Three Fires Council will hold its Second Annual winter Biathlon Competition on February 11, 2024, at Camp Big Timber.

Join us for a exciting relay of shooting and snowshoeing through the trails of our very own Camp Big Timber! All participants will receive a commemorative event patch.

Who: Scouts BSA, Ventures, Sea Scouts and Adults.

Where: Camp Big Timber - 37W955 Big Timber Rd., Elgin, Illinois 60124

When: Sunday, February 11th


A Little History:

Biathlon "is rooted in the skiing traditions of Scandinavia, where early inhabitants revered the Norse god Ullr as both the ski god and the hunting god." Originally called “military patrol,” the sport was contested at the Winter Olympic Games in 1924 and became accepted as a regular Olympic sport in 1955. It is the only Olympic event in which the United States has never won a medal of any color, individual or relay, and either men’s or women’s.

How it works:

Our biathlon competition is a race in which Scouts snowshoe around a cross-country trail system whose total distance is divided into two BB gun shooting rounds, first in the prone (lying down) position, the other offhand (standing). Each will be 5 shots.  10 seconds of extra time is added to the contestant's total time for missed targets. The contestant with the shortest total time wins.

For more information or questions please contact: Don Goff at