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I'm off to the klondike Derby this weekend, broken leg & all. (icluding bottle of little blue pills). Will be cabin camping on a cot toight, couldn't get up off the floor anyway. Were expecting 200 kids, will be practicing all kinds of scouting skills at 10 differet stations, should be fun. I will also be thinking about what it will be like to camp as a disabled person, should be interesting.:)
 

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Derby's er allways fun! Never done one with a broke leg before.:confused: That could get interestin in a sled.

Always enjoyed the huge kettle a stew that was brewed up.
 

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Can't wait to hear all about it!
 

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Sounds like quite an adventure with the leg and all... Wonder if Sail will be teaching snow and ice safety?

Seroiusly, though...that's some commitment, braving 200 kids, camping while injured. My hat's off to ya, man!
 

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Had a great time, just under 200 kids. Kinda like hurding cats at that age.:D Slept on a cot, it's interesting how limited in mobility a person is with a broken limb, had to rely on others quite a bit. Only took 2 pain pills whole time. Got back about 5PM and slept for 4hrs., more exhausted than I thought. Things always go smoothly when a group functions as a team. Everyone had fun.:)
 

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That be great. Fantastic experince fer they youngins!
 

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And without even trying, you taught those kids a lesson in overcoming obstacles and not letting a bad situation get you down.
 

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I really miss the Derby. I wish my boys would of stayed in scouts, but their group was more into the indoor activities. I've taught them just as much as they would of learned in scouts. Still a great club to be a part of
 

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We had our klondike derby again this year, 126 scouts turned out. We usually have around 200,but weather was much colder today. I had 4 layers of cloths on and stayed quite warm. Wool top coat and thermal underwear top & bottom. Also had wool socks and lined jeans. Wore a fox head hat and ear bands along with shooting gloves. My hands perspired some and got cold and my neck got kind of cold, should have worn a scarf.

We built a nice warm fire at our station from wood that was on the ground. I used a home made fire starter, (wax, saw dust & egg crate) it worked quite well. The only problem was trying to start it in the wind. All we had was a small bick lighter, which eventually worked. I would recomend using matches or a zippo in the future.

I was station judge at a rescue opperation where tying a bowline was neccessary. It was interesting to see how many kids claied they could tie one but needed more practice, this happens every year.:confused:

This was the first year the scouts navigated from station to station using GPS's and we had problems. It was cold enough out that they went blank if yjey weren't kept warm in your pocket. All the car GPS's would do is get you back to the highway. It was also to cold for the cell phone app. GPS's. The temp. was around 15deg.f. the whole day.

Everybody did have a fun day though despite the few short commings.:2thumb:
 

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Sounds great and that's a very good example of where primitive skills (or at least, not relying on computers) are more valuable than technology. You can orienteer no matter the weather.

You know, to this day every single time I go away for a couple days I over pack. DW laughs about it, and I really mean I do over pack. The reason is a Klondike Derby I went to as a kid. I underpacked. It was high 30's weather with rain and I was cold and wet all weekend.
 

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Our Scouts are heading out this coming weekend.

Glad it wasn't last weekend as I thought it was until just a couple days before. My DD was going tubing last Friday but when I saw the temps were going to run in the -10F range, I felt better sending her out with my gear.
 
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