Dover Dam Weekend

Featuring Animal Science Merit Badge

Dover Dam Weekend will once again provide the backdrop for scouts to explore Animal Science. Just like the 2018 Dover Dam Weekend, when scouts got a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science of plants, participants in 2019 will take a deep dive into a scientific topic.  Animals are an integral part of our daily lives, whether it’s supplying us with food and clothing, providing us with recreational activities and companionship, or working with and for us in countless ways.

May 3-5, 2019

We won’t cover the full 11,000 years that domesticated animals like dogs, goats, sheep, horses, hogs, and poultry have been our partners, but hopefully scouts will take away an appreciation of the contributions of these animals to the development of our civilization.

While we know there will be lots of learning taking place, the activities will be designed to be immersive and fun.  We will do the Horse option, but we also expect to have other animals in camp so scouts have a chance to get up close and personal with other barnyard critters.

Scouts can complete the merit badge that day. All Cub levels are also welcome and, as always, if requested, we can work with their leaders to determine what requirements they will accomplish in the midst of all that horsing around.

Animal Science Merit Badge Requirements >

This is Dover Dam Weekend, so the dam will be open for tours. The event fee is $25 per person, and includes all the animal science activities, a commemorative patch, Saturday dinner, and an old-fashioned campfire. And, for those enthusiastic enough to raise their hands at the Saturday review session, there may be a well-earned treat or two.

We expect a good crowd, so units are encouraged to lock in your camping reservations early. Check the camp website for more info, or send inquiries to

For Reservations and Camping info, contact Camp Tuscazoar at 330-859-2288.

NOTICE:  Due to the large number of groups and visitors anticipated for Dover Dam Weekend, please plan to carpool to camp if possible.  This will free up parking spaces in our lot. Thank you!