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.

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


Amy Seyller

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