Gold Rush

The 2020 Gold Rush Competition will once again require the use of: SKILL + ENDURANCE + STRATEGY & LUCK to determine an overall winner. What will this year’s theme be? Join us and find out!

January 24-26, 2020

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 Centennial coin

Brian and Spenser are busy collaborating to put eight special-edition cities on the map, marking skills for testing competitors and celebrating Camp Tuscazoar’s 100th anniversary.

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.

The number of pans a group takes home will depend solely on the scores of each participating patrol.  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 is open 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 $25 per participant. Tent sites are free for the weekend.  Cabin fees are additional.  

To reserve a campsite or cabin: http://tuscazoar.org/reservations/. Note: campsite fees will be adjusted to $0 after the reservation is completed.

To register your group for the Gold Rush, email the camp at info@tuscazoar.org ASAP.


2020 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.