On Saturday, February 3, Troop 2 Scouts and leaders embarked on an exciting adventure—the annual Lenape Trail District Klondike Derby. The event unfolded against the backdrop of the scenic South Mountain Reservation in West Orange. Loaded with gear on their trusty Klondike sled, the patrol of five Scouts faced a six-hour challenge. Their mission: navigate a trail of 14 “towns” and conquer a series of specific challenges meticulously designed to assess their survival skills and teamwork abilities.
Adding warmth and sustenance to the chilly atmosphere, another Troop 2 Scout stepped up, volunteering alongside members of the Boy Scouts of America’s honor society, the Order of the Arrow. Together, they served up hot dogs, soups, and comforting hot cocoa—a gesture that resonated with everyone, particularly amidst the chilly winds.
Meanwhile, Troop 2 leaders took charge of one of the 14 towns, orchestrating an engaging challenge that put the Scouts’ wildlife identification skills to the test. Matching footprints with their elusive owners, the scouts delved into the fascinating world of New Jersey’s diverse wildlife.
In this cohesive journey, Troop 2 Scouts not only navigated the Klondike Derby’s challenges but also exemplified the spirit of camaraderie and service, creating lasting memories against the stunning natural backdrop of South Mountain Reservation.
For those inspired by Troop’s 2 adventures and eager to embark on their own Scouting journey with the troop, inquiries can be directed to [email protected].