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Boy Scouts test outdoor skills

WILLSBORO - On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Adirondack District of the Boy Scouts of America held it's annual Klondike Derby at the Willsboro Fish and Game Club. The derby is a winter tradition of testing scouting skills in competition with other scouts. 77 area boy scouts and 23 adult leaders participated in the weekend activities.

Several troops arrived on Friday night and braved the sub-zero temperatures by sleeping in tents. Events, which took place on Saturday, included emergency shelter building, ice rescue, first aid, and orienteering. The fire building station required that boys, grouped in patrols, build a fire without using any matches and cook a pancake, which one of the boys had to eat, all within the fifteen minute time limit.

Each event had it's own set of requirements and time limits. Points were scored at each event based on scout spirit, teamwork and success with the particular task. Members of Troop 41 from Champlain took home top honors.

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