Klondike Derby

Congratulation Carman Cubs on taking first place at the 2015 Klondike Derby!!



Team Skiing

Team Skiing

Tips on preparing for Klondike.

Here are few tips on preparing for the Klondike Derby

Equipment – make sure all equipment is present and in good working order – there’s nothing worse than your Team losing points because you didn’t check this out before hand.  Packing – Involve your youth in the packing of your sled. Make sure they know what they have, where it is and what it is used for.

Practice pulling your sled – Maneuvering the trail, turning corners and going down hills requires skill and practice.

Dress – Make sure your team is dressed appropriately for the weather. Be prepared for cold, wind, and wet.

Know your youth – What are your youth able to do? How far can you push them? Can they handle a full day of Klondike Activities?

Get out a few weeks before the Klondike with your sled. Try some fire lighting, and shelter building. Stop and try out your planed Klondike Lunch menu.

Team work – Practice using other team work drills. Establish a fair system for who is “mushing”, running passports etc.

Motivation – Keep the event fun, while challenging them to go a little faster or work a little harder along the way. Once the fun stops, so will their motivation. Be supportive all along, while encouraging and praising hard work.

If you and your leadership team have never participated at Klondike, attend the workshop in late January to keep some tips.

Scouting Skills – If you’ve been to a Klondike before, the basic skills are tried, tested and almost guaranteed to be there again. Practice these skills. If you’ve never been, practice basic Scouting skills. (Try fire lighting, knots, first aid, compass, lashing)

Register Early – and get the start time you want! Make your team commitment as early as possible to allow time to practice and prepare.

Ten skills youth need to have for the Klondike Derby

Ten Skills needed for the Klondike Derby


  1.   Firelighting
  2.   Compass
  3.   First Aid
  4.   Knots
  5.  Lashing
  6.  Team work
  7.  Outdoor cooking
  8.  Basic Shelter building
  9.  Dressing for winter activities
  10.  Map reading

Required Klondike Equipment

First Aid Kit
Four 3m light ropes
One 15m light rope
Billy Can
Plastic Passport Bag (30 x 24 cm)
Triangular Bandages (4)
Fire Pan
Bush Saw with safety guard
Small Axe or Hatchet with Sheath
Extra Water
Notebook and Pencil
Nugget Sack
Foilpack or Hot Lunch
Cooking Gear
Garbage Bags
Plastic Tarp (min 2.5 x 3 metres)
Wood for lunch fire
SnowShoes (2 pair)
Winnipeg Harvest Donation
2 m Solid Wood Stave (1 per member)
Team Identification
Hand-made team flag with your team name displayed – attached to the sled (minimum size 30.5cm per side.)

Klondike Q’s & A’s

How are activities selected?

Klondike Derby is based on teams visiting ten towns (activities). There are four activities that are repeated each year:

  1. Aerial runway
  2. Rope bridge
  3. Fire lighting
  4. Lunch stop

Six new activities are selected each year. We repeat activities that have not been run for a few years and attempt to introduce some new ideas, trying to keep a balance of fun vs. skill type activities.

New ideas originate from other Scouting events, other Klondike Derbies (usually in the US), reality TV shows like Survivor and combining past activities.

Here is a sample of past activities:

Knots,  Lashing,  First Aid,  Snowshoes, Compass.

How are the scores determined?

The Klondike scoring is based on two factors:

1.  Amount of time on the course

2.  Nuggets (points) earned at each activity (town)

The formula used is:   Total nuggets earned x 10 minus half of the net time.

Net time is the period between the start time and the finish time minus hold time as reported by the town mayors.

Example:         Team earned a total of 40 nuggets and were on the course for 4 hours and 46 minutes.

Score is:    40 x 10 = 400 less 286 = 257 points

Some Klondike History

The 1st Klondike Derby in 1972 was held at La Barriere Park as a 3rd St. Vital Scout event.  The cost was $1.00 per youth and it consisted of 6 towns.

In 1974 the event was opened up to other groups and moved to Seine River Park (Ritchot Park) on highway 59 where it stayed until 1998.  There were a total of 38 teams participating. (29 Scout/Venturer and 9 Cub Teams).

A separate Venturer event was started in 1975 with the 77th, 101st, and 27th Winnipeg Venturer companies participating.  The Venturer event was discontinued in 1981.

A few other Klondike highlights:

  • 1983 saw the first Guide team participate. 
  • 1983 was the year of the rain as 16 Cubs did not finsih the event due to the wet conditions
  • 1994  saw the first Pathfinder team participates and a record number of registered teams – 40 Scout/Pathfinder and 55 Cub/guide teams.
  • 1998 the event moved to Camp Amisk when the ownership of Seine River Park was transferred from the City of Winnipeg to Manitoba Highways to permit the twinning of highway 59.
  • 2000 after several weeks of unseasonably warm weather and rain, the 29th Klondike was held with no snow and temperatures in the mid teens.

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