As always, the 2023 Gold Rush Competition will require the use of: SKILL + ENDURANCE + STRATEGY & LUCK to determine an overall winner.
January 27-29, 2023
The Gold Rush will include:
- Trail-side stations requiring outdoor skills
- Saturday breakfast and dinner
- Free tent camping (cabins are extra)
- Unique Gold Rush patch
- Campfire program
The 2023 Gold Rush competition is just around the corner and, like last year, this will be a full camping event.
Eight stations will cover a variety of scout skills. They could include anything from map reading and compass work to astronomy. For lunch, instead of chili, we will be cooking waterless stew. As always, please remember it is not who finishes first, but who finishes fastest.
Many of the buildings have been rented but tent sites are still available. You can also join us just for the day if you wish.
The event will include a camp patch, breakfast and dinner on Saturday, a campfire program, awards ceremony and all the Saturday activities. The cost for the event is $25 per attendee. Despite inflationary pressure, we are working to keep this event affordable!
We are asking each participating troop to donate one prize for the Saturday evening auction. This can be turned in at check-in.
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.
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.
NOTE for 2024: To make it more equitable for all, no reservations for campsites or cabins will be available to rent for Gold Rush 2024 until March 1, 2023.
2023 Gold Rush Sled Equipment List
- 1 Klondike style Sled
- HAT, COAT, BOOTS and GLOVES (EACH MEMBER WITH THE SLED SHOULD HAVE)
- Nugget Pouch
- Poles = Three 5ft. and Two 3ft.
- Rope = 5-10-15ft. multiple lengths of each (550 para-cord does not count as rope while it is good cordage for small things it does not adequately work for lashings)
- 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 (waterless stew) 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
- Ax and/or Hatchet (with a sheath)
- Hand Saw
- Patrol First Aid Kit
- Personal first aid kit
- Plastic Bag (for the patrol score card)
- Watch (or method of keeping time)
*Fire building material (kindling, tinder, and fuel) can be collected on the trail, highly recommended