Thursday, June 30, 2011

Getting Ready for Camp

Our Three Falls staff has been hard at work for the past week preparing the camp and themselves for a great summer season. With the first session of Webelos Resident Camp just days away, we are very nearly ready to receive our first campers.
  • We have relocated Scoutcraft and Pathfinders (Trail to First Class) from the central corral to the former Sitting Bull campsite, which is much closer to most of the other program areas -- above the lake and half way between the pool and the Fort. The Scoutcraft staff has constructed a couple of large scale pioneering projects, with more to be built over the course of the summer.
  • We're almost done setting up Louella's Cantina, also located at Sitting Bull. It's a kind of whimsical recreation of an old-time western watering hole, complete with swinging doors, a bar, and atmospheric lighting. It will be a great spot for campers to hang out in the evening for a cup of lemonaide, a game of checkers, and some music.
  • We've moved the camp office upstairs where there is more room for the staff to work, brought in more computers, and even have a good enough internet connection that I can add posts to this blog from camp. Not enough bandwidth for camper use yet, but hopefully that will happen next year. Unfortunately our copier died on us -- if anyone can help with donation or loan of a robust office-quality copy machine it would be a lifesaver.
  • We're remodeling the Trading Post to accommodate more stock and let us serve customers more efficiently. (As I write this at 11:30 p.m. Tom and Gordie are still down there putting on a few finishing touches. I need to send them to bed soon.)
  • The T-shirts, mugs, hats, and Three Falls logo knives that I have been telling you about are here, and they look great. The Scout Store also has a few of the knives -- check them out when you are there.
  • The pool house has been painted, thanks to the Order of the Arrow and Gary Lee.
  • The dock at the lake has been rebuilt with new decking and we have four new Sabot sailboats arriving tomorrow to join our canoes and rowboats, thanks to the efforts of Skip Johnson.
  • Just today, our High Adventure staff set out caches to be used in teaching the new Geocaching Merit Badge.
  • Nate, our Frontier Skills instructor, has added a bunch of new activities for Webelos and Boy Scouts, including gold panning, tinsmithing, candlemaking, roping, as well as the traditional tomahawks, branding, trap setting and flint and steel firebuilding.
  • We have a great opening campfire planned for you, with lots of new and original songs and skits, again tied together with our frontier theme.
We're all excited to start camp and we look forward to seeing you soon at Camp Three Falls!

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