Northland Scouts Compete in John Beargrease Derby

KBJR 6 News at 6pm
Published: Feb. 26, 2022 at 10:58 PM CST
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CLOQUET, MN. (KBJR) - The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon wrapped at the beginning of February, but on Saturday local scouts got to try their hand at racing. Scouts have been reenacting the historic John Beargrease Race across Northern Minnesota for years.

Girls and boys from around the Northland build and prepare their customized sleds to race in the Beargrease Derby.

The team is made up of four to eight scouts pulling the sled, while the team’s patrol leader is the musher. Racers got the chance to compete with each other, demonstrate their scouting skills, and have some fun all while getting exercise.

“With the younger youth they are learning how to work together as a team and work together,” said Clark Garthwait, Director of the Voyageurs Area Council for Boy Scouts of America. “In an environment like this if you don’t work together as a team, you’re setting yourself up for failure so we are helping them to emphasize those skills.”

Officials on the derby course judged and awarded points to teams based on scouting skills, teamwork and leadership.

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