Camp Tuscazoar Breeze
Vol. 10, Number 2
Icky's Mystery Trail, rappelling will
highlight Dover Dam Days
Some Tuscazoar visitors have never toured Dover Dam; some
have never seen Troop 1 Cabin; some have never been rappelling; most have never hiked
Icky's Trail. This year, campers can do all of the above, and also get two delicious
On Saturday May 8, Camp Tuscazoar will host its annual
spring event surrounding Dover Dam. Visitors will spend the day hiking the newly restored
Icky's Trail gathering clues to solve a very special mystery. Lunch will be served along
the route. And, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will swing open the doors to the dam and
lead tours of this massive structure. A rappelling wall will also be set up in Central
Camp for the truly adventurous campers.
The current route for Icky's Trail will take hikers past
Troop 1 Cabin, which was built in the late 1930's. The cabin is nestled deep in
Tuscazoar's forest and receives few visitors. Come check it out.
After the day's events, a fantastic spaghetti dinner will
be served in the camp dining hall, Kimble Hall. The evening will conclude with a campfire
program at the Hoover Lodge Amphitheater.
Mark your calendars and join us for a fun weekend in
Tuscazoar's backwoods. The participation cost is $6, which includes all events, two meals
and a commemorative patch. Campsite fees are extra.
For reservations or additional information, please contact
the camp ranger at 330-859-2288.
Paula and Dana Powers named camp rangers
Ray and Kay McLelland, who served for 7 years as rangers at
Tuscazoar, are moving on, building a new house and life for themselves. Taking their place
are Paula and Dana Powers. Paula is originally from the Dundee area and enjoys the quiet
outdoors. She and Dana operate a small outdoor store locally. They both are members of the
Jerusalem church, along with their children Shawn and Melinda. Dana is employed by the
Timken Company and is also our current Foundation treasurer. Dana has been connected with
scouting and our camp (Buckeye and Seven Ranges too) for "many years". He and
his family have been campmasters both at Tuscazoar and at Seven Ranges. A big thank you to
Ray and Kay for their efforts these past years. We wish them well. And, welcome aboard
Paula and Dana.
Voice mail improves Tuscazoar camping
When you call Camp Tuscazoar to make a camping reservation,
you might encounter our voice mail system. Please dont panic; our Rangers are
probably out attending to other projects in camp. We've installed this system to help us
serve you better. In a clear, distinct voice leave as much information as possible. In
particular, we need your: name, day/evening phone number (including area code) and best
time to call, address, group name, reservation dates, number of people, site\lodge request
(first and second choices) and any questions or comments. You should hear from us within
one or two days. After we confirm your reservation, you have 14 days to pay for it or your
site/lodge will be opened to the next requestor. Last minute reservations are accepted
upon availability. Registration forms are plentiful and we can mail them out to you.
Theres more to this story, so just give us a call.
Helping to Keep the Spirit Burning
The following persons have helped ensure the future of Camp
Tuscazoar with their generous contributions to the Camp Tuscazoar Endowment Fund.
In memory of John Bialota
Troop 34 B.S.A.
Snow, ice add to the Gold Rush challenge
Station to station, this year's Gold Rush participants saw
Camp Tuscazoar in its snow covered glory. Despite some clouds and occasional winds, the
sun eventually broke through. Patrols who brought their sleds had good solid trails.
Thanks guys. Your sleds and coup sticks really added to patrol spirit.
Event chairman Don Selby had planned a series of Native
American type games and challenges that tested the ability of patrols to work together.
Their skills in physical and logical tasks made competition tough and more than one task
had very close results.
Lunch was a real spread! Pork, chili, hot dogs and more
fell victim to the hungry young men and women who had worked up hearty appetites on the
trails. Bob Spencers gang of volunteers and his loyal troop again made another
Our hats go off to all of you who met and conquered the
challenges of then day!!
Reunion/open house planned for Aug. 22
Camp Tuscazoar's second reunion and open house is scheduled
for Sunday, August 22. Former Tuscazoar campers are invited to return and walk the trails
again, and to share their stories and knowledge of our camp's history. Also, groups can
tour the camp to plan future hiking or camping trips. If there is interest, an area will
be set aside where scoutmasters can show off their cooking skills. Tickets will be sold
for this cookoff, with participants getting the proceeds to defray their expenses. The
camp's gates will open at 1 p.m. and will close around 8 p.m. Watch for more details in
the next Breeze.
Tuscazoar website contest is a winner
Want to get a Camp Tuscazoar patch for FREE? The Foundation
Webmaster is posting contests and giving away prizes. Solve the contest and a beautifully
embroidered Tuscazoar patch is yours!
We want you to enter and we want you to win. Just read this
testimonial from a past winner:
"My life was empty and unfulfilled until I answered
that CTF contest. Now I can treat my family to all the good things in life
were goin to Disneyland."
OK, maybe thats a bit of a fib, but weve gotten
winners and not all the contests have been as "easy as pie". At the top of our
home page, www.tuscazoar.org, you can find our current contest or the winner of the
last contest if a new contest is still in construction. Log on for the challenge and take
See what youve been missing. Visit www.tuscazoar.org
today and follow the links to the past winners, past contest puzzles and even to the
cheesy rules we had to make up. And, browse the rest of our web site to learn more about
our camp, events and services.
Best of luck ! We hope you win! (Disneyland not included.)
Icky's Point of Interest
Troop 5 Cabin
In the winter of 1920, Cantons Troop 5
received permission from W. P. English to build a log cabin near the present-day Old
Campsite. Construction of the original Troop 5 Cabin led directly to the establishment of
Tuscazoar as a Boy Scout camp. In his 1932 book, Tuscazoar and Tales of the Tuscarawas,
I. W. Delp described the cabins construction: "It was a cold winter. Ears and
toes tingled until fires were built and saws and axes stirred the circulation. Merrily
they cut down trees and shaped logs for the walls. By the time the blue birds were coming
back, the cabin was ready for the roof. Lumber for the floor and roof, and cement for the
fireplace were brought down the railroad on a hand-car. Mud was carried from the river
bank for chinking the cracks. By the winter of 1921, the cabin was ready to use."
Seeking a more remote location, Troop 5 moved the cabin to its present location. In the
fall of 1993, the cabin underwent a major renovation thanks to contributions from the
Donald W. Frease Foundation and the Troop 5 Foundation. The cabin provides the ideal
rustic setting for backwoods camping.
Work project updates
One Leg campsite is currently under reconstruction.
The adirondacks will be getting new roofs and siding in the coming months under the
guidance of trustee Mike Snider. Anyone interested in helping to rebuild one of the oldest
camp sites at Tuscazoar should call the camp at 330-859-2288 so that we can contact you.
Scout units or other youth groups that wish to build or restore one or more of the
adirondacks are encouraged to contact us.
Duryee Lodge will be closed during the entire month
of June for a complete rehabilitation. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the end
result will mean a better facility for all. Repairs will include a new roof, new wiring,
insulation and other modifications.
During the past 18 months, several Eagle projects
have been completed at camp. We wish to thank the people in the respective scout districts
for approving the work done at Camp Tuscazoar. Specific projects include:
Icky's Trail reestablished and marked
Pioneer Point trail rerouted and marked
Mound Builder's Trail reestablished and marked
Bat boxes and Martin houses constructed
Benches installed in central camp
Three campfire sites restored
All those Eagle scouts that have completed Eagle projects
at Tuscazoar should send their name, Troop number, project and date they received their
Eagle rank to:
Camp Tuscazoar Foundation
Eagle Project Honor Roll
P.O. Box 308
Zoarville, OH 44656-0308
The Foundation intends to establish an honor roll to hang
in the W.C. Moorhead Museum to acknowledge the contributions scouts have made of
their time, talents and efforts for the benefit of Camp Tuscazoar.
Special Y2K patch planned
Here's some good news about Y2K. Camp Tuscazoar will not be
impacted by the millennium change. The hills, the sky, the campsites and the trails will
all be here for the next generation of campers. In fact, we've got lots of exciting plans
for next year. The patch will be a circle of four equal segments each depicting an event.
When assembled, this "ghost patch" (white on white) will make a complete patch 6
inches in diameter. We'll give you more details soon. You'll want to make every effort to
attend the Year 2000 events and earn this one of a kind, limited edition patch.
President's Corner by Don Selby
Selective timbering will aid our camp,
providing needed funds
The Camp Tuscazoar Foundation Board of Trustees has, at
long last, signed a contract to proceed with selective timbering of the forest. The
company chosen is a highly respected firm that follows the state mandated environmental
policies. Every effort is being made to minimize the impact. Despite claims to the
contrary this operation will not destroy the camp, nor is our camp considered a nature and
wildlife preserve. Camp Tuscazoar has a long history of being timbered from the time when
the Zoarites used the timber for their homes, furniture and iron processing to more
recently when the McKinley Area Council and Buckeye Council, B.S.A operated the camp. For
years, the camp operated a sawmill that provided much of the lumber used to construct the
buildings and adirondacks. Ohio Department of Natural Resources records show that in the
early 1960s 481 trees were harvested, followed by 1720 in 1964-65, 57 in 1974 and
another harvest in 1979. This operation will directly benefit our campers, providing funds
to completely rebuild the water system, electrical system, leaky roofs on lodges,
outfitting the kitchen and perhaps enabling the Foundation to purchase the remainder of
the camp property. Dangerous trees surrounding campsites and cabins will be removed as
well. Our forest is a renewable resource and good forest management is required to keep it
healthy and viable. The timbering will leave some temporary scars, but those will heal
quickly. The Foundation did pursue other alternatives to timbering; however, they never
came to fruition. I urge you to share any questions or concerns you have regarding this
operation with our Ranger or any member of our Board of Trustees. Thank you for your
continued support of Camp Tuscazoar and we will see you on the trail.
May 1 Camp Workday
May 2 CTF Board Meeting
May 7-9 Dover Dam Weekend
June 6 CTF Board Meeting
June 12 Camp Workday
July 11 CTF Board Meeting
July 17 Camp Workday
August 22 Tuscazoar Reunion
Sept. 17-19 Pig Gig Weekend
Sept. 19 Pig Roast Fundraiser
Oct. 9, 10 Enchanted Tuscazoar
Camp Tuscazoar "Breeze"
is published by the
Camp Tuscazoar Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 308
Zoarville, OH 44656-0308