Monday, November 3, 2014

Winter Camp at Three Falls

We love Summer Camp at Three Falls, but Ventura County Council offers three Winter Camp Weekends each year, too. The schedule for this year is:

2015 Winter Camp
Session #1 - January 9-11, 2015:  Hosted by Troop 805
Session #2 - January 23-25, 2015:  Hosted by Troop 642 & Troop 689   
Session #3 - February 6-8, 2015:  Hosted by Troop 262   
Cost is $35.00 per person, which includes three (3) meals Saturday, breakfast Sunday, Cracker Barrel Friday and Saturday nights, and a Winter Camp memento.
For more information regarding Winter Camp, Email Corey Slack at corey.slack@scouting.org
You can find the reservation form on the council web site (click here)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Join the Three Falls Team in 2015

Become a part of the finest summer camp staff in Southern California -- apply now to work at Camp Three Falls in 2015.

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 14-20; three sessions of Webelos Camp (June 21-July 1); and three sessions of Boy Scout Camp (July 5-26). 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 2015 Summer Camp Staff Application by clicking on this link.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Join Us at Three Falls in 2015!

For those of you who are already thinking about summer camp for 2015 -- 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 2015 are:

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. See the downloads list to the right. 2015 Leader Guides will be posted after the first of the year.

We expect that the Boy Scout program will stay mostly the same for 2015. 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 next few months.

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.

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. Call the council office at 805-482-8938 for information on how to place your reservation.

You can download a flyer here.

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.”

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.