Franko Farm Park will become a testing ground for winter camping and survival skills for about 130 Boy Scouts during the Scouts' annual Klondike Derby in January.
Salisbury Township commissioners recently approved the Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails-Trexler District’s request to use the park on South Mountain for its annual Klondike Derby which will be held Jan. 19.
Teams will pull approximately 20 sleds carrying supplies to seven or eight different skill stations, including knot tying, obstacle courses, first aid, rescue skills and fire building. They’ll earn points based on abilities and leadership.
The park will remain open to the public during the event, although the Scouts plan to reserve the pavilions for lunch and other activities.
Nathaniel Belzner from Troop 58, Allentown, suggested the park as a location for the Klondike Derby after completing his Eagle Scout Project there on three butterfly gardens.