Scout units participate in winter ‘Klondike’ event at Lake

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Organizers of the Five Rivers District’s Klondike, a winter camping event Jan. 17 at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation, hoped snow would blanket the ground for the three-day Boy Scout program.

Sunshine and temperatures in the 50s covered the area instead of snow, which was just fine for participating scouts and their leaders.

“We always like to have snow for a Klondike. We plan for it,” said Carl Porting, the district’s volunteer camping committee chairman, in a news release about the event. “Even without the snow, everyone who came had a great time.”

More than 260 scouts and their leaders took part in the event, which included stations, which tested scout skills and offered fun activities.

A scout readies to throw a tomahawk during the Boys Scouts Five Rivers District’s Klondike at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation near Laurie. The tomahawk throw was one of 15 events scouts participated in during the weekend event. Participating units prepared for snow, but without it they made the best of the pleasant weather.

“I’m really happy with the attendance this year,” said Kenney Newville, Five Rivers’ district executive, in the news release. “I hope we can build on the success of this year’s event for next year.”

The program focused on first aid. Each unit transported a mannequin on a sled, which also carried their gear for the day, as they made their way around Camp Hohn to each station.

Scenarios at each station detailed some sort of accident — a sprain, a cut or a burn — suffered by the mannequin. Scouts had to provide the proper first aid for the particular scenario.

At the end of the day, the hand-made mannequins were covered with bandages and splints.

“I had quite a few scouts and leaders who came up to me after the event saying they not only had a good time during the day, but it offered a good learning experience,” Newville said. “Scouts not only had fun, but they had to do some hands-on work to render first aid a number of times to their mannequin.”

Activities started Saturday morning with units taking part in a sled race on the camp’s parade grounds. The day ended with a flag retirement ceremony.

Units from California, Laurie, Loose Creek, Hermann, Jefferson City, Osage Beach, Owensville, Russellville and Wardsville participated.

Some units camped one or both nights, while others came for the day Jan. 17.

Scout units participate in winter ‘Klondike’ event at Lake
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