Thursday, July 29, 2010

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

Since 1933, Camp Three Falls has provided fun and adventure for thousands of youth and adults. Get ready for advancement opportunities, challenge programs, campfires, great food, fellowship and a lot of fun in the great outdoors. We look forward to providing your group with many wonderful camping memories to last a lifetime.

Camp Three Falls is located in the Los Padres National Forest at the base of Mount Pinos in the northern portion of Ventura County, approximately 50 miles north of Castaic Junction (Magic Mountain). The name is derived from the three waterfalls: North Falls, Middle Falls, and Bitter Falls, that are located on the streams running from the mountains above the camp. The camp is at 5,400 feet elevation with scenery of pinion pine trees, chaparral and sage. The summer weather at this elevation is dry and the temperature ranges from 70 to 90 degrees with cool evenings and crisp nights.

Facilities include an authentic log fort – Fort Lockwood, home to our handicraft and rendezvous programs – plus a 57-foot climbing tower (the tallest of any scout camp in California), a swimming pool, a lake, rifle, shotgun, black powder and archery ranges, nature and health lodges, a large indoor dining hall, a trading post and a wide variety of program activity areas.

Our camp is also the gateway to the Mt. Pinos wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest, providing some of the best backcountry hiking opportunities in southern California. Many troops take their older scouts backpacking for a night or two before or after camp. Our experienced staff will be happy to make suggestions about nearby trails and campsites.

WEBELOS RESIDENT CAMP

Three Falls is one of the few camps in Southern California to offer a summer camp program especially for Webelos dens. Webelos resident camp is open to boys who will be first- or second-year Webelos in the fall. Four days and three nights of camping gives the Webelos plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors, take a hike, go swimming, shoot BB guns, participate in campwide games, and complete many of the requirements for several belt loops and activity pins, including Aquanaut, Naturalist, Outdoorsman and more.

BOY SCOUT CAMP

Thanks to our fine facilities and a top-notch staff, our Boy Scout summer camp program is second to none. We offer all the usual merit badges, plus a couple you might not expect – with a focus on providing a quality learning experience tailored to the needs to each boy, guaranteeing that scouts go home with not just a badge, but new skills that will last a lifetime. The same is true of our Trail to First Class program, which will help your new scouts build a firm foundation for years of future scouting. We are also one of the few camps in southern California to offer a separate Trail to Eagle week to give your Star and Life scouts a jump start toward Scouting’s highest award.

Of course, there’s more to camp than advancement, and Three Falls offers plenty of opportunities for fun, adventure, and personal growth for troops, patrols, and individuals. Unique features include Three Falls traditions like night climbing on our 57-foot tower; the Seneca Run (sort of a backwoods pentathalon); and Firequest (our midweek patrol competition). Recent additions are a revival of the Tribe of Matilija, our honor camper program; Frontier Survivor, a week-long series of challenging activities for older scouts; a low COPE challenge course for patrol and troop teambuilding; and GPS/Geocaching.

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