Sunday, November 28, 2010

Let It Snow, Let It Snow...

Before the snow

Winter Wonderland

Camp office, Sunday Morning
Troop 127 from Agoura came to Three Falls again this year for their annual winter encampment, and were rewarded with about four inches of snow on Saturday night. It worked out just about perfectly -- a little rain Saturday morning as they were driving up, but no rain in the afternoon. Snow overnight, which stayed on the ground most of the day. By Monday afternoon when they left the snow was nearly all gone.

They had a great time, shooting rifle and shotgun (they have their own certified instructor), doing geocaching, and having a big snowball fight at the fort, along with some advancement work.

We enjoyed meeting them and look forward to having them come up again next year.

Want to get your share of Three Falls snow? Click here for information about our upcoming Winter Camp weekends.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Making Camp Available to Everyone

Times have been tough for many families financially the last few years, and we don't want the cost of camp to prevent deserving boys from being able to attend summer camp. Ventura County Council has a limited number of campership available to help families whith financial need to send their sons to camp.

These camperships are meant to help Cubs, Webelos, and Boy Scouts who are members of Ventura County Council units to attend Webelos Resident Camp at Three Falls, Boy Scout Camp at Three Falls, or Cub Scout Day Camps run by local districts.

Click here download a campership application. Please read the instructions carefully and return the completed form to the council office.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Leader Appreciation Day Report

Terry Nelson, shooting sports  director and "Mr. Three Falls"
Thanks to all who joined us for our first Leader Appreciation Day at Three Falls this past weekend. We had some good conversations with Scouts and Scouters, got some suggestions on program offerings, and several offers of help in various forms. Summer Camp reservations are coming in from both in-Council and out-of-Council units, excitement is growing about some of the changes and improvements we are going to make, and we are looking forward to a great summer in 2011.

Thanks to Terry Nelson, Frank Royer and Bill Parker, who came up to run program for us. Thanks also to the Order of the Arrow for hosting us during their Vigil Weekend and providing the lunch.

OA setting up the tepee
Staff members Carlos Robredo and Arielle Gipson spent the morning with us, along with myself (Larry Tuck, program director), my wife Lisa (Trail to First Class and other projects), and Tom Sisolak (camp director). Joe and Sandy, our cooks from last summer, also came by to visit and agreed to come back next summer -- that's excellent news, because they are great cooks and all-around wonderful people. We collected staff applications from several of our visiting Scouts, too.

We had a good discussion among the staff members who were present about some ideas for program enhancements for next summer. Frank Royer, Scott Chandley, and some of the other folks from OA had some interesting suggestions for improvements to program areas that fit right in with my thinking, so we will likely be pursuing some of those ideas. I'll be telling you more about those projects as they develop.