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.







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