Calling all Garage Salers!! We need your help.


We need your expertise in marking items for sale for the Camp Drake Yard Sale on April 5. How much is too much? How much is not enough? Please help us! We will be marking on Saturday, March 29 at 9:00 am in the dining hall at Camp Drake. Contact Mike Graham…   if you are able to help us.



We need your donations to help make this a huge success. You may drop off items at either Scout office or Camp Drake dining hall anytime. We also need donations of hangers. There will be free stuff! Door prizes will be given out every half hour. All shoppers will receive a free ticket for the drawings. The big prize will be given out at 3:00 pm (you don’t need to be present to win that one). See the attached flyer for more details. Join the fun from 8am-3pm in and around the dining hall at Camp Drake on April 5.




Boy Scout Camp Robert Drake is hosting a fun day of activities for the spring so families can get out and enjoy the new season.  The events for the day are open to the public for youth and adults to experience the outdoor opportunities.  As a fund-raising effort to support Scouting programs for young men and women, the camp is conducting a Yard Sale on Saturday, April 5th, from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.   During the morning from 9:00 am until noon, a special trail hiking program is being hosted by Scouting’s National Honor Society, known as the Order of the Arrow.  For 5th and 6th grade boys, a free summer camp orientation program, known as COMPASS Day, is conducted by the 2014 Camp Drake Staff, beginning at 1:00 pm.   During the afternoon, the Prairielands Council Shooting Sports Committee is hosting two activities for all ages with an open shoot in the Nogle Shooting Sports Range   and a Trap Shooting Competition on the Jamie Ping Trap/Skeet Field.   


Outdoor Leader Skills Training coming in April

Every Scout needs and deserves trained leaders.  Imagine having hands-on knowledge setting up a campsite, pitching a tent, hiking, outdoor cooking - all the skills necessary to see the outdoor program of Boy Scouts and Venturing come to life.  This is a required course for Trained Scoutmasters, Assistants, and other adults who will be leading camping trips.  Beginning on Friday night until Sunday afternoon, The Outdoor Leader Skills Training provides excellent information to improve your camping techniques, thus creating a better experience for the youth. To register, contact the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center at (217) 356-7291, ext. 6443.



Tool Time on Saturday, April 12

Your pack, troop or crew can select their winning volunteer duty for the next Tool Time. All Scouts, Scouters, and parents are welcome to help prepare camp for all the fabulous game-winning activities in 2014.  Primary projects will focus on cleaning program areas and preparing campsites for the summer.  Basic cleaning will be needed in the cabins and buildings. Spring cleaning continues on Saturday, April 12th at 9:00 am at the north end of the Tin Shed at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL.  The best desserts you will ever see in the Camp Drake Dining Hall will be served with a fabulous lunch.  Units or groups can sign-up for camp duties ahead of time by e-mailing     Here are Sweet 16 choices


Nogle Range Landscaping  VS       Pool Raking  ///   Trail Steps Repair   VS     Staff Area Beautification


ATV Trail Clearing  VS      Ecology Fix-Up    ///       Arboretum Pruning  VS       B.Ball Court Raking


Bridge/Docks @ Poncho  VS  Campsite Clean-up  ///  Handicraft Gutters        VS    Chainsaw Logging  


ROAP Brush Removal   VS    Wood Splitting   ///  Trading Post Clean-up VS    Fire ring re-building



Trail Tromp is Saturday April 5th!

Celebrate the warm spring of Camp Drake with a wonderful hike around the Onaquispassippi Trail on Saturday, April 5th. Plus a grand prize of a hand-held G.P.S. device, courtesy of the Order of the Arrow.   Enjoy all the festivities of Trail Tromp as Illini Lodge enjoys the new season of hiking on our favorite perimeter route.  Experience the beautiful vistas along the diamond path through the riverside lowlands and the hillside ridges.  There is no fee for the Trail Tromp, but a store will be open for souvenirs and snacks. The check-in station will be open from 9:00 am until noon, so walk the Onaquispassippi Trail and uncover secrets of camping past and prizes for our leaders of tomorrow




Many Trails Roundtable is April 10th!

The Many Trails District Roundtable for April is relocated to the 2nd Church of Christ on Lynch Road in Danville. The purpose is to allow for the different discussion topic options during the program.  All participants will receive special program planning packets to assist their unit in setting their future events and meetings. The roundtable is on the second Thursday of the April (4/10)  from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. 



2014 Spring Camporee is for the Ultimate Outdoorsman!

Make your way to the Many Trails Spring Camporee for the Ultimate Outdoorsman Challenge!  The events will be held at the North Fork Lodge near Danville on May 16-18, 2014.  Troop members will have the opportunity to try Shotgun shooting, Archery shooting, and Fishing, with BB gun shooting for the attending Cub Scouts. Troop events for the weekend will include a Walking Stick competition, a Dutch oven cook off judging after dinner and a best looking campsite competition, based on the best lay out, site neatness, and an entry gateway.



Boy Scouting


Boy Scout Camp Fees deadline is April 17th!

Don’t let the summer camp fees skip by you this month.  Total payment for both youth and adult campers are due at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, Box 6267, Champaign, IL, 61826-6267, by Thursday, April 17, 2014.  That is the Thursday prior to Easter. The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center is not open on Friday, April 18th The base registration fee for one week of Boy Scout camp for registered Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts from the Prairielands Council is $245.



Join the Bugle Troop. Scouts can attend camp without their hometown Scoutmasters. This opportunity is available for troops unable to secure proper adult leadership. Provisional camping also provides leadership for Scouts who cannot attend camp with their troop or who wish to attend more than one week of camp. The Bugle Troop will be available during the 4th session (July 13-19, 2014). Parents or leaders are welcome to join the Bugle Troop as assistant leaders for the entire week or specific days. 


Counselors-in-Training Needed

Camp Robert Drake is looking for energetic youth to serve as counselors-in-training for the 2014 summer.  Any registered Scout or Scouter, older than age 14 on June 1, 2014, can apply by completing the Staff Application, located on the information page of .  Please turn the application into Camp Director Mike Graham at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, 3301 Farber Drive in Champaign, IL  61826.


Cub Scouting


Wild,Wild, West Adventure Camp

The rugged wranglers of the west will celebrate the outdoor fun of the Cub Scout Adventure Camp scene.   The theme of "Wild, Wild, West" will offer an exciting array of entertaining activities and educational games for the different Cub Camp activities coming this July.  Campers can bring their own camping gear, but tents and cots will be provided, as needed. See the Cub Scout Adventure Camp Leader Guide, also known as “The Lantern”, for added details at the website .  


Summertime Pack Award

A great recognition for individuals, dens, and the pack for all your warm weather fun is the National Summertime Pack Award, sponsored by the Cub Scout Division of the Boy Scouts of America.  The award offers pins, ribbons, and certificates for your pack and the active Cub Scouts this summer.  Once you have designated your activities for each month of the summer, the most difficult aspect of earning the award is tracking the number of participants.   You can set up your own pack summer events or use the programs put on by the council.  Take advantage of the great summer weather for your pack and have fun earning a great honor.






Help yourself to a serving of: "A TASTE OF WHAT VENTURING CREWS CAN DO"


This is a SUPER OUTING for a Crew event on 4/11 to 4/13/2014 in Bloomington, IN for Food-themed Activities with prizes!  The events will include a Climbing tower, Mountain Biking, a GPS (Geocache) Scavenger Hunt, a Pistol Range, and Backpacking ooohs and ahhhs.  A Favorite Venturing Dinner contest will include crews preparing a dinner to share for competition -- sort of a Venturing Iron Chef contest, but you get to bring your own ingredients! Be our guest with indoor sleeping & bathroom facilities (fairly new for southern Indiana) and a Dance Party on Saturday Night!  Accommodations are top notch, but limited, so please reserve early. Register for the EARLY BIRD price today.


Central Region Rendezvous

Start gathering your swimsuits and sunscreen because the 2014 Central Region Rendezvous will be upon us before we know it! This event will be on May 16-18th, 2014, at Camp Illinek near Springfield IL.  The Rendezvous is for any Scout: Sea Scout, Venturer, Boy Scout, or Explorer at least 14 years or older. The Central Region Rendezvous is a fun-filled weekend that will have over 30 events including sailing, boating triathlons, cardboard canoe races, swamped canoe races, and much more fun. For the cardboard canoe races, you'll get to construct your best boat out of cardboard and duct tape and then race it in the water against the other teams before it sinks! For more information about this great weekend, go to:  Contact Bill Hamilton with further questions:  The cost for the weekend is $30 per person which includes 4 meals, a T-Shirt, activities and camping sites.



Order of the Arrow


Celebrates 20 Years with Illini Lodge

As part of the celebration of 2014 for the local organization of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service, Illini Lodge #55 will produce a commemorative lodge flap to display the spirit of the anniversary.   In 1994,  Waukheon Lodge #55 merged with Illini Lodge #92 to form the latest group of Scouting’s National Honor Society in the Prairielands Council.  The emblem artwork of a leaping deer at sunset was designed by Vigil Honor member Adam Crutchley of Troop 50 in Villa Grove.  The design won in an election at the last Illini Lodge Meeting on Sunday, March 2, 2014.  All Arrowmen are encouraged to attend the 20th Year Anniversary Spring Fellowship at Camp Drake on the weekend of May 2-4 to enjoy the fellowship of the Order of the Arrow.


Click here to see lodge flap.


SCOUTMASTERS’ NOTE: The 2014 Spring Fellowship is the last event for elected candidates from 2013 to participate in their Ordeal ceremony.  Please follow up with any outstanding candidates to remind them of this deadline.


Seal your Membership:  Do your Brotherhood!

Scouts and Scouters who are already Ordeal members in Lodge 55 may choose to seal their membership in the Order by completing Brotherhood ceremonies. The ceremony will be held at the Spring Fellowship and during each week of summer camp. Please encourage all current Ordeal members to participate in this important commitment to service.




Illini Lodge 55 is recruiting youth & adult arrowmen to serve in an important role in the lodge. Order of the Arrow Troop (or Team) Representatives are a youth liaison and his advisor serving between the local O.A. lodge and his unit. The representatives serve as a communication and program link to the unit Arrowmen, as well as adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. They do this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge and the purpose of the Order. By setting a good example, they enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop or team

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