Wednesday, August 3, 2016

2017 Camp Dates

We've just concluded our 2016 Summer Camp season. We served about 950 campers, and Boy Scout Camp was at 95% of capacity. Based on the feedback we received (read reviews and see pictures on our Facebook page) we expect an even bigger year in 2017. Camp dates for next summer are:

Session 1 - June 25-June 28
Session 2 - June 28-July 1
Session 3 - July 5-July 8

Boy Scouts
Session 1 - July 9 - July 15
Session 2 - July 16 - July 22
Session 3 - July 23 - July 29

A descriptive flyer and reservation form for 2017 are available on the Ventura County Council web site

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Leader Meeting Powerpoints

Here are PDF files of the Powerpoint slides from last Saturday's leader meetings:

Webelos Leader Meeting

Boy Scout Leader Meeting

Merit Badge Signups Start This Weekend

Our merit badge signup site will open for merit badge selection this Saturday, May 14, at 8 a.m. Units will have until one week before their arrival at camp to select merit badges, but some classes do fill up, so don't put it off too long!

If your unit leader didn't receive information on how to access the site, him or her contact us at and we'll send a link. Unit leaders only, please.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Merit Badge and Activity Signups for Boy Scout Camp

We know that you’re probably anxious to get your scouts signed up for merit badges and other classes for summer camp at Three Falls. This year we’re using a program called GreenBarHQ. It’s the same company as Badgetracker, the system we've used the last few years, but with a few upgrades.

Unit leaders listed on your reservation form should have received an e-mail from GreenBarHQ inviting you to log onto the site and start setting up your roster. There’s a good chance your computer will send it to your spam/junk e-mail folder, but rest assured, it’s a legitimate e-mail concerning camp business. If you don’t receive the invitation, contact us at and we’ll straighten it out.

Once you log on, you’ll be able to begin entering your scouts’ names, ages and ranks. We’ve assigned you “credits” (one credit per scout) based on the reservation information on file with the council. If you add scouts, we can assign you more credits as needed.

You will not be able to enter class selections yet. Merit badge selection will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, and will remain open until one week before your arrival at camp. Be aware that some popular merit badges fill up fast, so take advantage of the time between now and May 14 to gather your scouts’ choices so you’re ready to enter them that weekend.

Boy Scout Camp Program for 2016 - Not Just Merit Badges

We have an exciting program planned for you this summer. In addition to nearly three dozen merit badges, we have an outstanding Trail to First Class program, and this year we’ve also introduced a few new non-merit-badge classes that we believe are worthy of your consideration.

First and foremost is our Adventure Trek, an all-week, immersive program for boys 13 and older. It includes several in-camp adventures, like climbing, low COPE, and black powder rifle shooting; mountain biking; and a three-day, two-might backpacking trip in the Chumash Wilderness. Along the way your scouts will participate in leadership development exercises drawn from the BSA’s Kodiak syllabus, and have the opportunity to work on Camping and Geocaching Merit Badges if they so desire.

We're in the process of overhauling our Pathfinder program to include new 2016 requirements like boating safety and GPS navigation. What won't change is the fun and high quality of instruction we offer to participants.

This year we’ve redesigned our Pathfinder (Trail to First Class) cooking instruction into two segments that will be offered during fourth period. Monday and Tuesday, scouts will work on Tenderfoot and Second Class cooking, and Wednesday and Thursday will cover First Class cooking. Note that this classes will not give each scout the opportunity to cook all of the required meals, particularly for First Class, but they will learn about nutrition, menu planning, food safety, and learn some new recipes they can take back to the troop. SCOUTS MUST SIGN UP FOR THESE CLASSES IN ADVANCE so that we can be sure to have enough supplies.

We offer some two-day merit badges in our Handicraft area, that this year we’ve added a couple of two-day, non-merit badge activities. Our High Adventure area will offer a two-day Teambuilding/ Low COPE class. At the Fort there will be a two-day Frontier Skills class, which will include flint and steel firebuilding, tomahawk throwing, branding, trap setting, bullwhips, and black powder rifle shooting – good preparation for the Seneca Run on Friday.

All of these programs are described in detail in the Leaders Guide, which is available for download from the Ventura County Council website.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016