Camp Tuscazoar: “YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO BUILD A FIRE!”
I remember it like it was yesterday the dark forest, winding trails I could never seem to make sense of, mildewed canvas structure that was home day after day, this was the Camp Tusc of my youth.
It was something you suffered through that in the end made you a stronger smarter person, turning boys into men through the trials and tribulations of among other things creating and sustaining a campfire if not for food, for warmth.
If I remember right, one year we went to Camp Tusc in the snow and the troop struggled for hours until we finally got something to light and stay lit. That year as I took off my pants to crawl into the freezing sleeping bag, they were so coated in ice that they stood in the corner watching over me as I shivered all night and they were standing there ready to be put back on in the morning. I remember getting out to the campfire to warm my feet only to have the plastic pretend hiking boots start bubbling as they began to melt.
That is the Camp Tusc that I remember, a place of trials and tribulations for a wondering city boy simply trying to stay alive and sane while dealing with nature all up in my face.
You can imagine how now, over 25 years later, as a survivalist and the leader of my family I felt a bit nostalgic about returning to the camp of my youth. In truth, having a broadcast network to run and being a broadcaster myself I am still much more then I would like to be, a city boy.
This is more a circumstance that I have been trapped into then a personal desire and in fact I desire exactly the opposite, to escape into nature as often as I can find the time to. Thus I was well pleased when upon arriving at the camp I was directed to the sign in sheet and told there was no charge for hiking. Truth is, I was ecstatic. You mean there’s a place you can just sign in and hike, as if freedom still exists?
And so it began. I got my hopes up that freedom still existed. I set my mind to train the wife to become a hiker. It’s worse though. I decided I would be doing the Appalachian Trail, there’s an app for that did you know?
Out we set to begin hiking at Camp Tusc learning how to make use of the packs and the camping supplies in preparation for the big venture. For several days we would park, sign in and hike.
Each time we went in the mosquitos tore away at our flesh, they were viscous but we….. kept….. moving…… forward. You cannot afford the space or weight for bug spray in your pack on the Appalachian Trail and we weren’t about to be stopped by bugs, this was training.
I was impressed that it looked very much the same place assuring me that other young boys were still gaining the same kinds of experiences and lessons I had so long ago. Though the land itself has undergone change of ownership over the years it’s value to the community seemed to have been preserved by all involved, an act in and of itself which is impressive.
Thing about Camp Tusc is that it’s all downhill in and thus of course all uphill on the way back so we consistently underestimated both how soon the sun set in the woods as well as how long it would take to walk up the steep hills back to the truck.
After three trips out feeling I knew the camp well enough I decided to take my Sisters children along, they were healthy boys who wouldn’t hold us up and just as I was exposed to nature at their age I wanted to give them a glimpse of the same thing.
That decision it seems, changed everything exposing the dark underbelly of Camp Tusc, or at least of the park ranger who lives there and banned us from the park – forever.
CONTINUE HERE LATER…
I don’t have time for this so long story short there is no way to tell exactly what the true reason for being banned was and I don’t really care because upon being verbally assaulted by an alleged park ranger named Dana none of us wanted to go back.
He claims it was because we left to late though I had no idea you had to be out by 8 pm which was broad daylight that time of year and shouted…
YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO BUILD A FIRE!
…as if we had committed premeditated murder by roasting a few sausages but being that it was our 4th time there and nothing had been said in the past and that my nephews happen to be colored I have to think the extreme change in attitude could be related to that.
As I said I don’t care the camp is good trial for young scouts but unless you actually want to be eaten alive by mosquitoes I would avoid that very low and wet land and unless you absolutely love the fascist police state I would just go somewhere you will not be accosted for roasting a sausage.
Here are images of the camp but as someone who has been there recently I’ll post one here that sums up the condition of the facilities…
Scratch that there are no images of the run down bug infested pull string showers or toilets only the rangers cabin and scouts store, smart thinking on their part. It is all by design very minimalist and for those who don’t get it the camp is for backpacking so no electricity, running water or light except that which you bring and remember…
YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO BUILD A FIRE!
Oh I forgot to mention that this morbidly obese Dana character said he had the sheriff out there after us and as we went to leave not having seen any alleged sheriff the ‘park ranger’ had blocked the exit in an attempt to intimidate a family with young children – but hey they were black so fuck them right Dana?
Smooth move on his part blocking the exit and verbally assaulting us being that my Glock was next to me. Wait let me guess…
YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE A GLOCK!
To be clear, with no prior warning and without being told the rules we were banned for life from the park. At Camp Tusc there are rules which you may or may not be told and they will ban you for life for not knowing all the rules, or perhaps if someones skin is a shade too dark.
As a scout I received a merit badge for learning how to start a fire on Camp Tusc but now as a 40 some year old man I’m banned for life, yea that makes sense.
If the ‘park ranger’ had simply informed us of the rules any of the several times we talked I might be joining the foundation contributing financially at minimum for the sake of the scouts but now, as founder and CEO of Truth Broadcast Network my duty is to offload truth and move on.
So bottom line Camp Tusc sucks and they know it does and they work actively to hide the truth about it.
The following image is one that I posted on Facebook to my own personal wall and they tried to start a collective effort to ban my personal photo and comment from the world…
So let’s look at some other options for your camping…
Here are 10 places you can camp for free in Ohio, you can’t do that at Camp Tusc you can only walk around and get bit by mosquitoes – in fact you cannot even PAY to camp at ‘Camp Tusc’ unless you are a card carrying dues paying member so I hope you didn’t drive there not knowing that.
|Green Meijer Store – Bowling, Ohio
– Courtesy of MovinSue
|Harrison State Forest – Cadiz, Ohio
You might have a park ranger or wildlife officer stop by the camp to chat but don’t expect to see them very often. Small/medium sized rvs can fit – not …
|Home Depot (Centerville) – Centerville, Ohio
– Courtesy of MovinSue
|WIldcat Hollow – Glouster, Ohio
Lots of campsites near trail head for this backpacking trail.
|Lane Farm – Marietta, Ohio
Formerly the Lane family farm, this small campground is approximately 5 miles north of Marietta along the Covered Bridge Scenic Byway. The site has four campsites, and is a canoe …
|AEP Recreation lands – McConnellsville, Ohio
Beautiful woodlands with water and outhouse facilities. fishing ponds and trails . permit required but ,free at local bait stores. Just north of McConnellsville ,Ohio Admin’s Note: Original posted submitted 38.82258, -85.07812 …
|Meijer Store – Perrysburg, Ohio
Troy, Ohio. Free dry camping. You should keep your awnings and chairs in. This is blacktop camping at a retail store.
|Renrock – Renrock, Ohio
AEP Recreation land in Ohio. Permit required. Download from link provided here.PERMIT.pdf (164 KB)
|SILVER SPRINGS CAMPGROUND – Stow, Ohio
$12 for non-residents of Stow. $10 for residents. Silver Springs Park offers many attractions, including the historic Heritage Reserve, a large fishing pond, dog park, picnic area with shelters, trails, children’s play …
|Lamping Homestead – Woodsfield, Ohio
This secluded recreation area was once the farmstead of the Lamping family. The Lamping family homesteaded this area in the 1800s. Life must have been very hard for these early …
So above were free camp sites now click the below image for Ohio’s state parks which I assure you are not going to be as miserable as Camp Tusc…
Now this is the part where I dump you off at Google because I have an evil New World Order to fight, click the image below for that…
Remember people, in the real world men have no right to limit the rights of other men so do not allow someone to tell you that you cannot build a fire or you cannot have a gun or you cannot speak your mind because your rights were endowed to you be the creator and THEY ARE NOT YOUR GOD.
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