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Gold Rush Competition - 2016

January 22-24, 2016

     For those of you keeping track, an apocalyptic event occurred at the Gold Rush a couple of years ago.  Last year’s Gold Rush then had us jumping back in time to deal with The Prospectors Daughter.  On January 22-24, the third and final installment of the Apocalypse Trilogy will take place at Camp Tuscazoar's 2016 Gold Rush! We will travel to the post apocalypse time frame where the quest for gold still remains.  But, what will it get you, and what'll it take to stay on top? The stakes are high and the pressure is mounting to keep up with this new world and what it brings with it!  It's not enough to just pull a sled around a camp anymore.  To win, you have to think outside the box.  This event will bring some new, never before seen challenges that will test the best and make even Izzy Lu proud. If you've never experienced a Tuscazoar Gold Rush, and especially if you were unable to attend the 2014 "Apocalypse Trail" or the 2015 "Revenge of the Prospectors Daughter", you don’t want to miss 2016's "Ice Sledder’s Trail of Fury." 

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 2016 Gold Rush at Camp Tuscazoar will once again require the use of: SKILL + ENDURANCE + STRATEGY & LUCK to determine an overall winner for the competition.

2015 Gold Rush Photo

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 2016 1 GR 2016 2 GR 2016 3 GR 2016 4 GR 2016 5 GR 2016 6 GR 2016 7 GR 2016 8 GR 2016 9 GR 2016 10

 2016 Gold Rush Sled Equipment List

  • 1 Sled (of any type)
  • 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.