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.

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