Sunday, March 22, 2020

Camp Three Falls - COVID-19 Update

Ventura County Council and the Camp Three Falls staff are as concerned as you are for the safety of our families and Scouting community. So, as we prepare to provide your Scouts with a summer camp experience that will create a lifetime of memories, we’re also taking extra measures to ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy at camp.

At this point in time we do not plan to close our summer camp.  We do have protocols in place for controlling and preventing the spread of communicable diseases in camp.  Our camp doctor and camp medics are reviewing and updating those protocols on a weekly basis to make sure we have the best strategies and information available to our staff.  We are also taking other steps to provide a safe and healthy environment for our campers including:

·      The institution of policies and procedures that not only meet all Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health agency guidelines, but exceed them. We are monitoring the ever-changing situation; as guidelines change externally, we are updating our policies for the Camp accordingly.
·      We have hired a second camp medic and partnered with Medical Explorer Post 2911 to provide us with a CIT to assist our medics.
·      We are hiring a second assistant ranger to assist in cleaning common areas around camp more frequently (including portable restrooms.)
·      We have increased the number of handwashing stations near the dining hall and fort and implemented standards for Scouts to wash hands before entering the dining hall and throughout the day under the direction of all Area Directors and Camp Staff Members.
·      Campers will undergo a pre-event medical screening and will have their temperature taken before entering camp.
·      Medics will be visiting unit leaders in their camp sites to provide guidance on keeping our camp healthy and safe.
·      Cots and common shared areas in camps will be disinfected between camp sessions.

We will be sending out more information on how to complete health forms, medical dos and don’ts to prevent illnesses and our camp check-in procedure as we get closer to camp.  This year we are requiring all units to turn in their medical and waiver forms a week before they arrive to complete the pre-check-in process and reduce the wait in the parking lot created by the check-in bottle neck.   

If you are a unit from Ventura County, please remember that there are council campership funds available to attend summer camp at Camp Three Falls. No Scout should be denied an opportunity to attend summer camp because of his or her family’s financial struggles. Click here to find the Ventura County Council Campership Application.

We recognize that COVID-19 virus situation is fluid and we must be prepared for anything - channeling Lord Baden-Powell.  We do have a policy in place to provide refunds if it becomes necessary for the council to order the camp closed for the safety of our campers and staff.  

I hope this information helps to moderate the concerns of your leaders, scouts and parents, concerns we too have for our family and staff.

Jerry Thurston
Camp Director

Larry Tuck
Program Director

George Villalobos

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2020 Scouts BSA Leader Guide

The 2020 Camp Three Falls Scouts BSA Leader Guide is available to download from the Ventura County Council website.

Monday, November 25, 2019

First Year Webelos? We Can Bear It

If you're a Bear Den Leader -- or parent of a Bear Cub Scout -- this is for you! A lot of Bear Den Leaders forget that Webelos Resident Camp is open to Cub Scouts who are going to be Webelos NEXT school year -- so if they are Bears now, they can come to camp in summer 2020.

Our Webelos Resident Camp is a great experience for first-time campers. We supply tents and cots, and tasty (really!) meals in our dining hall, so you don't need a lot of camping gear or know-how, just a willingness to try something new.

Our staff puts on the program, with swimming, BB guns, archery, handicrafts, hikes, fun campfires, and much more. Your Webelos can work on several Webelos Adventures toward their advancement. Or you and your den can simply relax and enjoy the mountain air and the great views, and have a good time.

The dates for summer 2020 are

Webelos Session 1 -- July 19-22
Webelos Session 2 -- July 22-25

There is still space available in both sessions.

To learn more, download the Leader Guide from the council web site at

Signups are through Tentaroo; follow the link from the council web site. Remember that Webelos Resident Camp is a pack or den event, so work with your Cubmaster or Pack Committee Chair to sign up using the Pack's Tenteroo account. Questions? Send us an email at

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Appliy Now for 2020 Camp Staff

Apply now to join the top-rated Three Falls Summer Camp Staff, a.k.a THE THUNDER, for summer 2020. More than half of our 2019 staff has already said they will return next year, we do expect to have a number of openings, ranging from Counselors in Training to (a few) Area Directors.
Interviews will be conducted in January (earlier for Area Directors and other supervisory positions). There will be several staff development days through the late winter and spring months. If hired, you will be expected to be at camp from June 20 through July 26.
Applications are due by October 31 for those applying for Area Director positions and November 30 for all other positions. You can email your application to (preferred) or send it to the Ventura County Council office at 509 East Daily Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Webelos Resident Camp - Fast Facts

The following information will be especially helpful to parents of Webelos Scouts attending Camp Three Falls for the first time:

Medical Form: Everyone, youth or adult, staying overnight in camp, even if it is for just one night, needs a BSA Health History form, parts A, B, and C. This includes a signature from a physician or other approved medical practitioner (as described on the form) dated within 12 months of your last day in camp. There will be no exceptions.

Weather: Temperatures in July are usually in the upper 80s or lower 90s during the day, and the 50s at night. But it can be hotter or colder, or even rain. So be prepared for a range of weather.

Tents: We provide canvas wall tents on wood platforms. They measure 8 x 8 feet and are big enough to stand up in. Each tent is intended for two people and is equipped with two cots, which have wood or metal frames and a canvas sleeping surface. You must bring a sleeping bag (best) or blankets. Youth can share a tent with another youth (which we encourage) or with a parent. Adults can tent with their own child; with another adult of the same sex; or with their spouse.

Food: Meals are served cafeteria-style in our dining hall. We provide tasty, nutritious, kid-friendly food. There is one main, hot dish, plus sides for each meal. A salad bar is available for most lunches and dinners, and there is cereal at breakfast. We can accommodate special menu needs such as allergies, as well as those with religious dietary restrictions, if we are notified at least a week before your arrival in camp. Without advance notice, we may not be able to meet your needs.

Activities: You will participate in most camp activities with your pack or den, not individually. The leader of each group (den, or combined dens) should fill out a program request form (in the back of the leader manual) and send it in at least a week before your arrival in camp. Most activities are designed for groups of 6 to 8 youth. We will combine smaller groups to make best use of our facilities, and may ask you to split larger groups.

Rest Rooms: Each campsite has a Porta-Potty and a washbasin. There are rest rooms with flush toilets for adults only near the dining hall. There are flush toilets and showers for youth and adults at the pool.

Electricity: There is no electricity in the campsites. There is power available outside the dining hall, at some other buildings, and in the shower house at the pool.

Vehicles: You cannot drive to your campsite. You must park your car in the parking lot. Please carpool, since parking space is limited.

Alcohol and tobacco: Alcoholic beverages of any kind are prohibited on camp property. Smoking as well as vaping are permitted only in the designated smoking area on the north side of the parking lot. Do not smoke in your campsite.

Cell Phones: We ask that you do not let youth carry or use cell phones at camp. Adults, please limit your cell phone use. Don't let homesick scouts call home: It only makes their homesickness worse.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

2020 Camp Dates

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Dates have been set for Summer Camp Programs at Three Falls in 2020:

Scouts BSA
Session 1 – June 28-July 4
Session 2 – July 5-11
Session 3 – July 12-18
Session 1 – July 19-22
Session 2 – July 22-25

Reservations can be made at starting in September 2019.