Local Boy Scouts Learn Teamwork in Annual Klondike Derby

MONROE -- On Saturday, there was only one place that had rock-climbing, spear-throwing, and gun-firing all in one spot, and it was all for local boy scouts.

The 2014 Boy Scout Klondike Derby kicked off at Camp TL James in Downsville Saturday morning.

Nearly 400 scouts were split up into teams, competing in everything from building a fire to gigantic Jenga.

Scout leaders say every activity is meant to teach teamwork in the midst of all the fun.
"We don't just wear the uniform and that's part of it, but as you can see, the boys are out having fun and even our adults, so it's a good time for everybody," said Greg Covington, the senior district executive for the Boy Scout Louisiana Purchase Council.

The Klondike Derby has been a part of the Boy Scout Louisiana Purchase Council for more than a decade.    

Scouts from as young as cubs to as old as eagles participated.

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