BUGLE TROOP offers 2nd Option for Camp Drake
A secondary opportunity is available for Scouts looking to enjoy a great summer camping experience at Camp Robert Drake. 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). Reservations can be made by using the Bugle Troop registration form on the council website. Parents or leaders are welcome to join the Bugle Troop as assistant leaders for the entire week or specific days.
Camp Drake Leadership Opportunities
Summer camp is one of the best opportunities for youth to experience the important skills of leadership in action. The week-long camp period allows for Scouts to function in a tiered level of responsibility. Here are a few important options for young men to experience leadership at Camp Drake:
SENIOR PATROL LEADER CHARGE
There is no better way for a Senior Patrol Leader to earn his green bars than by experiencing a week at the helm of his troop at summer camp! Daily SPL meetings will be held to inform youth leadership of daily activities, notices, and responsibilities. While adult leadership is always kept in the loop, Senior Patrol Leaders are charged with organizing their troops and keeping them informed of all the goings-on at Camp Drake! The Camp Drake Senior Patrol Leader Award will be bestowed upon those who fulfill their hefty responsibilities throughout the week.
Lord Baden-Powell preached the patrol method for his Scouts, and we do the same at Camp Drake! The BIG Games on Monday night allow patrols to put their skills to the test. Youth leadership is encouraged in all troop activities at Camp Drake.
ORDER OF THE ARROW
Experience leadership amongst a group of Honor Campers, as Illini Lodge conducts several important programs throughout the camp week. All arrowmen are encouraged to join in the ceremonies, guide a camp-wide event, or assist in service in facility building. Develop your leadership in service to other Scouts.
Another option for leadership development is to allow Camp Drake campers to attend a week of summer camp and serve on the Camp Drake staff at the same time. Scouts interested in joining the “DRAKE CORPS” must be at least fourteen years of age and have attained the Star rank. The “DRAKE CORPS” members will be able to participate in certain traditional camp activities, including the adventure options, but will also serve as an assistant in conducting camp events. These Scouts will camp and eat with their own troop, but will be charged with a certain level of responsibility in order to earn their “staff shirt”.
Annual Health Form Required
The national Boy Scouts of America camp policy mandate medical examinations. All youth participants and adult leaders must present evidence of a physical examination annually for the weekly camp session AND a health history completed by the adult participant or a parent (for youth participants). Copies of the medical form will be available at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign and the Danville Service Center. Completion of all sections of the form is necessary for Boy Scouts and leaders camping oveernigth at summer camp. Please bring these forms to camp and present them to the health officer during check-in procedures. All physicals and health histories must be on file with the camp health officer in case of emergency. At the end of camp, it is the responsibility of the troop leader to pick up all medical forms prior to the Saturday check-out. As a part of the Sunday afternoon orientation tour, all Scouts and adult leaders will receive a medical evaluation by the camp Health Officer.
OA Elections Due
During the spring, new candidates for membership are selected throughout Illini Lodge. This is the next generation of honored brothers who will become the future leaders of our important organization. The most critical role in the duty of the Troop Representative is to assist in the Unit Election procedures for their troop. It is vital to the health of Illini Lodge that new members are elected each spring in a fashion that will inspire increased participation in Scouting as an arrowman. Please help improve the quality of Order of the Arrow operations by supporting your troop representative this spring.
Bring Seating for Ordeal Call-Out
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 night 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 bring a chair for the Call-Out Ceremonies this summer because the event will be held on the plateau. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the lodge, a special Call-Out Ceremony will provide inspiration at a new location. Please show your support for the efforts of Illini Lodge in honoring the newest group of arrowmen.