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Boy Scouts of Old Greenwich Troop 11 pull their Klondike sled in the snow during the annual Greenwich Boy Scouts Klondike Derby at the Ernest Thompson Seton Reservation in Greenwich, Conn., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The snow provided the perfect environment to test the survival skills of Greenwich Boy Scout Troops and Boy Scouts from the Algonquin District of the Westchester-Putnam Council. Each troop used a Klondike dog sled loaded with their personal and patrol equipment as they competed at various outdoor survival skills stations.


By: GREENWICHFREEPRESS | February 7, 2015

Greenwich Boy Scouts considered themselves lucky when a snow storm arrived just before their annual Klondike Derby.

While most other organizations and companies shutdown due to snow, rain and ice, the Scouts, with their man-powered dog sleds, thrived in the winter elements. Greenwich Scouts teamed up with Scouts from Southern Westchester County at Seton Scout Reservation, to race homemade dog sleds, compete in outdoor challenges and camp overnight.

About 200 young men participated by loading up their sleds with necessary equipment and transporting everything through the snow to stations like tomahawk throwing, fire building, gully crossing and shelter building.

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Greenwich Boy Scouts hold annual Klondike Derby A group of Boy Scouts in Greenwich held their annual Klondike Derby event. (1/25/15)

GREENWICH - Boy Scouts in Greenwich did not let Saturday's coastal storm put a damper on their festivities, and held their annual Klondike Derby.
Scouts of Troop 37 participated in the event with nearly a dozen other troops from southwestern Connecticut and Westchester County.

Some scouts say they were hoping for snow, since it brought more realism to their experience.
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The boys carried camping equipment around on dog sleds and put their survival skills to the test.
Organizers say the Klondike Derby has been an essential part of the Greenwich scouting experience since its inception in 1912.