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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 www.threefirescouncil.org 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
Email: Jeremy.Case@scouting.org

 

37W955 Big Timber Rd
Elgin, Illinois 60124

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08:00 AM
Check-Out
11:00 PM


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05:00 PM
Check-Out
11:30 AM


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Camp Use Policy Back to Top

Three Fires Council Camp Facilities Use Agreement

Permits will be issued based upon availability of facility and receipt of proper fees. It is understood that this event/activity will be conducted in keeping with the camping standards of the Boy Scouts of America and a registered adult will be in charge during the entire stay. It is further understood the sponsoring institution and the unit committee have approved this event/activity and know of their responsibilities. Council and District event chairmen must obtain must go thru the online Camp/Facility reservations  for any use of property, facility, or equipment - Rangers will review the Journal Entry process for your event with you on facility charges.

1. Full payment is required thru credit card or e-check when making the online reservation.

2. Check-in time is no earlier than 4:00 p.m. on Fridays and check out time is 11:30 AM on Sunday for weekend rentals. (Unless prior arrangements have been made with the Camp Ranger). All other arrival and departure times need approval from the Ranger. Additionally, individual Camp rules specific to each camp will be made a part of this agreement.

3. All units must check-in and check-out of camp with the Ranger. You are responsible for leaving all equipment and facilities in a clean and orderly condition. Failure to do so may result in additional charges, which must be paid within 30 days of the use date. Your unit will be charged for cleaning issues/ damage to facilities at the rate of (minimum of 1 hour of Labor) $50.00 per hour labor plus costs. 

4. You are responsible for all supplies and equipment that are listed on this agreement. Your unit will be charged for broken equipment as part of damages above.

5. The Three Fires Council may authorize other groups to be present on the premises to use facilities that are not covered by this agreement.

6. You must follow the Boy Scout National policies as stated in the current Guide to Safe Scouting including but not limited to 2- deep leadership, BALOO, Shooting Sports Manual  and Youth Protection Training.

7. Report any and all injuries on camp property to the Camp Ranger as soon as possible. All injuries that occurred on Camp must be reported to the Camp Rangers and any 911 calls must be reported to the Camp Rangers immediately to be aware of ambulance access needed/for other camper’s safety.

8. A Certificate of Insurance is required for any out-of-council Scouting unit staying overnight. A Tour Plan is no longer required for Units Terminated by the BSA on May 1st,  2017.

9. Pets, alcoholic beverages, firearms, fireworks or any illegal controlled substances are not allowed on any part of camp properties. Any violation will be just cause to cancel this agreement. Authorities will be called, you will be asked to leave the property and will forfeit all fees.

10. There is no smoking or use of vaporized smoking allowed in any building on any Three Fires Council property. Smoking/Vaping is allowed only in designated areas and never in front of youth.

11. You are responsible to ensure that every participant of your activity is briefed on the policies and procedures stated in this agreement and in the reservation rules you received at the time you made your reservation. A scout is Courteous…be considerate of your fellow campers and leave things better than you found them!

12. The Three Fires Council and Camp Rangers reserve the right to close Camp due to adverse weather conditions or other factors that would affect the safety of those using the property.

13. Ground camping sites may be requested at the time of permit but are assigned by the Camp Rangers based on Unit Size, needs and conditions of Camp.

14. This agreement may be canceled at any time prior to the reservation date. The refund of any fees paid is based on the refund and cancelation policy. Refund and Cancelation policies are attached and made a part of this agreement.

15. All groups, Units and individuals recognize that the use of the Three Fires Council Properties is a privilege.

The Three Fires Council reserves the right, through its Camp Rangers/Camp Masters and/or Professional Staff to remove any group, unit or individual from the property for any/no reason, at their discretion. Any person (s) not cooperating with a request to vacate the premises will be considered a trespasser and may subject themselves to law enforcement/ legal action.

16. Any campers/motor homes, or generators must be pre-approved by the Ranger before permit/access to Camp is allowed. The need for generators to operate medical equipment must be approved beforehand.

17. At least, two adult leaders must be present at all times. One must be currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America and must be at least 21 years old.

18. The speed limit on camp property is 10 miles per hour.

19. Any vehicles driven in to campsites must have authorization from the Camp Ranger.

20. All vehicles must be parked in an area designated by the Camp Ranger.

21. Driving on the grass is prohibited unless the Camp Ranger has given their permission.

22. Report any damage or breakage of camp facilities or equipment to the Camp Ranger as soon as possible.

23. Respect camp boundaries. Do not cross fences or other obstacles on to private property. Avoid areas of camp which are being utilized by other groups or posted as restricted areas. Avoid areas of Construction and do not cross into areas marked off limits for Construction or construction equipment.

24. 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.

25. Do not tamper with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or other emergency or lifesaving equipment.

26. 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 K-Lodge (Camp Big Timber) or 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. Clean-up fees will be part of the cleaning/damages charges incurred - see #3.

27. Where fires are permitted, firewood is supplied – do not bring in Firewood, it is illegal to do so. Do not leave firewood, burn barrels, or cinder blocks in open areas. Return all items to the proper areas of camp (i.e. camp wood pile area). This is to help prevent damage to camp mowing apparatus.

28. Everyone must be in their campsite or cabins and quiet by 10:00 pm unless other arrangements have been made with the Camp Ranger. In every case, respect the rights of our neighbors and other campers and keep noise to a minimum.

29. Re-stack any picnic tables that you use.

Camp Specific Rules:

Camp Big Timber – 37W955 Big Timber Road, Elgin, Illinois 60124

  • Parking locations is designated by the Ranger- confirm upon Check-in.
  • No Ground fires allowed. All fires must be up and off the ground. Utilize burn barrels and cinder blocks at all times.
  •  No firewood brought into camp – it is illegal to carry firewood from most areas.
  • The Camp Big Timber office phone number is 847-742-1944. The Camp Ranger’s (Jeremy Case) cellular phone number is 630-549-5823.
  • Call 911 for Fire/ ambulance and Police emergencies.
  • Fire and Ambulance services are handed by the Rutland/Dundee Fire Protection District. Police is handled by the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.
  • You must notify the Ranger of any emergency on camp property. Because of the equipment that will be entering camp, camper control and assistance that may be needed – notify the Ranger immediately after calling for emergency assistance.

Camp Freeland Leslie – 105 Fawn Drive, Oxford, Wisconsin 53952

  • Vehicles may be driven into campsites for unloading and loading only. Trailers and Tow vehicles may be left in the Campsite with Ranger discretion.
  • Ground Fires in existing fire scars only. Fires may be prohibited due to weather conditions. No firewood brought into camp – it is illegal to carry firewood from most areas.
  • Fishing is allowed, on a catch and release basis, in all areas - except in the swimming area.
  • The Ranger can be reached on his cell phone at 608-369-4466.
  • Call 911 for Fire/ ambulance and Police emergencies.
  • Fire is handled by Oxford Fire Department. Ambulance service is handled by Marquette County EMS. Police matters are handled by Oxford Police Department.
  • You must notify the Ranger of any emergency on camp property. Because of the equipment that will be entering camp, camper control and assistance that may be needed – notify the Ranger immediately after calling for emergency assistance.

Property Reservation and Refund Policies:

1. The Three Fires Council reserves the right to refuse/cancel any reservation or to close camp if necessary. If camp is closed, a full refund or alternate rental date will be provided.

2. Units, Groups and Individuals agree to follow the rules of the camp as well as Three Fires Council and Boy Scouts of America policies and procedures. Additionally any non-Scouting group must comply with the Three Fires Council’s Insurance and Liability protection requirements. Please ensure that all policy, procedures, and camp rules are available to your group prior to the commencement of the rental.

3. Reservations online will be accepted up to one year in advance.

4. No voicemail or email reservations will be accepted.

5. Reservations are tentative until full payment is received. Payment in full is required at the time of reservation. Failure to pay for the rental in full or to complete a reservation in full, releases the reservation with no obligation on the part of the Three Fires Council automatically. The Three Fires Council is free to clear any incomplete or unpaid reservations.

6. Payment must be made online by credit card or echeck with a Unit Check.

7. Payment may not be made to Rangers on camp property - except for overages on number of total campers. The Unit may be billed for excessive overages.  Refunds are not given for over estimated attendance vs. actual numbers for tent sites. Please try to be as accurate as possible.

8. Any damages or excessive cleaning issues will cause the Unit to be billed for cleaning/damage losses. The Camp Ranger will have full discretion on the charges. Amounts may be billed to the Unit’s account and may result in loss of future rentals.

9. With Exception, Weekend Reservations for rentals generally start on 4:00 PM on Friday's and go through 11:30 AM on Sunday ( 2 nights).   Additional charges may apply if outside these parameters. Weekday rentals will vary in the start and finish times – Please discuss with the Ranger anticipated start and finish times.

10. The camps are for the benefit of all of our youth members. In order to accommodate the needs of as many Scouting groups as possible, we generally do not accept "entire camp" reservations except for large Scouting Events run by District's, Council events or Camps.

11. Units/groups must check in upon arrival. Please have a Roster for all attendees for the Ranger.  Original camper estimates should be as accurate as possible.  Attendance will be verified at arrival time and any amounts due above the original estimate should be adjusted accordingly. Unit checks can be accepted for the total camper differences at camp. Fewer Campers than estimated will not result in a refund.

12. The actual placement of individual units or large groups on the property will be at the discretion of the Ranger based on group size, property use and ground conditions.

13. Leadership/supervision requirements must be met in accordance with the Boy Scouts of America as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting – found online.

14. Camp Rangers may appoint Camp Masters to act in their stead and will have the same authority as the Ranger in cases of policy and procedures.

15. Non- Scout use of Council properties requires the camp be used for appropriate activities consistent with the aims and ideals of the Boy Scouts of America. Our camps will only take reservations from recognized community groups, i.e. School and Church groups, other youth serving not for profit organizations and /or civic and fraternal organizations.

16. Non-Scout use Groups must furnish a roster of all names of Youth and Adults who will be on the property, including any contractors or vendors. As part of our use agreement, the group should provide the size of the group, the purpose of the activity, the times of operation, and the program that will take place and a certificate of insurance.  All Non- Scout use reservations must go thru the Council Office.  Please call 630-584-9250 extension 100.

Questions on Reservations ??? Feel free to call the Three Fires Council Program Assistant, 630-584-9250 x100. Calls are accepted Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time. No access to voicemail or email during evening or weekend hours.  Rangers will take questions on Camp specific questions and needs. 

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.