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Dover Dam Weekend - 2016


Join us at Camp Tuscazoar's 29th annual 

Dover Dam Weekend

April 29 - May 1 for Archaeology Merit Badge 

Archaeology Merit Badge patch

“Archaeologists are detectives who study how people lived in the past. They figure out what happened, when, how, and why. Using the clues that people left behind, they try to understand how and why human culture has changed through time.”

You will have the opportunity to see how these history detectives figure out the when’s, how’s and why’s of the past. With guidance and instruction provided by both professional, as well as dedicated and experienced amateur archaeologists, you will learn about the techniques and tools used to transport oneself back in time, ultimately trying to see what you would have seen had you been there in person.  You will:

  • Learn about real archaeological sites around the world, and you will get to hold real artifacts discovered at real “digs”.
  • Meet someone from the Revolutionary War period and travel back in time with to the early days of our country.  You may even get to tour Fort Laurens, a Revolutionary War fort in Bolivar.
  • Work with skilled crafters who will give you hands-on instruction in the crucial art of taking rough stone and delicately knapping away at it until it reveals the tools and weaponry critical to survival.
  • Participate in a dig where you and your friends, with the assistance of members of the Sugarcreek Valley Chapter of the Archeological Society of Ohio, will be given a plot to excavate.
  • Work a screen, carefully looking for any artifacts that may be discovered among the dirt and rocks.

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 one great weekend.

The $15 per person activity fee includes all camp events, a souvenir patch and dinner on Saturday evening. Camping fees are additional. For more information, call 330-859-2288.  NOTE: This event is full and reservations are now closed.

Archaeology…can you dig it!  


Current Logistics (Subject to Change) 

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HOT UPDATE (2/7/16): 

VOLUNTEERS: Due to the details involved in providing you with a quality program, 20 volunteers are needed from the troops attending. We ask that each troop agree to provide one volunteer who works the full day. That volunteer can actually be two people from the troop who trade-off, as long as the slot is filled all day. For those troops with a lot of adults, if you can fill two full-day slots, again with some trade-off, we welcome your contribution. About half the volunteers will be Gatekeepers, one at each of the stations and at the “bus stops”. The other half will work at the Mock Dig, with the volunteer archeologists, as they assist each of the smaller groups working a meter and screen.  

As a “thank you”, that volunteer slot will not pay for the event. If two full slots are provided by a troop, then obviously that will reduce their event fee by two.

We assume that you will quickly display the scout spirit needed to help us fill these volunteer slots. If we do not have enough volunteers, we will be forced to make each troop provide a volunteer in order to attend. When your troop offers a volunteer, let us know your preference, Gatekeeper or the Mock Dig, and we’ll fill the slots that way, first-come, first served.

LUNCH:  With the added perk of a trip to site where an actual archaeological excavation has been done, we’re now pretty certain that your busy schedule will make it impossible to find time to have lunch back in your campsite. You are strongly encouraged to pack a mobile lunch. We will provide you with your schedule before the event, or upon arrival, so you can figure out the best time to eat.   

Group leader: There are no prerequisites.  All requirements will be covered during the weekend. Scouts who complete all stations and turn in a properly completed blue card will receive signed blue cards back on Saturday! The cost is $15 per participant, which covers all activities, a commemorative patch, dinner Saturday night and the campfire program. Camping costs are extra and depend on selected site.

Please turn in completed Blue Cards for each scout at check-in.

Friday Night

For those in camp, there will be one session in the Dining Hall beginning between 8 and 8:30 p.m., lasting about an hour. This will lighten your Saturday load. Each group will be given its schedule for Saturday, which will include all the MB stations and the Dam Tour.

Saturday Merit Badge Activities

  • Groups coming in Saturday morning should arrive by 7:30 a.m. to get registered and receive their schedule
  • Flag raising is at 8:05 a.m. First classes start at either 8:15 or 8:30.
  • There are six required stations on the schedule.  Follow your schedule!  There will also be an assigned slot for the Dover Dam tour.
  • This is hands-on whenever possible. At the Dig Site, groups will be a max of 5 people per plot. Cooperate quickly with this division. Good work gloves (leather) are required. There will be real artifacts in each plot, which can be taken home.
  • LUNCH: Please pack light and fast; be at your first afternoon station on time! Those who missed Friday’s session should pack a mobile lunch because you’ll be eating while attending that class during lunch.
  • Req. #5 requires scouts to make a presentation. A schedule of the archaeological sites taught for Req. #4, including what groups attended, will be posted. Each group must arrange with another group that learned about different sites to share two presentations with each other before the day is over.

For Camping info & reservations – Call the Camp Ranger at 330-859-2288 Or email the camp at reservations@tuscazoar.org.

For Program info & pre-registration -   For program info and pre-registration, visit http://camptuscdd.weebly.com/ or contact camptuscddd@gmail.com.

Pre-registration is required!  Click here to view our pre-registration form. NOTE: This event is full and reservations are closed.