Three Fires Council
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The Three Fires Council of the Boy Scouts of America is located in Illinois. It was formed from the merger of Two Rivers Council and DuPage Area Council (named for Dupage County); it was briefly called "Two Rivers-DuPage Area Council". Its council service center is located in St. Charles, Illinois. Three Fires operates Camp Big Timber near Elgin, Illinois and Camp Freeland Leslie near Oxford, Wisconsin and Scout Shops in St. Charles, Illinois and West Chicago, Illinois. It operates the BSA Adventure Camp jointly with Des Plaines Valley Council near Rochelle, Illinois.
Camp Freeland Leslie
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Chickamauga Campsite at Camp Freeland Leslie
Camp Freeland Leslie (CFL) is located near Oxford, Wisconsin, approximately 25 miles northeast of the Wisconsin Dells. Camp Freeland Leslie is a Boy Scout camp owned and operated by Three Fires Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The camp offers over 500 acres of natural settings: pine forests, prairies, swamp, streams, abundant wildlife and a lake entirely on the property. The camp was purchased by the former DuPage Area Council in 1970. Camp Freeland Leslie was first used as a summer camp in 1972. Camp Freeland Leslie is a patrol cooking camp, and does not operate a dining hall.
As with most Scout camps, CFL offers opportunities for Scouts to operate as patrols. A variety of activities are offered at Camp Freeland Leslie that allow patrols to grow and develop, ranging from meal preparation to organized events during the weekly "Friday Night Event."
In addition to six weeks of Boy Scout resident camp being offered each summer, there are also three sessions for Webelos-aged Cub Scouts. The Cub Adventure features a different theme each year. The Webelos program is largely structured around earning Activity Badges. Camp Freeland Leslie is also available year round for unit camping. In addition to the campsites, the Deicke Visitors Center is also available during the off season to be rented for unit outings. This modern building is complete with bunks, central heating, equipped kitchen, and indoor toilet/shower facilities. There are ski resorts in the area which makes this a popular base camp for many units during the winter. A full time resident Ranger resides year round at camp to help support your stay. 
There are 16 campsites at CFL, including a family camping area and a handicap accessible campsite. The 14 campsites for Boy Scouts are named after U.S. battles. The 14 campsites are named Ticonderoga, Manassas, Gettysburg, Appomattox, Trenton, Shiloh, Saratoga, Chickamauga, Bunker Hill, Antietam, Valley Forge, Fort McHenry, Concord, and Lexington. A Special Needs camp was created in 2007.
The summer camp staff resides in Upper Dells and Lower Dells, collectively nicknamed Andersonville after a Confederate prison camp known for its frequent shortages of food, lack of a clean supply of water, abusive guards, and mortality rates over 70%.
There are six program areas where merit badges are taught in CFL: Waterfront, Ecology-Conservation, Outdoor Skills, Eagle's Nest, New Frontiers, and Shooting Sports.
The Waterfront, based on Lake Emrick, counsels Scouts in the Swimming, Canoeing, Lifesaving, Rowing, and Small-Boat Sailing merit badges. They also operate the Mile Swim BSA, Snorkeling BSA, Kayak BSA instructional swimming, and the Polar Bear swimming event.
The Nature area staff counsel the Astronomy, Bird Study, Energy, Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management, Fishing, Forestry, Geology, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Nature, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Soil and Water Conservation, and Weather merit badges.
The Outdoor Skills (also known as Scoutcraft) area staff counsels basic Scouting skills and fundamentals in the Camping, Cooking, First Aid, Geocashing, Orienteering, Pioneering, and Wilderness Survival merit badges.
The Eagle's Nest area is based around helping Scouts obtain the rank of Eagle. Eagle's Nest offers the Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Emergency Preparedness, and Personal Fitness merit badges. Eagle's Nest also offers the First Class Trail program, which is designed to help Scouts get their First Class rank.
The New Frontiers area offers a variety of different types of merit badges, such as the Archeology, Art, Basketry, Cinematography, Indian Lore, Leather work, Painting, Photography, Radio, Sculpture, Space Exploration, and Wood Carving.
The Shooting Sports area offers the Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Archery, and Fingerprinting merit badges.
The Administration teaches the Golf and Horsemanship merit badges.
Lowaneu Allanque Lodge
Lowaneu Allanque Lodge is the Order of the Arrow Lodge affiliated with Three Fires Council. The Spring Fellowship is held at CFL, as well as Ordeal and Brotherhood ceremonies during summer camp. Many Three Fires Council Order of the Arrow events take place at Camp Freeland Leslie.