As boys graduate from Kindergarten, they become eligible to join Cub Scouting in your pack.  If your Cub pack has summer fun planned in your community, this is a great time to involve the newest boys to enjoy the fun of warm-weather Cub Scouting.  Summer is the ultimate time for Cub Scouts packs to hold a family picnic, a fishing day at the lake, marching in a holiday parade, or having a swimming party at Camp Drake.  When your pack has summer events, it is a great time to recruit new parents to help for the upcoming den and pack meetings of the fall.  Flyers are available if you would like assistance in recruiting new Tiger Cubs (and their parents) to build your pack this summer.


Program Planning Information Available!  The New Scouting Calendars are Ready!

The new calendars for the 2014-2015 year are being distributed as well as a boatload of the program planning information, available through your local Scout office.  This wonderful collection of forms, flyers and pamphlets describes the excitement of upcoming Scouting activities for all your family to enjoy.  For one low, low price, you’ll receive these remarkable hand-crafted gems: Advancement Form…Uniform Price Guide…Insurance Pamphlet…Camp Use Application….AND THE COUNCIL CALENDAR. But wait there’s more, you’ll enjoy the camping fliers, the price guide, the funding info, as well the MEDIA MARKETING KIT with CD …plus much, much more at no additional cost!  What a great deal!  Act now to obtain this once-every-springtime treasure.



As the weather warms up and more outdoor activities are planned, it is critical for all Scouting units to prepare for their events safely.  The most important area for safety, besides the most common accidental injuries of automobile travel, on a Scouting outing involves aquatics activities.  All pack, troop, and crew leaders must adhere to the BSA Safe Swim Defense and the Safety Afloat plans. Volunteers can take the on-line courses on the national BSA website,  or participate in a live version of the course as taught  each Sunday night of summer camp in the Dining Hall at Camp Drake as part of the leaders meeting at 7:00 pm. Remember that everyone must take a swim test. Campers and leaders will be placed into one of three ability groups. The ability groups will be used to determine a youth’s eligibility to participate in aquatics activities. All aquatics events use the Buddy System. Remember to create a check in & out system of the swimming/boating areas.  Qualified supervision and discipline are the critical elements in conducting the Safe Swim Defense.  More information can be found at the national Boy Scouts of America website at



Final Tool Time Work Day for Spring

The first step in getting Camp Drake ready for the summer season is the great volunteer help at a Tool Time Work Day. Already three big works days have helped prepare the hiking trail, renew the program area locations, prepare the swimming pool, and clear the large number of wood-cutting issues.  The final spring cleaning focus on this Saturday, May 10th at 9:00 am will be cleaning up campsites and other areas and fine-tuning the campgrounds.  Please meet at the north end of the Tin Shed at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL for your assignments and tools.  All Tool Time participants should bring their own equipment if possible, but rakes, brooms, and loppers are available.  A lunch will be served at 12:15 and a recognition distribution will be conducted at the end of the day at 3:00 pm.



Many Trails District Meeting

The monthly district meeting will be held this Thursday (5/8) at 6:30 pm at the United Methodist Church in Hoopeston.     All district level volunteers and commissioners are highly encouraged to attend.   Additional new volunteers are always welcome to assist in the business of the district.  Membership recruiting details will be reviewed to build units of the district.  Final plans for the Spring Camporee will be shared.  Prospects for additional district volunteers will be targeted to improve the participation in district operations.


Scout Recruiting Option in Danville

Unit leaders are encouraged to join an end of May recruiting program in conjunction with the ILLIANA Gun Hunting & Archery Show at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville on Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1st.   Marguerite Bailey of Pack 399 in Danville and Troop 224 in Oakwood is hosting an informational table at this Outdoor Show to recruit new boys into Scouting.  Please contact her if you would like to assist in the promotional efforts and help answer questions about Scouting at the Many Trails District BSA table some time from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on 5/31 or 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on 6/1.  You can reach Marguerite at (217) 799-6010  or e-mail at   The show will include many activities for youth including a fishing derby, bb gun range, archery range, laser rifle shooting, plus great displays on outdoor equipment for all your camping needs.



Prairie Fire Commissioner Meeting is May 14, 2014 at 6:00pm, LDS Church 604 W. Windsor Road, Champaign. For more information contact District Commissioner Linda Atherton:


Cub Scout Day Camp registration is happening right NOW!!!!! Get with your pack and find out which Day Camp YOU will be attending!!  Champaign/Urbana Day is June 9-13 at the Champaign County Fair Ground in Urbana from 9:00-3:00pm, except Friday which is Family Day camp is 9-1pm.  Contact the Scout Office for more information 217 531-0217.  Tuscola Day Camp is June 16-20 in Tuscola at Ervin Park from 9-3pm Monday through Thursday and 9-1pm on Friday which is Family Day.  Come on and bring the entire pack!!!! The cost for some great summertime fun is at the low cost of $70.00!!!!


FREE FREE FREE!!!! Used trophies that were donated, in great condition, for those SCOUTERS that like to refurbish or use for their Pack Pinewood Derby, Space Derby race, etc. stop by the office and pick up as many as you want for your unit.  THIS IS FIRST COME FIRST GET!!!  






Summertime Pack Award – Keep it Simple…Make It Fun

Catch the sun and keep your Cub Scouts active in the summer.  Be sure to schedule three summer activities, one per month, to qualify for the Summertime Pack Award.  Each Cub Scout who attends all three programs will earn the special sun button for their uniform.  The events can be pack oriented like a picnic, parade, or swim party or use the council camps as your planned events.  The goal is to provide a Scouting connection over the school vacation period.  This helps to stay in contact with parents and leaders and getting ready for the programs for the fall.  Don’t forget to bring the suntan lotion.


Wide Range of Cub Scout Fun

Cub Scouts and leaders experience all kinds of “Wild, Wild, West" events with roping and boating through a series of special Cowboy activity programs at Cub Scout Adventure Camp.  Cub Scouts can explore a wide variety of advancement options in other outdoor skills such as camping, shooting sports, conservation, and first aid. The dates include: Blue session-June 29- July 2 or Gold session-July 20-23.


Cub Scout Adventure Camp Medical Forms…this is an alternative from the 2014 Cub Lantern

For the Cub Scout Adventure Camp BLUE and GOLD session in 2014,  Parts A and  B of the current BSA Annual Health & Medical Record are required for each Scout and Scouter who will be staying in camp overnight. Part C, which is the physical examination by a doctor, is not required at this time.   DO NOT BRING ORIGINAL FORMS to camp. Only registered Cub Scout youth are eligible to stay overnight.  All information must be on the 2014 BSA form, please. The BSA Annual Health & Medical Record form is available at   . Health forms are required for all overnight adult leaders.


Arrow of Light Plaques and Free Arrow Kit Coupon for Fifth Grade Scouts

Please remember for 2014 that all Arrow of Light recipients are encouraged to obtain a colorful plaque displaying the name and year of the recipient recognizing their achievement in earning the highest award in Cub Scouting.  Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow has created an impressive framed certificate for all Arrow of Light recipients in the Prairielands Council to be presented at the time of the award ceremony.  As an incentive to continue their Scouting path, the Brotherhood of Honor Campers (OA) is providing a shooting sports coupon to be used at the Nogle Shooting Sports area this summer.  The coupon will be good for a free arrow kit at Camp Robert Drake.  These new Boy Scouts will be able to enjoy the fabulous shooting facility at Camp Drake.   Contact Program Clerk Susan Coller at (217) 356-7291, ext. 6441  to obtain plaques for your honored Cub Scouts.





Did you know that Scouts can attend summer camp without their hometown Scoutmasters?  For one week, boys can join the Bugle Troop.   This fun 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). Reservations can be made by using the Bugle Troop registration form from .  Parents or leaders are welcome to join the Bugle Troop as assistant leaders for the entire week or specific days.  If that timeframe does not work for your Scout, another option for summer camp attendance is to be paired up with a neighboring troop during their week.  Please contact Camp Director Mike Graham for more details at (217) 531-0212.


Boy Scout Summer Camp Physical Examination Review

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  . 





Call-Out Entertainment

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Illini Lodge, Ceremonies Chairman Adam Crutchley has created a special ceremony for summer camp attendees. One of the most prestigious events of the Illini Lodge year is held four times throughout the summer at Camp Robert Drake.  The Call-Out Ceremony on Wednesday nights is the pinnacle of Order of the Arrow recognition as over one thousand Scouts, leaders, parents, and guests will witness the meaningful spectacle of new arrowman achievement.  Almost every arrowman remembers their moment of initial membership in the Brotherhood.  All Prairielands Council Scouters and their guests are encouraged to attend one of the Call-Out Ceremonies this summer and support the efforts of Illini Lodge in honoring the newest group of arrowmen.  These Wednesday night programs will be on June 18 &25, and July 9 & 16. The beginning of the journey in Cheerful Service is always a spirit to enjoy.  All participants are asked to bring their own chairs, as the ceremony has been moved to the grassy field on the plateau.



Congratulations to the latest group of NEW INDUCTEES from the Order of the Arrow Spring Fellowship.  The latest group of Ordeal candidates to become members in the Order of the Arrow include:   Ethan Kaper and Dante Waters of Troop 103 in Mahomet, Aaron Przytulski, Kyle Przytulski, Zachery Przytulski, Justin Roberts, and Jonathan Ware of Troop 94 in Mahomet, Riley Knight of Troop 121 in Champaign, and Stanley Wrzosek of Troop 221 in Catlin.  Great job in cheerful service for the weekend.  These dedicated arrowmen passed the tests of Brotherhood and successfully completed the Brotherhood Ceremony.  Jared Burns of Troop 490, Madison Chaney, Peter Millsap, and Samuel Morse of Troop 107, Kheagan Gritten of Troop 79, Logan McKee and Josh Musquez of Troop 42, and Bryce and Gavin Ogburn of Troop 32 in Paxton.








A BIG Camp Drake thank you to Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow for their exceptional efforts in preparing program areas and trails during the Spring Fellowship weekend.  The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service created many smiles on the faces of Camp Drake staff with a great number of service projects on Saturday, May 3rd.  Various crews of the lodge put in the docks at Poncho Pond, painted the swimming pool, removed hazardous fencing along camp trails, and cleaned-up the Handicraft and Scout Skills area for summer use.  Special thanks to Levi Gatewood of Troop 104 in Urbana for his efforts with the Ordeal candidates in their duties of Cheerful Service.  Heartfelt appreciation to all lodge members for their support of Camp Drake.

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