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.