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Dover Dam Weekend - 2012


Join us at Camp Tuscazoar's 25th annual 

Dover Dam Weekend

May 4-6 for Animal Science Merit Badge

Animal Science Merit Badge patch

“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 asmbddd2012@yahoo.com.

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!

1See http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-ANML.aspx


Here are a few photos from the weekend!

Troop 101 DDW 2012 1

View of the Tuscarawas River valley taken by
Troop 101 while walking to Rivercrest Farm 
Troop 915 DDW 2012

Troop 915 at Dover Dam

Current Logistics (Subject to Change) 

Printable version in PDF format  

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.

Friday Night

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 event cost
  • 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 you know!!

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..

The Requirements

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 justly rewarded..

Added Opportunities

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 asmbddd2012@yahoo.com.