Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Leader Comments on Three Falls 2015

Just a few comments from our end-of-session leader surveys:

"Best food of any camp I've been to."

"I am proud to say that for the second year in a row Camp Three Falls staff is the best in the last 11 years of my scout camp attendance!"

"When our boys voted to come to Three Falls I agreed but with reservations. I was wrong. Three Falls today is by far the best summer camp I have ever visited. Definitely I will use as an example of a well-run camp."

"Carolyn has made, hands down, THE BEST camp food ever! None of us went hungry with seconds and thirds."

"Awesome climbing wall. climbing, cycling staff excelled not only at teaching but relating to our Scouts.... Our boys loved the night climb, but especially the STAFF"

Staff friendliness is "as good or better than Disney."

"They turned it up to an eleven!"

"You are the standard that the scouts and adults of [our troop] use to compare the quality of Boy Scout summer camps.  Our troop compares quality of staff, food, location, camp sites, facilities, camp fires and program activities of the camps we attend based on our past experience at 3-Falls.  And some of our senior scouts have been to five or six summer camps, and only once to 3-Falls, yet even they consider 3-Falls the standard-bearer.... While our experiences at the other camps have for the most part been positive and many of these camps have some great individual staff members, I think it is the culture of your camp that puts you above the others."

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Three Falls Staff Reunion

Mark your calendars, today!

A Camp Staff Alumni REUNION is being planned for Saturday, June 20, 2015.  This will be an opportunity to reunite with friends and to reminisce with one another…a time to reconnect with those glorious days at camp.  Among the things we plan to include in the day are:
8:30—9:00 A.M.  Arrival
9:15 Welcome/Remarks
9:30 Program Areas Open
            Renew Friendships
11:30 Camp Presentation
12:00 BBQ Lunch
1:00 Departure

There will be plenty of time throughout the day to tour camp, reconnect with friends and meet today’s staff who are working so hard to live up to the legacy that prior staffs left behind. If you are a former staffer, RSVP today – we look forward to seeing you in June!

We’re sending invitations directly to staff members for whom we have contact information, buy while we have a solid database of staff members from 2001 to date, identifying those who served prior to 2001 has been more difficult. If you know someone who was on staff, you can help us by passing the word on to them or by emailing their contact information to CampThreeFalls@scouting.org. Whether it’s one name or dozens, you will help build our database and help ensure our reunion at Camp Three Falls on June 20th is a mountaintop experience for everyone.

RSVP:  Vangie—805-482-8938

Monday, April 20, 2015

Summer Camp Leader Meetings

Our pre-camp leader meetings will be held on Saturday, May 2 at the Ventura County Council offices, 509 E. Daily Drive in Camarillo.

Webelos Leaders will me with camp managers at 10 a.m. We'll go over the changes to the Webelos activity schedule and the signup process. If you have filled out your program request form (it's in the Leader Guide) you can turn it in at the meeting. We recommend one or two adults per den and appreciate it if you don't bring kids due to limited space.

Boy Scout Leaders will meet at 1 p.m. We'll discuss merit badge signups and review the online merit badge signup process for those who haven't used our system before. This is also a good time to find out more about special programs like Trail to First Class, and our Adventure Trek for older Scouts.

There will be a second meeting for Webelos Leaders on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. during the Channel Islands District Roundtable at the LDS Stake Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo, in Camarillo. This will cover the same information as the May 2 meeting, so there is no need to come to both.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

First Year Webelos? We Can Bear It

A lot of Bear Den Leaders forget that Webelos Resident Camp is open to boys who are going to be Webelos NEXT school year -- so if they are Bears now, they can come to camp in summer 2015.

Our Webelos Resident Camp is a great experience for first-time campers. We supply tents and cots, and tasty (really!) meals in our dining hall, so you don't need a lot of camping gear or know-how, just a willingness to try something new.

Our staff puts on the program, with swimming, BB guns, archery, handicrafts, hikes, fun campfires, and much more. Your Webelos can work on several of the new Webelos Adventures. Or you and your den can simply relax and enjoy the mountain air and the great views, and have a good time.

Space is limited. We still have room for more packs session 1, June 21-24. If your pack already has a reservation for session 2 or 3, we may be able to add a few more people -- check with the council office for availability.

Download the 2015 Webelos Leaders Guide for all the details.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

New Shower House Under Construction

As many of you know, the shower house at our swimming pool had been in poor condition for a long time. This year, council has committed to replacing it with a modern structure, and construction is underway. The schedule calls for the new building to be completed just before the start of camp.

The building includes a large youth section, and separate men's and women's showers. The youth shower room will have dividing doors so it can be split into boys' and girls' sections for coed events. Each section will include individual shower stalls for privacy, benches for changing clothes, plus toilets and sinks.

There will also be open-air showers on the west end of the building -- you can see them in the top picture -- for folks who come to the pool in the bathing suits and just need to rise off quickly. This will reduce waiting time during busy times like swim checks.

The pool itself is also slated for repairs and upgrades in time for the 2016 summer camp season.

To make a contribution to this project, click here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Webelos Leaders Guide

The 2015 Webelos Resident Camp Leaders Guide is now available for downloading from the council web site. Click here to go to the council web site.