Klondike Derby 2020

Most people are familiar with the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. It's an annual tradition for virtually all Cub Scouts. Far fewer people are familiar with the Klondike Derby. Inspired by the Klondike Gold Rush, the Klondike Derby began in 1949 and is a wintertime event where troops or patrols compete together in various events with all gear transported on a homemade sled that is pulled by the Scouts. 

Trevor's troop signed up for their first-ever Klondike Derby back in fall of 2019. Between then and the event (February 21-23, 2020 near Truckee), they spent many hours designing and building sleds, learning cold-weather safety and gathering appropriate gear (it rarely drops below freezing where we live), and preparing for the event. They were so excited. 

Unfortunately, there wasn't any snow the weekend of the Klondike Derby, despite the freezing temperatures. While they weren't able to use their sleds, the organizers did a great job planning alternate activities and the boys had a ton of fun. 

Klondike Derby 2020 (affiliate link)

We didn't know it at the time, of course, but this was the last in-person Scout trip that would happen before COVID-19 canceled everything. Trevor and the rest of the Scouts are eager to resume trips, but it's going to be awhile before they can do so safely. Thank goodness for all the technology that keeps his troop connected virtually and going strong through the pandemic.

As you know, I only make one layout per event or trip, but there was actually one photo from the Klondike Derby that I set aside to use on its own page. I'll show you that tomorrow. 


  1. Perfect colors and embellishments on this! Love the tent embellishment!

  2. Love this! LOVING the greens and that tent!

  3. Glad the kids got a chance to enjoy themselves before the COVID 19 pandemic.I'm hoping the second half of 2020 will be much much better.


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