Troop 797: Fort Utah District Klondike Derby at Camp Maple Dell (1-21-2011 to 1-22-2011)

Max Hoopes digging out snow cave, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110119)

On Friday, 1-21-2011, and Saturday, 1-22-2011, in my role as Scoutmaster I participated in a Klondike Derby with Troop 797.

2011 Fort Utah District Klondike Derby Patch

PLANNING AND PREPARATION

March 2010 – – In our Annual Planning Conference in March 2010, we decided to have monthly outings through October, and then resume our campouts at the Klondike Derby in January 2011.

October 31, 20101 – –  At our patrol leader council meeting we had the Klondike Derby on our agenda and had some preliminary discussion.

November 26, 2010 – – By means of the Fort Utah District webpage I registered Troop 797 for the Navajo campsite at Camp Maple Dell.

December 9, 2010 – – I attended a roundtable meeting (adult leadership training meeting) at which winter camping skills were taught in preparation for the Klondike Derby.

December 12, 2010 – – At the patrol leader council meeting we had a more detailed discussion.

January 5, 2011 – – We developed more detailed plans at our troop meeting (which I was unable to attend).

January 9, 2011 – – We finished up planning at our patrol leader council meeting.

January 12, 2011 – – I participated in a Troop Meeting in which Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Morgan Hunter and several 11-year-old Scouts (Hans Cosgrave, Samuel McIntyre, Tanner Rife) worked under the direction of 11-year-old program Scoutmaster Spencer Fowers to refurbish the troop’s sled from the 2010 Klondike.

Samuel McIntyre, Morgan Hunter, Tanner Rife, Spencer Fowers, and Hans Cosgrave working on Troop 797's Klondike sled, home of Spencer Fowers' in-laws, Provo, Utah (20110112)

January 13, 2011 – – I attended a roundtable meeting (adult leadership training meeting) at which winter camping skills were taught in preparation for the Klondike Derby.

January 15, 2011 – – At 8 am I went to the Grandview Ninth Ward’s chapel where I met Bishop Steve Rife, his sons Tyler and Tanner, Spencer Fowers, and Shawn Hoopes.  I rode in Spencer’s car with Shawn as we all drove to Camp Maple Dell in Payson Canyon where at the Navajo campsite we built piles of snow from which to later make snow caves.  Various troops were there participating in a Klondike.  One troop has used sheets of plastic and a pavilion near the Navajo campsite to create an enclosure, and used an electric generator to power a furnace the blew hot air into the enclosed area – – a troop had spent the night there, and when we arrived the temperature inside was 85 degrees.  We also came upon a group of men with a truck full of dogs and equipment for for dogsled team.

Heated Enclosure, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110115)

Dogsled Team Trailer, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110115)

Tyler and Tanner Rife, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110115)

Spencer Fowers, Shawn Hoopes, Bishop Steve Rife, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110115)

January 17, 2011 – – I drafted and sent an e-mail to the Scouts, leaders, and parents.  Here is the e-mail 20110117 Fort Utah District Klondike Derby – – e-mail to Troop 797, and here is the attachment 20110114 Cold and Warm Weather Camping Checklists.  During the camp I realized I had relied on this checklist too much, it lacked certain things, such as a water bottle for each Scout.

January 18, 2011 – – At about 6:45 pm I went with ward member Robert Lambert to go to his parents’ home where we loaded my Toyota Camry’s trunk with firewood from a cherry tree he had cup up into wood.

January 19, 2011 – – A little after 4 pm, I joined Spencer Fowers and Shawn Hoopes to accompany Scouts to dig out snow caves from the piles of snow we had created the prior Saturday.  The Scouts were Max Hoopes, Morgan Hunter, and Ian Pilgrim, along with 11-year-old Scout Hans Cosgrave.  Bishop Rife, and his sons Tyler and Tanner, had fallen ill and were unable to join us.

Shawn Hoopes, Max Hoopes, Spencer Fowers, Morgan Hunter, Ian Pilgrim, Hans Cosgrave, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110119)

Morgan Hunter and Max Hoopes, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110119)

Morgan Hunter uses a candle to sear and seal the ceiling of a snow cave, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110119)

THE KLONDIKE DERBY

Friday, January 21, 2011

Scouts, parents, and leaders met at the Grandview Ninth Ward chapel at about 4 pm.  Spencer Fowers’ circumstances changes such as he was unable to join us, but he nonetheless purchased food for our breakfast and had left it in the troop trailer.  Shawn Hoopers, who as Assistant Scoutmaster is also Quartermaster, had secured the equipment we would need for the campout and the Klondike activities to be held on Saturday. In the end, Shawn Hoopes drove to Camp Maple Dell separately from and earlier than the rest of the troop, securing our campsite and ensuring that our snow caves were in suitable condition.  The Scouts meeting at the chapel were Hans Cosgrave, Max Hoopes, Morgan Hunter, Cooper Legas, Gunnar Legas, and Creed Rollins.  The adults leaving with the Scouts were John Bingham (Second Counselor in the Grandview Ninth Ward bishopric), Greg Jones, and Mark Shumway (the brother-in-law of Shawn Hoopes, Mark has joined Troop 797 for numerous Klondike outings, and helped out the troop this year by using his truck he was able to haul equipment and pull the troop trailer).

Iain Hunter, Creed Rollins, unknown, Morgan Hunter, Adrienne Hunter, Hans Cosgrave, Max Hoopes, Cooper Legas, Gunnar Legas, Grandview 9th Ward Chapel, Provo, UT (20110121)

Troop 797 Trailer, Max Hoopes exiting Mark Shumway's Truck, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110121)

When we arrived at Camp Maple Dell, I checked in the troop, and all helped haul their personal and troop supplied to the Navajo campsite.

Gunnar and Cooper Legas taking equipment to Navajo campsite, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110121)

Max Hoopes and Morgan Hunter set up their gear in the large snow cave we had built a little higher on a hill, Hans Cosgrave and Creed Rollins took the other snow cave, and everyone else pitched their tents and started cooking their foil dinners, making hot chocolate, and eating (with his express permission) John Bingham’s Doritos and potato chips.

Morgan Hunter, Gunnar Legas, Cooper Legas, Creed Rollins, Mark Shumway, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110121)

As we ate and visited, former 11-year-old program Scoutmaster Shannon Brown dropped by, and at 8:30 pm the troop took the sled up to the horse pasture to join the other troops in the “sled parade and howler,” in which troops decorate their sleds with lights and pull them around in a circular direction to the incessant beat of a drum, all of which is followed by Scouts being taught ways to keep warm in the cold such as singing and dancing to “The Eskimo Song” or engaging in dance contests with other Scouts (Max, Gunnar, and Hans joined in the contest of dance moves, with Hans doing an excellent rendition of “the worm”). After the Scouts returned from this activity, some went out to play night games of some kind, and at 10 pm Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Morgan Hunter gathered the troop for a “Scoutmaster’s Minute” in which individuals expressed their thoughts about things for which they are grateful. After a prayer, everyone got to bed by about 10:30 pm.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Member of the troop started the process of waking up at about 7:30 am or so.  Cooper Legas and I got the campfire going, eventually everyone got within listening distance of the fire, Morgan Hunter called on someone to give the prayer, and we had CostCo chocolate and blueberry muffins for breakfast.

Gunnar Legas, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

Cooper Legas and Morgan Hunter, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

At about 8:30 am the troop took the sled up the mountain to the flag ceremony,where Brother Mike Nielson asked out troop to handle the flag ceremony in place of a troop that had not shown up for its assignment.  We had enjoyed having Brother Bingham with us up to this point, but he had to leave after breakfast.

Troop 797 pulling its sled to the flag ceremony, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

Gunnar Legas with flag, to his left are Cooper Legas, Morgan Hunter, Max Hoopes, Creed Rollins, Hans Cosgrave, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

After the flag ceremony, Troop 797 participated in the Scouts skill activities at the first six Klondike towns that had been set up.  At check-in on Friday the district gave us a booklet that explained the Saturday activity, each Klondike “town” and associated activities and points, and a map of the course:  2011 Fort Utah District Klondike Derby Program.

1) Hunker Creek – Fire Building

Creed Rollins, Hans Cosgrave, Morgan Hunter, Max Hoopes, Gunnar Legas, Cooper Legas, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

The objective at Hunker Creek was to start fires using as many different methods as possible, and with each fire started bring water to a boil.  The troop successfully did this with matches, battery and steel wool, and a “hot spark” (similar to flint and steel).  The troop unsuccessfully attempted the magnifying glass and flint and steel methods.

2) Skagway – – Orienteering, Compass

Creed Rollins, Morgan Hunter, Hans Cosgrave, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

At this Klondike town, the troop was broken into two or three teams.  The  troop as a whole did not successfully complete the orientation course, but received 30 of 50 possible points for patrol spirit, team work, involving every Scout, showing North without a compass, and showing the height / width of an object without touching it or crossing it.

3) Eagle Pass – – Pioneering – Lashing

Troop 797 "fishing pole" made by lashing, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

Cooper Legas, Hans Cosgrave, Gunnar Legas, Max Hoopes, Morgan Hunterr, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

At Eagle Pass the troop had to lash together poles that the troop brought to the event, and then use them to “fish” by using a glove as bait that a mousetrap would “bite.”  Here Troop 797 received a full 50 points based on criteria of correct lashings and knots, team work while lashing, problem solving while lashing, patrol spirit (flag and cheer), and Safe Haven (meaning Scouts are friendly and encouraging to each other).

4) Yukon – Memory

At this station the Scouts needed to pass 4 messages correctly.

5) Bonanza Creek, First Aid

Creed Rollins, Hans Cosgrave, Cooper Legas, Gunnar Legas, Morgan Hunter, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

At the Bonanza Creek Gunnar Legas played the role of a victim in need of First Aid, and the troop achieved 50 out of 55 points based on criteria of scene security, permission to treat from patient, proper assessment of patient conditions, triage and treat (critical first), good teamwork /communications, good safe transport of patient, not stepping over the patient.

6) Deadhorse Gulch, Signaling

Creed Rollins and Max Hoopes, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, UT (20110122)

Troop 797 received a perfect 50 points based on criteria of four correct messages passed (10 points per message), and every member of the patrol participates.

At about 10:30 am I had left the troop to help Mark Shumway haul equipment to the parking lot to prepare for a noon departure, then re-joined the troop at their last station at about 11:30 am.  We went back to camp to clean up and leave.

Morgan Hunter's picture from inside a snow cave, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110122)

At noon, with little time to work at it, the Scouts made a futile attempt to destroy the snow caves.  The caves were far stronger than what I had imagined, though Shawn Hoopes had told me that he had been unable to destroy snow caves he had previously built.

Max Hoopes, Gunnar Legas, Hans Cosgrave, Cooper Legas, Morgan Hunter, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110122)

We headed down to the parking lot to load up the Scout trailer and Mark Shumway’s truck for the trip home.

Gunnar Legas, Cooper Legas, Max Hoopes, Morgan Hunter, Shawn Hoopes, Hans Cosgrave, Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah (20110122)

Once we were packed we went down Payson Canyon, drove through Payson, then hit I-15 headed for Provo.

Northbound on I-15 heading to Provo from Camp Maple Dell (20110122)

One thing I enjoy in working with the Scouts is their ingenuity, often seen in the different combinations of food they come up with.  Below Creed Rollins shows some ingenuity, turning a pile of snow in the church parking lot into a nice place for a snooze while waiting to be picked up after the camp out.  I come back from every campout with some great memories and stories involving various members of the troop, things they have done to get by during the camp, things they’ve done just to have fun.

Creed Rollins snoozing after Klondike, Grandview Ninth Ward Chapel, Provo, Utah (20110122)

REFLECTIONS

As evidenced by the preparation section of this post, these campouts do no happen without much work from the Scouts, and much support from adult leaders in the troop, families of the Scouts, and others.  I am always grateful for that help.

This is the Mission Statement of the Boy Scouts of America:  “The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”  The mission is accomplished by using methods of Scouting, such as the outdoor program, the patrol method, uniforms, and rank advancement.

Every time I go on a campout with the Boy Scouts, I see these Scouts having experiences that are intended to fulfill this mission statement.  At times I see Scouts (surprise!) not living the values of the Scout Oath and Law to perfection, other times I see them doing great things.  Overall, I believe all had a good time on this outing, all learned a great deal, and much of the learning came from the preparation leading up to the camp.

On Saturday morning, while Troop 797 was at working on orienteering, I had the opportunity to visit with Mike Nielson, a member of the Grandview Stake who serves with the Fort Utah District.  He is responsible for much of the re-vamped approach to the Klondike, which we saw for the first time last year as members of the newly formed Fort Utah District.  He confided to me the amount of time he had spent on this year’s event, and it was substantial.  There was a recurring theme as I conversed with him.  These are not his words, but I would express that theme using these words – – in every interaction I have with the Scouts, in every activity I plan, what am I teaching them, and is it in support of the Mission Statement of the Boy Scouts of America?

3 Responses to “Troop 797: Fort Utah District Klondike Derby at Camp Maple Dell (1-21-2011 to 1-22-2011)”

  1. Frank Jeler Says:

    This event looked fun and was well covered with photos. The written report was well done.

  2. Header Photo (January 2016) | The Greg Jones Blog Says:

    […] part of a district Klondike activity.  I previously reported on that overall Klondike experience here.  And, here is this month’s header photo without […]

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