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 www.campdrake.com 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.
SUMMER CAMP REMINDER
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 http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/healthandsafety/ahmr.aspx
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.
CAMP DRAKE FOOD REQUIREMENTS
Please remember to notify Brian Brauer at CampDrakeKitchen@gmail.com 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.