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.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Three Falls Summer Camp 2010 Photos

Click on this picture to go to a Picasa album of photos from this year's summer camp.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hiking Lilly Meadows

I took some Scouts from my troop on a backpack trip to Lilly Meadows a few weeks ago. It's a beautiful hike up past North Falls into the Chumash Wilderness on the south side of Mt. Pinos. Lilly Meadows is a great primative campsite with two fire rings and abundant room for tents. There was no water in the creek right at the meadow, but there was water flowing a few hundred yards downstream near the top of the canyon.

One of the boys says he woke up in the middle of the night, looked outside his tent and saw a bear near camp. We did find bear tracks the next morning, so if you go, be careful with your smellables.

To get to Lilly Meadows, park just outside the camp gate at the end of Boy Scout Camp Road. Follow the paved road past the camp parking lot (this is private property, so stay on the road, please), pass the Forst Service mileage sign, and continue on the dirt service road. Just before you reach North Falls (about 2 miles) there is a signed turnoff to the right. The trail is quite steep for about a quarter mile, then levels out through the canyon for less than a mile to the campsite. The trail continues up the mountain to Sheep Camp and the top of Mt. Pinos.