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LA SALLE -- There was no ice cream around, but the Klondike Derby still managed to draw about 700 kids to the woods this weekend.
Scouts Canada's annual winter event celebrated its 45th anniversary this year. Organizer Bruce Hobson said its an event that's endured because it keeps up with the changing times.
"Things have gotten a little different than they were 40 years ago when kids were a little bit more rough and rustic," Hobson said.
Children from eight to 17 years old worked in teams of eight to pull Klondike sleds (and each other) through a bevy of obstacles in a six-kilometre race.
The setup this year includes 10 stops in makeshift towns, named after the regions of the Klondike trail in the Yukon, such as Chilkoot Pass and Dead Horse Gulch.
Teams from the Cub Scouts and Girl Guides of Canada took part in ropes courses, snowshoeing, knot-tying and fire-building drills today. They made good time, too, most of them finishing the course within four to five hours.
"We're actually getting them out here. None of them have cellphones or electronics or anything like that. It's just the wilderness and them," Hobson said.