Restart Scouting

Thank you everyone for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. As we enter Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan it is important to understand how to continue to keep yourselves, your Scouts and your families safe as we start to get our units reenergized and back to Scouting. In phase 4 we have more flexibility to meet in groups up to 50 people. We have opened up operations at Camp Freeland Leslie in Oxford, WI this week, with increased health and safety standards in place. We are looking forward to offering Family Camp and Webelos Resident Camp in the coming weeks.

TFC Summer Programming Update

The Council has delayed the start of our 2020 camp season. Camp Freeland Leslie Week 0 & Week 1 has been canceled; an additional week of Scouts BSA camp will be added the first week of August. CFL Webelos Resident Camp Session 1 at CFL will be rescheduled to July 26 – July 29, 2020. Cub Scout Day Camps scheduled for June will be rescheduled to July (or August). As soon as new dates are confirmed with host sites they will be shared.

Cancellation of 2020 Day Camps

For the past several months our Camping Leadership Team has been working diligently on modifying Day Camp to deliver a safe, fun and meaningful program in a fiscally responsible manner. This team of dedicated and experienced volunteers have successfully designed a meaningful program that meets all the new safety guidance issued by Illinois Department of Public Health. On an average year, more than 1,300 families register to attend our local day camps; unfortunately given the unprecedented times created by COVID-19, less than 200 families have enrolled for Day Camp this summer. We are very sorry that we must announce the cancellation of Day camp for summer 2020 and understand that this cancellation may cause you some stress with your summer plans.

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.

With social distancing continuing we will host another Council-Wide Virtual Roundtable in June. Please join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020. More details to come at a later date.

Rain or shine, pandemic or not, recruitment doesn't stop! Here are some tips to support your unit's recruitment efforts during the current state restrictions.

The following information regarding advancement is being provided as we deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Youth, parents, and leaders should work together to implement creative, common sense ways to facilitate advancement while adhering to the Guide to Safe Scouting and following the rules of Youth Protection training.

2020 Digital Merit Badge Adventure!

Three Fires Council is proud to announce virtual online merit badge courses! In an effort to help support Scouts and families as our communities suspend school activities and other group programs in response to COVID-19, Three Fires Council will continue to offer Merit Badge programs ONLINE. New badges will be added each week. Interested in teaching a session? CLICK HERE