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The youngest of six children born into a logging sports family,  Tina Scheer learned how to log roll in Northern Wisconsin when she was seven years old. She feels all of her childhood memories are good ones and credits her mother for raising six children by herself. 
Scheer is the owner of the World Champion Lumberjills, "Chics with Axes," a traveling group of female lumberjacks. She is also owner of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show, which is based in Trenton, Maine. She competes regularly as a lumberjill and is also a logging sports promoter. In addition to touring the country, she has traveled to Australia ten times with her exhibitions. She also traveled to South Africa, Germany and New Zealand. She has been featured in CBS's Challenge of the Sexes, MTV's Real World, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and Women's Sport & Fitness. 
After Scheer was accepted to participate in SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA, her only child, Charlie, 16, was killed in an auto accident one week before she was expected to leave. In spite of this tragedy, Scheer was determined to complete the SURVIVOR adventure that they had started together. She describes herself as outgoing, funny and adventurous. Scheer feels her greatest achievement, apart from the privilege of being Charlie's mom, is promoting women in a man's sport. 
Having grown up in the woods, Scheer is most comfortable in the outdoors. She is an avid hiker and biker, kayaks regularly and does X-C skiing. 
Scheer currently splits her time between Hayward, Wisconsin, and Trenton, Maine. Her birth date is November 17, 1960. 
Colors  Black, red 
Scents Floral, musks, cooking, great wine, wood smoke 
Flowers Rose, gardenia, lily 
Board Games No favorite 
Video Games Pac-Man 
Sports to Play Logging sports 
Sports Teams Green Bay Packers 
Outdoor Activities Almost all 
TV Shows Law & Order 
Movies Out of Africa 
Actors Robert Redford 
Actresses Meryl Streep 
Music India.Arie, Chaka Khan, Motown, classic R&B 
Magazines Gardening 
Books/Authors No favorite 
Cereals Oatmeal, Cap'n Crunch with berries 
Fruits Banana, peach 
Snack Foods Microwave popcorn with butter 
Cookies Pepperidge Farm Brussels 
Candy Bars Anything with chocolate 
Alcoholic Drinks Shiraz wine, Guinness 
Non-Alcoholic Silk Chocolate Soy Milk 

Lumberjack takes a whack at 'Survivor'

Tina Scheer's a lumberjack, and that's OK for CBS, which has picked the Hayward, Wis., woman for the next version of its "Survivor," which kicks off Feb. 2.

Scheer, 45, is described as a "logging sports promoter/performer."

That sounds pretty accurate for the woman who is billed as "Timber Tina" in her lumberjacking show based in Trenton, Maine. She also has a traveling group called "World Champion Lumberjills," which she describes as "Chics (chicks) with Axes."

While Scheer divides her time between our up north and the East Coast version of up north, she still proclaims her loyalty to the Green Bay Packers.

In a sad note to the announcement of her role in "Survivor," CBS reported that her 16-year-old son, Charlie, had been killed in an auto accident prior to the show
"In spite of this tragedy, Scheer was determined to complete the 'Survivor' adventure," according to CBS.

This 12th edition of "Survivor" starts by dividing the 16 contestants into four tribes on a Panamanian island. Older men will take on older women, and younger men will battle younger women. Eventually, they'll become two tribes, and at least one contestant will be banished to a separate island.

For Wisconsin "reality" TV trivia buffs, Scheer is the second Hayward logger to get on one of these shows.

Mainer on 'Survivor'
Thursday, January 12, 2006 - Bangor Daily News << Back

Mainer on 'Survivor'

"Timber" Tina Scheer may get a chance to put some of her lumberjill skills to the test when she's surviving in the rainforests of Panama on the new season of "Survivor," which premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, on CBS.

Scheer, the owner and emcee of the Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton, which operates every night during the summer, was selected to be one of 16 "castaways" on "Survivor: Panama." The 45-year-old world champion lumberjill can't personally comment on her experience on the show, since CBS doesn't want to give anything away regarding the ending, but friends and family seem to think she has an excellent shot at winning it all and taking home the big prize - a million bucks. That'll buy her a lot of wood to chop.

Allison Melton, a lumberjill who worked at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show and who has traveled to various logging sports competitions with Scheer, received the news that Timber Tina was going to be on "Survivor" just a few days ago.

"She disappeared for a while," said the University of Maine senior, who had not heard from her fellow lumberjill for a short period toward the end of 2005. "But we had absolutely no idea she was going to be on 'Survivor.' "

Scheer, who splits her time between Maine and her hometown of Hayward, Wis., had told everyone she was going to British Columbia on lumberjill business, when she was actually roughing it in Central America. Her sister Judy Hoeschler, who lives in Wisconsin and is herself a world champion log roller, had no clue at all.

"I picked her up at the airport in Milwaukee," Hoeschler said. "And I said 'God, you're really tan. Is it that sunny in British Columbia?' She's very clever about keeping it a secret. All she ever says is 'I was awesome.' "

Scheer has won world titles for logging sports in both North America and Australia. She's a champion log roller, and is also one of few women who competes in underhand chopping and crosscut sawing.

Another thing people didn't know was that she had originally planned to be on the show the previous season, "Survivor: Guatemala." She had applied to be on the show last year, confiding only in her 16-year-old son, Charlie, and when she was selected as a contestant, she didn't tell a soul.

When Charlie was killed in a car crash last spring, those plans were put on hold.

Hoeschler said it's more than just a game show for Tina. It's been a long year of grieving and coping, and the choice to appear on "Survivor" was a difficult one.

"I think all the emotions surrounding the circumstances has made this a really hard journey for her," said Hoeschler. "She misses Charlie so much, and this has been such an ordeal for her, that she just needed to do this. It was something they'd started together."

Come Feb. 2, we'll see just what Scheer managed to pull off while she was surviving down in Panama. Melton thinks it's her dynamic personality that will see her through to success.

"I bet she's going to do really well, just knowing her personality," said Melton. "She's probably got some tricks up her sleeves. She's a sneaky one."

"She's pretty tough in both the physical and mental departments," said Hoeschler. "She's an extrovert and an entertainer. Any girl that can log roll and swing axes has a pretty good chance, I'd say." (Emily Burnham, BDN staff)

Timber Tina Scheer proves she's a 'survivor'
Paul Mitchell
Sawyer County Record
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006 03:53:07 PM

She’s been recognized in Hayward for years, and now her face will be seen on television screens across America and ‘round the world.

Hayward native Tina Scheer, 45, daughter of Donna and Fred Scheer Sr., is a castaway on CBS’s “Survivor: Panama — Exile Island,” which will premiere at 8 p.m. Feb. 2.

Timber Tina, as she’s known, is a well-known lumberjill and timber sports promoter, as well as the owner of Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show, a timber sports venue in Ellsworth, Maine, similar to Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows here in Hayward, owned by Tina’s brother, Fred. Tina Scheer’s show has a twist, however — a team called the Timber Tina’s World Champion Lumberjills, an all-female timber team that takes its traveling show on the road.

When she was 8 years old Scheer began logrolling, which was her springboard into timber sports. According to the Web site at, Scheer is the only woman who competes in the chopping, sawing and logrolling events. She is also responsible for introducing Women’s Chopping and Sawing at Hayward’s Lumberjack World Championships.

She has traveled to Australia 10 times with her exhibitions and was one of the first women to chop and single saw at the Royal Sydney Show in Australia in 2001. She was also the only female member of a team of axemen to travel and compete to South Africa.

Scheer has also been the voice of the Stihl Timbersports Series for 10 years.

The mission statement of Timber Tina’s World Champion Lumberjills reads, “It is our goal at World Champion Lumberjills to advance and promote female athletes in logging sports worldwide.”

According to a CBS press release, Scheer described herself as a female in a male-dominated business, and “I have to struggle a lot,” she said.

In this season of survivor, the struggle will be familiar, as the 16 castaways are divided into tribes by sex as well as age: the four teams are Older Men versus Older Women versus Younger Men versus Younger Women.

In the second episode the four tribes will become two during what CBS calls a “schoolyard pick.”

There’s a new twist to this season of the top-rated series — at least one castaway each episode will be banished to a separate island miles away from camp to fend for himself or herself for an undetermined period of time. While being separated from the tribe may not be easy, there is a hidden Immunity Idol somewhere on Exile Island which, if found, could save a castaway from being voted off the island at a Tribal Council.

Scheer was originally accepted as a castaway for “Survivor 11: Guatemala.” Tragically, Scheer’s 16-year-old son, Charlie Shumway, was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 27 during a thunderstorm on June 11, 2005, just about a week before she was to leave to begin filming.

So what are the odds of Scheer being the “Sole Survivor” who outwits, outplays and outlasts the other castaways in the quest for the $1 million prize?

She’s a world-renowned lumberjill. She’s won silver in the Great Outdoor games. Having grown up here in the northwoods, Tina is most comfortable in the outdoors. She is an avid hiker and biker, kayaks regularly and enjoys cross-country skiing.

And she’s from Hayward.

What do you think?

Survivor: Tina's Leadership Backfired

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2006
CBS) Lumberjack Tina Scheer became the first casualty in the new season of "Survivor."

The new series, "Survivor: Panama — Exile Island," debuted last night and Tina, the logging sports athlete from Wisconsin, got the ax.

One of the main reasons for her departure was her tribemate, Cirie. In The Early Show's secret scene, Cirie doesn't mince her words.

I just really can't stand the lumberjack lady. And it's so early. I never thought this soon someone would get on my nerves so much. It's just that she doesn't value anything I have to say. ... If I say, "we should turn the fish on its side," and two other people say we should stand the fish up straight, she'll say, "OK, let's stand the fish up straight." Then when we stand it up, she'll say, "I have an even better idea: How about we turn it on its side?" Didn't I just say that five minutes ago?

Tina, 45, didn't take it lightly. After seeing her torch extinguished at the Tribal Council, she delivered her final words: "I think the girls made a huge mistake voting me out. I hope they do terribly. I have no regrets. I was just with the wrong girls."

Visiting The Early Show Friday morning, Tina told co-anchor Rene Syler she wasn't completely surprised.

"Somebody had to go first," she said. "When I saw the breakdown of the four teams and this and that, and once I got out there, I thought it was very possible I'd go home first."

As to whether she made a mistake in taking a leadership role so soon, Tina said she was just doing what had to be done.

"I don't feel like I was taking a leadership role to start," she told Syler. "To me it was like, somebody's got to do it.

"I just felt like we need to do this and we need to do this and we need to do this. So I wasn't like, I'm going to be the leader. I thought, well, no one else is going to do it. And I'm not going to sleep under the stars and I'm not going to go without water and I'm not going without fire."

Being the first to leave meant Tina was spared the experience of "Exile Island." That's one thing she says she won't miss.

"After one night, I thought, 'I don't want to do that because I kept getting up all night long and keeping the fire stoked.' The fire never went out when I was on the island," she said. "There were a couple of times when girls were getting frightened and I'd run out and start the fire and build it up and it made everyone feel more comfortable being with fire than without. And I thought, 'I don't want to go out there.'"

As for the fish she caught, she denies it was dead when she found it on the rocks.

"I'm the one that caught it. I definitely walked up on it and it was alive. And it was food. I thought it was great," she said.

The disappointment of being cast off "Survivor" is nothing compared to the pain Tina has been through at home.

She had been cast for "Survivor: Guatemala," but her son died in a car accident just six weeks before the start of the season.

That sadness is a burden she carried with her into Panama but chose not to share.

"I just didn't feel it necessary to bring it," she told Syler. "If I had made it further, I might have shared, but that's mine. ... I didn't want to use his death as a means to further myself."

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