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Boy Scouts test their skills in annual Klondike Derby

By Laura Halm
Published On: Feb 09 2013 04:48:55 PM CST
BOY SCOUT KLONDIKE DERBY
BRISTOL, Va. -

Downtown Bristol became an arena for Boy Scouts to test their skills Saturday. About 25 patrols were marching up and down State Street.

It's called the Klondike Derby and it's been going on for the last 44-years in Bristol.

Boy Scouts are tested on skills ranging from first aid, citizenship, starting campfires, and more.

We've learned the reason this derby takes place in downtown Bristol is simply to show folks in the Tri-Cities Boy Scouts are thriving. "A lot of councils and districts go out in the woods and nobody even knows it's going on. We like to put scouting on display once a year," said Albert Vance with Boy Scouts of America.

If you drove down State Street this week, you probably noticed a big campfire. That's because scouts have been busy all week retiring damaged or torn flags in that fire.