I made these drawings from a real honest-to-goodness Klondike
sled brought from Alaska. This sled plan, by Ben Hunt himself, is sure to attract attention at
your Council's next Boy Scout Klondike Sled Derby!
Built by the Boy Scouts of Troop 6 in the Mountain City area of Tennessee.
Copied from an "actual" Klondike Derby Sled, 12-7-63. Redrawn 9-20-66.
Drawing reissued for Klondike Sled Derby in conjunction with Winter Festival, 1967.
From the Niagara Frontier Council.
Made from child's
molded plastic toy. PVC pipe prevents sled from hitting your legs while
going down hill.
Designed by one of Scouting's Founders, this is another authentic sled plan for Klondike Sled Derby perfectionists. Complete with plans for the dog harnesses!
"Copied from Sketch Issued by National Council. Redrawn 4-1-70
(First Issued Jan. 1964)."
This is the type of sled used by the Eastern Artic
Eskimos of Canada. Runners are usually made of spruce, split out of logs
or of planks bought from a local trading post. This is a rugged sled, easy
to build and well suited for the Klondike Derby. Cross pieces are lashed
to runners with 1/8th cotton cord. Eskimos prefer cord to rawhide because
their dogs will not chew it.
With a pack like this, when your shoulders begin to
ache, all you have to do is reverse the duffel on the rack and pull it
along. Not a bad deal for Boy Scout winter camping and easy to build.
Up in the Canadian wilds, the Crees and other
Indians use these long, narrow toboggans to haul their hunting & camping
equipment and to bring back the meat. These toboggans follow in the deep
snowshoe trail where wider sleds would not.
This is a picturesque sled and well adapted for winter hikes and overnight
camping trips. This sled is not intended for coasting but for hauling equipment only.
Although a full-rigged, delicately balanced
ice-yacht looks like a very complicated piece of mechanism, when it is carefully
examined the framework will be found to consist of two pieces crossing each
other at right angles.
This sled, familiar to all who visit Canada during the winter months, is more
like a mammoth snowshoe than the ordinary sled, sleigh or jumper that we are
accustomed to see. It is suitable for the deep snow and heavy drifts of
the northern countries, where the runners of a common sleigh would be liable to
break through the crust and bury themselves.
In the New England States, where the snow is seldom soft and often is coated
with a hard crust of ice, the runners of the native sleds, only a few inches in
height, appear very low compared with the Ohio sled; even sleds with no runners
at all are sometimes used. On steep, icy hills any old thing will slide,
and here it is that the Skiboggan is seen in all its glory. In
construction this cranky sled is simplicity itself.
If you desire to further test your ability by building some thing more
difficult than a simple Ohio Sled, you may try your hand
in the construction of this sled. Possesses many advantages over the long sleds formerly used west of the
Is made by joining with a reach-board two low-runner sleds or
The swiftest bob-sled of my acquaintance. This fast bob-sled is neither
so simple nor so crude as the rustic jumpers described some time ago, and it
will test your skill to build it properly, but with all the plans and
measurements before you the task should not be too difficult for even a boy who
can handle tools.
In the other sled plans the reader can find descriptions of all sorts of bob-sleds, from one made with flour-barrel runners
up to the latest and most improved racing bob-sled. But none of them seem so
appropriate for Dan Beard's
"Boy Pioneers" as does this one, made of the rough material
from the forest.
The sled with high runners looks odd to a Yankee, but it has its advantages
when the snow is soft and deep, and it may be for this reason that the runners
of The Native Sleds of the Ohio Valley average more inches in height than the
sled runners of New England, where the snow is seldom slush as it is further
The jumper is a sleigh made from green wood, cut in the forest for the
occasion; hickory saplings furnish the proper material and the denser the forest
the taller and straighter the saplings will be.
The Gummer is a hand sled built on the general plans of The Jumper, and it is
called a gummer because it is somewhat similar to the ones used by the men known
as gummers who live in the forests and make their living by collecting spruce
gum for children and "sales-ladies" to chew.
Instructions as to how to build this famous sled.
If properly done, this sled will be almost impossible to break; and, with a
rope to pull by, one boy can haul snowballs enough for a dozen companions.