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Gold Rush Competition - 2003

February 8, 2003

   Think SNOW!! In 2002, we had the spring Gold Rush with temperatures in the 50's. This year is going to be different. So build your sleds and let the cobwebs gather on your wheelbarrows.
    Registration is $10 per scout which includes a patch, and Saturday breakfast and dinner. Register at Duryee Lodge when you check in. Cracker Barrel at 9:00 pm Friday for handouts and last minute details. 

Troop 5 Cabin 2003
Three Legs 2003 Jamboree Lodge 2003
Gold Rush co-chairman Howard Rubin recently snapped these pictures of Troop 5 Cabin (top), Three Legs campsite (middle) and Jamboree Lodge (bottom) in the howling winter winds at Tuscazoar

 Here are the events and a list of what you'll need to bring:  

We will have an inspection following raising of the colors. Be sure everyone is dressed for the weather and that your patrol has the equipment on the list. Many points will be awarded throughout the day for the patrol leader's ability to lead the patrol, Scout Spirit, and everyone participating.
   Learn how to use your compass. One of the events will be to use your compass to find your way to different town locations for the event.Setting up camp. Why aren't you sleeping in your tent? There's nothing like sleeping out, in the snow! To encourage winter camping you will erect at tent that you are carrying and explain why you chose its particular spot.
   A shape knife and ax make quick work in getting a fire going on a winter campout. We want to see that you know how to sharpen them and use them safely.
   Time for lunch. Where every you are, build a fire a cook a good stew for lunch. This is a one-pot meal. You can decide the ingredients. Judges will taste and you should delight their palates. After lunch, clean up the area and you are ready to go for the afternoon.
   How wide is the Tuscarawas River? How high is the big oak in Tall Trees? Learn how to measure widths you can't reach across and heights you can't reach and you'll have no problem with this event.
   Forget your rope? No problem. You'll have a chance to make a rope today. Keep it in your patrol box for lashing that tripod together next time.
   Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. He fell down the hill and broke his crown. You have to rescue Humpty Dumpty. Fix his crown and bring him up the hill. That's your basic first aid problem.

What to bring:

  • Sled (for snow) OR Wheelbarrow (for no snow) to carry all your gear
  • Scout Handbook
  • Paper and pen
  • Compass (one or more)
  • Tent and everything to set it up
  • 6' staff (one)
  • Hand ax
  • Folding knife
  • Sharpening stone
  • File
  • 10' bailer twine (9 pieces)
  • First Aid kit
  • Matches
  • Everything to make stew for lunch and clean-up
  • Water for the day
  • Everyone properly dressed for the weather

Be prepared! This is Tuscazoar in the February snow. For more information, call 330-859-2288.