Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Channel Islands Bicycle Club Supports Three Falls with a $3,000 Grant

We're happy to announce that the Channel Islands Bicycle Club has awarded a $3,000 grant in support of the cycling program at Camp Three Falls.

This grant will be used to expand our fleet of bicycles and purchase other needed equipment, including safety gear, repair and maintenance tools and supplies. This will enable us to extend our cycling program to many more Webelos and Boy Scouts. Planned offerings include free time rides on local roads and trails, and the Cycling Belt Loop for Webelos. For 2013, we also hope to offer a partial on the Cycling Merit Badge.

The Club is also a sponsor of this year's 12 Points Bike Ride.

Our thanks to the good folks at Channel Islands Bicycle Club for their support of our camp and other youth cycling programs in Ventura County.

Good Eats!

At Three Falls, we pride ourselves on our great food. Not many other camps will offer you real roast turkey with all the trimmings, grilled chicken, tri-tip, and during Boy Scout weeks, our famous deep pit barbeque. You can download a tenative menu from the Downloads list to the right, or by clicking on this link.

If you have special dietary needs, be sure to let us know at least two weeks before your arrival in camp, using the Special Needs form (also available under Downloads).

Monday, May 21, 2012

Summer Camp Leader Meetings

We held our first Webelos Resident Camp Leader Meeting on Thursday night and had probably 30 people in attendance. If you missed it, no worries -- there is another one on June 2, 10 a.m. at the council office.

The Boy Scout Camp Leader Meeting is also on June 2, at 2 p.m.

A couple of people asked on Thursday if I could post the PowerPoint presentation from the Webelos meeting. You'll find it in the downloads section on this page.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Online Merit Badge Signups

We've entered all Boy Scout troops that have registered for summer camp into Badgetracker, our online merit badge signup system. The person listed as the primary contact for the unit should have received an e-mail telling them how to log onto the system. (The primary contact is the person listed on the summer camp registration paperwork -- it may not be the scoutmaster.)

If your unit did not receive an e-mail, have the primary contact person check recent e-mails for one from BadgeTracker Welcome Wagon. Some people report these have been trapped by their spam filters, so check your spam folder.

If you can't locate the e-mail, send us an e-mail at threefallsprogram@gmail.com and we'll forward instructions.

Note that online signups do not open until June 2. You can log on to the site and do a few basic things, but you will not be able to add scouts to the system until then. Online signups will close July 1.

When you log onto the system, you'll see that you have been assigned "credits." Each scout you enter into the system "costs" one credit. The number we've assigned should be equal to the number of boys you are bringing to camp. If your numbers have changed, let us know so we can adjust your credits accordingly.

New Tent Platforms

Over the last couple of weeks, volunteers built new plywood tent platforms for all our tents. The Order of the Arrow will be painting them with sealant this weekend during the first spring ordeal. Cushy!