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    Scout camp gives some interesting items and a ton of clad

    I am working my way through camp going as carefully as I can, digging all high and mid tones as well as the overload (big tent peg) signals to clean up as thoroughly as I can. The finds are almost all close to the surface so I swing the detector, locate a target, pinpoint and scoop with a trowel. I don’t even take a shovel into the field with me at this camp. The recoveries are usually very fast and easy so that’s how the large number of finds is possible. I always find a few tabs (not many compared to other places), melted aluminum, some buried cans, 22 casings, aluminum foil wrappers and bags from food items, wire coat hangers, snaps, zipper pulls and other bits of refuse. I don’t usually show these items as they are not important or interesting, but as always you have to dig some of the trash or you will be missing treasure.

    Day one
    I spent 6 hours detecting one of the larger sites on the ridge in the Boy Scout area of camp. I found 67 camp tent pegs, 2 belt hooks for knives 307 coins with a face value of $22.73, 3 Scout neckerchief slides, a skull pin, a St. Christopher medal, a Wildside token, a dragon neckerchief slide, 1.5 forks, a utensil handle and a rope tensioner.

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    The knife hangers have a brass loop with a ferrous, rusty clip. Sometimes you just find the brass because the clip is totally rusted away.

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    The skull pin is interesting, but made of a cheap metal that is deteriorating. The St Christopher is plated and cleaned up pretty well on the front.

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    Probably the best find of the day was the dragon neckerchief slide. When I dug it up it was crammed full of dirt and it just looked like a twisted up piece of copper or brass. When I washed it up I could see the feet and the spines on the back and as I turned it I noticed the open jaws. I will clean it up little more to highlight the features and use it on my uniform (I’m still an assistant scoutmaster with a local troop).

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    Day two
    I spent 6 more hours detecting the same site on the ridge in the Boy Scout area of camp. I found 57 camp tent pegs, 226 coins with a face value of $18.11, a dining hall knife, a 25th anniversary camp knife in good shape, fishing sinkers, a game piece tab, a rope tensioner, 2 cheapy rings and a door key.

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    The rings are a cheap metal and they are pretty badly eaten up like some of the zinc pennies for this site. The soil is really hard on all the coins. The clad ones that have been in the soils a long time are very thin. One ring looks like a hand holding a ball and the other looks like a lizard with the head gone.

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    As I said the soil here can be really rough on the coins. Some of them come out of the ground paper thin after they have been in the ground a long time. Here are a penny and a dime that have been eaten up. You can see they are smaller in diameter and very thin. Unfortunately that means they are like the messed up zinc pennies, WORTHLESS. But at least the ground is cleaner with all the coins gone.

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    Day three
    I spent 6 more hours detecting the same sites on the ridge in the Boy Scout area of camp. I found 105 camp tent pegs, 178 coins with a face value of $16.82, 3 pocket knives (only one usable), a part of a stainless knife blade, stainless scissors, a Zippo lighter, an eyeballed guitar pick, a magnesium strip fire starter, a camp rope tensioner and a smaller tensioner, a padlock key, fishing sinkers, and a hat pin back.


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    Along with the pegs I found the metal parts parts to a wood frame folding canvas cot that they use in the tents.

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    I only have a little more to go to finish this site. It is one of the larger sites and it is a popular one so for the past 40 years it has been used every week of the summer. So far I have made 3 trips to this site in March and took a break when travel was restricted. I have made 3 more trips on May and spent a total 31.5 hours detecting this site. That has yielded 1,038 coins with a face value of $92.25 along with 391 camp tent pegs. I rarely find silver or gold here and I always have hope, but detecting here sure increases the coin and money count.

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    I will go back next week and finish this site and start another. We just got word that all the summer camps will be closed this year so I have all summer to hunt with no campers to get in the way, but it also means so campers to lose new things for me to find. It’s kind of a good news/bad news kind of deal. I usually get most of my gold jewelry from park swimming areas and with the limited use of the parks my gold finds will probably be down as well. Thanks for looking, stay safe and keep swingin.
    If you’re not digging trash you are missing treasure.

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    Amazing finds from that camp wow you had to be busy diggin all that I would love it that medal is cool and cleaned up nice nice pile of clad and relics keep at it looks like that camp is loaded with good stuff.......Tommy

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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    Congrats on your finds and your continued involvement with the scouts.
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    It is amazing what the ground in that camp was hiding out of sight. You did very well with several cool scouting relics. You've got patience and stamina thats for sure. Thanks for sharing. I congratulate you!
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    Looks like you had a good digging time, or a good time digging ! I always like to see the Neckerchief slides.

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    Outstanding hunt, congrats! Boy Scout camps always yields many fun finds!
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    That is a serious amount of digging- strong work- Congrats!
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    Good thing you are still a Scmaster, I tried sneak into a camp and was told to leave. I was't doing any damage I was the only one there and then followed out. I did find a few coins before I left. Was going to go back thru the back way in but I didn't. No one has ever went there to detect I think.

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    Try finding out who is in charge of the camps for the council or district. The person who told you to leave may have been a ranger and they take orders from someone else. Talk to some people involved in scouts locally and see if they can help you determine who to talk to and who is most likely to say yes to your request. You might offer to find some missing items like the camp tent pegs in return for the right to detect. Scout camps can be a lot of fun to detect, but you do need permission to stay out of trouble.

    Good luck, stay safe and keep swingin.
    If you’re not digging trash you are missing treasure.

 

 

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