The Three Fires Council is delighted to announce the opening of the newly constructed Archery and Shooting pavilion at Camp Freeland Leslie for the 2016 summer season. Located in Oxford, Wisconsin, Camp Freeland Leslie annually serves 2,800 youth and adults from Wisconsin, Illinois and beyond.
As part of an ongoing program and property master planning process. The leadership of the Three Fires Council first focus was on the development of the properties Shooting Sports venue. In 2014 the Council constructed the 16 position rifle range doubling shooter capacity. In 2015 through a generous donation, the Council was able to construct a Skeet and Trap range to create the ability to cycle more youth through this activity and lessen wait times. The Council and its General Contractor were presented with the Gold Award for a Project of Distinction by the Southern Wisconsin Builders and Contractors Association for the Skeet and Trap Range.
In 2016, the shooting sports venue at Camp Freeland Leslie was completed through the construction of the Archery range and pavilion. Being one of the most popular activities in any camping program, the Council leadership knew that the range must be expanded in order to serve more youth and adults through a greater number of shooting lanes. We now have the ability for up to 16 individuals to be able to shoot simultaneously versus eight previously. Care was taken in the design process to maximize the space/efficiency within the secured storage building at the pavilion. Additionally, a design enhancement/change early in the construction process raised the top of the pavilion to10 feet to better accommodate our shooters. While requiring additional costs to the engineering and construction of the roof and its high winds stability, virtually any youth or adult of any height will now be able to shoot recurve bows as well as compound bows.
The construction of the Archery Range and Pavilion was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. The new Archery Range at Camp Freeland Leslie is sure to see heavy use and participation during the 2016 summer camp season and beyond. The word is out – The Three Fires Council is investing heavily in our outdoor programs at our camps. These investments could be a reason why our summer camp registrations have already increased our 2016 registrations by 30%!
Were it not for the Challenge Grant of the Easton Foundations, we would have had a much more difficult time raising the funds needed to construct the Archery Range and Pavilion. The Foundations investment with this tremendously important project helped significantly with the projects credibility and ultimate reality.
We look forward to promoting the use of the facility to outside groups that share in the passion of shooting sports.
On behalf of the thousands of individuals both now and in the future, we are forever appreciative of the Easton Foundations belief in, and support of, our outdoor educational programs. We look forward to providing you with more updates and photos when summer camp starts in just a few short weeks!
Michael Kaufman, CFRE
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America