Snowy grounds and frigid temperatures were no match for Greenwich Boy Scouts over the weekend while they showed off their skills in the Klondike Derby — an annual camping and outdoor skills competition, held in the snow at the Seton Scout Reservation.
This year’s theme, Valley Forge: A Winter of Survival, A Winter of Victory, was a fitting motif for the day’s activities, which kicked off with a dog sledding event. As the event name indicates, the Boy Scouts were asked to put themselves in the role of a Revolutionary War soldier during the notoriously hard winter at Valley Forge under the command of Gen. George Washington.
As part of the event, each troop used a dog sled loaded with their personal and patrol equipment, which was then pulled by Scouts instead of dogs over the snowy terrain. From there, the troops journeyed to different activity stations where Scouts tested their skills in fire building, first aid, shelter building and more. The Scouts even got a chance to see some colonial era firearms action with the Greenwich Police Department providing some carefully monitored and trained supervision.
The Klondike Derby is a particularly popular activity for Greenwich Boy Scouts. By participating in the derby, Scout officials say the boys are able to have fun while improving team work and problem-solving skills, as well as learning how to survive in the cold outdoors. Working, playing and living outdoors has remained essential to the Greenwich scouting experience since its establishment in 1912.
This is a slideshow of images taken by Post photographer John Ferris Robben, who too braved the cold temperatures to record the event.