COME JOIN us on Wednesday, February 17,2016 from 4-6 p.m. at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, Champaign, for cake and punch as we wish Tim Manard, our Scout Executive, a Happy Retirement!  Tim Manard has been with the Boy Scouts of America for 35 years!  We want to thank Tim for all of his dedication for the past 18 years with Prairielands Council and wish him the best in his next adventure


PTC was The Place To Be!!!

Many thanks to Prairielands Training College Director John Sudlow and his staff for organizing and delivering a phenomenal event this past Saturday. Over 70 participants learned many things, including how to make fire like a castaway, why ticks are not your friends, and how to keep people safe at a firearms range. Two Bobwhites from the 2015 Wood Badge course were awarded their Wood Badge beads and the crowd heard parting remarks from retiring Scout Executive Tim Manard. It was a great day to be in Scouting!



Experienced Scout Uniforms Needed


For one of my Wood Badge Tickets I am developing a

Uniform Exchange Program for Prairelands Council.

I am collecting clean, experienced uniforms to this effort. These uniforms will then be made available, free of charge, to other scouts and leaders within Prairielands Council that meet qualifications.


Items Needed

  • Short and Long sleeve uniform shirts both navy blue and khaki all youth and adult     sizes
  • Uniform Pants and Shorts
  • Scout belts and socks, in very good condition
  • Neckerchiefs and Slides
  • Hats


Donations are being accepted at:


Raymond Lee Scout Service Center

3301 Farber Dr.

Champaign, IL 61822


Or you can contact me Sylvia Zulfer at:   





Gentlemen, start your “engines” (lubed wheels)!  Get ready for the big race.  Earn honors and accolades in your Pack competition then on to the council event.  Be prepared for a full day of racing excitement.  Scouts must be present to win.  Click here for registration form and rules:




It will probably still be chilly, but please help clear the dead wood out of campsites, program areas, and camp roads on Saturday, March 5, starting at 9:00 am at Camp Drake.   Ranger Ed needs a little more support for removing the excess limbs and branches throughout the central camping area.   Please RSVP to  that you can help on this extra day of service for the Prairielands Council.




Council Candy Sale Incentives

 Drawing tickets will be issued per BOX of candy sold.  Weekly deadline is 1:00 pm prior to drawing (3/4, 3/11, 3/18, & 3/28) at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center.  Candy Bar chairs must turn in the money for Scouts to become eligible for the drawing.  


Weekly top selling Cub Scout and Boy/Venture Scout will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.  The Council’s overall top seller will receive a Remote Controlled Drone with Camera and District top sellers will receive a Walmart gift card.



National Jamboree Excitement


With world-class facilities and a focus on outdoor action sports, the Summit welcomes Scouts to a whole new jamboree experience in summer 2017. The excitement of the jamboree features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities that the Scouts are doing around other parts of the Summit. Look to 2017 where Venturers, a branch of the BSA that includes young women, will be part of the jamboree. Whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, and mountain biking are just a few of the activities offered at the Summit. There’s also skateboarding, BMX, shooting sports, and zip-line challenge courses. And that’s just the beginning.









Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop Leaders,

We have started the annual Friends of Scouting drive and need you to call the scout office ( 531-0217) or email myself ( or Lovetta ( ) to help us schedule your friends of Scouting visit.  The council needs your support because 20% of the budget comes from this event.  We have already had great responses from this new program from Packs 98 & 122, but we are far from reaching our goal.  The new format is a done in the context of a game show and will be fun for all ages.



That’s right “Let the Games begins”!!!  Prairie Fire District along with Troop 103 is hosting for the first time a gaming Camporee!!!  Come test your skills against fellow Scouts/Scouters and take away a trophy and the “Win”!!!  this all will be held at Lodge Park in Monticello, IL. On April 15-17, 2016, for the very low cost of $13.00 per person, lunch in a bag will be provided on Saturday!  See the attached flier for more details or contact Eric Hawley.

(flyer attached to email or you can link to the flyer on the webpage)


AND THE WINNER IS……   Congratulations to Mahomet Troop 103 who won the re-charter drawing by turning in a complete, accurate, signed and paid re-charter roster by the January 15, 2016 deadline.  There were many, many units in the drawing.  Thank you very much to all the units who took great time and effort to complete this necessary task in a timely way.  If, by chance, your unit has not yet turned in your paperwork please do so immediately.  You are not covered by BSA insurance and your Scouts can’t be signed up to events and activities without an active charter.  They are not officially registered!  If you have any questions, please contact your district field assistant.  For Prairie Fire that is Linda Atherton at






Put a North Fork in it!

Enjoy a relaxing weekend campout will 100 of your bestest Scouting buddies!  Fun Scouting events are planned for the North Fork Lodge near Danville.  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 more info, please contact Camporee facilitator Robert Sloan at



Local Scouter Receives United Methodist Religious Award

John Sudlow, of Oakwood, Illinois received the God and Service Award from the Oakwood United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 14, 2016. The church sponsors Cub Scout Pack 224 in Oakwood where Mr. Sudlow has been active for many years. The award is presented to Scouters who have served a minimum of five years working within Scouting and the United Methodist Church. Scouter Sudlow encouraged and assisted many young people in earning the God and Country award.  Mr. Sudlow promoted religious observances at Boy Scouts of America functions at all levels and encouraged Scouts to participate in community service projects. John Sudlow has been an active recruiter and trainer within the Boy Scout ranks for several years. He recently chaired Prairielands Training College, a major Scouting training event that attracts large numbers of Scouters from Central Illinois and Indiana. Sunday February 14th was this year’s United Methodist Church Scout Sunday, an annual recognition where Scouts attend church in uniform and churches traditionally have Scouts participate in their services. The ceremony recognizing Mr. Sudlow was attended by the local congregation, Scouts and Scouters from Pack 224, Troop 224, and Prairielands Council.



Trail Tromp promotes Liking Hiking

Hike the hills and ravines of the Salt Fork valley during the 2016 Trail Tromp at Camp Robert Drake.  Members of the Illini Lodge Onaquispasippi Trail Committee will host a morning full of fun along the perimeter path.   Beginning at 9:00 am, hikers can travel the gold-diamond trail amidst the woods of east central Illinois.  The Trail Tromp is a great opportunity to obtain the Onaquispasippi Trail pin at the camp trading post.

Key to Promotion in 2016

Boy Scout Program Chair John Marquardt is encouraging all Prairielands Council troops to get Camp Hero Rip Studwell to visit their meeting for Camp Drake this spring.  A vital function of a quality troop program is a weeklong outdoor experience and a “Rip Studwell Night” will help prepare Scouts, families and leaders for the event.    After your troop sets up a date and location for Camp Drake, a special promotional program, a “Rip Studwell Night”, can be scheduled to excite the Scouts and inform the parents.  Mr. Marquardt has recruited helpful “FOAM FLYERS” to PREVIEW the summer fun.  Be sure to invite potential new members in addition to the fifth grade Webelos in your area.  Start planning now to get your troop ready for a great camp opportunity.




Pocket Folder of Cub Camping Wisdom

Each Cub Scout pack should have received their special “Pocket Folder of Cub Camping Wisdom” with all of the details and registration forms for each of the Cub Camps this summer.  If your pack does not have the details, please contact your district executive for your folder.  These information sheets will assist your pack in organizing efforts for the summer camps.


Be Aware of Cub Camp Deadlines

Please set your registration deadlines within your pack so that Cub Scouts parents follow the appropriate sign-up times with the council office for each of the Cub Camps.  Each of the Cub Camps have different cut-offs for the number of participants in each program.  It is important that pack leaders set firm deadlines for their Cub Scouts and remind parents of these dates.  This is especially important for packs that coordinate a large contingent of campers to any of the Cub Camping options.  If needed, separate segments of your packs can attend separate camp sessions of the same program.  For example, several packs send different dens to the two July half-week sessions of Cub Scout Adventure Camp.




Camp Staff Openings

According to Program Director Parker Arnholt, a few summer camp positions are still open for the summer of 2016. Any Boy Scout who will be 14 years of age by June 1, 2016 can apply to serve as a Counselor-in-Training for two weeks of the summer.  The C.I.T. positions are great for older Scouts, who would like to be on the Camp Staff in the future.


Tool Time Work Days

Tool Time in the Prairielands Council means volunteers helping to improve your favorite Camp Drake. Each of the Saturdays will begin at 9:00 a.m.  A meal will be served at 12:15 on 3/19, 4/16, and 5/7.    If possible, each work team is encouraged to bring their own outdoor tools for brush clearing, raking, and/or tree trimming. 





Message from Matt Kauffman


Greetings Arrowmen,

On behalf of the Central Region Chairman Dan Segersin and the Area 3 Director Mike McCarthy I would like to announce that Kurt Brown from Illini Lodge has been selected as the new Section Adviser for Section C-3B.  Kurt currently serves Scouting in a number of capacities.  He is an associate lodge adviser with Illini Lodge, a member of the Prairielands Council executive board, the activities committee chair for Prairielands Council, and a member of the Prairielands Council camping committee.  Kurt is also an Eagle Scout, a vigil honor member, was a three-term lodge officer for Illini Lodge including one year as lodge chief, and briefly served as secretary for Section C-4B in 2003 to complete the term for the previous secretary who moved out of the area.  He has attended five NOACs including the last two on staff.  He completed National Leadership Seminar as a youth and Wood Badge as an adult.  Kurt graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and 2006 earning bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting.  He is currently a revenue accounting manager for Blackboard.  In his free time, Kurt is a big sports fan, especially for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, and Illinois Fighting Illini, and is a high school basketball referee.





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