Our Mission StatementThree Fires Council

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

BSAOur Vision

The B.S.A. is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the future, Scouting will continue to:
Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership;
Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program.

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BSAThree Fires Council 2015 Annual Report Summary

Dear Friend of Scouting, 
On behalf of the 14,128 youth and 6,321 adult volunteers of Three Fires Council, we are pleased to present you with our 2015 Annual Report. 
This year, the Three Fires Council achieved “Bronze Level” status in the Boy Scouts of America’s Journey to Excellence program. This nationwide program recognizes councils, districts, and units for achievement in the critical areas of finance, membership, program and service. The Journey to Excellence program encourages continuous improvement in order to provide the best possible program to the youth we serve through Scouting.
As members, volunteers, alumni, contributors, and supporters, we can be proud of the many accomplishments of the Three Fires Council in 2015. Our council continues to lead nationally in youth retention – a key indicator that speaks volumes about the quality of our programs and the adult volunteers who lead them. Our summer camp programs served 7,429 youth. This is a shining example of what Scouting is all about.  
Through Eagle Scout service projects and community service provided by our units, the Three Fires Council logged 118,110 hours of service within Chicago’s western communities. That’s 21.5 hours of community service per member. Scouting builds strong citizens and strong communities. 
Highlights of 2015 include: 
•402 Eagle Scouts
•an increase in Webelos attendance at Camp Freeland Leslie
•733 Scouts who participated in the new Day One camping program
•4,500 attendees of the first-ever STEM-o-Rama
•the fifth largest popcorn sale in the US. On average, units received $5,000 in commission
•more than 2,000 Scouts from five states attended Merit Badge University 
•the largest Scout Alumni Association chapter in the country
While there’s plenty of which to be proud, we must continuously strive to improve our programs for the sake of our Scouts. For 2015, the executive board and staff have made a commitment to focus on “The Main Thing” – providing a quality Scouting experience to an ever-increasing number of youth through strong unit programs. We have some of the finest youth development and leadership programs in Chicago’s western suburbs. Working together, we can ensure that every youth who wants to join our programs has that opportunity. 
Carl A. Blackham                           Daniel J. Zedan                           Joseph E. Wiltrout
Council President                    Council Commissioner                   Scout Executive / CEO 

View the 2015 Three Fires Council, BSA Annual Report

View the 2014 Three Fires Council, BSA Annual Report 

View the 2013 Three Fires Council, BSA Annual Report.

View the 2012 Three Fires Council, BSA Annual Report.

View the 2011 Three Fires Council, BSA Annual Report.

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Origin of Our Three Fires Council Name

In the early 1800's, Shabbona was a principal chief of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Chippewa group of tribes which banded together to form "The Three Fires." Shabbona camped briefly in a large grove one-half mile south of Shabbona, IL. He fought with the British in the War of 1812 and later helped the settlers of northern Illinois by warning of Indian uprisings during the Winnebago outbreak. In the Black Hawk War, Shabbona alerted pioneers to impending Indian raids and offered to lead an attack against the Sauk and Fox Tribes.
The name Three Fires Council pays tribute to the Native Americans who once populated this area, as well as taking inspiration from the idea of working together as a new council, drawing strength from the foundations created by the former DuPage and Two Rivers councils, and looking ahead to the future as the Three Fires Council.

The name was suggested by a Webelos Cub Scout in 1992. The council strip was designed by Rick House.

Three Fires CouncilCouncils that Formed the Two Rivers Council

DeKalb Area  Fox Valley Council  Aurora Area Council Elgin Area Council

Chief Shabbona Council  Kedeka Area CouncilFox River Valley Council

These 7 patches are from a commemerative patch set created in 1989 for a fundraiser for the Two Rivers Council, to represent the councils which merged to eventually form the Two Rivers Council, which later merged with the DuPage Area Council to form the Two Rivers - DuPage Area Council, later to be renamed the Three Fires Council.

The councils shown above, and the dates of their existence, are as follows:

  • DeKalb County Council, 1925-1927

  • Fox Valley Council, 1926-1931

  • Aurora Area Council, 1916-1955

  • Elgin Area Council, 1916-1957

  • Chief Shabbona Council, 1927-1967

  • Kedeka Area Council, 1956-1967

  • Fox River Valley Council, 1958-1970

If you have any information regarding any of these councils, we'd love to hear from you. Please use our Contact Page to send us anything you might have about any of the councils that now make up the Three Fires Council.