The Blue Elk District Klondike Derby winter competition was held Saturday at the American Legion Farm in Blue Springs. Over 400 Scouts and adult leaders entered 44 sled teams in the unseasonably snowless weather.

The famous dog sled races of Alaska inspired the Klondike competition, and the events are built around the skills you would need in these races. The Scouting competition has scored events in archery, target shooting, survival skills, orienteering, cooking, first aid, fire building, an obstacle course, and a ravine crossing with their sleds.

The overall winner of the Klondike competition was the Scouting Flounder patrol of Troop 266 at Oak Grove Community of Christ Church.

The winning first year Pedro division sled teams were, in order from first place: the Ugly Duckling patrol of Troop 266 , the Mighty Wolverine patrol of Troop 161 at East Alton Community of Christ Church in Independence, and the Road Runner patrol of Troop 492 sponsored by John C Snow DDS in Independence.

In the Intermediate division the winners were, in order from first place: the Fire Ant patrol of Troop 813 at Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, the Foxtrot patrol of Troop 42 at Woods Chapel Community of Christ Church in Lee’s Summit, and the Flaming Arrow patrol of Troop 161.

The winners in the Challenge division were, in order from first place: the Scouting Flounder patrol of Troop 266, the Stingray Patrol of Troop 226 at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Independence, and the Duct Tape patrol of Troop 266.

In the Traditional Sled division the winners were, in order from first place: the Fire Ant patrol of Troop 813, the Stingray patrol of Troop 226, and the Scouting Flounder patrol of Troop 266.

The Rustic Sled division the winners were, in order from first place: the Ugly Duckling patrol of Troop 266, the Warrior patrol of Troop 246 at LDS Blue Springs Second Ward Independence Stake, and the Liger patrol of Troop 266.

The Boy Scout camping program is year-round, and the Klondike emphasizes the Scout Motto “Be Prepared” as well as basic Scouting skills and teamwork. The Blue Elk District of the Boy Scouts of America includes Independence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Buckner, Sibley, and Sugar Creek.