Sunday, March 22, 2020

Camp Three Falls - COVID-19 Update


Ventura County Council and the Camp Three Falls staff are as concerned as you are for the safety of our families and Scouting community. So, as we prepare to provide your Scouts with a summer camp experience that will create a lifetime of memories, we’re also taking extra measures to ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy at camp.

At this point in time we do not plan to close our summer camp.  We do have protocols in place for controlling and preventing the spread of communicable diseases in camp.  Our camp doctor and camp medics are reviewing and updating those protocols on a weekly basis to make sure we have the best strategies and information available to our staff.  We are also taking other steps to provide a safe and healthy environment for our campers including:

·      The institution of policies and procedures that not only meet all Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health agency guidelines, but exceed them. We are monitoring the ever-changing situation; as guidelines change externally, we are updating our policies for the Camp accordingly.
·      We have hired a second camp medic and partnered with Medical Explorer Post 2911 to provide us with a CIT to assist our medics.
·      We are hiring a second assistant ranger to assist in cleaning common areas around camp more frequently (including portable restrooms.)
·      We have increased the number of handwashing stations near the dining hall and fort and implemented standards for Scouts to wash hands before entering the dining hall and throughout the day under the direction of all Area Directors and Camp Staff Members.
·      Campers will undergo a pre-event medical screening and will have their temperature taken before entering camp.
·      Medics will be visiting unit leaders in their camp sites to provide guidance on keeping our camp healthy and safe.
·      Cots and common shared areas in camps will be disinfected between camp sessions.

We will be sending out more information on how to complete health forms, medical dos and don’ts to prevent illnesses and our camp check-in procedure as we get closer to camp.  This year we are requiring all units to turn in their medical and waiver forms a week before they arrive to complete the pre-check-in process and reduce the wait in the parking lot created by the check-in bottle neck.   

If you are a unit from Ventura County, please remember that there are council campership funds available to attend summer camp at Camp Three Falls. No Scout should be denied an opportunity to attend summer camp because of his or her family’s financial struggles. Click here to find the Ventura County Council Campership Application.

We recognize that COVID-19 virus situation is fluid and we must be prepared for anything - channeling Lord Baden-Powell.  We do have a policy in place to provide refunds if it becomes necessary for the council to order the camp closed for the safety of our campers and staff.  

I hope this information helps to moderate the concerns of your leaders, scouts and parents, concerns we too have for our family and staff.

Jerry Thurston
Camp Director

Larry Tuck
Program Director

George Villalobos
VCC CEO

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2020 Scouts BSA Leader Guide

The 2020 Camp Three Falls Scouts BSA Leader Guide is available to download from the Ventura County Council website.