The New Scouting Calendars are Ready!

The new calendars for the 2016-2017 year are being distributed as a part of the Program Planning Process, available through both Scout offices.  This wonderful collection event dates allows your unit to review the council programs throughout the year. Act now to obtain this once-every-springtime treasure.


Adventure Camp Fees

To all Cub Leaders in the Kingdom: PLEASE NOTE   Registration  fees for  CS Adventure Camp have a 4/29/16 deadline.     Cub Scout camping payments that are bundled into a group for the whole pack help to make the registration process go smoother.  Each pack should keep a copy of their camping registration paperwork to maintain their own camping records for their group.  Keeping copies on file for your pack of medical forms, payment transmittals, and program requests will help your unit through the administration process.  ALSO NOTE:   CS Adventure Campers need only parts A & B  on the medical forms.


Survey  on Candy Sale

Your thoughts on the 2016 Camp Candy Sale will be very helpful in planning for future fund-raising efforts.  Below is a link to the feedback survey.  Feel free to pass this along and share your own thoughts as well.

Just a quick reminder we still have candy available to sell and it can be checked out by anyone interested.  If you have any questions on your unit’s candy balance, please contact Glenn at 356-7291, ext., 6443.


Ordeal Deadline

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. The OA Spring fellowship is thius weekend.


Special Camp open to All Troops this 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 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.


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.




Friends of Scouting

The annual Friends of Scouting fund-raising campaign is helpful in building the strength of the council.   District Scouters will provide an educational program to packs, troops, and crews to solicit funds for the Prairielands Council. The program highlights the need for financial support of the Boy Scouts of America. Each unit is encouraged to schedule a presentation for their Scouting families this spring. The Family Friends of Scouting campaign is a vital component for strengthening our local council.


Camporee at North Fork

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 weather report.  Plan now to be part of the rewarding outdoor weekend.





A BIG thank you to Troop 103 and Gary Vandre, Greg Ziegler, Brian Ericson, Matt Elliott, Todd Buhrmester and to District  Camping  Chair, Bob Bantz for a fun filled and fabulous PF Spring Camporee.  It was a great event for all involved.  Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a fun event.


CALLING ALL TROOPS!!  If you haven’t signed up for a wonderful evening of Scouting Jeopardy with our fabulous Friends of Scouting team please contact Lovetta Ash-Simpson  ( truly AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to set up when the team can come to your Court of Honor or Family Event and make a presentation.  We really do need to present this information to EVERY unit in the district.


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!!  Thank you to all the units who have already contacted Lovetta with their Spring Recruiting plans.

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.




Summer Camp Food Requirements

Do members of your summer camp contingency to Camp Robert Drake have any Special Dietary needs? We want to help, but you need to tell us!! Email AFTER fees are paid but more than 3 weeks before camp to avoid a fee of $50 ($10 per full day in camp) assessed to a unit that does not notify camp of special dietary needs.   The Camp Kitchen may not be able to accommodate special dietary needs that are not shared in advance to due to the camp's food delivery schedule and staffing plan, and refrigerator space may also not be available. Please send an e-mail with your requirements to help us help you!


Service for Pre- Mother’s Day Saturday, May 7

Make your mother proud.  The first requirement is to show of all your motherly good deeds and attend a Tool Time Work Day.  The 2nd requirement is to clean up yourself after a rewarding day of Camp Drake service.  Finally, provide mom will a nice remembrance that she raised you right….like an arrowhead Camp Drake hoodie!  And Mom will be happy that you are out of the house that day!


Holiday Family Camping Weekend

All Scouts and Scouting family members are invited to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Robert Drake this summer.  Experience a woodland retreat away and get back to nature.  Families can enjoy the scenic beauty at Camp Drake at their own pace.  . All of the campsites are available for use on a reserved basis. .  The cost for the entire weekend of camping is $20.00 per family or $8.00 per individual for the entire four-day period.  Meals are not included and alcohol is not permitted. Registration is due on the Monday prior to the holiday weekend.


Helping Camp Drake

You can assist in helping Camp Drake with some needed supplies for this summer maintenance requirements.  Units or individuals can help upgrade equipment by purchasing or donating new or nearly new equipment.  Units can also provide or donate needed supplies to assist Camp Drake in its operations.  The 20156wish list is below.  What can you give to help?   Please call Mike Graham for specific descriptions at 356-7291 x 6447.

            small Buck saws/bow saws     picnic tables

            Lop shears                               cases-toilet paper

            rakes                                        short handle shovels/ square or pointed

            truck                                        ear protection 

            rock                                         paint brushes…2-3- 4

            work gloves                             battery charger    12v – 6

            ax handles                               assortment of metal screws

            garbage cans                            gasoline weed-eater

            sledge hammer handles                       hand held weed whacker




New Tiger Recruitment

Families can find fun summer activities in your pack.  As your Pack has summertime activities planned (and it should), you can recruit all ages of Cub Scouts but especially new Tiger Cubs.  Those boys who are now in kindergarten can be signed up as Tiger Cubs and participate in all the summertime activities.  What a great way to start off the summer with eager new Scouts! 


Take the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge

Following the nationwide push for a greener environment, Cub Scouts are encouraged to learn more about the newest camping techniques using the Leave No Trace strategy.  This great award for outdoors enthusiasts provides a guideline for Cub Scouts to enjoy the natural world.  Follow the Pledge: I promise to practice the Leave No Trace front country guidelines wherever I go:  1) Plan ahead.         2) Stick to trails.  3) Manage your pet.  4)  Leave what you find. 5)  Respect other visitors.  6)  Trash your trash.    Introduce your Cub Scouts to the best methods for care of the forests and wildlife through the Leave No Trace Award.


Program Choices for Cub Scout Adventure Camp

Campers can pick their own path for Cub Scout action for the 2016 Cub Scout Adventure camp.   Prince Parker, 2016 Cub Adventure Camp Program Director has rolled out the activity schedule for the Cub Scout events at Camp Drake.   Each den is able to choose from a large variety of advancement and action programs.  The 2016 Cub Adventure Camp Program Grid is available at  under the Cub Scout Adventure Camp tab.  Check out the entire realm of aquatics, ecology, shooting sports and scout skills events.





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.


Camp Drake Leadership Opportunities

Summer camp is one of the best opportunities for youth to experience the important skills of leadership in action.   The week-long camp period allows for Scouts to function in a tiered level of responsibility.  Here are a few important options for young men to experience leadership at Camp Drake



There is no better way for a Senior Patrol Leader to earn his green bars than by experiencing a week at the helm of his troop at summer camp! Daily SPL meetings will be held to inform youth leadership of daily activities, notices, and responsibilities. While adult leadership is always kept in the loop, Senior Patrol Leaders are charged with organizing their troops and keeping them informed of all the goings-on at Camp Drake! The Camp Drake Senior Patrol Leader Award will be bestowed upon those who fulfill their hefty responsibilities throughout the week.



Lord Baden-Powell preached the patrol method for his Scouts, and we do the same at Camp Drake! The BIG Games on Monday night allow patrols to put their skills to the test. Youth leadership is encouraged in all troop activities at Camp Drake.



Experience leadership amongst a group of Honor Campers, as Illini Lodge conducts several important programs throughout the camp week.  All arrowmen are encouraged to join in the ceremonies, guide a camp-wide event, or assist in service in facility building.  Develop your leadership in service to other Scouts.



A new option in leadership development has been created to allow Camp Drake campers to attend a week of summer camp and serve on the Camp Drake staff at the same time.  Scouts interested in joining the “DRAKE CORPS” must be at least fourteen years of age and have a attained the Star rank.  The “DRAKE CORPS”   members will be able to participate in certain traditional camp activities, including the adventure options, but will also serve as an assistant in conducting camp events.  These Scouts will camp and eat with their own troop, but will be charged with a certain level of responsibility in order to earn their “staff shirt”. 


Counselors-in-Training Welcomed

Camp Robert Drake is looking for energetic youth to serve as counselors-in-training for the 2016 summer.  Any registered Scout or Scouter, older than age 14 on June 1, 2016, can apply by completing the Staff Application, located on .  Please turn the application into Camp Director Mike Graham at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, 3301 Farber Drive in Champaign, IL  61826.






With only days until Spring Fellowship, it is CRUNCH time.  So be sure to sign up early!  This year will be the best ever!  Our Activities committee has been cooking up a great SUPERHERO TRAINING EXTRAVAGANZA.  You wont want to miss it!




On another note we have some great service opportunities coming up!  The council needs OUR help with the Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Celebration!  Kyle and Phyllis Robeson will be receiving this honor this year.  If  you ever wondered why our shop is called the Robeson Scout Shop, It is because there two outstanding member played a huge role in the building of it! Check out the description and fill out the form in the link below!



This will be a new type of service for our lodge!  We have been asked to help in the Kirby Derby in Monticello on May 14th.  They will be having all types of athletic and running events and will need help to serve food and run events, as well as clean up!  Check is out in the link below!

Please take advantage of these opportunities!  After all, we are the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service



The fantastic looking Illini Lodge back patch has arrived from the talented embroiderers of St. Lois County.  Lodge Treasurer Nathan Schuele has opened the sale at the Roberson Scout Shop for these gorgeous emblems of lodge spirit.  These patches will look great on your Illini Lodge fleece.  The back patches are a mere $15.00 …a pittance for the pride you will feel with the mighty whitetail antlers decorating your reverse side.  Back patches are available in a limited supply, so get to the Spring Fellowship on April 29 – May 1 at Camp Robert Drake.



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