Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Space Added in Merit Badge Classes

At Three Falls, we try to strike a balance between satisfying your desire to see your scouts get the merit badges and activities they want, maintaining quality of instruction, and working within the constraints of time, facilities, and manpower. For that reason (or the qualities and constraints part, anyway) we do set maximum class sizes for most merit badge classes, and in some cases set minimum ages and ranks.

Low water levels in the lake have forced us to cancel Canoeing, Rowing, and other lakefront merit badges, which has increased demand for alternative merit badges. To meet that demand, we have moved some staff around and made other adjustments, and effective immediately have made some minor changes in merit badge availability:
  • Swimming Merit Badge: Added a class during first period, 9 a.m. to 10:10 a.m., all weeks.
  • Lifesaving, Archery, Fire Safety: Added a few additional spaces (larger class sizes) all sessions.
  • Shotgun: Added a couple of spaces each class period, weeks one and two. Week three, this merit badge will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and we are not able to increase class size or add more classes.
We hope these changes will assist leaders in meeting their boy's merit badge needs.

Also, don't overlook our new Adventure Trek program for older scouts. Campers who have already earned most of the typical summer camp badges will spend their week participating in a series of challenging outdoor activities, starting with Low COPE and including climbing, rendezvous skills, black powder rifles, backpacking and mountain biking. There are still spaces left in the program all weeks, although the week one crew is nearly full. See the Leader Guide for details.

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