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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.
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 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.
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.
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.