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 threefallsprogram@gmail.com 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

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Boy Scout Summer Camp Video





Check out the video with scenes from Boy Scout Summer Camp at Three Falls.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Join the Three Falls Team in 2016

Become a part of the finest summer camp staff in Southern California -- apply now to work at Camp Three Falls in 2016.

The Three Falls staff consistently gets rave reviews from Scouts and leaders, and the quality of our staff is what brings troops and packs back to Three Falls year after year. You'll work hard, learn a lot, and make lifetime memories, both for yourself and for our campers.

Applications are due by December 15. We will interview applicants for area directors and other key positions in late December and early January; other applicants will be interviewed in late January or early February.

You must be at least 14 years old to work at camp. Applicants who will be 14 at the start of camp are hired as counselors in training. CITs receive extra training and will rotate between several program areas during the summer. Applicants who will be 15 or older during the camp season are eligible to be assistant instructors, instructors, or area directors depending on age and qualifications. Some positions require specific training or certifications.

While most of our staff is made up of high school and college students, we also have some key positions that require adults, including kitchen staff, office staff, camp commissioners, and some supervisory program positions.

Most staff positions require a commitment to attend staff week, June 19-25; three sessions of Webelos Camp (June 26-July 6); and three sessions of Boy Scout Camp (July 7-30). There will be an orientation meeting in March and three or four mandatory pre-camp training sessions during the months leading up to camp, held on Saturdays, usually at the council office in Camarillo. Training dates will be announced at your interview.

You can download the 2016 Summer Camp Staff Application by clicking on this link.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Join Us at Three Falls in 2016!

For those of you who are already thinking about summer camp for 2016 -- Camp Three Falls should be on your shortlist. We offer a quality advancement program for both Boy Scouts and Webelos ... unique programs for both new Scouts and older Scouts ... a ton of free-time activities ... excellent food ... and the finest staff of any camp in Southern California.

Camp dates for Three Falls for 2016 are:

Webelos Resident Camp 

- 6/26 – 6/29
- 6/29 – 7/2
- 7/6 – 7/9
Boy Scout Camp

- 7/10 – 7/16
- 7/17 – 7/23
- 7/24 – 7/30
If you haven't been to Three Falls recently, you can download our 2015 Leaders Guide (Webelos or Boy Scout) to get a good idea of our program. See the downloads list to the right. 2016 Leader Guides will be posted around the first of the year.

We'll be making a few changes in our Boy Scout program to reflect the latest revisions to the Boy Scout advancement requirements. On the Webelos side, we've already incorporated the most recent round Cub Scout advancement updates.

For adults attending Boy Scout Camp, we're working with our council advancement committee to provide Position-Specific Training for Scoutmasters every week. Red Cross CPR classes will also be available again this year.

Reservation forms, flyers, and Leader Guides are available from the Ventura County Council Web site.

Call the council office at 805-482-8938 for additional information.