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


During the week of March 21-24, 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. 


Fabulous Prizes for Candy Continue

Congratulations to the weekly winners for the Camp Candy Sale.  The top marks for week 3 include:


The top selling Cub Scout from Urbana Pack 114  with 4 Boxes is Shannon E.

Our top selling Boy Scout from Westville  Troop  234 with 16 Boxes was Kenny C

The winner of the $100.00 camp scholarship is Wil Jones of  Troop 74 in Arthur


There is still one weekly drawing left (3/28)


Anyone Interested is Invited to 2017 National Jamboree Promo

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. 


PALOOZA Lunch Served

All participants in the fun activities at Camp Drake on April 2nd will be able to grab a lunch over the noon hour.  Stop by for pizza by the slice, drinks, chips, and desserts on sale through the efforts of Illini Lodge and Camp Robert Drake.   All the trail trompers are encouraged to stay for the afternoon events.



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 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 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.


Speaking of camps…  Camping Chair, Bob Bantz, is looking to have more accurate information about how many Scouts are attending some form of camp this summer.  Watch for a form to complete at your district roundtable.  Or send the following information to Mr. Bantz (at 76 Piatt St. Mahomet, IL 61853 or call him at the end of summer at 217-377-7554):  Unit number and number of Scouts in unit.  Number of Scouts attending  Day Camp, Number of Scouts attending Camp Drake for summer camp, Number of Scouts attending an out-of-council summer camp, and Number of Scouts attending a High Adventure Camp (even if it’s not a BSA camp).  Finally, since one Scout may attend more than one summer camp experience, how many different Scouts attended at least one summer camp (count only one camping experience for each Scout for this answer).  Mr. Bantz is looking for the percentage of Scouts who attend at least one summer camping adventure.  This information will go a long way to helping us understand and then better provide camping experiences for all Scouts.  It’s also a criteria for the Journey to Excellence worksheet.




New Council Calendar Available

The annual program planning kickoff will distribute the new dates for Scouting 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 on the north side of Danville,   from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  The wide array of Cub Scout and Boy Scout camping options will highlight the presentations.


Fishing Day at Kellart Lake near Cissna Park

On Saturday, June 12th , from 2:00-5:00pm , Dave Baier, Rick Dulaney and district volunteers will be hosting a Fishing Derby at  Kellart Lake near Cissna Park.  Join the fun on a great afternoon to be outdoors.  If questions, contact Rick at 815-383-2199.


Spring Camporee

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.




April 13, 2016 is the date for the annual SUMMER KICKOFF!  Plan to attend the combined roundtable starting at 6:30 at the LDS Church.  There will be pizza, cookies and soda and an information packed meeting.  Is there an event or program that you want to hear about?  Contact Linda Atherton ( and we can get it on the agenda.  Have an event or program that you want to promote, let Linda know about that as well.  The goal is to provide YOU with the information YOU want.  Note:  this is the last roundtable of the school year.  The next roundtable is in August 2016 and is the FALL KICKOFF and popcorn orientation.  There will be no unit commissioner meeting in April.  Anyone who is free to come to the church at 6:00 and help set up would be greatly appreciated.


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.  If you haven’t already, please sign up as soon as possible so that adequate facilities and food can be arranged.


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.  If you haven’t already, please sign up as soon as possible so that adequate facilities and food can be arranged.


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.  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).





Boy Scout Camp Fees due in April

Don’t let the summer camp fees skip by you next month.  Total payment for both youth and adult campers for all camp sessions are due at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, Box 6267, Champaign, IL, 61826-6267, by Friday, April 15, 2016 as posted in the council calendar. An exemption from this deadline will be allowed for new Scouts.  Any new boy joining your troop in the spring will be held to a first of June deadline.


Annual Health Form Reminder

The national Boy Scouts of America camp policy mandate medical examinations for week-long summer camp at Camp Drake. All youth participants and adult leaders must present evidence of a physical examination annually for the weekly camp session by a licensed physician AND a health history completed by the adult participant or a parent (for youth participants). Copies of the medical form will be available at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign and the Danville Service Center. Completion of both sections of the form is necessary for all campers. All physicals and health histories must be on file with the camp health officer in case of emergency.


Vermilion TreX for Older Scouts

River Kayaking, ATV Riding, Pistol Shooting, and SCUBA Diving are parts of the new older Scout option at Camp Robert Drake this summer.  All qualified Scouts will have a variety of choices for adventure.  The Treehouse Cabin will serve as the headquarters for the Vermilion TreX participants looking to choose the Level 1 option of living the adventure life.  For older Scouts who choose to camp along with their troop, Level 2 trexers can still attend the outdoor excitement, depending on the size of the activity.  In addition to the activities, there are still opportunities for advancement and merit badges.  Look for additional details on summer opportunities at Camp Drake at the updated website:


Shooting Competition

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 4:00pm 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.


Camp Trading Post Open April 2nd

Summer style arrives on April 2nd.  You can wear the brightest colors at Camp Drake with the latest edition of the summer t-shirt fashion from the Trading Post.  It will be open on Saturday, April 2 for the Drake-a-palooza!  Male t-shirt model Robert Sloan will display the brightest rainbow of camping shirts for all shoppers!





Any Cub Scout signing up for Cub Scout Adventure camp can have a Camp Drake: Medieval 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.





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. 


“Keeper of the Flame” Camp

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.  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. For registration/campout information please see our Facebook page at Troop 158 Campout.  Click here for more info or you can also call Kendra Warner 815-409-3134 or email for more info.




Cheerful Service opportunities!

Lovetta Ash-Simpson could use some cheerful arrowmen for the Council Pinewood Derby Championship!  Set up will be Friday April 8 at 9 PM and Saturday April 9 at 10 AM!  Contact Bryant Deer at or Lovetta Ash-Simpson at to help out!  Be sure to help out at a Tool Time on April 16 and/or May 7 at Camp Drake to prepare our beautiful camp for the busy summer camp season!  Bring your own tools please!!  You will need them!  Also don't forget about Trail Tromp!!  Come help staff, or participate in the trail tromp on April 2 to prep the trails out at camp. 




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.


SCOUTMASTERS’ NOTE: The 2016 Spring Fellowship is the last event for elected candidates from 2015 to participate in their Ordeal ceremony.  Please follow up with any outstanding candidates to remind them of this deadline.


April Lodge Meeting

The next Illini Lodge meeting will be April 3 at the Illinois Fire Service Institute at 3 PM.  We will be covering some very important information so be sure to be there!  All arrowmen are welcome to attend and get involved.   Join a committee and help make a difference in Scouting on the council level.


Troop Visit Deadline End of May

Everyone, the end of the Troop Visit season is coming to a close soon, as the end of our season is May 31, 2016. If you could contact Matthew Hodolitz, at or call/text at (815)-644-2050, you can schedule your troop visit.


Every Troop Needs a Youth and Adult Troop Representative

Ever wonder how we make our lodge so nice and effective? Part of that is due to our Troop Representative system which is headed up by our very own Bryce Vorick. Troop Reps help us communicate to each and every troop throughout our council. You may be asking who these mysterious people are. Well look no further than your fellow arrowmen to find one. Our Troop Reps are ordinary arrowmen doing extraordinary things. If you are interested in becoming a Troop Rep or know of one in your troop, please contact Bryce Vorick at so that we can make sure we have an up-to-date list of Troop Reps to help out our lodge.


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