Fabulous Prizes for Candy Continue

Congratulations to the weekly winners for the Camp Candy Sale.  The top marks for week 4 include:


The top selling Cub Scout from Pack 73  with 9 Boxes is Nate Hopkins

Our top selling Boy Scout  Troop  39 with 4 Boxes was Terrance Good

The winner of the $100.00 camp scholarship is Luke Dobson of  Troop 39


Camp Drake Shooting Competition Correction

The Camp Drake Marksmanship Challenge on Saturday April 2th, 2016 is an individual youth competition, NOT a pair/team event. The Shooting Sports fun from 1:00pm to 4:00pm is at the Nogle Shooting Sports Facility on the south side of the camp.  The fee for the Marksmanship Challenge is $10 per person   Tigers, Cubs and Webelos can earn the new “Cub Scout Shooting Sports Patch”. Boy Scouts and Venturing will have the unique experience of firing (4) classic military rifles and compete for Trophies.  ($10 fee per person due @ Scout Office by Fri. April 1st)   Fun events available: Tomahawk / Bowie Knife Throwing and Archery.  The $10 fee includes use of Camp equipment, ammunition, snacks and awards.


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.  


2017 National Jamboree Open House on Saturday

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.  


Lunch Available for April Tooth

All participants in the fun activities at Camp Drake on April 2th 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.



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 of tomorrow. 



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 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.


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.




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 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.


Hospice Hearts is a 501(c)3 foster-based, all-volunteer animal rescue serving Central Illinois. Specifically, we serve cats and dogs whose owners have passed away, gone into nursing homes, or fallen seriously ill. I am reaching out to your troop to see if there would be interest in collaborating with one of the following projects:


1. Crafts: Hospice Hearts needs assistance with a number of crafts to make blankets for our cats and dogs, as well as toys. We would purchase all supplies.

2. Volunteer: Hospice Hearts welcomes troops to volunteer with our rescue at one of the many events we have throughout the year.

3. Fundraiser: Hospice Hearts welcomes the troops to plan and implement a fundraiser for our orphans.

4. Collection drive: Hospice Hearts welcomes troops to do a food or litter collection drive.


To learn more about our organization, please visit We are very eager to work with the scouts! I would be willing to provide a presentation with animals at any troop meeting.  Contact:  Jessica Sempek  708/921-9346    




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!!


Prairie Fire District Members

Please mark your calendars.  The next district meeting will be Monday May 9, 2016 (not the first Monday of the month!!!) at the Illinois Fire Safety Institute on Gerty Dr.  Please note the date change and plan to attend.




Program Kickoff

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


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.




Camp Trading Post Open April 2th

Summer style arrives on April 2th.  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! 





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




Special Camp open to All Troops

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 be April 29 to May 1, 2016. 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.


Attend Camp Drake for a Second Week

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. 




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. 


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.


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