The results are in and Troop 907 wins the “Hunger Games” Klondike and regains its title as Klondike Masters! The “Miners 49s” patrol placed first overall at the “96th Annual Hunger Games” Klondike Derby held at Connecticut Yankee Council Boy Scout Camp Sequassen, January 26th, in New Hartford, CT in 20-degree weather.
Troop 907 has prevailed in six of seven Klondike Derby’s which they participated in over the last 10 years. Our “district” patrol placed first in 4 of 7 skills competitions including fire building, orienteering, blind sled race (tied) and archery. Weeks of planning, practice, and teamwork once again paid off.
Scouts needed to work together to beat the clock building fire to boil water, navigate the trails to find hidden markers on the orienteering course and master the “hunger game themed” mushing calls to work obstacles of the blind sled race. The team made adjustments on the fly, leveraged individual strengths and worked together to keep all members involved, but ultimately advanced planning, communication and teamwork won the day. Ladder lashings, archery, emergency evacuation, and plant identification challenges rounded out the diverse and exciting event. The planning, organization, activity choices and exciting themes are why scouts always want to attend this fun competitive event.
Troop 907 is a small, very active youth-led troop chartered by the First Church of Christ in Woodbridge. Meetings are held every Thursday evening at 7:00 pm in the First Church Parish House, Woodbridge Center via the rear entrance. Troop 907 is recruiting; interested scouts and parents are welcome to visit the troop’s meetings and meet Scoutmaster Tom Luciani and youth leaders and visit our website Troop907.org.
A special shout out to Troop Assistant Scoutmaster Tony Luciani and Adult Leader Peter Proto who volunteered as “catching fire” game makers. It is great to see young adults team with more seasoned leaders to support the program.