Council offices will be closed on Good Friday and Holy Saturday March 25 and 26.



A blue-ox sized thank you to the great crew at the Lumberjack day on March 5 at Camp Drake. .   Troop 158 from Clifton set the North American wood-splitting record for a youth group from Iroquois County.    Thanks for helping to prepare of favorite summer camp for the Scouts in the future.


Candy Sale Weekly Fabulous Prizes

Congratulations to the top prizes winners in the weekly Camp Candy sales campaign.  Our top selling Cub Scout from Westville Pack 249 with 16 Boxes is Kyle H. This week our top selling Boy Scout was Cole H.  from Monticello Troop 490 with 6 Boxes.  The winner of the $100.00 camp scholarship is Ethan L.  of pack 399 in Danville.   If a name was not drawn this week it will remain entered for future drawings.  There are still three weekly drawings left (3/11, 3/18, & 3/28).  Remember future payments for candy can be made throughout the week… not just the day of the drawing!  Please let us know your Unit’s weekly top seller and that the count resets each week with tickets for the drawing.  Make sure to keep track of overall top sellers for after the sale ends in April.  Drawing winners are able to pick-up there fabulous prizes in either Champaign or Danville offices. 


Camporee for All!

Enjoy a relaxing weekend campout will 100 of your bestest Scouting buddies! Including Robert Sloan, who has recently been mistaken for Donald Trump.    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


New Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards

The newest awards for Cub Scouts will be available at the Spring Shooting Sports Day at Camp Drake on April 2nd.   Each level of Cub Scouting can earn a Shooting Sports patch, followed by pins recognizing skills developed in archery, BB gun, and slingshot shooting.   Check it out at Camp Drake this spring. 



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  2th is set for a fun filled orientation for current fifth grade Scouts.  An activity filled afternoon of Boy Scout Camp programs for any younger troop members and their parents from throughout the council. 


2017 National Jamboree Info

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. 


PINEWOOD DERBY:  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  (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 Woodsunder the direction of Scout leader Kent McMahon, 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 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 or call 217 531-0217.  For informational flyers and registration forms and Cub Camp coordinators’ guides go to  it is under the “summer camp” drop down menu.





PF round table meeting:  Wednesday March 9 at 7:00 pm at the LDS Church on Windsor.  Joint meeting this month with the theme of Scoutbook Scout  tracking programming and other technology issues relevant to Packs, Troops and Crews.  All are invited to come.


There will NOT be a unit commissioner meeting this Wednesday at 6:00pm.  Feel free to attend the informational session on ScoutBook at 7pm.  Please call your friendly District Commissioner with any issues with your units.


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.


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 Brian Pianfetti ( or Lovetta ( ) 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  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  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!!




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 Set, 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.


Many Trails Roundtable for April

Dinner and a program!   Sounds like a great night for Scouting volunteers!  The Many Trails Roundtable for April will provide food with the traditional delightful Scouting skills demonstrations for your Scouting groups.  Outdoor opportunities will be previewed at the roundtable on the second Thursday of the month (4/14) at the Royal Buffet in Danville,   from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  The wide array of Scouting options will highlight the presentations.   Be there for the informational Scouting experience!


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.  . 




Tool Time is March 19th

The Camp Drake improvement days are set for March 19th , April 16th ,  & May 7th, 2016.  Each Tool Time Work Day will begin with job assignments at 9:00 am at the Tin Shed maintenance building area next to the Ranger’s House. Each Tool Time Saturday, a terrific lunch will be provided at 12:15 pm.  Workers are encouraged to bring their own tools and equipment if possible, to help ensure that all of the volunteers will have proper supplies.  The most helpful tools include wood chopping and brush clearing equipment.


Tools Needed for Camp Drake

Camp Drake would appreciate any hand or power tools for its workshop, garden tools for outdoor work, or recreational equipment that you no longer need.  Hand tools or power tools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, saws, etc., help with the many mechanical requirements of camp maintenance.  Garden tools, like rakes, shovels, or weed whips, allow additional volunteers to complete projects on service days.  Any outdoor recreation equipment will be put to good use with the Scouts at summer camp.  From fishing rods and tackle to camping gear, from golfing supplies to boating equipment.  Please contact Mike Graham at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center at 356-7291,  x 6447  if you can provide a gift for Camp Drake. 




Arrow of Light Honors

Over 80 Cub Scouts who have earned the highest award in Cub Scouting…the Arrow of Light…have received commemorative certificates from Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.   This colorful plaque displays the name and year of the recipient recognizing there achievement in earning the high honor.  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


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.


Cubs in Shining Armor

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 "Starry Knights of the Salt Fork" 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. 




Prairielands Council Provisional Camping

This summer there are multitudes of adventures you can undertake to fill your summer with fun exciting challenges.  You can come back to camp to work on extra merit badges, awards, relax, or to push yourself to discover new limits on what you can do.  Any Boy Scout can attend Camp Drake as a part of the Prairielands Council provisional camping option without their hometown Scoutmasters.  Join the Bugle Troop from July 1`7-23 this summer.




Get on the hiking boots and Get On the Onaquispasippi Trail!  See the spectacular views around camp.  Add to your springtime calendar of fun events – the TRAIL TROMP is hiking on to your calendar on Saturday,  APRIL 2TH.  Walk the Onaquispassippi Trail and uncover secrets of camping past and prizes for our leaders of tomorrow. 


Spring Fellowship in April

Join the thrills of the Spring Fellowship on the weekend of April 29 to May 1, 2016.  The Spring Fellowship will feature fun activities and Order of the Arrow ceremonies.  Save the date on your Scouting calendar now!




Venturers to the Nat Jamb

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. 



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