August 30, 2021 - Masking Update

The TFC Health & Safety committee met last week and is updating its mask guidance in accordance with the CDC and IDPH. Kane, Dupage and all other Illinois Counties are listed by IDPH as high transmission communities.
At TFC properties (Camp Big Timber, Scout Shop), effective immediately masks are mandated indoors for all people over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status. While masks are not required outdoors, they are encouraged when in large group settings such as festivals or when in close contact with others. Units should continue to adhere to any additional guidance from Charter Partners regarding indoor meetings at their facilities. If the State or Kane county update their mask guidleines, we will update our policy accordingly.
Three Fires Council Camping Health and Safety Guidelines should be followed, especially when camping indoors.



Now that Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois COVID mitigation plan the Three Fires Council is revising its operational procedures.

Three Fires Council will continue to post and update links to BSA COVID mitigation practices on our website for units to review as they are updated.

Council properties and activities: Three Fires Council will maintain enhanced cleaning protocols of facilities and will have hand sanitizer available at all high traffic areas. All participants, youth and adult, should stay home if sick or know of a recent direct exposure. No health screening will be conducted prior to single day events. Participants of overnight events should continue to self-screen prior to participating (temperature checks will be conducted at Day Camp, CBT and at CFL upon arrival).

Unit Operations: Continue to plan and conduct as much outdoor programming as possible (meetings included). Continue enhanced cleaning and sanitation. Units should continue to follow direction from their Charter Partner and the facilities where your programs are held.

Outdoors: No masks required, no group size limits. Masks are encouraged when in large group settings or when in close contact with others.

Indoors: Masks are required indoors at Council properties for all patrons over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status.

Each family must evaluate their risks under these guidelines and act accordingly.

Council Service Center and Scout Shops: Effective August 30, face masks are now required for all guests to the Norris Scout Center and our Scout Shops, regardless of vaccination status.

No single policy will fit the needs of every family.  Unit leaders should work with their families to provide as comfortable environment as possible. At the end of the day there may be some families who will not be comfortable in a group setting, indoors or outdoors, and will therefore continue to opt out. We ask that everyone be respectful of each other and “do your best” to provide a great and safe Scouting experience to as many families as possible.

While we strive to create the safest environment for all our Scouts Leaders and families, this last year has taught us we cannot eliminate all risks. But if we follow simple common sense protocols we can create a safer experience for everyone. Each family will have to decide if the precautions in place for unit and council operations are satisfactory for their family’s unique requirements.


We are investing in the safety of our Scouts, leaders and staff through essential improvements and tools. We have purchased face protector buffs, personal hand sanitizer for Scouts attending camp and additional medical equipment. If you are in a position to help with any of these unexpected expenses please consider making a gift to Three Fires Council.

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