sled, you must now treat this injured Scout who has the following problems: shock, hypothermia, and a broken leg. After you treat these problems, transport the Scout for approximately 50 feet to safety.

After the stations are finished and prior to the presentation of awards, there will be an Iditarod Sled Race plus a snowshoe race for Scoutmasters. These are optional activities, but groups are encouraged to participate. 

Each Scout at the Klondike Derby is reminded that the Special Use Permit for this event from the Umpqua National Forest has identified areas that are “off limits” to participants and visitors at the Klondike Derby.  If participants are found in these areas, the entire unit will be sent home and will be unable to participate at the Klondike Derby.  The “off limits” area is basically the entire area on the right side off the access road into the Klondike Derby including the large piles of red cinder gravel. These piles of red cinder gravel contain numerous safety hazards including hypodermic needles and other sharp objects. Your cooperation is appreciated in keeping the Scouts in-bounds.