2020 General Knox Klondike Derby


Jan 18, 2020



School Street Park
418 Corey St
Agawam, MA 01001


Howdy Partners!


Saddle up and join us for the 2020 General Knox District Klondike Derby.  The event is being held in the wild west town of Agawam, Massachusetts at school street park, which is located at 418 Corey Street in Agawam.  Gangs (Troops) are asked to check-in at the trading post/Tenderfoot saloon between 8:00 am and 9:00 am.  Each gang should have a unique name as well as a sled with all of the necessary gear for the day.  Your ‘equipment’ list should include:

  • Klondike style sled (no plastic sleds or toboggans)
  • Compass
  • 2 blankets
  • tent
  • First aid kit
  • Pad and pencil
  • 6-8 poles (6 foot in length)
  • Scout knife
  • Patrol/troop flag
  • Minimally 10 sections of rope (Each 10 ft in length)
  • Pre-made chili or soup with ingredient cards (to be served at the high noon meal to the gangs that are participating).  Please assure you have enough to serve all participants and judges
  • Portable propane stove for warming you chili or soup (these may be left at the saloon.
  • Mess kits
  • Cup for cocoa or coffee
  • Bowsaw
  • Potable water, as needed, as there is no running water at the site.
  • Weather appropriate attire
  • Scout Spirit
  • Western wear


Once each gang is checked in, opening ceremonies will begin at 9:00 am near the entrance to fort Metacomet.  After opening ceremonies, gangs will head out on the trail to visit the following outposts and embark on the various adventures offered at each of these stops:

  • BSA Corral – taking aim
  • Knox Trail – cross the river in the gorge
  • Fort Metacomet – establishing a settlement
  • BP Ranch – tame the wild horses
  • Appalachia River – going fishing
  • Second Class Dessert – blinding sand (snow) storm
  • First Class Stagecoach – on the attack
  • Star Mill – sawing off more than you chew
  • Life Outpost – 2 if by sled, 1 if by boat (signaling)
  • Eagle’s Landing – Way up there


Gangs will have the opportunity to earn gold nuggets at each of the outposts during the morning adventures.  Each adventure is approximately 20 minutes long.  The outposts will be organized and manned by the town posse.


At high noon, gangs will go to the tenderfoot saloon to warm their pre-made chili or soup.  Chili and soup should ready to be served at 12:30 pm.  While there will be various gang members sampling your grub, there will be several individuals designated by the Sheriff as judges.  The gang with the chili or soup that earns the most points from the judge, will earn 15 gold nuggets.  Judges will be evaluating chili or soup by the following criteria:

  • Name originality
  • Appearance
  • Taste
  • Consistency

Each gang is required to provide the list of ingredients in their chili or soup at their serving station.  Please note that chilis or soups are not to contain any nuts or nut byproducts.


Also at the noon meal, gangs will turn in the gold nuggets they earned during their morning adventures at the trading post for tabulation.


Once the noon meal is complete, the gangs will reconvene at the entrance to fort Metacomet at 1:30 pm to receive their starting assignments for the afternoon scout express race.  The race will include stops at the various outposts and will involve various group activities, which will give the gangs the opportunity to earn additional gold nuggets.  Each activity station should take no more than 15 minutes.  After each activity, the gangs will be given envelopes with the address of their next stop along the trail.  Each gang will need to deliver all of their mail to the trading post at the conclusion of the scout express race.


The gangs that secure the most gold nuggets at the conclusion of the scout express race will receive Prospector ribbons from the town sheriff, which will occur prior to closing ceremonies at approximately 4:00 pm.


at the conclusion of the day’s events, each gang member will be sworn in as an honorary deputy and will receive their klondike badges so that they may continue to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, clean, brave and reverent deputies that are always prepared and do a good turn daily.


While this Klondike is just a day-long event, gangs that may want to spend the night at the park are asked to speak with the town sheriff at least 1 week prior to the event.  You may reach the Sheriff at jheinze114@comcast.net.


Good luck partners


File Name Description
2020 Leaders Guide 2020 Leaders Guide Download
Klondike Sled Plans Download
Position Name Telephone
Klondike Derby Char Jeff Heinze (413) 575-6905 Email