BSA Scouts can earn American Heritage Merit Badge at Zoar event

(Zoar, Ohio) -For the first time, Camp Tuscazoar, the Boy Scouts of America and Historic Zoar Village have partnered to allow scouts to earn a merit badge during the village’s Civil War Reenactment.

While the reenactment does not take place until September, Camp Tuscazoar is taking reservations now from scouting groups and individual scouts who want to take advantage of this opportunity to earn the American Heritage Merit Badge in a single weekend.

“This is a very special opportunity for scouts to earn this merit badge as all the components are coming together the same weekend,” says Nancy Schoenbaum, a member of the Board of Directors at Camp Tuscazoar who is helping to spearhead the program. “Being able to offer camping and the fulfillment of some of the requirements at Tuscazoar—and then being able to hike to Zoar and take part in activities during the reenactment—will make the merit badge even more meaningful to the participants.”

Scouts will work on earning the badge September 20-22. Participants will be able to attend both battles during the reenactment as well as the artillery and other demonstrations at the event.

“We are happy to team up with Camp Tuscazoar and the Boy Scouts of America to commemorate the history of our nation and give scouts the opportunity to secure an American Heritage badge,” says Darrell Markijohn, Civil War Reenactment Committee Chair.  “This year marks the 155th Anniversary of U.S. Grant’s seminal Overland Campaign. In recognition, we will reenact the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, two key engagements in the 1864 campaign with General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.”


A $25 fee covers all activities at Tuscazoar, admission to the Civil War Reenactment, Saturday night dinner, a tent site, and the commemorative patch, which will be handed out by Civil War re-enactors during a special awards ceremony at Zoar. Details can be found on the events page atwww, Those interested should register with Camp Tuscazoar by calling 330-859-2288 or emailing For other inquiries about the Civil War Reenactment in Historic Zoar Village, please call 330-874-3011 or visit


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