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Snow free Klondike: Local scouts practice winter camp skills

Tanner Lake waits for the other scouters to tie their knots in a rope and then throw the rope to him so he can be pulled to shore.

Emery County scouts attended the Klondike Derby held at Huntington State Park on Feb. 17-18. The boys met at the park and began check in at 5 p.m. followed by dinner with their troop.

At 7:30 p.m., a senior patrol meeting was held followed by an opening ceremony at 8 p.m. Then the group slept out under the stars for their winter camping experience.

Early Saturday morning the wake up call came at 6:30 a.m. and then the flag ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Activities began at 9 a.m. and included broomball hockey, tent set up, Nitro, first aid, turkey soccer, troop shuffle, ice bowling, rescue race, one handed rope tying, Grand Prix game, no trace, and candle race.

Kent Keele teaches about cold weather camping.

John Healy of Ferron did a presentation at the no trace activity in which he taught the campers the seven principles of "Leave No Trace." Those principles are plan ahead and prepare, camp and travel on durable surfaces, pack it in pack it out, leave what you find, minimize the use of campfires, respect wildlife, and respect others. By utilizing these principals, a camper can enjoy the outdoors without harming the environment.

Kent Keele of Castle Dale gave a presentation on winter camping. He explained the differences between summer and winter camping and how to enjoy camping in the winter. Preparation and personal comfort are the keys to camping in the winter time. A winter camper must be prepared with the proper gear and clothing to make a winter excursion a success.

The Klondike concluded at noon with lunch and awards.

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