LUMBERJACK DAY ON MARCH 5!
Scouts and leaders are encouraged to 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. For Scouts, a limited number of Lumberjack patches are available for their assistance. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org that you can help on this extra day of service for the Prairielands Council.
Candy Sale Weekly Rewards
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 Scouts 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.
SUPER SATURDAY SPRINGS SUMMER CAMP IN ONE MONTH
>>> the Drake Spring Marksmanship Day
Be sure to target Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for the Spring Marksmanship Day, to be held at the Nogle Shooting Sports Facility at Camp Drake.
>>> the Trail Tromp Hike
If you think positive, the cold will be gone by then and your hike through the scenic forest will be warm and toasty on the banks of the Salt Fork River. Blaze the trail through the woods at the annual Trail Tromp hiking day at Camp Robert Drake on April 2nd.
>>> the COMPASS Day
On COMPASS DAY, Scouts will be introduced to Camp Drake opportunities through outdoor merit badges. All new Boy Scouts will receive a COMPASS as recognition of participation in COMPASS DAY. When a COMPASS DAY participant attends Camp Drake in 2016, he will receive an official “Camp Drake souvenir.” April 2nd is set for a fun filled orientation for current fifth grade Scouts. An activity filled day of Boy Scout Camp programs for any younger troop members and their parents from throughout the council. All newer Boy Scouts are invited to attend this special orientation, as well as their troop junior leaders and Scoutmasters. There is no fee for this event, but participants must use the registration form to reserve their attendance.
Find Out Details on the 2017 National Jamboree
The Prairielands Council National Jamboree Committee is hosting an informational meeting regarding the 2017 event at the Summit in West Virginia. All eligible Scouts and their parents are invited to learn more about the National Jamboree details. The informational meeting will be on Sat, April 2 at 9:30 AM, at First United Methodist Church (210 W Church St, Champaign IL). Topics for the meeting include: payment schedule, campership process and deadlines, fundraising opportunities, program overview, contingent schedule (future participant meetings, shakedown), and the contingent patch design.
National Jamboree Scholarships
There is an opportunity to apply for a National Jamboree Campership online. Camperships are intended for youth with financial need. External fundraising is expected along with the campership. Parents submits campership, and it can't be changed after submission. The deadline is Sept 1 2016 and notification will be about Oct 1 2016. Awards are on a scale up to $975.
If you are interested in some how-to books, contact Linda Hogan at 217-898-3838. She has woodworking, home repair and improvement and also a book on Native Americans.
PRAIRIE FIRE DISTRICT
Linda Atherton is looking for a few people who are technically savvy and feel they can effectively discuss the pros and cons of Cub/ScoutMaster, Cub Tracks and the fairly new ScoutBook (or another Scout tracking software that you know well and can present) to be available for a panel discussion at the upcoming PF roundtable Wed. March 9 at 7:00pm. A video projector will be available for you to hook your computer to. Wireless is available. This will be a joint roundtable meeting in the Cub roundtable room. Snacks will be provided. Please contact Linda directly either for more information or to help with this presentation. Cell: 217-369-0080. [Note: I will be out of the office for the remainder of the week for a funeral so contact me on the cell phone]
Mark your calendar – April 9, 2016 – Graphite those wheels – it’s almost time for the Council Pinewood Derby race. There will be an OPEN division for siblings, kindergarteners, other family members to just have fun too. For 2016 rules and regulations please see www.prairielandsbsa.org (under “upcoming event flyers”).
Day Camp, Day Camp and yes more Day Camp!!!! This year we are having three different Day Camp themes in three different areas, but all Scouts can go to all three camps if they like!! Camp Drake theme is “ Scouting in the Woods” under the direction of Scout leader Kent McMahan, Urbana/Champaign theme is “Scouting’s new STEM Program” being coordinated by Scout leaders Art Urban and Doug Robinson and last but certainly not least, Cub Day Camp in Tuscola with Dave Johnson and Jake Maestas as your leaders have lots of activities centers around “WATER & LUAU”!! all of three camps will cost only $30.00 each to attend and all will have BB’s, Archery, cool crafts, and much more!!!! So get out there and sell those candy bars and pay your way to all three camps!! For more information contact Day Camp Advisor Lovetta Ash-Simpson at email@example.com or call 217 531-0217. For informational flyers and registration forms and Cub Camp coordinators’ guides go to www.CampDrake.com it is under the “summer camp” drop down menu.
District Committee Meeting: Attention all PF District Committee Members. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the quarterly district committee meeting. Monday March 7 at 7:00pm at IFSI on Gerty Dr.
PF round table meeting: Wednesday March 9 at 7:00pm at the LDS Church on Windsor. Joint meeting this month with the theme of Scouting tracking programming and other technology issues relevant to Packs, Troops and Crews. All are invited to come.
Unit Commissioner meeting. NOTE: There will NOT be a unit commissioner meeting on March 9. If there are issues with your units, call me directly at 217-369-0080 or contact Lovetta Ash-Simpson.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lovetta (email@example.com ) to help us schedule your Friends of Scouting visit. The council needs your support because 20% of their budget comes from this event. We have already had great responses from this new program, 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.
There still may be more snow in our forecast but SPRING is right around the corner and with that it’s time to think about RECRUITMENT!! It is time to start seriously planning on recruiting more members to your unit. Get them familiar with your program and youth before that busy summer camp season. Now is the time to start approaching those kindergarteners and inviting them to pack activities and events. The can feel a part of your great program before the official signup date of June 1. Each new Cub who joins still gets a Zebco fishing rod and reel. Regional fishing activities are being planned to further that theme. Each new Boy Scout who signs up (and the Boy Scout who recruited him) each receive an adult Zebco fishing rod and reel. Please be in contact with your school(s) and arrange a date and time for the Spring Boy Talk, then CONTACT Lovetta with that information (217-531-0217 or Lovetta.Ash-Simpson@scouting.org). There are recruiting strips that can be worn on the official uniform for recruiting a youth into the BSA. (That includes you, too, Venturers). Be creative and think of fun recruiting events. Share your great ideas with us at the office!!
MANY TRAILS DISTRICT
Next MT District Meeting
The next district meeting of the newly restructured district will be held Thursday, March 10th at the Danville Scout office at 305 W. Woodbury St, 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.
Camporee for All!
Enjoy a relaxing weekend campout with 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Journey to Excellence Awards
The national Boy Scouts of America awards for unit performance will be distributed as part of the April Roundtable event. Each unit to qualify for the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers recognition in their community will be commended for their dedication to providing a great program for youth. .
Arrow of Light Plaques and Arrow Kit Coupon
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. This colorful plaque displays the name and year of the recipient recognizing their achievement in earning the highest award in Cub Scouting. As an incentive to continue their Scouting path, the Brotherhood of Honor Campers (OA) is providing an arrow kit coupon to be used this summer. The coupon will be good for a free arrow kit. These new Boy Scouts will be able to enjoy the fabulous facilities at Camp Drake. Contact OA Clerk Susan Coller at 217-531-0219 to order your ARROW package.
Cubs in Crowns
The chivalry of knighthood may visit the vestiges of your hallowed pack during every dragon-slaying opportunity on the Cub Scout Adventure Camp scene. The theme of "Medieval Times" will offer an exciting array of entertaining activities and educational games for the different Cub Camp activities coming this July. Cub Scouts and leaders experience all kinds of medieval fair through a series of “knightly” programs. Campers can bring their own camping gear, but tents and cots will be provided, as needed. See the Cub Scout Adventure Camp Leader Guide, also known as “The Lantern”, for added details. The dates include: Blue session-July 6-9 or Gold session-July 24-27. The schedule for the opening day begins at 1:00 pm.
Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award
Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year. Find the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign
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.
ORDER OR THE ARROW
Elections for New Members
All troop/team leaders should review their Order of the Arrow materials to prepare for the election requirements. Whether you plan to conduct the election on your own or bring in assistance from your lodge, it is important to designate the date of your election and announce it to the unit as early as possible. Please inform your Scouts early about the date of your OA election, in order for Scouts with the 2nd Class rank to focus on completion of the eligibility requirements. Contact your OA leadership, if you need assistance in conducting the election in your troop/team.
Venturers to the National Jamboree
Held at the Summit in West Virginia, the National Jamboree will include programs such as rock climbing, cross-country mountain biking, ropes challenge courses, zip lines, and lake kayaking. The Prairielands Council National Jamboree Committee is looking for Venturers to attend the big event in 2017. A special crew contingent is being organized for Venturers age 14-20 at the time of the event on July 17-28, 2017.
On April 16 the VOA will be having a scavenger hunt! The hunt will take place from 1-4 on the U of I campus. This event is free if you bring a friend who is not currently a part of Scouting. Otherwise, it will cost $5. The hunt will take you all over campus, so wear good walking shoes. Hope to see you there!