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Camp Big Timber

Camp Big Timber is a multi-use camp located in Elgin, right near Randall Road and I-90 West. Built in the 30's, The camp hosts 3 building used for rentals; The Lodge, T-Lodge and Ansel. 

The Lodge is a Dining Hall styled building with a 3 season porch and multipurpose meeting room that can be used for activities and lodging. With a full size commercial style kitchen, many events have used The Lodge for feeding large groups!  The Lodge also has flush toilets and showers for both male and female campers. Sleeping on the floor of The Lodge can accommodate approx. 70 people.  During the warmer weather, 20 - 30 additional people can sleep in the 3 Season Porch.

T-lodge is a smaller multi-use building with electricity, one bathroom with shower and flush toilet. A small prep kitchen with stove,microwave, sink and refrigerator.  Sleeping is on the floor ( no beds) and can accommodate approximately 40 people. 

Ansel is a shelter with a concrete floor and wood burning stove only for heat. Great for use as a warming shelter for winter activities.  

In addition, there are many areas for tent camping and several areas for wilderness survival camp outs.  

Additional areas include a Fire bowl, Tree house, BB and Archery Ranges, and multi-use fields for camping or program.

Camp Big Timber is home to our Haunted Hike during October and is not rented during this time.  Please check the calendar for other black out dates.

Camp Big Timber does not allow ground fires, however, there are a limited amount of burn barrels for use by units. Request for wood and barrels can be done thru the Ranger.  Additional information and Camp rules can be found on main page ( Camp Facilities Use Agreement) and and should be shared with all campers.

Ranger Notes

The Lodge and certain areas of camp are currently undergoing  Construction. Please be careful with construction and construction traffic in and around camp. 

Trails End - The road may be closed to traffic,  as it is too soft for vehicles during early Spring, late Fall and Winter wet conditions. Check with the Ranger for parking areas if utilizing this area.



Directions to Camp

Camp Big Timber - 37W955 Big Timber Rd., Elgin, IL 60124   (Click here for Mapquest Directions!)

Jeremy Case | Camp Big Timber Ranger, Boy Scouts of America Camp

Cell: 630-549-5823


37W955 Big Timber Rd
Elgin, Illinois 60124

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Camp Use Policy Back to Top


Subject: Three Fires Camping Update

Date: September 2, 2020

After several prolonged conversations with Kane County health officials and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in Springfield the following guidance is being issued to all Three Fires Council Scouting units.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) & DCEO NO overnight group or youth camping is permitted under Phase 4 of the restore Illinois plan. However, under the Governor’s Executive Orders and the guidance issued from IDPH and the DCEO Family camping is allowed.

The Three Fires Council will continue to make Camp Freeland Leslie (CFL) available to all Three Fires Council units for regular weekend camping (as allowed under Wisconsin health guidelines) and will make Camp Big Timber (CBT) available for Family Camping.


Under the IDPH Family Camping Guidance, families constitute those living in the same household; under Boy Scouts of America guidance, family members (siblings and parents) can share a tent.

Scout units can coordinate/plan family camping trips at CBT and CFL. Families camping at CBT must be encamped at least 30-feet from other family-households. All those on CBT or CFL property must complete a health screening prior to arrival and maybe be subjected to a temperature check while on property.

Complete Health Survey Form

Camp facilities (bathrooms) will be assigned to families and regularly cleaned, and the camp will limit access to buildings and shared equipment to help enforce physical/social distancing.  

All activities at Three Fires Council Camps will be limited to cohorts of no more than 50 people (youth and adults combined); cohorts will not interact with each other while on property (no exchanging participants between cohorts). Participants on camp properties will be required to wear a mask while indoors or when they cannot maintain 6-feet distancing from each other.

Illinois state, local parks and forest districts may allow you to make a reservation online for your unit, however they may cancel your registration prior to or upon arrival once they determine that your Scout unit is a youth program.

Neither IDPH or the DCEO would issue any rationale for their guidance nor did they provide contact information about who was responsible for issuing the state guidance, or which interested parties were giving them input to form these guidelines. If you want more information, please contact your State Representative or Senator and ask them for more transparency from IDPH and DCEO.



IMPORTANT: As the person completing this reservation for your unit or group, it is your responsibility to read this document in its entirety and make sure that everyone who will be participating in this reservation also understands these policies. Failure to know and understand these policies will not be accepted as an excuse for breaking them, and failure to abide by these policies may result in immediate expulsion from the campground of everyone in your unit or group and may prohibit your unit or group from future use of any Three Fires Council facilities.


Check In Procedure Back to Top

Check in and Check out times for weekends are based on 5:00 pm Friday check in to check out by 11:30 am on Sunday.  Any time before 5:00 pm on Friday and after 11:30 am on Sunday require Ranger approval.  Please contact the Ranger for their approval once making the reservation.

  Be sure that you print your reservation and bring it to camp.  All units must check in and out of camp with the Camp Ranger on duty, and please provide a count of Youth and Adults on check in.

A call sometime in the week before can give the Ranger a heads up of any last minute changes to arrival time, changes in estimate of campers, wood needs and any important information to share.

Check Out Procedure Back to Top

All Units must check out with the Ranger upon leaving Camp. 

Please note: Due to Camp wide responsibilities,  the Ranger may not be available at the time of departure. Please place a courtesy call to the Ranger's cell phone to let him know your group is departing.

Cancellation Policy Back to Top
Cancellations made more than 45 days in advance a group can transfer building/site fees paid toward another date within one (1) year. Cancellations made less than 45 days in advance will result in loss of building/site fees paid.
Cleaning Policy Back to Top

 When using a camp building, please return everything back to where you found it. Windows and doors must be secured upon departure. Keep areas outside and around buildings clean. No littering.  Do not tamper with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or other emergency or lifesaving equipment.

Janitorial services are not provided by camp personnel. A Scout is clean - When using camp buildings, the floors must be swept and/or mopped after use. All trash cans (including washrooms) must be emptied in to waste containers provided at The Lodge (Camp Big Timber) or Shop/ Rangers House (Adventure Camp) and Deicke Parking lot (off season)/ Pole Barn (Camp Freeland Leslie).  All trash must be put IN the dumpsters, not left next to them. 

If you brought it with you, take it home. Do not leave excess food, broken equipment, or other items at camp.