Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Help With Camp Reservations

Ventura County Council has adopted Tenteroo as our platform for all activity reservations, including summer camp. It can be a little confusing at first for some folks (especially compared to dealing in-person with the friendly people at the Scout Store); if you feel you need help, check these pages for instructions on using the site:

For help setting up an account: https://users.tentaroo.com/account

For help making a reservation for camp (or other event): https://users.tentaroo.com/events

We are taking reservations now.

If you have questions about summer camp reservations, or anything else regarding Webelos or Scouts BSA summer camp, don't hesitate to send us an email at Camp3FallsStaff@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

A great camp at a great price!

Ventura County Council is offering a special reduced price on our second week of Scouts BSA Summer Camp at Three Falls, June 30-July 6, 2019. The price for youth campers, that week only, will be reduced to $365 for Ventura County Council units, $385 for out-of-council units.
Of course, you'll get the same great program, excellent food, and top-notch staff that Three Falls always delivers.
Prices for all other weeks are $405/$425 per youth. All of these prices include a $10 early-bird discount. You must pay camp fees in full by March 31 to get the early bird price.
We expect this week will fill up, so place your deposit soon to hold a spot. You can make a reservation at https://vc.tentaroo.com or call the council office at (805) 482-8938 for more information.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Three Falls -- The Place for Webelos Adventure!


As your Cub Scout pack starts its fall activities, next summer may seem like a long way off. But it's not too soon to start thinking about Webelos Resident Camp.


At Resident Camp, your scouts will experience four days and three nights of outdoor adventure. We provide tents and cots, great food, and a full schedule of fun, from campfires to hikes; BB guns and archery, climbing on our monster climbing tower, swimming in our pool, plus opportunities to learn new skills that fulfill advancement requirements, like outdoor cooking, knife safety, knots, nature study, astronomy, and more.

Above all, it's a great time!

Webelos Resident Camp at Three Falls is open to boys and girls who are currrently Bears (third grade) or first-year Webelos (fourth grade). Resident camp is a pack/den activity, not for individual scouts or families. Parents are encouraged to attend, but BSA regulations and our camp rules do not require a parent for every child. Packs may set their own standards.

Next summer's dates are:
Session 1: July 21-July 24
Session 2: July 24-July 27

We expect a very full camp next summer, so don't wait too long to sign up or you may miss out.

Registrations can be made online at https://vc.tentaroo.com/


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Three Falls -- The Place for Older Scouts




Maybe it's because our Webelos program is one-of-a-kind ... and our Trail to First Class program is so good ... and we offer so many great merit badges ... but people sometimes overlook how much Three Falls has to offer for older scouts.

* The Three Falls Adventure Trek. Okay, so maybe it needs a catchier name. This week-long program for scouts 13 and older starts with two days in camp for climbing on our 57-foot tower; Low COPE and teambuilding; black powder rifle shooting; frontier skills at Fort Lockwood; and field archery. Then the crew takes off for a three day, two night backpacking trip into the Chumash Wilderness. The week finishes with mountain biking on some great trails.

For scouts planning a Philmont Trek or other long term backpacking experience, it's an opportunity to fine-tune their backpacking skills: Our Trek staff is chosen from older staff members with previous Philmont experience, and they teach Philmont-style methods and Leave No Trace principles. Along the way, the crew learns leadership skills drawn from the BSA's Kodiak syllabus, and can earn Camping and Geocaching Merit Badges.

Space is limited, so sign up early!

* Frontier Survivor. Our exclusive hiking award gives scouts the chance to experience some of the best hikes in the Lockwood Valley/Mount Pinos area, while still participating in nearly all of our regular camp program. It involves three morning or evening hikes followed by a night sleeping out under the stars near North Falls. There's a Polar Bear Swim in there too, just to keep things fresh. Frontier Survivor is recommended for experienced hikers 12 and older, though some of the hikes are open to all.

Those who complete all the requirements receive the coveted Frontier Survivor neckerchief and slide.

* Climbing. At 57 feet, our climbing tower is one of the tallest at any scout camp in the county, and we believe it is the tallest at any camp in California. We offer Climbing Merit Badge, of course, but also night climbs that are open to all.

* BSA Lifeguard. Offered every week for older scouts.

* Merit Badges. We offer 35 to 40 merit badges (it varies from year to year). Older scouts will be particularly interested in Eagle-required badges like Swimming, Lifesaving, Environmental Science, Camping, First Aid, Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World. But don't overlook some fun and challenging options like Cycling (mountain bike option); Welding; and Metalwork. Most of these have minimum age and/or rank requirements.

* Staff. For your 14-and-older scouts, camp staff can be an opportunity to take their scouting experience to the next level. Applications are taken in fall for the following summer.







Three Falls -- The Place for New Scouts!

Three Falls offers one of the best -- we actually think it's the best -- Trail to First Class programs of any camp in California.

Designed and run by veteran troop leaders, outdoors enthusiasts, trainers and educators, our Pathfinders program is engaging, active, and fun for your younger scouts. Not a lot of sitting around here: your scouts will spend their time tying knots, building fires, sharpening knives, taking hikes, swimming, playing games (with a purpose, of course); there's even a cool overnight in the tepees near Fort Lockwood.

To give you the maximum flexibility, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class skills are all taught separately, at different times. A brand-new Scout can take three periods and work on all three ranks, while a Second Class Scout can take just the First Class section, leaving the rest of the day free for merit badges.

While it's understandably a popular program, we provide enough instructors to maintain a ratio of about one instructor to eight scouts, a perfect size for active outdoor learning.

Let us help get your newest scouts off to a great start with their Scouting adventure!


Three Falls -- The Place for Merit Badges

Merit badges are only one part of Boy Scout summer camp, but for a lot of people, they're an important part.

Some people assume that because Three Falls is a smaller camp, we offer a limited selection of merit badges. Nothing could be further from the truth! In 2018, we offered 36 different merit badges -- that's more than a lot of larger camps -- check for yourself.

We have the usual summer camp badges -- you can see a list here -- but also some you might not expect:

Citizenship in the Nation -- limited to older scouts
Citizenship in the World -- limited to older scouts
Cycling -- Mountain bikes. This one is limited to older scouts because it's tough -- ride 52 miles in 5 days, on back roads and trails in the Los Padres National Forest.
Electricity
Metalwork -- Blacksmithing at Fort Lockwood!Pottery -- we have three potters wheels (just added a third) and a kiln
Photography
Space Exploration -- Build and launch honest-to-goodness model rockets.
Welding -- Taught by master welder Jack Compton!

We could go on, but you get the idea -- there is really something for everyone, even the old scouts who have already earned most of the typical summer camp badges. And we change the list a little each year, so there's always something new.

And, because we are a smaller camp, class sizes are conducive to scouts actually learning something -- which unfortunately isn't always the case at larger camps. Most of our classes are limited to 8 or 12 scouts at a time.

If merit badges matter to your scouts, take a look at Three Falls!