Thursday, October 4, 2018

A great camp at a great price!

Ventura County Council is offering a special reduced price on our second week of Scouts BSA Summer Camp at Three Falls, June 30-July 6, 2019. The price for youth campers, that week only, will be reduced to $365 for Ventura County Council units, $385 for out-of-council units.
Of course, you'll get the same great program, excellent food, and top-notch staff that Three Falls always delivers.
Prices for all other weeks are $405/$425 per youth. All of these prices include a $10 early-bird discount. You must pay camp fees in full by March 31 to get the early bird price.
We expect this week will fill up, so place your deposit soon to hold a spot. You can make a reservation at https://vc.tentaroo.com or call the council office at (805) 482-8938 for more information.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Three Falls -- The Place for Webelos Adventure!


As your Cub Scout pack starts its fall activities, next summer may seem like a long way off. But it's not too soon to start thinking about Webelos Resident Camp.


At Resident Camp, your scouts will experience four days and three nights of outdoor adventure. We provide tents and cots, great food, and a full schedule of fun, from campfires to hikes; BB guns and archery, climbing on our monster climbing tower, swimming in our pool, plus opportunities to learn new skills that fulfill advancement requirements, like outdoor cooking, knife safety, knots, nature study, astronomy, and more.

Above all, it's a great time!

Webelos Resident Camp at Three Falls is open to boys and girls who are currrently Bears (third grade) or first-year Webelos (fourth grade). Resident camp is a pack/den activity, not for individual scouts or families. Parents are encouraged to attend, but BSA regulations and our camp rules do not require a parent for every child. Packs may set their own standards.

Next summer's dates are:
Session 1: July 21-July 24
Session 2: July 24-July 27

We expect a very full camp next summer, so don't wait too long to sign up or you may miss out.

Registrations can be made online at https://vc.tentaroo.com/


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Three Falls -- The Place for Older Scouts




Maybe it's because our Webelos program is one-of-a-kind ... and our Trail to First Class program is so good ... and we offer so many great merit badges ... but people sometimes overlook how much Three Falls has to offer for older scouts.

* The Three Falls Adventure Trek. Okay, so maybe it needs a catchier name. This week-long program for scouts 13 and older starts with two days in camp for climbing on our 57-foot tower; Low COPE and teambuilding; black powder rifle shooting; frontier skills at Fort Lockwood; and field archery. Then the crew takes off for a three day, two night backpacking trip into the Chumash Wilderness. The week finishes with mountain biking on some great trails.

For scouts planning a Philmont Trek or other long term backpacking experience, it's an opportunity to fine-tune their backpacking skills: Our Trek staff is chosen from older staff members with previous Philmont experience, and they teach Philmont-style methods and Leave No Trace principles. Along the way, the crew learns leadership skills drawn from the BSA's Kodiak syllabus, and can earn Camping and Geocaching Merit Badges.

Space is limited, so sign up early!

* Frontier Survivor. Our exclusive hiking award gives scouts the chance to experience some of the best hikes in the Lockwood Valley/Mount Pinos area, while still participating in nearly all of our regular camp program. It involves three morning or evening hikes followed by a night sleeping out under the stars near North Falls. There's a Polar Bear Swim in there too, just to keep things fresh. Frontier Survivor is recommended for experienced hikers 12 and older, though some of the hikes are open to all.

Those who complete all the requirements receive the coveted Frontier Survivor neckerchief and slide.

* Climbing. At 57 feet, our climbing tower is one of the tallest at any scout camp in the county, and we believe it is the tallest at any camp in California. We offer Climbing Merit Badge, of course, but also night climbs that are open to all.

* BSA Lifeguard. Offered every week for older scouts.

* Merit Badges. We offer 35 to 40 merit badges (it varies from year to year). Older scouts will be particularly interested in Eagle-required badges like Swimming, Lifesaving, Environmental Science, Camping, First Aid, Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World. But don't overlook some fun and challenging options like Cycling (mountain bike option); Welding; and Metalwork. Most of these have minimum age and/or rank requirements.

* Staff. For your 14-and-older scouts, camp staff can be an opportunity to take their scouting experience to the next level. Applications are taken in fall for the following summer.







Three Falls -- The Place for New Scouts!

Three Falls offers one of the best -- we actually think it's the best -- Trail to First Class programs of any camp in California.

Designed and run by veteran troop leaders, outdoors enthusiasts, trainers and educators, our Pathfinders program is engaging, active, and fun for your younger scouts. Not a lot of sitting around here: your scouts will spend their time tying knots, building fires, sharpening knives, taking hikes, swimming, playing games (with a purpose, of course); there's even a cool overnight in the tepees near Fort Lockwood.

To give you the maximum flexibility, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class skills are all taught separately, at different times. A brand-new Scout can take three periods and work on all three ranks, while a Second Class Scout can take just the First Class section, leaving the rest of the day free for merit badges.

While it's understandably a popular program, we provide enough instructors to maintain a ratio of about one instructor to eight scouts, a perfect size for active outdoor learning.

Let us help get your newest scouts off to a great start with their Scouting adventure!


Three Falls -- The Place for Merit Badges

Merit badges are only one part of Boy Scout summer camp, but for a lot of people, they're an important part.

Some people assume that because Three Falls is a smaller camp, we offer a limited selection of merit badges. Nothing could be further from the truth! In 2018, we offered 36 different merit badges -- that's more than a lot of larger camps -- check for yourself.

We have the usual summer camp badges -- you can see a list here -- but also some you might not expect:

Citizenship in the Nation -- limited to older scouts
Citizenship in the World -- limited to older scouts
Cycling -- Mountain bikes. This one is limited to older scouts because it's tough -- ride 52 miles in 5 days, on back roads and trails in the Los Padres National Forest.
Electricity
Metalwork -- Blacksmithing at Fort Lockwood!Pottery -- we have three potters wheels (just added a third) and a kiln
Photography
Space Exploration -- Build and launch honest-to-goodness model rockets.
Welding -- Taught by master welder Jack Compton!

We could go on, but you get the idea -- there is really something for everyone, even the old scouts who have already earned most of the typical summer camp badges. And we change the list a little each year, so there's always something new.

And, because we are a smaller camp, class sizes are conducive to scouts actually learning something -- which unfortunately isn't always the case at larger camps. Most of our classes are limited to 8 or 12 scouts at a time.

If merit badges matter to your scouts, take a look at Three Falls!



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Join Our Staff for 2019

Become part of the best camp staff in southern California -- the Three Falls Thunder! 

More than just a great first job, working at camp is an opportunity to put to use everything you've learned as a scout -- the skills, teamwork, leadership and service to others. Plus, you'll have a great time and make lifelong friends.

The 2019 staff will serve at camp for six weeks, from mid-June until late July, plus several training sessions in Camarillo in the spring. You must be at least 14 years old to work at camp as a CIT, 15 or older to be a paid staff member. Some positions require adults. Age requirements for various jobs are listed on the application form.

Applications are due by December 15, but why wait? Send your application now and we'll contact you later in the year when we're ready to start interviews. Get the application here.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Camp Dates for 2019

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For your long-range planning convenience, here are the dates for Boy Scout and Webelos Summer Camp at Three Falls NEXT year -- 2019.

Boy Scouts
Session 1: June 23-June 29
Session 2: June 30-July 6
Session 3: July 7-July 13
Session 4: July 14-July 20

Webelos
Session 1: July 21-July 24
Session 2: July 24-July 27

Get your reservation in early to ensure your choice of dates. Starting this year, Ventura County Council event registrations can be made online at https://vc.tentaroo.com/

We look forward to seeing you at camp next year!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Trading Post Preorder


Units attending Webelos Resident camp or Boy Scout Summer Camp at Three Falls can preorder some of our most popular trading post items using this form. Please use ONE FORM PER UNIT. You do not need to pre-pay; we will have your selections waiting for you when you arrive at camp and you will pay then using cash or credit card. We will have additional stock of these items in the trading post, but we can't guarantee availability if you don't preorder.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

2108 Webelos Leader Guide


Click this link to view the 2018 Camp Three Falls Webelos Resident Camp Leader Guide. A copy of the pdf will also be emailed to the leaders of dens registered to attend camp.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

New Firearms Permission Slip Requirement

IMPORTANT: In order to comply with California state law, we must have a specific firearms permission slip for all youth participating in BB guns, .22 rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, or black powder rifle shooting, including Rifle and Shotgun merit badges, at Webelos Resident Camp or Boy Scout Summer Camp. Without a permission slip, scouts will not be allowed to participate in these activities. You can get the permission slip here https://drive.google.com/open… It will also be sent by e-mail to the unit leaders on our contact list for summer camp.

If you are taking advantage of Express Check-In, we recommend including these permission slips with your other paperwork. Otherwise, you will need to bring them with you when you come to camp.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Boy Scout Leader Guide

The 2018 Boy Scout Leader Guide is now available. Copies have been sent to unit leaders registered for camp and can also be downloaded here

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Cyber Chip at Summer Camp

In addition to being required for both Cub Scout and Boy Scout rank advancement, BSA's Cyber Chip is now required as a prerequisite for some STEM merit badges. Scout who plan to earn Photography Merit Badge at Three Falls need to have a Cyber Chip card, for example.
Our STEM department will be offering a Cyber Chip class as an option for both Webelos and Boy Scouts.

For Webelos: Like most activities at Webelos Resident Camp, this is a group activity. You Den Leader can request the class for your group in advance (before you come to camp) and we'll schedule you to attend.

For Boy Scouts: The class will be offered during free time one afternoon during the week. Scouts can sign up individually at camp. For boys who are in 6th grade and up, one requirement is to write and sign an agreement with your parents setting rules for use of digital technology. To help with this, we've provided a sample agreement. You do not need to use this exact form; it is offered as an example. But to complete Cyber Chip at camp, each scout does need to bring a copy of a signed agreement with him to show to his counselor.

Here's a link to the sample agreement:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/14cyvGn6W1xXjuvkLzR58pveYD29TP-ur/view?usp=sharing