What a weekend! There was plenty of cold, snow and fun to be had at the Franklin District Klondike the weekend of February 24-25. By the time 9:00 p.m. came, Friday night, you couldn’t find a place to park at the Copenhagen Campground up near Strawberry Summit. Everybody pretty well spent their time digging and preparing their places of sleep for the night.
At 7:30 p.m. we all gathered around a campfire and through the blowing and drifting snow listened to a guest speaker, Jed Nield from Afton (Crow Creek) Wyoming. He told of an experience he had 10 years ago while drilling holes for dynamite to blast for JR Simplot. He got wrapped up in the drill and lost his left arm and his right leg as a result of the accident. It was very faith promoting as he still maintains a great desire to live and can do many things in spite of his loss of limbs. All the boys and leaders were very attentive to the program.
After the program the boys were just excited to get out of the cold weather and into their new home away from home. It was 12 degrees at 4:00 p.m. and a breeze blowing which I am sure with the windchill brought the temperature down to below 0 degrees after the keynote speaker.
At 8:30 a.m. the following morning, a flag ceremony began the days events and A Klondike race and Snow ball toss began.
The Klondike race consisted of 4 Troops at a time pulling their sleds with one rider and as many pulling and pushing as they could with the remaining group running along beside the sled. A snowmobile made track to the 1st Station. Station 1 consisted of a race to see who could pile up snow to the bottom level of a pre-placed marker. After that it was off to the Station 2. Station 2 was a snowshoe race. Each troop took their fastest man and put him in snow shoes. He then raced to a stations some 50 yards away and grabbed a pre-placed red ribbon which he needed to carry throughout the remainder of the race. Off to Station 3. Station 3 involved the placement of a bale of straw on the sled and taking it across a designated finish line.
The 3 fasted teams/troops were awarded one of three Camp Chef Stoves, which Camp Chef generously donated. One was a two burner, one a 3 burner with fold out shelves, and one a 3 burner with shelves and a griddle for cooking bacon, pancakes etc. Thank you Camp Chef!
As each of the Troops finished up the Klondike race they then went to a snow ball toss contest. They were awarded points for the number of bottles they knocked down, the ability to hit a moving target, and the skill of hitting a stationary target. The 3 best winners of the Snow Ball Toss received a certificate to receive a pizza from one of the local Pizza Places in town.
It was cold on Saturday, but you would never know it as you watched the youth have fun.
We awarded all of the prizes, had donuts and hot chocolate furnished by the Preston South Stake and began to clean up and head home.
Our thanks goes out to all who made this possible. We had a great attendance with somewhere between 60 and 70 boys,( we haven’t got an exact count as yet) and another 30 or so leaders. I would like to really express my thanks to the Preston South Stake Young Men’s Presidency who worked so hard to make it all happen.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
By Robert Child