Vol. 21, Number 2
of Dessecker farm
With the help of Ohio’s Clean Ohio Fund, The Wilderness Center and
camp neighbors Jack and Eleanor Lieser, the Foundation has
finalized the purchase of the remainder of the Marion Dessecker
Farm. The opportunity for this purchase and addition to the camp
occurred with the accidental death of camp friend and long-time
neighbor Marion Dessecker in March of 2007. Marion was always
willing to help the Foundation with its activities where he could
and old-time campers will recall him tolerating endless trips over
his farm, taking equipment in and out of the Roost area in the
days when Buckeye Council operated its summer camp at Tuscazoar.
Marion was a veteran of World War II and had served in the Pacific
Theater with the 11th Airborne Division alongside his twin brother
Upon hearing of Marion’s passing, the Foundation correctly guessed
that the farm would soon be put up for sale, so it requested a
grant from the state’s Clean Ohio-Green Space Conservation Fund
program in February 2009 to be prepared for a potential purchase.
The grant was awarded in June 2009, and the Foundation then
attempted to open negotiations for purchase with the Dessecker
Farm’s new owner. These attempts did not bear fruit, and the owner
decided to sell the majority of the farm at auction.
After receiving this news, and prior to the auction, the Foundation lined
up financial assistance from The Wilderness Center, which has a
fund set up to assist other organizations with land conservation
projects, and several individual members.
See “Foundation completes farm purchase”… Page 2
Annual Tuscazoar Pig
Roast fund-raiser set for Sept. 11, 12
Our next “BIG” event to be held at the camp will be our
annual Pig Roast Fundraiser, scheduled for September 11th and
12th, 2010. This will be our 21st Pig Roast and will feature the
same great food you have grown accustomed to: delicious roast
pork, chicken, baked potato, green beans, rolls, butter, beverages
and homemade desserts (including our famous PIG cookies). As
always, you can meet friends both old and new to reminisce over
memories made at this very special place called “Tuscazoar”.
This year’s event will again feature music on both Saturday and
Sunday. Saturday we are grateful to have “Dulcimers and Such” and
Sunday’s group of “Friends” will bring back lots of memories for
young and old. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m.
The only pricing change will be for door sales. Adult tickets will
now be $15; children will be $5. Advance tickets will remain at
$12/$4 so you’ll want to be sure to get tickets in advance.
Here’s the plug! Become a member of the Camp Tuscazoar Foundation
and tickets will appear in your mail. How much better can it get?
Tickets can be obtained by calling the camp at 330-859-2288 or by
calling Nancy Schoenbaum at 330-493-1386.
Orienteering MB to be offered at fall Pig Gig
Pig Gig is back and better than ever. This year, Scouts attending
Saturday’s activities can complete most of the Orienteering Merit
Badge requirements and participate in several orienteering
courses. For those already skilled in orienteering, and even for
beginners, there will be a chance to compare your course scores
with other individuals and patrols in friendly competition. Book
your campsite soon! We will keep you informed of any prerequisites
needed to complete your work. Check
www.tuscazoar.org for updates.
Scheduled for Sept. 10-12, the Pig Gig will be another event in the
four-part patch we are offering to celebrate our 90th anniversary.
The $12 per person fee (regardless of age) which will include our
famous pig roast dinner. Campsites will be extra. Plan to join us
for this great experience!
Tuscazoar events, programs and activities
For reservations or additional information,
contact Camp Tuscazoar at 330-859-2288
Troop 1 restores Pioneer
In the last
issue of the Breeze, we discussed the construction of
Troop 1 Cabin at Camp Tuscazoar in the late 1930’s. Fortunately for
us, North Canton’s Troop 1 is still making valuable contributions at
camp. The troop, led by Scoutmaster Jim Strauch, recently spent a
day clearing the rocks at Pioneer Point. Jim personally climbed a
ladder to re-hang the U.S. flag on the pole. A special thank-you to
Troop 1 for their efforts!
Foundation completes farm
purchase (from page 1)
With those funds
in hand, Foundation leaders attended the auction on August 12, 2009
and were successful in acquiring the 155 acres being auctioned. As
part of the arrangements made that day, the Foundation acquired
title to the entire 155 acres, but because it did not have
sufficient grant funds to immediately pay for the entire farm, it
resold several tracts to The Wilderness Center and to Mr. and Mrs.
Lieser, with the understanding that CTF would buy those tracts back
from those parties as soon as possible. The 10 acres of the farm
containing the buildings was also sold and will not be bought back.
After these transactions were completed, CTF applied for another
Clean Ohio grant, which was awarded in January 2010. With this grant
in hand, and funds acquired from timbering the Dessecker Farm, the
Foundation was able to buy back the two tracts it had previously
sold to The Wilderness Center and the tract it had sold to Mr. and
Mrs. Lieser. This sale was finalized on June 11, 2010.
With this purchase, the camp will eventually have another access
point off of Boy Scout Road. Stay tuned as we begin integrating this
exciting addition into camp operations!
Former director Greg Bialota passes away
Gregory T. Bialota, age 48, of Canton passed away suddenly Saturday,
June 26, 2010. Greg served on the Camp Tuscazoar Foundation board of
directors for more 20 years and he continued to help out on special
event weekends. He was a member of the Boy Scouts for 36 years.
During that time he was an adult assistant scout master of Troop 34.
He was also a fifth-year Pipestone holder. Greg was a property
manager for Putman Properties, an avid golfer and loved the outdoors
and NASCAR. Memorial contributions may be made to The Boy Scouts
Buckeye Council Troop 34, 2301 13th Street NW, Canton, Ohio 44708 or
the Camp Tuscazoar Foundation.
Oct. 2 & 3
Camp Tuscazoar’s fourth annual Fall Flapjack Flip will be
held Oct. 2 and 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu will include
pancakes, Camp Tuscazoar Maple Syrup, sausage, applesauce, orange
drink and coffee. The price will be $6 for adults and $3 for
children (age 10 and under). Tickets will be available at the door
or in advance by contacting Nancy Schoenbaum at 330-493-1386. We
hope to see you there!
at Camp Service Days Aug. 13-15
Your group can spend a weekend at Tuscazoar for NO CHARGE! We are
now accepting free camping reservations for groups participating in
7 plus hours of service work (including Saturday meals). We will
have tools and equipment available also. We are looking for scouts,
adults, laborers, and skilled contractors (plumbers, electricians,
carpenters). We need your skills. Reservations are first-come,
first-served. If you have tools or equipment to assist with your
project (such as a Bobcat, wheel-barrow, shovels, rakes, etc.),
please plan to bring them with you. For more information, call the
camp at 330-859-2288. And thanks for helping to keep the spirit
burning at Camp Tuscazoar!
Calendar time again
Work has begun on the 2011 Camp
Tuscazoar Calendar of Events. We are seeking advertisers
to help fund printing and mailing the calendar to our
members. If you know a company that might support us with
an advertisement, please let us know. If you don’t
currently receive the calendar, then just sign up as
member and it will arrive in your mailbox! It’s another
great perk of being a member. Start thinking now about
your group’s 2010-11 camping dates and get them on the
Camp Tuscazoar Calendar of Events. We only charge $5 per
listing and your group can have as many listings as it
wants. Maybe someone is going to have a special event,
such as an Eagle Award. Why not mark the event on our
calendar so everyone knows? (then the next step is to
purchase an Eagle Brick). Just use the order form below to
send us your info.
Calendar Listing Order
Please mail this form and your check for
$5 made payable to Camp Tuscazoar. Please mark it for
wait to tour Dover Dam during Camp Tuscazoar’s annual
Dover Dam Weekend this past April.
to spring events
What a wonderful weekend we had for our Maple Days
Breakfast in April! More than 800 visitors came to
enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and our own
“Tuscazoar” Maple Syrup. The entire weekend was a huge
success and we were blessed with great weather and
many hungry customers, some of whom were first-time
visitors as they saw our signs along the road. The
camp generated a profit of almost $5,000 which will go
a long way in helping us with needed upkeep and new
projects. We would like to thank everyone who took the
time to either sell tickets or come down to camp and
enjoy meeting with old friends and being back at the
place you hold so dearly in your hearts. From the
entire board of directors a big “thank you” and we
sure hope to see you at the upcoming Pig Roast event.
Our Dover Dam Weekend has become quite a tradition and this
year’s event was no exception. Friday night the troops
checked in and the leaders enjoyed a crackerbarrel.
Saturday morning the scouts begin their quest to earn
“Soil and Water Conservation” merit badge. In addition
to touring Dover Dam, the scouts learned about a
“watershed” and many other interesting facts from the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They also learned many
new things about a favorite subject – “dirt”. In
addition all took part in grapevine removal and
participated in a conservation project which included
tree planting, bush planting, ditch cleaning or water
bar placement. Following a delicious chicken dinner,
the scouts were treated to a rousing campfire! At the
campfire, Ivan Redinger rewarded those who answered
some pretty challenging “Soil and Water Conservation”
questions. And in a real break from tradition, it did
not rain until Sunday morning! Thanks to Ivan and his
volunteers for a successful event. We are looking
forward to next year.
Dates announced for 2011 events
Be sure to mark your calendars for these events next year:
Days...........................................April 2 &
Dover Dam Weekend ..................................April
29-30, May 1, 2011
Pig Gig Weekend
Pig Roast Fundraiser
........................................Sept. 10 & 11,
Fall Flapjack Flip
........................................Sept. 30, Oct.
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.
Nancy Schoenbaum – In memory of Nancy Tschantz
Nancy Schoenbaum – In memory of
The Camp Tuscazoar Endowment Fund was
established to ensure that maintenance and improvement projects
have an ongoing source of funds. Please consider sending a gift!
Syrup sold at markets
The Camp Tuscazoar Foundation will be
selling maple syrup at three different Farmers markets this fall. We
staff a booth at the Massillon Farmers Market every Saturday morning
in downtown Massillon. We also participate in both the Canal Fulton
Farmers Market in downtown Canal Fulton and the Jackson Township
Farmers Market at Jackson North Park on Thursday afternoons. We have
found the markets to be a terrific place not only to sell our syrup
but to meet former campers and make some great contacts for future
events at the camp. If you have a few hours to assist, please let us
know. Think you might be interested? Then please call Nancy Schoenbaum
at 330-493-1386 to discuss the possibilities.
||Pig Gig Campout
|Sept 11 & 12
Pig Roast Fundraiser
||CTF Board Meeting
Oct 2 & 3
Fall Flapjack Flip
CTF Board Meeting
CTF Board Meeting
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P.O. Box 308
Zoarville, OH 44656-0308
Memberships vital for camp
For more than 20 years, the Camp Tuscazoar Foundation has kept the camp we love open and operating. We are not supported by the Boy Scouts, the United Way or any other organization or corporation. Our funding must come from camping fees, fund-raisers, donations and memberships. Memberships start at only $15 per person, but are vital for supporting the camp. Our members provide guidance on future projects and activities, help with workdays, serve on committees and are eligible
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