Monday, November 3, 2014

Winter Camp at Three Falls

We love Summer Camp at Three Falls, but Ventura County Council offers three Winter Camp Weekends each year, too. The schedule for this year is:

2015 Winter Camp
Session #1 - January 9-11, 2015:  Hosted by Troop 805
Session #2 - January 23-25, 2015:  Hosted by Troop 642 & Troop 689   
Session #3 - February 6-8, 2015:  Hosted by Troop 262   
Cost is $35.00 per person, which includes three (3) meals Saturday, breakfast Sunday, Cracker Barrel Friday and Saturday nights, and a Winter Camp memento.
For more information regarding Winter Camp, Email Corey Slack at corey.slack@scouting.org
You can find the reservation form on the council web site (click here)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What Leaders Are Saying About Us

Here's a sampling of comments from our end-of-session leader surveys:


Webelos Leaders:

“The 3 Falls staff were simply inspiring to me. They all exhibited a high quality of character that I hope my own boys will someday aspire to achieve. Well done.”

“Every boy commented on how much they enjoyed the camp. Staff was very helpful and friendly at every turn. We would definitely return.”

“Registration process allowing packs to customize the program was great. Other camps the program is fixed and not flexible.”

“This was a great session. I felt I came away with a renewed vision of what scouting is all about, which I didn’t expect….Thanks to everyone who made these four summer days special to both the boys and adults.”

Boy Scout Leaders:

“The food this week was terrific! Carolyn and staff did an amazing job. Thank you for introducing us to magic mac-n-cheese!”

“I have never been to a camp that cared so much about us campers having the best week.  All merit badge counselors were well prepared, always positive, and always cared about the youth.  I will recommend this camp to all!”

“Our boys really loved that the nature counselors would spend their own time helping them hunt lizards, frogs, etc.”

"I would like to thank the staff of Camp 3 Falls for the reverent and respectful manner in which you performed the Friday night campfire [flag retirement]. It is hard to put into words the gratitude I feel for your staff being respectful and professional. It was one of the best performed ceremonies I have been to."

“Of all the scout camps that we have been to over the last 10 years, we have never had a week at camp without having some member of the staff with a less than enthusiastic attitude. Camp Three Falls has been the first exception! Every staff member that we dealt with and worked with has such a good attitude and seemed genuinely happy.”

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Webelos Program for 2015

2015 Webelos Handbook
The Cub Scout advancement program is undergoing a major revision effective in Spring of 2015, and we're already looking at how we can implement these changes for our 2015 Webelos Resident Camp. Since many Webelos leaders will be unfamiliar with the program changes, we think that Resident Camp will be a perfect time to bring you up to speed and help you get started with the new program.

The revised program is designed to be more den-based, easier for den leaders to plan and execute, and most importantly, more fun for the boys! Each rank will require the boys to complete seven "Adventures," which are intended to take about a month to complete. For each rank there are three or four "core" (required) Adventures. Dens can then choose from a list of elective Adventures for each rank to make up the required total.

Information on the coming changes is available at this site:  http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx

Looking at early information on the Webelos program, we think we will be able to help dens complete portions of the following Adventures:

Webelos Walkabout (hiking)
Aquanaut (swimming and boating)
Camper (camping, obviously. Draft requirements include using GPS!)
Adventures in Science
Bull's Eye (BB guns and archery)
Castaway (How to avoid getting lost, and what do do if you do get lost)
Earth Rocks! (Geology)
Into the Wild (Nature)
Into the Woods (Trees and Plants)

Most of these will fit right into our existing program with just minor changes to our activities. However, this is a very preliminary list. We'll be studying the requirements in detail, and we hope to be able to let you know early in 2015 exactly what we'll be able to provide at camp.

We'll have more information in our 2015 Leader's Guide, and we'll keep you updated on this site as we fill in the details.



Monday, June 23, 2014

Webelos Under the Stars

A couple of dens have asked about earning the Webelos Under the Stars patch during Webelos Resident Camp.

Webelos Under the Stars is a High Adventure patch offered by the California Inland Empire Council High Adventure Team. Meet the requirements below (easy to do at camp), fill out an application form, and have it signed by a member of your local council's High Adventure Team. We'll have copies of the application form at camp and can refer you to a HAT member for the signature. Take the form to the Scout Store back home and they'll sell you the patches you need.

Webelos Under the Stars

Webelos, Den Chiefs and Scouters can earn this overnight camping patch by planning and attending any Webelos Den overnight campout. However, this patch cannot be earned when working on any other High Adventure Award.

Requirements:
  1. Three weeks prior to the overnight campout, a Local Tour Plan must be filed with your local Council Office.
  2. The patch is earned by completing a Den overnight campout where Webelos are working on various Activity Badges. This could be a family campout that Webelos, parents, and Den Leaders are attending.
  3. The patch may be worn on the right shirt pocket of the Webelos Uniform as a temporary patch.
  4. While the overnight campout does not have to be at a Council Camp, it is recommended.
  5. At least one adult should have a first-aid kit and be qualified in basic first-aid.

Webelos Session 1

Our first camp session is off to a great start with about 100 Webelos Scouts and 85 leaders/parents in camp. The staff put on a fabulous opening campfire last night, and the campers have been out in program areas all day -- hiking, cycling, swimming, shooting BBs and bow-and-arrow, climbing on the bouldering wall, and much more. Lots of tired but happy kids, and even tireder parents.

We have two more sessions of Webelos Resident Camp, then three weeks of Boy Scout Camp to come. If you're signed up to attend this summer, we look forward to seeing you soon, and if not, next year's dates have already been set, so mark your calendars!

We'll be posting photos regularly during camp on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CampThreeFalls, so keep an eye out for updates.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Webelos Leader Guide



The 2014 Webelos Leader Guide is available on the council web site here.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cycling Merit Badge Added for 2014!


Camp Three Falls will be offering Cycling Merit Badge for the first time this summer, using the new Mountain Biking option.

The badge will involve a lot of challenging, exciting off-road riding on trails near camp in the Lockwood Valley and surrounding hills.

This will be an intense merit badge: It requires a total of seven mountain bike rides ranging from 2 to 22 miles in length, as well as learning about bike handling, maintenance, and safety. To get all the requirements completed, we're scheduling this as a double-session merit badge, either two sessions in the morning or two in the afternoon, and participants may also have to devote some time for early morning or evening rides. Scouts taking this badge should be aware in advance that the time required may cause conflicts with some other activities.

Because of the physical demands of this activity, and for safety reasons, we are limiting participation to Scouts who will be at least 13 years old when they arrive at camp.

The class will be taught by experienced mountain bikers, using our bikes and other equipment. If a scout wants to bring his own mountain bike or helmet, he may use it, subject to inspection and approval by our instructors.

Cycling Merit Badge is a late addition to our offerings and is not included in the Leader Guide. Scouts who want to take the badge should reserve either period 1 and 2, or period 3 and 4. Leaders of units that are signed up for camp will receive more information on this badge later in the spring.

Our thanks to the Channel Islands Bicycle Club for their continued support of the bike program at Three Falls.

More New Merit Badges at Three Falls

Also returning to Three Falls this summer are two merit badges that we haven't offered in some time: Pottery and Metalworking.

Pottery Merit Badge will be offered in the Handicraft area. Participants will learn about a variety of pottery techniques and will make a sculpture and several kinds of pots, including one thrown on a potter's wheel. Unlike some Handicraft badges, this one will take all week to complete because of the number of projects required. Pottery is open to all campers. There will be a small charge for materials.

Metalwork Merit Badge will be offered at our Rendezvous area. What better place than old Fort Lockwood to learn about the manly art of blacksmithing? We're rebuilding a forge that we've had in storage, and collecting tools to re-introduce this challenging merit badge. Participants
will learn about metalworking techniques, materials, and safety concerns, and will make at least two objects to demonstrate their skills. Because of the strength and stamina required, and for safety reasons, we will be limiting this merit badge to Scouts who will be 14 or older at camp. There will be a charge for materials.

We will also continue to offer the popular Welding Merit Badge that we introduced last summer, and will add space so that more campers can participate.

See the Leader Guide for more information on all of these offerings.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Boy Scout Leader Guide Is Now Available


The 2014 Boy Scout Leader Guide for Summer Camp at Three Falls is now available. Click here to view the guide. It will also be available to download from the Ventura County Council web site.

The Webelos Leader Guide is being updated and will be posted soon.