Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What Leaders Are Saying About Us

Here's a sampling of comments from our end-of-session leader surveys:


Webelos Leaders:

“The 3 Falls staff were simply inspiring to me. They all exhibited a high quality of character that I hope my own boys will someday aspire to achieve. Well done.”

“Every boy commented on how much they enjoyed the camp. Staff was very helpful and friendly at every turn. We would definitely return.”

“Registration process allowing packs to customize the program was great. Other camps the program is fixed and not flexible.”

“This was a great session. I felt I came away with a renewed vision of what scouting is all about, which I didn’t expect….Thanks to everyone who made these four summer days special to both the boys and adults.”

Boy Scout Leaders:

“The food this week was terrific! Carolyn and staff did an amazing job. Thank you for introducing us to magic mac-n-cheese!”

“I have never been to a camp that cared so much about us campers having the best week.  All merit badge counselors were well prepared, always positive, and always cared about the youth.  I will recommend this camp to all!”

“Our boys really loved that the nature counselors would spend their own time helping them hunt lizards, frogs, etc.”

"I would like to thank the staff of Camp 3 Falls for the reverent and respectful manner in which you performed the Friday night campfire [flag retirement]. It is hard to put into words the gratitude I feel for your staff being respectful and professional. It was one of the best performed ceremonies I have been to."

“Of all the scout camps that we have been to over the last 10 years, we have never had a week at camp without having some member of the staff with a less than enthusiastic attitude. Camp Three Falls has been the first exception! Every staff member that we dealt with and worked with has such a good attitude and seemed genuinely happy.”

Monday, July 7, 2014

2015 Camp Dates

For those of you who are already thinking about summer camp for 2015 -- camp dates for Three Falls for 2015 have been set.

Webelos Resident Camp 
  • 6/21 – 6/24
  • 6/24 – 6/27
  • 6/28 – 7/1
Boy Scout Camp 
  • 7/5 – 7/11
  • 7/12 – 7/18
  • 7/19 – 7/25
If you haven't been to Three Falls recently, you can download our 2014 Leaders Guide (Webelos or Boy Scout) to get a good idea of our program.

We expect that the Boy Scout program will stay mostly the same for 2015, with perhaps a few changes in the merit badge offerings. On the Webelos side, we'll be taking a close look at the changes National is making in Cub Scout advancement and will align our program to help Dens make the transition. More on that over the summer and into the fall.

Prices for next year have not been set, but units that place their deposit by August 31, 2014 will pay this year's per-Scout price to attend next year.

You can download a flyer here.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Webelos Program for 2015

2015 Webelos Handbook
The Cub Scout advancement program is undergoing a major revision effective in Spring of 2015, and we're already looking at how we can implement these changes for our 2015 Webelos Resident Camp. Since many Webelos leaders will be unfamiliar with the program changes, we think that Resident Camp will be a perfect time to bring you up to speed and help you get started with the new program.

The revised program is designed to be more den-based, easier for den leaders to plan and execute, and most importantly, more fun for the boys! Each rank will require the boys to complete seven "Adventures," which are intended to take about a month to complete. For each rank there are three or four "core" (required) Adventures. Dens can then choose from a list of elective Adventures for each rank to make up the required total.

Information on the coming changes is available at this site:  http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx

Looking at early information on the Webelos program, we think we will be able to help dens complete portions of the following Adventures:

Webelos Walkabout (hiking)
Aquanaut (swimming and boating)
Camper (camping, obviously. Draft requirements include using GPS!)
Adventures in Science
Bull's Eye (BB guns and archery)
Castaway (How to avoid getting lost, and what do do if you do get lost)
Earth Rocks! (Geology)
Into the Wild (Nature)
Into the Woods (Trees and Plants)

Most of these will fit right into our existing program with just minor changes to our activities. However, this is a very preliminary list. We'll be studying the requirements in detail, and we hope to be able to let you know early in 2015 exactly what we'll be able to provide at camp.

We'll have more information in our 2015 Leader's Guide, and we'll keep you updated on this site as we fill in the details.



Monday, June 23, 2014

Webelos Under the Stars

A couple of dens have asked about earning the Webelos Under the Stars patch during Webelos Resident Camp.

Webelos Under the Stars is a High Adventure patch offered by the California Inland Empire Council High Adventure Team. Meet the requirements below (easy to do at camp), fill out an application form, and have it signed by a member of your local council's High Adventure Team. We'll have copies of the application form at camp and can refer you to a HAT member for the signature. Take the form to the Scout Store back home and they'll sell you the patches you need.

Webelos Under the Stars

Webelos, Den Chiefs and Scouters can earn this overnight camping patch by planning and attending any Webelos Den overnight campout. However, this patch cannot be earned when working on any other High Adventure Award.

Requirements:
  1. Three weeks prior to the overnight campout, a Local Tour Plan must be filed with your local Council Office.
  2. The patch is earned by completing a Den overnight campout where Webelos are working on various Activity Badges. This could be a family campout that Webelos, parents, and Den Leaders are attending.
  3. The patch may be worn on the right shirt pocket of the Webelos Uniform as a temporary patch.
  4. While the overnight campout does not have to be at a Council Camp, it is recommended.
  5. At least one adult should have a first-aid kit and be qualified in basic first-aid.

Webelos Session 1

Our first camp session is off to a great start with about 100 Webelos Scouts and 85 leaders/parents in camp. The staff put on a fabulous opening campfire last night, and the campers have been out in program areas all day -- hiking, cycling, swimming, shooting BBs and bow-and-arrow, climbing on the bouldering wall, and much more. Lots of tired but happy kids, and even tireder parents.

We have two more sessions of Webelos Resident Camp, then three weeks of Boy Scout Camp to come. If you're signed up to attend this summer, we look forward to seeing you soon, and if not, next year's dates have already been set, so mark your calendars!

We'll be posting photos regularly during camp on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CampThreeFalls, so keep an eye out for updates.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Webelos Leader Guide



The 2014 Webelos Leader Guide is available on the council web site here.