MILLBURY, Mass. — Eleven Cub Scouts from Millbury's Pack 108 spent a day at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland, Mass., for the annual Hassanamisco District Cub Scout Klondike Derby on Feb 2.
They were joined by 35 other Cub Scouts from Packs 106 & 112 of Grafton, 150 of Northbridge, and 170 & 173 of Webster. The Cub Scout Klondike Derby is a fun day outdoors and an opportunity to practice valuable scouting skills.
Once registered, each Scout got to create his own trail mix for the day's journey. This year, the scouts traveled to nine activity stations in a circuit all around the west side of camp. Capture the flag, a traditionally favorite station, was run by Keith Fitzgibbons, Shawn Young, and George Mulry. Sharing the activity field space with them was Peter Moroney who taught boys how to build and race a Klondike sled. Barb McCall and Sue Barry tended the fire at the next station, fire baked apples, which is always a delicious adventure and spot to get warm.
Once fueled up, the Scouts proceeded over to the ice fishing station taught by Mark Brogan and David Keyes. Even with all the rain a few days prior to the event, Browning pond had 6 inches of ice for the boys to fish on and observe a 14 inch pickerel that was caught several minutes after the traps were set.
Next on the circuit was Frank Gleason with his "Super Bowl" themed obstacle course. Once the boys caught their breath, it was up the hill to the tire bowling station with Brian Anders. The Cub Scouts had so much at this station that they suggested it should have its own belt loop.
The Scouts then headed inside to see Chris Paquin aka "Mr. Knots" to practice their knot tying and lashing skills. After their refresher course, it was back outside to practice their orienteering skills with Eric Grady and Nick Keyes who kept the boys moving. The stations finished with members of the Lt. Bob Silver Explorer Post 2013 of Millbury teaching all about winter first aid.
The event coordinator, Jim Gorman, recognized all those who volunteered their time and talents to make this year's Cub Scout Klondike a huge success. This includes the kitchen staff, Victor & Linda Irr, Peter Sherman, and District Executive who prepared a delicious homemade chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese for lunch.
Cub Scout Pack 108 is always accepting new Scouts for more information on a unit near you visit www.BeAScout.org.