Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Frontier Skills at Fort Lockwood

One often-overlooked program option during Boy Scout weeks at Three Falls is the Frontier Skills class, offered every afternoon from 2:50 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Fort Lockwood. Our rendezvous staff will teach participants a variety of primitive skills, including:
  • Flint and Steel and other primitive firebuilding techniques
  • Tomahawk throwing
  • Black powder rifle shooting
  • Tracking and stalking
  • Branding
  • Roping
  • Bullwhips
  • Dutch oven cooking
  • Mountain man crafts
This class is especially suited to older scouts who have already completed most of the usual summer camp merit badges, and are looking for something a little different.

Leaders can sign their scouts up for the class using the BadgeTracker online signup system -- it's listed under Rendezvous.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Summer Camp Leader Meetings

This year's pre-camp meetings for Boy Scout and Webelos unit leaders are coming up soon. The Webelos Leader Meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, and the Boy Scout Leader Meeting will follow at 1 p.m. the same day. Both meetings will take place at the Ventura County Council Service Center, 509 E Daily Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010. We'll be in the meeting rooms upstairs above the Trading Post.

Because we usually get more people for the Webelos meetings (multiple leaders and parents from each unit), we'll hold a second Webelos pre-camp meeting on Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the LDS Stake Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010. Both Webelos meetings will cover the same information, so there is no need to attend both.

For Boy Scout Leaders: We'll give an overview of the summer camp program, with a special emphasis on the new and changed programs we're offering this year. We'll also fill you in on any last-minute schedule changes. And we'll give you a demonstration of the BadgeTracker merit badge signup system. Merit Badge signups using BadgeTracker will "go live" right after the meeting.

For Webelos Leaders: We'll give an overview of the camp program, let you know what to expect and what you need to bring, and update you on any last-minute program changes. This is also a good time to turn in your Program Request Form, which we will use to schedule your activities at camp.

Monday, April 8, 2013

On Borax Ridge

During the Order of the Arrow Willing Work Day this past Saturday, a crew worked on the trail up the ridge to the Borax property north of camp. Gary Lee reports that the trail has been competed almost all of the way up the steep part of route. In the photo, members of the work crew take a break at the future outpost campsite at the top of the ridge. Participants in our Adventure Trek program this summer will be put finishing touches on the trail, and in 2014 we hope to start offering outpost camping on the ridge.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Webelos Resident Camp Program

Webelos Resident Camp at Camp Three Falls offers a great selection of activities for Webelos Dens, including:

Scoutcraft
Outdoorsman Pin (includes knots and fire safety. Schedule a hike to complete additional requirements)
Whittlin’ Chip

Pool
Aquanaut Activity Pin
Open swim

Lake
Open paddling - canoes, rowboats, kayaks

Nature Lodge
Forester Activity Pin
Naturalist Activity Pin
Geologist Activity Pin

Fort Lockwood
Indian Lore (Language and Cultures Belt Loop)
Frontier Skills

Handicraft Corral
Handicrafts

Shooting Sports
B-B Guns
Archery

High Adventure Area
Pinnacles Hike (one period, leave after breakfast)
North Fork Nature/History Hike (two periods, leave after breakfast)
Bouldering Wall
Teambuilding Games
Mountain Bikes (Webelos II only)
 
Note that these activities are scheduled as a den, not individual scouts/parents -- participating in the program as a group is an important part of the Webelos camp experience. The ideal group size is six to eight boys (not including adults) -- groups of more than ten boys should consider splitting into two smaller groups for program purposes, and should submit separate Program Requests. Very small dens (four or fewer boys) will be paired with another den at most program areas.

Den Leaders can submit their requests using the Program Preference form. Please, only one form per den. The form is in the Leader Guide, or you can download it here.

Online Merit Badge Signups


Over the next few days, we will be entering troop information into the BadgeTracker merit badge signup system. Your primary unit contact person, as listed on your reservation form, will be set up as your unit’s BadgeTracker administrator and will receive an e-mail with his/her user name and password. This e-mail will be sent from the BadgeTracker Welcome Wagon (system@badgetracker.com).
 
If you are the primary contact person for your unit, please watch for that e-mail. If you were listed on the reservation form as the secondary contact, you will not receive an e-mail from BadgeTracker, but you may want to check with the primary contact person to make sure they received the information – just as a backup in case their e-mail address has changed, or we transcribed it incorrectly.
 
If you do not receive an e-mail with your BadgeTracker information by April 10, please contact us at threefallsprogram@gmail.com, providing the correct contact information so that we can add it to the system.
 
Signups in BadgeTracker will begin on May 4. The system will remain open for you to use until July 1. You can add or remove individual scouts, or change schedules, as many times as you want during that period. After that, signups will be locked down; any further signups or changes will have to be done at camp when you arrive, on a space-available basis. You will still be able to view your information and print schedules and other reports after signups have ended.
 
The Boy Scout Leader Guide was sent out to primary unit contacts earlier this week and will also be posted on the council web site in the next few days. It includes a schedule of merit badge class times. We recommend that you copy this schedule and distribute it to your scouts this month, and have them make their merit badge selections and return them to you by early May, so you can enter their choices into the online signup system when it opens.
 
Some classes have limited space. We ask that if a boy changes his mind and decides NOT to take a merit badge, please remove him from that class as soon as possible so the space is available for someone else. Conversely, if a class is full the first time you check, you may want to try again another day to see if someone has dropped. Unfortunately, at this time the system does not allow for waiting lists.
 
We will assign you BadgeTracker credits based on the number of youth you have signed up for camp. One credit enables you to enter one scout into the system. If your numbers change, e-mail threefallsprogram@gmail.com so that we can assign more credits as needed.
 
Feel free to e-mail us with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Three Falls Adventure Trek


New for 2013!

Camp Three Falls is proud to re-introduce the Three Falls Adventure Trek Program.

Designed especially for older scouts looking for a higher level of excitement and challenge, the Adventure Trek takes advantage of the best that Camp Three Falls and the Los Padres National Forest have to offer.  Rather than participate in the traditional merit badge program, “trekkers” will:

· Assemble into crews of 6-8 Scouts
· Build teamwork on the Low COPE course
· Receive mountain bike training and face a challenging ride down Mount Pinos
· Receive climbing instruction and climb the 57-foot tower with  fellow trekkers
· Develop primitive living skills, including black powder rifle shooting, survival skills and more
· Receive leadership skills training while addressing daily leadership challenges.
· Leave camp for two days of backpacking, including camping at remote trail camps in the Chumash Wilderness, while using Philmont-style backpacking techniques.
· Practice the principles of Leave No Trace
· Earn Camping and Geocaching Merit Badges

This exclusive program is available only for Scouts who are at least 13 years old at the beginning of camp, and have completed 8th grade.

Treks will be led in camp and in the field by specially trained staff members. The program is designed for individual scouts, not as a troop or patrol activity.

Due to the added cost of running this program, there will be a $35 per scout surcharge in addition to the regular camp fee.

Leaders Please Note:
Maximum enrollment will be 16 campers each week.
 
Unit leaders will receive detailed information on this new  program by email and during the May leaders meeting.
 
 
Scoutmasters should use Badgetracker to sign scouts up for the program.  The fee must be paid to the council office by May 31st to hold the Scout's reservation for this exciting program.

 

Boy Scout Leader Guide

The 2013 Boy Scout Leader Guide has been e-mailed to leaders of units registered for Boy Scout Camp at Three Falls, and will be made available for download from the council web site in the next few days. It includes information on this year's merit badge schedule and our many other exciting programs.

For your convenience, the merit badge schedule can also be viewed here.

We will be using the Badgetracker online merit badge signup system again this year. The site will open after the leader meeting on May 4 for leaders to enter their scouts' merit badge selections. In the next week or so, detailed instructions will be sent to the e-mail address(es) provided on your unit registration form, so watch your e-mail for this information. We'll also demonstrate the process at the leader meeting.