Dover Dam Weekend - 2012
Join us at Camp Tuscazoar's 25th annual
Dover Dam Weekend
May 4-6 for Animal Science Merit Badge
“About 11,000 years ago, hunter/gatherer tribes started attempts to
domesticate dogs, goats, and possibly sheep. Over the millennia since,
domestication became both an individual pursuit and a social function, vital
to our march towards civilization. Cattle, horses, sheep, goats, hogs,
poultry, and other domesticated animals supplied us with food and clothing,
and were also used for recreational purposes: they worked with and for us."1
Most of us know very little about animal science, despite its critical role in our daily lives. We only know the location of the stores where we purchase the food and clothing provided by our domesticated partners.
Here’s your chance to learn more about the basics of this noble science while earning a merit badge at Ohio’s most historic camp. Camp Tuscazoar, in conjunction with the adjacent Rivercrest Farm, will present the entire MB on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Scouts will attend various sessions throughout the day, including a visit to Rivercrest Farm. At Rivercrest Farm, scouts will see first-hand, the Highland cattle from Scotland, with their unusual long horns and long wavy coats. Riverside Farm is also home to llamas, horses, goats, miniature donkeys and pot-bellied pigs.
Packs/Cubs are welcome to attend all sessions and will certainly not want
to miss the petting zoo set up at Rivercrest Farm.
And since this is Dover Dam Weekend, you will also have the chance to go inside a real dam!
Throw in a commemorative patch, a great dinner and an old-fashioned campfire and it makes for an awesome weekend.
The $12 per person activity fee includes all camp events, a souvenir patch and dinner on Saturday evening. Camping fees are additional.
Program questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Reservations and Camping info, contact Camp Tuscazoar at 330-859-2288.
NOTICE: Due to the large number of groups and visitors anticipated for Dover Dam Weekend, please plan to carpool to camp if possible. This will free up parking spaces in our lot. Thank you!
Here are a few photos from the weekend!
View of the Tuscarawas River valley taken by
Troop 101 while walking to Rivercrest Farm
Troop 915 at Dover Dam
Current Logistics (Subject to Change)
Group leader: There are no prerequisites. All requirements will be covered on Saturday. Scouts who complete all stations and turn in a properly completed blue card will receive signed blue cards back on Sat. The cost is $12 per participant, which covers all activities, a commemorative patch and dinner Saturday night. Camping costs are extra and depend on camp site or cabin selected.
Troops should pre-register to insure slots in the MB classes. For those camping for the weekend, campsites can only be guaranteed with pre-registration.
No set activities or classes on Friday night. Groups will be given their
schedules for Saturday, which will include all of the MB stations, both at
the Camp and at Rivercrest Farm, along with the Dam visit.
Saturday Merit Badge Activities
- Groups coming in Saturday morning should arrive by 7:45 a.m. to get signed in and to receive their schedules. (We strongly encourage pre-registration to make sure we can fit you in!)
- Flag Raising is at 8:30 a.m. First classes start at 9:00 a.m..
- Follow your schedule for the stations! There will also be an assigned slot for the Dover Dam tour..
- LUNCH: On your own. Please pack light and fast. Be at your first afternoon
station on time!!
Saturday Activities - after the MB sessions have ended
- DINNER – Join us at the Dining Hall; the meal is covered by the
- CAMPFIRE – Start working on your skit, song or cheer (or all three!)
and join us at the Hoover Lodge Amphitheater for a camp-wide campfire.
Contact Camp Tuscazoar (330-859-2288) ASAP. When registering, please
include a good email address for contact purposes and updates. It would also
be very helpful to give us the head count of youth participants as soon as
Additional logistics (added on 5/3/2012) -- printable version of additional logistics in PDF format
All groups will be given a set schedule that will allow them to complete all requirements, plus tour the Dover Dam. Signed blue cards should be turned in at check-in. For those who complete the requirements, the blue cards will be returned, signed by the counselor, Saturday evening..
To get to Rivercrest Farm, scouts will cross Boy Scout Road at the Camp Entrance, and walk the trail marked by streamers all the way to the Farm (with work to be done on the way). It is expected that hayrides may be available for the trip back to the Camp after the scouts have completed the Rivercrest classes..
Requirements 1 – 4: Dr. Shawn Ryan, D.V.M., a veterinarian with the
Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic, will cover these requirements in a
presentation in the Kimble Dining Hall. Scouts will be encouraged to stretch
their legs during a short break..
Requirements 6b, c, & d: Along the trails to Rivercrest Farm and the Dam,
information will be posted that scouts must review and copy. The Scouts will
be provided with blank sketch paper. SPLs and/or patrol leaders may want to
gather & redistribute the papers as needed. Scouts may want to bring
something hard to write on (e.g. notebook or clip board). Signed completed
sketches must be turned in at Kimble between 4 and 5 p.m..
Requirements 5 & 6a: Deanna Vickery, of Rivercrest Farm will present these
in a class at the Farm with the aid of a few of her long-haired friends. She
can also discuss 6d if needed..
Requirements 6b & c, & 7: Dean Pugh has decades of professional experience
in animal science and is a long-time volunteer with 4-H. He will share his
expertise on these requirements at Class Room 2 at Rivercrest Farm..
Question & Answer (& Reward): The tradition of a review session lives on.
Join us at the Hoover Amphitheater (or Kimble if it’s raining). Questions
from the materials taught throughout the day will be asked. Those who
learned their lessons and who are brave enough to raise their hands will be
Dover Dam tour –– Stanlee Rosenblattt and his crew from the United States Army Corp of Engineers will conduct tours of the historic Dover Dam. Be on time. If early, and there’s room to join an earlier tour, go ahead, but only if you’re not cutting in front of a group that should be on that tour!
The Rivercrest Animals – The Vickerys will have many of their animals
available for scouts (and adults) to see and enjoy during your time at
Rivercrest. Be kind to the animals and respectful of our hosts!!
Be on time for everything!!
Questions about the program can be directed to email@example.com.