Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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.
Metalwork -- Blacksmithing at Fort Lockwood!Pottery -- we have three potters wheels (just added a third) and a kiln
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!

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