Gold Rush

With this year’s theme as “The Day After Tomorrow,” the 2021 Gold Rush Competition will once again require the use of: SKILL + ENDURANCE + STRATEGY & LUCK to determine an overall winner.

January 30, 2021

The Gold Rush will include:

  • Trail-side stations requiring outdoor skills
  • Saturday dinner
  • Saturday lunch for leaders
  • Free tent camping (cabins are extra)
  • Face mask
  • Unique Gold Rush patch

Here are the details as of now (updated 1/11/2021):
The event will begin on Saturday with registration at the museum from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Opening will be held at the parade grounds at 9:15 a.m. The events will then run from then until approximately 4:30 p.m.
A hot dinner will then be passed out at Kimble Hall and should be taken back to your site or to the picnic tables located in Central Camp beginning at 5:00 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., all participants are invited to join the Awards Ceremony in the Hoover Amphitheatre and will be dismissed from there.
Changes to the original plan will be that each scout should bring a prepared “foil dinner” to be cooked on the trail using either a wood fire, charcoal or camp stove.

Thanks to Spenser Long, program director, for planning the event this year.

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

Cost is $15 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, complete the following form and return it to the camp.

2021 Gold Rush Registration Form >


2021 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.