The Prairielands Council office will be closed Friday March 25 and Saturday March 26.


During the week of March 21-25, Susan will be in the Danville office on Wednesday March 23, 2016 from noon – 4:00 p.m.  That is the only day that week someone will be in the Danville office.    If you need something brought over from Champaign, please contact her BEFORE Tuesday March 22 at 6:00 pm. at or 217-531-0219 and it will be brought on Wednesday. Thanks!


Prairielands Council Spring Fishing Derby

All Scouts and Scouters are welcome to enjoy fun fishing days throughout the council.   The “Hooked on Scouting” membership drive is continuing through the spring, as any new Scout can receive a new rod and reel, courtesy of the Prairielands Council.  You are invited to attend.

Click here for all the info


Fabulous Prizes for Candy Continue

Just like the sports page, the list of winners is long for the Camp Candy Sale.  The top marks for week 2 include:


The top selling Cub Scout from Danville Pack 399 with 8 Boxes is Kolton M.

Our top selling Boy Scout from Westville Troop 234 with 20 Boxes was Kenny C

The winner of the $100.00 camp scholarship is Quinn P. of Troop 42 in Homer


There are still two weekly drawings left (3/18, & 3/28).  Remember future payments for candy can be made throughout the week


Camporee Rewards!

Numerous paths to adventure can be found north of Danville.  The 2016 Many Trails Spring camporee will be held on the weekend of May 20-22 where fun Scouting events are planned for the North Fork Lodge.  The campground has scenic trails, a wonderful fishing lake, and an excellent shooting sports area.  Plan now to be part of the rewarding outdoor weekend.


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 Camps

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 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 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.


Tool Time March One Nine

All Scouts, Scouters, and parents are welcome to help prepare camp for all the fabulous activities in 2016.  Basic cleaning will be needed in the program areas and campsites.  All Tool Time participants should bring their own equipment if possible, but some rakes, brooms, and loppers are available.  The 1st Tool Time Work Day is set for Saturday, March 19th 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.


2017 National Jamboree Promo on April 2

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. 




Many Trails Program Planning

The annual program planning kickoff will be held at the Many Trails Roundtable for April.   District volunteers will provide the traditional delightful Scouting informational talks 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, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  The wide array of Cub Scout and Boy Scout camping options will highlight the presentations.   Be there for the fabulous outdoor Scouting experience!


Fishing Day at Kennekuk

On Saturday, May 14th, from 2:00-5:00 pm , Robert Sloan and district volunteers will be hosting a Fishing Derby at  Kennekuk County Park at Horseshoe Pond.  Join the fun on a great afternoon to be outdoors.  If questions, contact Robert at 217-474-5315.




Looking for a fun and engaging Service hours for your Pack, Troop or Crew?? Well I have another great one to share with all our Scouting units.  The Univ. of Illinois  and the Champaign County Nursing Home have recently collaborated together to get outside groups to come into their facility and interact with the residents with playing games, host or help with events, etc.  For more specific information contact Alaine Stanner at: or 217 714-0069


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 a done in the context of a game show and will be fun for all ages.


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!!


Completed unit charters for Prairie Fire district are available at the Scout office.  They contain your new roster, you charter certificate, membership cards and any applicable ribbons (except for gold qualifying troops – those are on order).  Check with your unit commissioner to see if he/she has yours already to bring to you, otherwise come sign yours out at your convenience and arrange a suitable presentation for your chartered organization.  (You can also call the council office to see if your packet has already been picked up).




Scouters, it's that time of year again.  The weather is getting warmer, grass is turning greener, trees are growing leaves, and some of are sneezing.  That's right allergy season is upon us.  So does a Scout in your pack or troop have a food allergy camp should be aware of?  If so, email your special dietary needs to James Mills at at least a week before you are camping.  If you wait until Sunday when you arrive at camp there will be a $10 late charge per day for a total of $50.  So please get all your special dietary needs in as soon as you can.




NRA Rifle Instructor Course

Friday April 1st-2nd Camp Robert Drake.

Click here for all the details.


Camp Drake Staff on

As summer Camp approaches, our staff is diligently getting ready for your arrival! Are you curious who is returning and where they’re working? Well go to to see all of our staff members! We are excited for a great summer, and you should be too! #DareToBePreaparedToMeetTheStaff 


Parker Arnholt

Camp Robert Drake

Program Director | 2016

Phone: 217-304-3159



Shooting Competition on March 28

Various levels of Scouting programs will compete in the Camp Drake Marksmanship Challenge on Saturday April 2, 2016.   Join the Shooting Sports fun from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm at the Nogle Shooting Sports Facility on the south side of the camp.  The fee for the Marksmanship Challenge is $10 per two person team so bring a friend and enjoy the friendly competition.  The Camp Drake Spring Shoot is designed to be a 2 person team event where (1 Youth + 1 Partner).  One of the partners can be an adult…a parent or leader.  Families are encouraged to attend.


Added Action for Webelos/AOL Scouts

During both the Blue Session (7/6 to 7/9) and the Gold Session (7/24-27) of Cub Scout Adventure Camp in 2016, the SUNRAYS program will offer extra program options.  Boys that are currently in the third and fourth grades will graduate up to advanced program status and be eligible to select two added program features during their Cub Scout Adventure Camp session.  Space is limited for certain time frames for each program.  Look for BONUS choices in Shooting Sports, Aquatics Events, Wheeled Sports, and Camping skills on in the near future.



Any Cub Scout signing up for Cub Scout Adventure camp can have a Camp Drake: Mediavel Times crown, courtesy of Illini Lodge 55. The Blue and Gold Knights are chasing the dragons of excitement along the banks of the Salt Fork River this summer!   HUZZAH!  The beautiful crowns will make any Cub Scout fell like royalty in the woods.  Ride the kayak around the Poncho moat.  Pick up your crown for each Cub Scout planning to attend a Cub Camp at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign.




Crossover Benefits for the 5th Graders

Recognition and Orientation Opportunities open to 5th grade Webelos Scouts crossing over into Boy Scouting on many levels.  This stage in their Scouting career can be a critical time for the future enjoyment of Scouting. 


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. 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 at Camp Drake.  These new Boy Scouts will be able to enjoy the fabulous facilities at Camp Drake.


Free Compass for New Boy Scouts at Camp Orientation

Inform your fifth grade Webelos Scouts and parents about this special opportunity to experience a day on Saturday, April 2 for camp activities, take a tour of program options, start working of 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.


Arrowhead Award Ceremony Recognition at First Campfire

All of the Arrow of Light recipients who attend Camp Drake this summer will be recognized at the opening campfire for this achievement.  During the festive atmosphere of the welcoming camp skits, each new Boy Scout that has earned the Arrow of Light will be called on stage by members of the Illini Lodge Ceremonies Team to receive a special Arrowhead Award for their achievement.  As a part of the presentation, these new Boy Scouts participate in a motivating program that encourages their attainment of the highest goal in Boy Scouting, namely the Eagle Scout rank.




Bugle Troop

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 17-23 this summer. 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. 


Camp Drake Foam Flyers

Each troop can get a Camp Drake Promotional Program fun flyer to conduct an informational presentation of exciting camp traditions.  The foam flyers are a fun feature of the “dare to Be Prepared” summer at Camp Drake in 2016.   All Scouts should have already reviewed the merit badge schedule for the advancement options on the way.


Patriotic Camping Option

Troop 158 of the Prairielands Council will be hosting a campout with the theme being a continuous flag retiring for the entire campout.  The campout will start with an official opening and flag retiring ceremony. Each troop will be assigned a time slot to be the “Keeper of the Flame” and will be responsible for helping to continue the flag retiring throughout the weekend.  For registration/campout information please see our Facebook page at Troop 158 Campout. You can also call Kendra Warner 815-409-3134 or email for more info.





If you have not paid your 2016 OA  dues, please do so as soon as possible.  You are not considered a member of the Order of the Arrow unless your dues are current.  If you are not sure if you have paid your dues, contact Susan at 217-531-0219 or  


Trail Tromp

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 Mystery

Come out and have fun with friends as you spend the weekend trying to figure out some of the activities we will be doing, as well as a grand Saturday evening dinner show. We will also be doing service to help prepare camp for summer camp. Spring Fellowship is April 29/May 1st. If you want to stay in a cabin that will be an extra $10 on top of your registration fee and your cabin is not covered under the speed pass. We hope to see you out there for a fun Order of the Arrow themed weekend.






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