Boy Scout Camp Fees deadline is now!

It is highly recommended to meet the deadline for camp fees to avoid excess cists.  Don’t let the few stragglers in your troop make your entire unit pay extra costs.   Please pay your fees for the ON-TIME Scout families and reward them for their punctuality.  PLEASE USE THE TRANSMITTAL FORM WITH EACH PAYMENT.  This allows the Camp Registrar to identify the timely payments made per each Scout.  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 this Thursday. 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.


Inner Tube Trips on the Salt Fork River

Your most enjoyable excursion of the summer could be in an Inner Tube at Camp Drake for a float trip down the Salt Fork River. You’ll drift down the scenic waterway from the old singing bridge launch point to the swinging bridge at camp. Enjoy the float with friends from the best seat in the house as a special adventure with your troop.  Inner Tube Float Trips should be scheduled prior to your arrival at camp using the Inner Tube Float Trip Reservation Bulletin.   This reservation form is available on the website under the summer camp section.  Please note that all participants must qualify in the “Swimmer” ability level. Most of the excursions take place early morning before breakfast or late afternoon prior to supper.  Inner tubes and life jackets are provided for all participants on the Inner Tube Float Trips.



MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS…Remember to use the form from the National BSA office.

A COPY of Parts A, B, and C of the current BSA Annual Health & Medical Record is required for each Scout and Scouter who will be staying in camp overnight. The forms can either be mailed to the Council Service Center before May 15, or can be brought to camp with the unit.  Please do not mail forms after May 15, and DO NOT BRING ORIGINAL FORMS to camp.  Persons without the appropriate forms will be required to have a physical completed in Danville prior to participation in Camp Drake program activities.  All information must be on the BSA form- DO NOT bring an assortment of papers from other groups.  Only the current BSA form will be accepted. The BSA Annual Health & Medical Record form is available at


As the adult leader you should take the time to review these forms with enough time to correct any problems. Please check for the following errors and omissions.

                >Missing date under the doctor's signature in Part C.                  >Missing doctor's signature in Part C.

                >Missing Parent/Guardian signature in Part B.                               >Date of doctor's visit within the past year

                > Rubber stamp only for doctor's signature                                    > Signature in pen is required.

                > Missing health history, Part A.                                                      > Missing immunization record, Part A.

                > Missing Health insurance card copy and information, attached.


Jack Jones Spirit Award

In our increasing effort to recognize Scouts at Camp Drake and encourage the development of “Scout Spirit”, the Jack Jones Spirit Award will be presented at the closing campfire of each summer camp week. Our goal for the Jack Jones Spirit Award is to provide Scout leaders at the troop level with an additional incentive for Scouts to display a positive attitude, a service friendly commitment, and an example of leadership and team-building, much like the namesake of the award.  Each troop leader will be encouraged to nominate Scouts from their troops for the Jack Jones Spirit Award by noon on each Friday of camp.  Troops may nominate more than one Scout per troop.  The selection process for the Jack Jones Spirit Award will be guided by the Camp Director and include the leadership team of the summer staff as appointed.  The award itself will be two-fold:  a plaque presented to the weekly honoree of the Jack Jones Spirit Award, as well as a large engraved plaque displayed in the dining hall with each of the weekly recipients names placed on engraved plates.  This larger plaque will be updated weekly and will record the recipients each summer.


Camp Robert Drake celebrating Olympic Day with BIG GAMES


Event one of 700+ nationwide events celebrating the birth of the modern Olympic Games


FAIRMOUNT, IL – The spirit of the Olympic Movement will roll into Camp Robert Drake, as the Order of the Arrow of the Boy Scouts of America hosts a series of large-scale activities in celebration of Olympic Day. The BIG GAMES are a series of typical table top games enlarged to provide outdoors enjoyment on a GRAND scale. “We are excited to take part in Olympic Day and inspire Scouts in the Prairielands Council,” said Program Director Carson Lewis. “The Boy Scouts of America is proud to support the Olympic Movement and encourage children to lead healthy, active lives.”


The Boy Scouts of America activity is one of more than 700 events taking place nationwide this summer. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning experiences. Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. In the U.S., Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.



Please remember to notify Brian Brauer at with any special dietary needs at least two weeks prior to your unit’s arrival at summer camp.  Please communicate singularly about your Scout’s dietary needs with this e-mail contact to avoid miscommunication.  Special arrangements can be made, but timing is critically important to offering necessary options.


All Terrain Vehicles at Camp Drake

Older Scouts will be able to enjoy All-Terrain Vehicle rides on the trails of Camp Drake this summer.  As a part of the Vermilion TreX program, Boy Scouts ages 14 and up are eligible to ride ATV’s in an educational and entertaining style.  Space is limited, so eligible Scouts are encouraged to sign up now. 





The results are in for this year Council Pinewood Derby Race & Show Cars! We had an awesome turnout with over 180 Cub Scouts that participates in a fun filled Saturday morning at Judah Christian School.  A big “THANK YOU” to our event chairman Curt Ware and Worden Martin for providing the trophies, our Race Committee lead by Mike Webb, Randy Coffey, Scott Woolbright, Bharat Philiph, Bill Santic, Pam Santic, Joseph Santic, Alpha Phi Omega (APO) for a terrific group of U Of I volunteers and Marilyn Heinsohn for doing an awesome job coordinating and running our concession area!! Congratulations to ALL the Scouts that participated in this year Council race, You all were winners just by being in Cub Scouts!  Here are the Show Car winners: 


First Place- Talon Fazio

Second Place- Cameron Thomas

Third Place- Kameron Bartles

Fourth Place- Hunter Fazio

Fifth Place- Connor Wente

Sixth Place- Brendan Schall

Seventh Place- Hayden Schall

Eighth Place- Malcolm Jones

Ninth Place- Jason Brown


Here are the Race results:



Trail Tromp Winners

The 2014 Trail Tromp on Saturday, April 5th, sponsored by Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, was an overwhelming success with 8 Cub Scout packs and 9 Boy Scout troops in attendance.  The 108 hikers included 74 Cub Scouts and 34 Boy Scouts on the Onaquispasippi Trail around the perimeter of Camp Drake.  The winners of Trail Tromp Prizes were:

Derek Gatewood             Troop 104                  GPS

Evan Schmonsees            Pack 119                  $30.00 Gift Card

Kynnzey Coller  `               Pack 25                  OA Drawstring Backpack

Caleb Williams                   Pack 55                  OA Drawstring Backpack


Added Tool Time

Due to the late start on summer preparations because of the lengthy winter, an additional TOOL TIME work day has been added to the Camp Drake schedule.  On Saturday, April 26th, special teams of volunteers are needed to assist with the swimming pool preparation and the campsite clean-up efforts.  The work projects will begin with assignments made at the Tin Shed starting at 9:00 am.  Lunch will be provided at 12:15 and recognitions will be presented to Tool Time workers at 3:00 pm.  Please help get Camp Drake into shape for summer.



2014 Spring Camporee is for the Ultimate Outdoorsman!

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are invited to enjoy the Spring Camporee at the North Fork Lodge and Outdoor Club.  Make your way to the Ultimate Outdoorsman Challenge!  The events will be held near Danville on May 16-18, 2014. Youth members will have the opportunity to try Shotgun shooting, Archery shooting, and Fishing, with BB gun shooting for the attending Cub Scouts. Unit 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.




Cub Scout Recruitment

Cub Masters start planning your Tiger Cub Spring recruitment now; we want all those Kindergartners to come join the fun!  Contact Lovetta Ash-Simpson at 531-0217 or to schedule your “boy talk” and sign up night.  We have lots of materials for recruitment Mini Mags, fliers, posters, etc. just let us know what you need.


Venturing Events in the Prairielands Council

On Monday, May 5th, the Prairielands Council Venturing Officers Association will be having the next VOA "meeting" at Hessel Park; starting at 6:00 pm. Venturers will be battling it out to see who will become the new champions of the second annual Frisbee VOA Tournament. All Venturers are invited to show what you're made of and join in the competition of a life time! The Prairielands Council Venturing Officers Association will also be eating pizza, so please bring 3$ to help cover the costs.  Please note that VP Applications for VOA are due May 1st! Don't forget to sign up if you are interested. Being a Vice President is a great way to gain more leadership knowledge, to meet others in your council and outside of your council, and is a great way to make yourself stand out from others when it comes to college and job applications. Please share the details that it's that time of the year and SummerBlast is coming up fast so make sure you check it out. We have a lot of cool things planned for all Venturers! 


The campout will start with an official opening and flag retiring ceremony. Each troop will be assigned a time slot to be the "Keeper of the Flame" and will be responsible for helping to continue the flag retiring throughout the weekend. Troop 158, Chebanse is hosting a campout May 2-4, 2014 at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds. The theme will be a continuous flag retiring for the entire campout.  Please bring all of your old flags that need to be retired. This is a great opportunity to properly retire those flags that we all never seem to have time to get to! We have several games, competitions & activities planned for the weekend. All Boy Scout Troops & Webelos Scouts are invited. Please pass this along if you know someone who would be interested in attending.  We have set up a Facebook page called "Troop 158 Campout" that has all of the info and registration paperwork or we can email the documents. For more info about the campout please contact: Kendra Warner   815-409-3134

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