While the adults in Bucks County were stocking up on milk and bread in anticipation of yet another snowstorm, over 200 Boy Scouts and Webelos hit the snow covered hills and trails of Tyler State Park in Newtown on February 1st for the annual Playwicki Klondike Derby. The all-day event tests the knowledge, leadership, cooperation and patrol spirit of each sled team in a range of activities from traditional Scouting skills like knot-tying, wildlife identification and first aid, to more novel pursuits like hatchet tossing and launching an ancient hunting tool called an atlatl.
“It is a perfect day for Klondike,” said Playwicki District Chairman Bill Pitts. “We even have snow.”
Dave Clark and George Worth, who organized the event, led a team of adult volunteers into the park at daybreak to set up the course and stations for the competition. Each of the 18 units that participated in the derby hosted a station on the trail.
Troop 153, which is chartered by Assumption B.V.M. Catholic Church in Feasterville, took first place in both the “13 and Under” category with the Emerald Dragons Patrol, and the “14 and Up” division with the White Tiger Kingdom Patrol. The Stallions from the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisville’s Troop 3 took first place in the Mixed Age Division. The Hawks from Troop 5, which meets at North and Southampton Reformed Church in Churchville, won the Sled Race.
PHOTO CAP: Brothers Miguel and Josh Mills of Troop 5 try their hands at tossing hatchets.