Thursday, July 26, 2012

Coming to Three Falls in 2013

Our continuing mission at Camp Three Falls is to make each year better than the last. We're already working on plans for a 2013 summer camp program that will make next season the best ever.

For Webelos Resident Camp, we'll be adding cycling as a program option, thanks to a grant from the Channel Islands Bicycle Club that is funding purchase of new bikes and other equipment.

For Boy Scouts, we are considering several additional merit badges. Note that these are tentative at this point. Let us know if you are interested in any of them:

Cycling: Again, thanks to Channel Islands Bicycle Club for their support. Due to the number of bike rides required, Scouts will need to do some follow up work after camp to complete the badge. Breaking News: BSA is revising Cycling Merit Badge to include a mountain bike option. Depending on the requirements, we may focus our program on this option.

Photography: Successfully implementing this badge will require us to obtain a couple of fairly up-to-date computers with graphics software; a photo-quality printer with extra ink cartridges and photo paper; and several basic digital cameras. Consider this a shameless plea for donations. Breaking News: We received a donation of a color printer.

Kayaking: This newly released merit badge fits perfectly into our camp program, but we will need to get our hands on several kayaks. If you have a kayak you would be willing to donate, please contact us. Breaking News: As of early September, we have been offered a donation of four kayaks. We're still looking for more.

We are also taking a close look at introducing a new high adventure program for older Scouts. This would involve day hikes, backpacking, mountain biking, low COPE, climbing, trailbuilding, and at least one or two nights spent at an outpost camp. The program would be limited to Scouts who are at least 14 years old. Because of the amount of time spent out of camp, participants would not take part in merit badge classes. If this sounds good to you, please let us know -- if the interest is there, we'll make it happen.

Again, we are very interested in your feedback on these possible new programs. Send us an e-mail at threefallsprogram@gmail.com with your comments or suggestions.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Accreditation


Camp Three Falls once again has been accredited by the BSA as meeting National Camp Standards. Thanks to our visitation teams from Orange County Council and San Gabriel Valley Council for their advice and assistance in our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible summer camp experience for scouts and leaders.

A Little Weather


We had a few showers last night and this morning, but fortunately it had minimal impact on program. And evening showers to make for nice sunsets, as you can see.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cardboard Canoe Race

The very first Camp Three Falls cardboard canoe race was a hoot. See our Facebook page for lots more pictures. Thanks to Victor, our nature director, for bringing the idea home from Camp Tuckahoe in Pennsylvania, and to all the troops that participated.

This event was so much fun that we plan to offer it again next year during Boy Scout weeks. Start planning now to design and build a two-man vessel using  nothing but cardboard and duct tape. Leaders told us that this was a great pre-camp activity for their troops.

A word of advice to future cardboard canoeists: Just because the lake is shallow this year, doesn't mean you can get out and walk. The rules (an there aren't many of them) clearly state that you have to paddle all the way. But mostly, have fun.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Camp Update

We've been busy with camp the last few weeks so there hasn't been much time for blogging. Webelos Resident Camp ended yesterday (July 4) and staff is taking a well-deserved break before returning to start Boy Scout Camp this weekend.

The Webelos Scouts had a great time, with many favorable comments on the good food, our new tent platforms, exciting program, and of course, our wonderful staff.

Weather has been nice, with highs edging up toward 90 during the day, with a cooling breeze in the afternoon, and lows in the 40s at night.

You can see a selection of pictures on our Facebook page. We're working on adding more, but our bandwidth is limited at camp, so it's going slow. Check back here and on Facebook -- we'll add more as time permits.