2017 Norris Service Center Sign

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Brud Norris Memorial Scout Service Center receives new signage thanks to community support

St. Charles, IL, October 18, 2017 – The Boy Scouts of America Three Fires Council (TFC), home of nearly 14,700 Scouts throughout the Fox Valley area and northeastern Illinois, are the recipients of a brand new, large illuminated sign with an electronic message board.

Made possible by generous donors including Fred Norris, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, St. Charles Masonic Lodge, and anonymous donors. The new sign creates better visibility and impact not only for Scouts and Leaders using the Center, but also for the community. The sign is located outside the Brud Norris Memorial Scout Service Center at 415 N. 2nd Street (Rt. 31) in St. Charles, Ill.

“Our new sign clearly shows this is the Boy Scouts of America and publicizes our ongoing efforts to support the community to which we belong,” said Ronald A. Wentzell, TFC director of support services.
The Scout Service Center serves as the headquarters of TFC’s Scouting operations serving Kane, DuPage, Kendall, DeKalb, and parts of Will and Cook counties. The building houses a Scout retail operation to provide Scouting uniforms, awards and recognition, and literature for the Council’s Units. The center is also used almost on a nightly basis for committee meetings and presentations to plan and implement the programs provided to our Scouts and Leaders.

The Three Fires Council Scouting program is deployed through community organizations such as religious, educational, and civic groups, which provide the meeting place and leaders for the youth members throughout the Council’s area.

“Scouting's objective is to provide a positive influence, helping to develop character, responsible citizenship and personal development and teaches honesty, self-reliance, and respect. These are ideals worth believing in, which is shown via the support of our communities,” Wentzell concluded.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the Tri-Cities and Kendall County, Illinois.

Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $80 million in assets and has awarded more than $63 million in grants and scholarships.

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.

Contact
Aaron Vikemyr
Director of Camping
Three Fires Council, BSA
630-594-9250
Aaron.Vikemyr@scouting.org
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Groundbreaking Held at Area Youth Camp

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Groundbreaking Held at Area Youth Camp

Camp Big Timber in Elgin is scheduled to receive major improvements. Owned by Three Fires Council, Boy Scout of the America, this camp is ready to undergo a signification renovation. “We are beginning a $3.5 million project to upgrade the main lodge on property, called Kiwanis Lodge, and to build a maintenance facility, to support program operations. There is also additional work underway for expanded camping sites and program areas,” says Joe Wiltrout, CEO of Three Fires Council

The Kiwanis Lodge, named for Kiwanis International, is a central gathering, dining and program area. More than just an expanded dining hall, the reimagined “heart of camp” building will meet the needs of today’s families, adult volunteers and communities. The new Kiwanis Lodge will include dining for 200+, overnight camping, additional meeting and program spaces and modern audio-visual technology. It will also have broad sheltering porches and an outdoor gathering/event space complete with a large fire ring to maximize indoor and outdoor engagement.

The maintenance compound will provide much needed program storage and maintenance facilities. A portion of this space can be dedicated to workforce development programs which reflects a changing dimension of Scouting.

On Wednesday, October 18, the Three Fires Council held a groundbreaking ceremony to usher in a new, exciting phase of scouting in our area. Community members joined staff, volunteers and board members of the Three Fires Council, to enjoy refreshments, view renderings of the project and receive guided tours of the camp property.

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About Three Fires Council: The Three Fires Council serves nearly 15,000 scouts and their families in 120 communities, in the counties of Kane, DuPage, Kendall and DeKalb. Their mission is to prepare youth for life. Programs are available for boys in kindergarten through age 21 and for girls ages 14-21. For more information visit us at www.threefirescouncil.org

 

CONTACT
Amy Seyller
630-797-4636
Amy.seyller@scouting.org

$3.5 Million in Improvements Planned For Youth Camp

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$3.5 Million in Improvements Planned For Youth Camp

Camp Big Timber in Elgin is scheduled to receive major improvements. Owned by Three Fires Council, Boy Scout of the America, this camp is undergoing a signification renovation. “We are beginning a $3.5 million project to upgrade the main lodge on property, called Kiwanis Lodge, and to build a maintenance program facility, to support program operations. There is also additional work underway for expanded camping sites and program areas,” says Joe Wiltrout, CEO of Three Fires Council

The Kiwanis Lodge, named for Kiwanis International, is a central gathering, dining and program area. More than just an expanded dining hall, the reimagined “heart of camp” building will meet the needs of today’s families, adult volunteers and communities. The new Kiwanis Lodge will include dining for 200+, overnight camping, additional meeting and program spaces and modern audio-visual technology. It will also have broad sheltering porches and an outdoor gathering/event space complete with a large fire ring to maximize indoor and outdoor engagement.
The maintenance program compound will provide much needed program storage and maintenance facilities. A portion of this space can be dedicated to workforce development programs which reflects a changing dimension of Scouting.

On Wednesday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m., Three Fires Council will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to usher in a new, exciting phase of scouting in our area. Camp Big Timber address is 37W955 Big Timber Road, Elgin. Members of the media and public are welcome to attend.

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About Three Fires Council: The Three Fires Council serves nearly 15,000 scouts and their families in 120 communities, in the counties of Kane, DuPage, Kendall and DeKalb. Their mission is to prepare youth for life. Programs are available for boys in kindergarten through age 21 and for girls ages 14-21. For more information visit us at www.threefirescouncil.org

CONTACT
Amy Seyller
630-797-4636
Amy.seyller@scouting.org