Summer Camp Fee Reminder

Please use the Transmittal Attendance form from designating the Scouts paying the $25.00 deposit per individual youth.   Each time you make a payment for Camp Drake, please use the Transmittal Attendance form and send it to: Prairielands Council, Box 6267, Champaign, IL, 61826.  The initial deposit due on January 30, 2016 to provide a $10.00 discount to individual Scouts planning to attend this year’s summer camp of the Prairielands Council.  


Scouting’s Reverent Week

In 2016, Scout Sunday is on February 7 and Scout Sabbath is on February 13. This is a time for Scouts and leaders to celebrate their religious heritage. In many cases, this heritage is shared with a chartered organization.

There are many ways to mark this occasion, from simply wearing the full field uniform, to worship services, to conducting a service project that benefits the religious organization. Many Scouts will play key roles in their church's services such as greeting, ushering and reading. This is a great time to present the unit's charter.  Check out the article on Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath at Bryan on Scouting  Remember, a Scout is Reverent every day.


Council Candy Sale Changes

The Camp Candy Sale has changes to a new company with options to help your Scouts earn their way to summer camp.  World’s Finest Chocolate provides choices in a Variety pack or One-of-a-Kind case with 60 $1.00 candy bars.  The types of candy include:  milk chocolate, almond, crisp, caramel and dark chocolate.    The Camp Candy Sale starts on Saturday, February 26.  Please place your order by Sat. Feb. 13 for pick-up in either Champaign or Danville offices. 


Eagle Scouts of 2015

Congratulations to the Eagle Scouts of the Prairielands Council for 2015. Show your support for these fine leaders of tomorrow at the annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner on February 20. It is a proud achievement for a young man, his family, and his troop to attain the highest rank in Scouting. It is also a monumental moment for the Scouting movement in the Prairielands Council for providing the support system required to keep our programs healthy and prosperous.



“Early Bird” discount extended one week.  The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Course is almost full, but due to the number of folks stating that their applications are in the mail, the “early bird” discount has been extended to February 2, 2016.  Any applications received after that date, regardless of postmark will be billed at the non-discounted price of $200.00.  NYLT is limited to 32 Scouts/Venturers and is filled on a “first come, first served” basis.  So don’t delay get your youth leadership signed up today!   See the attached flyer for more information or contact the Course Director, Jim Dieker at


University of Illinois Collegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament


Click here for more info on the U of I Collegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament!





Next MT District Meeting

The next district meeting of the newly restructured district will be held Thursday, February 9th at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church at 403 Main Street, beginning at 6:30 pm.  All district committee members and unit commissioners are encouraged to attend this gathering to gear up for the 2016 Scouting year and create plans for upcoming efforts.  Your help in supporting units is needed.


North Fork Camporee in May

 North Fork Lodge near Danville is a wonderful private camping facility where the 2016 Many Trails Spring camporee will be held on the weekend of May 20-22.   The campground has scenic trails, a wonderful fishing lake, and an excellent shooting sports area for a day full of action.  For additional information, please contact Camporee facilitator Robert Sloan at




Klondike Registration

To speed up the check-in process at the Training Center, please bring a copy of your troop roster attending the event,   or fill out the attached Klondike Roster Form ahead of time.   Klondike troop packets are being prepared to provide meal tickets, ski tag hangers, maps, scorecards, and snow globe patches.   If you troop has pre-paid for the Klondike Derby, then the registration time should be short.  Always remember, Artic Count Kurt Brown has the right numbers!


Klondike Gold

The small perk for the frosty Klondike Derby staff is the gold bordered snow globe emblem they earn as part of the “BOLD IN THE COLD” team.  A majority of the volunteers to help with the 2016 “Bold in the Cold” Klondike Derby are ready to go for the big event on Jan. 30, 2016.   Any troop leaders, parents, or snowmen able to volunteer at a program station are welcome to raise their hand and help each activity go quicker.   To get hooked up to the giant dogsled, contact Klondike Kris Whipsnaap at  or  Text or Call (815) 931-2405.  Remember staff members need to register by contacting Susan at  and the fee for the lunch and staff patch is $5.00. 




All Scouts, Scouters, and parents are welcome to help prepare camp for all the fabulous activities in 2016.  Primary projects will focus on clearing campsites and removing brush, brambles, and leaves from program areas.  Basic cleaning will be needed in the cabins and buildings.  Spring cleaning begins on Saturday, March 19 at 9:00 am at the north end of the Tin Shed at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL.  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.  Please encourage your pack, troop, or crew to help with this Tool Time date, or another Saturday on April 16th or May 7th.





Placemats for Banquets

Pick up your Cub Camping placemat to decorate your special meeting in February and March.   Start to share your summertime options with Day Camp options for your pack.  The placemats are available at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign or the Danville Scout office.  Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow is happy to sponsor your promotion of Cub Camping this summer.


Free Compass for New Boy Scouts at Camp Orientation

Focus on getting families to attend a camp promotions night with a troop this spring. Also encourage their participation in COMPASS Day on April 2nd, where they will receive recognition from the Council Camping Committee and Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.  Inform your fifth grade Webelos Scouts and parents about this special opportunity to experience a day of camp activities, take a tour of program options, start working at Boy Scout level advancement, and receive a compass.   And when they attend summer camp, all COMPASS Day participants with be recognized with a special souvenir from Camp Drake.  


Crowned Cub Scouts

Camping like kings on the banks of the Salt Fork River, the Cub Scout Adventure Camp will provide the royal treatment with outdoor excitement and wilderness thrills.   Canoeing, archery, and nature games for all the squires of the realm.   Blue and Gold Knights can swim in the pool,   shoot at the range and joust marshmallows on a campfire they built!  Look to attend one of the two Cub Scout Adventure Camps in July at Camp Robert Drake.





Merit badge registration will open for Camp Drake 2016 in February.  After the $25 deposit per Scout is received at the Scout Service Center in Champaign, beginning Feb. 1, 2016, your troop contact person will be e-mailed a username and password to go on-line to sign up your troop for advancement sessions.  On February 2, 2016 on-line merit badge registration opens on our website.   Go to and click on summer camp and then Boy Scout camp.  Continue on to “2016 On-line merit badge registration”.   Remember: Advancement registration opens on-line February 2, 2016.






Illini Lodge Speed Pass

The Illini Lodge excitement has never looked better planned for our local Brotherhood of Cheerful Service organization.  The fabulous Illini Lodge Speed Pass is available during the normal Robeson Scout Shop hours.  Beware the frantic shopping traffic on the north side of Champaign as you approach action central.    Only a limited supply of these special honors has been made for Illini Lodge members.



2016 Lodge Plan Book

The 2016 edition of the Illini Lodge Plan Book is distributed to lodge members each year.  This guide to the local organization of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service is a great resource for all arrowmen to be familiar with their involvement with the Order of the Arrow.  The plan book details the history of the lodge, the goals for the upcoming year, and the people involved with the various segments of lodge administration.  Get with the plan!


Trail Tromp

Don’t miss getting out and walking the Onaquispassippi trail in search of fabulous prizes! There’s not a better way to beat a case of cabin fever! Your adventure starts at the dining hall for instructions at 9:00 am April 2, See you there!!


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