Photo by Brian Beihl

By Brian Beihl

JAFFREY — Saturday, the Mt Monadnock District of the Daniel Webster Council hosted two events, a Klondike Derby for Boy Scouts and Webelo Cub Scouts, and the Cardboard Classic, a cardboard sled race for Lion, Tiger, Wolf, & Bear Cub Scouts.

Combined, these events had over 250 Scouts, leaders, siblings and parents participate. The Cardboard Classic was hosted by Cub Scout Pack 2 across from Newhall Field, Bible Hill Rd. in Bennington, and included Cub Scout packs from throughout the region.  There were 52 sleds registered and 60 Cub Scouts participating, but included dozens of siblings. Including leaders and parents, an estimated 150 people attended the event.  Sleds were made from corrugated boxes, with duct tape to reinforce the box, as well as duct tape for the sliding surfaces. Sleds could be painted or decorated by the boys, and awards were given for best design, and fastest sled for each rank.

Photo by Brian Beihl

Further south in Jaffrey, the Sawyer family offered their pasture for Boy Scouts and Webelos and Arrow of Light Cub Scouts to hold a Klondike Derby. A Scouting tradition, a Klondike Derby is usually a circuit of “stations,” to which patrols of 4-8 Scouts  pull a Klondike dog sled. Each station challenges their Scout skills, including first aid, problem solving, knots and lashings, signaling, shelter building and survival, and other challenges.

This year’s event, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 8 in Peterborough, was a Star Wars theme and featured costumes and Star Wars displays and characters. Eastern Mountain Sports store personnel also offered advice on outdoor gear and equipment, and Bowing Acres provided pizza for volunteers.

Photo by Brian Beihl

Plaques were awarded for the top points for each station, plus an overall winner. In all, 15 Boy Scout patrols entered the competition, and an additional 3 Webelo and Arrow of Light sleds.

Brian Beihl is the District Chairman Mt Monadnock District Daniel Webster Council. If you have a story or photos for the Monadnock Beat please send it to