Named after the Goldrush at the end of the 19th century Klondike is our yearly snow event in Switzerland. Between 1896 and 1899 almost 100,000 prospectors took of to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada.  Local miners discovered  gold on August 16 in 1896 and in those days, it took a year for this news to reach the big cities like Seattle and San Francisco. Prospectors left their homes and family to prove their luck. Some became wealthy, but the majority went in vain and did not find any gold. The Klondike Gold Rush ended in 1899 after gold was discovered in Nome, Alaska. Prospectors left Klondike to try their luck elsewhere. To reach the gold fields most took men went the snowy route through the ports in Southeast Alaska. Our own snowy route brings the scouts to Kandersteg, the International Scouting Center in Switzerland. One weekend a year, in January, we invite all scouts to join us for our own winter adventure.


Klondike Derby 2017 registration is live!

Leader’s Guide


When: 13-16 January, 2017
Where: Kandersteg International Scout Center in Kandersteg, Switzerland.
Cost: $215 per person for the full event, $180 for those leaving on Sunday, and $40 per person for those participating in the Saturday program only. A deposit of $115 (3-night) or $100 (2-night) per person will be taken at the time of registration and the balance will be due on 4 January, 2017.

The fees for the 2-night and 3-night packages include lodging, meals, taxes, patch, and program costs. The fee for the Saturday only package covers program, patch, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner.

Units must register online via the link below. The adult to scout ratio for units will be two adults for the first six youth registered and one additional adult for every six youth thereafter. A separate program guide will be posted in the coming days. This event fills quickly!