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Gold Rush Competition - 2015

January 23-25, 2015  

     What apocalypse? If this is what you’re asking yourself, then apparently you were totally unaware of what happened at last year’s Gold Rush Competition.  That's OK though, because everything ended up all right and Camp Tuscazoar is still around to host the 2015 Gold Rush on January 23-25.  Did we say EVERYthing ended up all right? Well actually we meant ALMOST everything! Everyone at the competition went back to their normal everyday lives and we all moved on in the aftermath of the apocalyptic event; everyone that is except the old prospector and his daughter. As you may have heard, an old prospector found and gathered up a respectable amount of gold at the camp last year, and then hightailed it outta there with his riches before the apocalypse hit. Not being able to take all the gold with them in time, the prospector’s daughter decided to stick around and watch the happenings in hopes of keeping the remaining gold claims from being discovered. It's true the apocalypse is over, but now do you think you are up for the challenge of: "The Revenge of the Prospectors Daughter?”

The Gold Rush will include:

  • Trail-side stations requiring outdoor skills
  • Saturday night auction
  • Saturday breakfast and supper
  • Sunday breakfast
  • Friday cracker-barrel for adult leaders and SPLs
  • Saturday lunch for leaders
  • Free tent camping
  • Unique patch

The 2015 Gold Rush at Camp Tuscazoar will once again require the use of: SKILL + ENDURANCE + STRATEGY & LUCK to determine an overall winner for the competition.

2014 Gold Rush Patch

Those familiar with previous events can expect the same type of competition. The winner is not who finishes first, but rather who finishes with the fastest time. Nuggets are worth time, so the more nuggets you earn, the more your final time is reduced. Also, competitors will cook chili on the trail for lunch on Saturday.

HINT: A wealth of outdoor knowledge will certainly assist you in obtaining a good time for your scorecard. Keep in mind that having the skill to work together might help you along just as well.

Thanks to Brian Quinn, program director, for planning the event again this year.

Due to limited parking at camp, please plan to car pool if possible.

Friday night registration and check-in at the museum until 9:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Competition begins at 9 a.m. and is open to any group that wants to join in.

Cost is $20 per participant. Tent sites are free for the weekend.  Cabin fees are additional.  

Make your reservations with Ranger Dana at 330-859-2288 ASAP


Here are a few photos from the weekend (courtesy of Troop 44)!

GR 2015 1 GR 2015 2 GR 2015 3 GR 2015 4 GR 2015 5 GR 2015 6 GR 2015 7 GR 2015 8 GR 2015 9 GR 2015 10

 2015 Gold Rush Sled Equipment List

  • 1 Sled (of any type)
  • HAT, COAT, BOOTS and GLOVES (EACH MEMBER WITH THE SLED SHOULD HAVE)
  • Nugget Pouch
  • Poles = 3- 5ft. & 2- 3ft.  
  • Rope = 5- 10-15ft. Lengths
  • Wood & Matches or Camp Stove (for cooking lunch)
  • Food & Utensils (for patrol and judges)
  • Lunch:  Maximum nugget potential requires spending a minimum of 30 minutes preparing a hot cooked meal (Chili)and clean-up afterwards.
  • Water (personal and patrol)
  • Grill or Garbage Can Lid (to keep fires off bare ground)
  • Tarp (approx. 9 x 12 ft.)
  • Compass (at least one)
  • Pencil & Paper
  • Matches
  • Ax and/or Hatchet (with a sheath)
  • Hand Saw
  • Knife
  • Patrol First Aid Kit
  • Plastic Bag (for the patrol score card)
  • Watch (or method of keeping time)

Note: Not all items on this list may necessarily be used. However, if you have all of the items on the list you should be able to complete any required skill for a city.