MILLBURY, Mass. — On Feb. 2, the Hassanamisco District of the Boy Scouts held its annual Klondike Derby at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation. This year, however, there was a bit of a twist: The various stations throughout the east side of camp were designed to respond to events that might occur during a Zombie invasion.
Scouts from Millbury’s Troop 110 greeted participants dressed as infection-control staff from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, then traversed the camp as roaming Ghouls hoping to catch patrols off-guard and requiring them to answer Zombie-related movie and television trivia questions in order to escape.
The camp was staged as if a full-fledged assault of the Living Dead had occurred, with survivors being forced from their homes, power outages, closing of medical facilities and collapse of governmental and crime fighting agencies.
At the stations, Scouts participated in activities such as: building Biter-proof defensive structures with knots and lashings; First Aid for Zombie attacks; building slingshots and determining firing specs using height and distance; constructing emergency shelters; fire-building and efficient body heat retention; rescuing survivors of the Walking Dead from the ice; cooking with fire or alternative fuels and a timed evacuation in Klondike sleds.
Despite the chilly weather and lack of snow, the Scouts had a great day practicing skills, learning new ones and avoiding getting “turned” by the Zombie Patrol. Ribbons were awarded by each station to the patrols that had scored the most achievement points for skill demonstration, working cooperatively and creative solutions to the potential Zombie crisis.
At the end of the day, Troop 273 of Dudley earned the most points and captured the coveted Hassanamisco District Cup. The Scouts would like to thank everyone who volunteered to run a station or lend other behind-the-scenes support. Special thanks to the Leaders and Scouts of Troop 110 for learning all there is to know about the Walking Dead, collecting Zombie-related materials, brainstorming ideas, running stations and transforming themselves into roving Monsters for the day.
And they are already looking forward to next year…any suggestions?