Boy Scouts host derby

REED CITY — Boy Scout Troop No. 74 from Reed City hosted a Klondike Derby for area troops at the Osceola County Sheriff Posse grounds on Saturday.

Troops attending this one-day event included Troop No. 61 from Wellston, Troop No. 123 from Morley-Stanwood, Troop No. 120 from Barryton and Troop No. 74 from Reed City. The scouts and adult leaders from Troop No. 74 and Troop No. 123 braved the overnight temperatures of 5 degrees below zero on Friday by camping out in tents. Two scouts from Morley-Stanwood built and slept in a quinzhee — an igloo type structure — by creating a mound of snow and hollowing out the center. A Klondike Derby is an annual event held by troops during the winter months to test their scout skills and leadership ability by performing tasks at various stations.  They carry their gear on a Klondike sled pulled by members of their patrol.  Events held on Saturday included the following stations: first aid, knot tying, fire building, shelter building, foraging for food and lashings. After the patrols rotated through the stations, they encountered a challenge where they needed to transport an injured adult and then care for their injured by building a shelter and a fire to keep them warm.