Boys Scouts teaches young boys teamwork, discipline and leadership skills. Saturday those skills were put to the test during the Boy Scout Klondike.
Scouts from across the region set up camp at the Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch.
The Boy Scouts in Troop 72 spent the day doing a number of activities that included making fires, pulling a sled of supplies and building a ladder. "We did this huge long hike with traditional sleds and we had to do all sorts of certain courses," said Zachary Smith, Troop 72.
"We did a stretcher, lighting fires and we had to use compasses to get around each station because they were hidden," said Keithen Griffin, also Troop 72. "We had to carry the sled up a couple of really steep hills."
The 10 troops were divided into two teams, and they faced a number of challenges. "We had to drag somebody along the entire time in a sled," said Smith. "It's freezing in the morning."
Their biggest obstacle was actually moving the sled. "Because we were a four-man team and its pretty heavy sled with all the gear that we needed," said Ben Sobczak.
The boys gained so much more from the experience than just survival training. "It's a team building experience, so they learn how to get the different activities done," said Troop Leader Rodd Ahrenstorff. He says the boys are not just learning basic survival skills but teamwork. "The sooner they finish, the better. The more cohesive they are as a unit the better, that's primarily what we're trying to teach them today," said Ahrenstorff.
Spencer Smith, Troop 72, says he's getting a lot out of being a boy scout. "You get to learn leaderships and some different skills that you might not learn in the outside world apart from this," said Smith.