Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

January 20, 2013

Klondike Derby, campout a hit with local Boy Scouts

NEW PARIS — It was a perfect day for some outdoor adventure in New Paris Saturday afternoon as nearly 100 Boy Scouts from in and around Elkhart County converged on River Reserve Park to participate in day two of the 2013 Klondike Derby and winter campout.

Held at the Benton Spillway along C.R. 31, the annual outdoor event featured scouts from the Pioneer Trails District of LaSalle Council, which includes troops from Elkhart County as well as Cass County, Mich.

“We have troops from Millersburg, Bristol, Nappanee, even Edwardsburg, Mich.,” said event spokesman Eldon Seidner of the derby. “This year’s theme is Frontierism, and so we thought what better place to hold the derby than the River Preserve Park, because there’s no running water, there are no toilets, no heated buildings. ... There’s just nothing out here but tall prairie grass and a large expanse of woods, and that’s just the way it was back in the day.”

The scouts kicked off their three-day event early Friday afternoon, gathering at the New Paris park to get their gear unpacked and tents set up before settling in for what turned out to be a very windy and cold night.

Waking bright and early Saturday morning, the scouts shook off the cold and began what would be the main event of the trip, the 2013 Klondike Derby, where scouts break into teams and move between numerous stations set up across the grounds where they then demonstrate their skills in everything from fire starting and knot tying to shelter building and animal tracking. In addition to their regular skills tests, the scouts were also treated to a special presentation on river rescue and water safety by Indiana Department of Natural Resources officer Paul Crockett.

As a way to help in moving their gear from station to station during the event, each team was also required to build their own dog sled using either traditional or nontraditional designs. The sleds were then filled with any equipment they felt they might need to help with their skill tests, and pulled from station to station by the scouts. Following the event, each sled is judged by members of the Elkhart County Parks Department with marks for sturdiness, practicality, creativity, design and quality of workmanship.

“While on the Klondike Trail, they move from station to station, and have 45 minutes to complete the requirements per station, and then when finished they have 15 minutes to get to the next station,” Seidner said. “Then they get judged, earning up to five gold nuggets per station. Then at the end of the day, they count up their gold nuggets, and the top earners win first, second and third places.”

One feature that was noticeably missing from the Klondike Derby this year was snow — something that made dragging the self-made dog sleds from station to station that much more challenging. In an effort to remedy the situation, many of the teams opted to place wheels on their sleds to make the going a little easier.

All in all though, Seidner said Saturday’s event looked to be a complete success, with many of the scouts already planning the stories they’ll be telling to their friends when they return to the real world Sunday afternoon.

“For these young, 10, 12, 13-year-old boys, to be able to acknowledge that they can camp outside in these elements, and go home and tell everybody else about it, it’s just too much fun,” Seidner said. “And it’s more than that, too. The stuff they learn out here, it will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

For Josh DeMorrow, a Goshen resident and member of Boy Scouts Troop 715, just being able to spend time and share stories with scouts from other troops in the area is his favorite part of the Klondike experience.

“This is my second time doing the Klondike,” DeMorrow said. “I really enjoy traveling back and fourth between the stations, because I like talking with the guys and I like having that personal connection with the rest of the scouts. It’s rare that we have so many different scouts together in one place.”

Nappanee resident and fellow Troop 715 member Hunter Bradt, a first-timer at the Klondike, agreed.

“I also like going back and fourth between the activities because it gives us a chance to talk about our experiences and what we’ve learned,” Bradt said. “This is my first time out here, and it’s a lot of fun. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GN140420 ysk kalil 01.jpg You Should Know: Anthony Kalil GOSHEN -- Goshen native Anthony Kalil has been awarded a Richard Trucker Career Grant, which includes a $10,000 cash prize. He currently lives in New York. The grant is awarded to three of America's top young opera singers who are selected after a by

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140420 The 39 Steps Taking 'Steps' in Bristol BRISTOL -- The Elkhart Civic Theatre crew is set to present the classic Alfred Hitchcock mystery "The 39 Steps" at The Bristol Opera House. Performances of "The 39 Steps" are planned for two weekends -- this coming Friday and Saturday and May 2 and 3

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140420 Kokomo Tornado 03 Recent decisions by FEMA have frustrated state and local leaders KOKOMO, Ind. -- Pamela Jackson thought she was lucky to escape harm as a tornado bore down on her neighborhood last November. She huddled in a bathroom with her two disabled sons, critically ill husband and six other family members as the twister ble

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140418 ghs high mileage team 12.jpg Goshen High School Super Mileage team to compete in national competition for third straight year GOSHEN -- The Goshen High School Super Mileage team is heading to Houston this week to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon for the third consecutive year. The team, led by engineering technology teacher J.J. Johnson, is taking two cars to the competiti

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • BIZ GN0420 tech talk image Mistakes businesses make with their home page Mistakes businesses make with their home page

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140420 boston marathon 04.jpg Undeterred by last year's bombing, several locals return for Monday's Boston Marathon GOSHEN "Boston Strong" is the moniker that emerged from Boston a year ago, describing the way people dealt with the tragic events that marred the 117th annual running of the Boston Marathon. Three spectators were killed and 264 more people injured w

    April 19, 2014 5 Photos

  • GN140419 good friday 04 Local Christians reflect in advance of Easter Sunday GOSHEN - Members of the community gathered at First Presbyterian Church of Goshen to observe Good Friday with a Stations of the Cross tour.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Briefly Elkhart Store opens at mall Creative Life Memories is now open at Concord Mall. The store is owned by Jose Elizalde, a native of Chicago, Goshen College graduate and resident of Elkhart County. CLM specializes in engraving and personalizing small gif

    April 19, 2014

  • GN140419 cyclists return 05 Trio of GC alums return from Pan-American trek GOSHEN — The dream for a pan-American cycling adventure was born for Levi Smucker, Abe Stucky, and Michael Miller on the couches in a dormitory room at Goshen College in late 2010,

    April 18, 2014 5 Photos

  • GN140419 children's book experience 'Children's Book Experience' Saturday at Better World Books

    A “Children’s Book Experience” for young people in elementary and middle school is set from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Better World Books in downtown Goshen.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest