Mark your calendar for the Fall Camporee

Troops from throughout the council are invited on 9/9/16 to 9/11/16 to enjoy an Olympic Theme.  There will be 10 events including using the pool and rifle and shotgun ranges.  The fee would be $12 with a deadline of 9/2/16 and a late fee of $15.  There will be a campfire on Saturday night that will double as an award ceremony.  Target your troop athletes to shape up for the fun.




Many Trails District Meeting

Plans for the Scouting operations for the 6 county territory on the east side of the Prairielands Council will be discussed this week.  The Many Trails District meeting will be held on the second Thursday of the month (5/12) at the Danville Scout office located at 305 W. Woodbury St. in Danville from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.   Membership, finance and program topics will highlight the agenda for this month. 


Many Trails Cub Scout Volunteers

The Day Camp in the Woods for the packs in the Many Trails District is seeking volunteers to help conduct the fun programs on Saturday,   June 4th.  A great crew of spirited Cub volunteers has created the program   and a few more Cub Camp helpers are needed to fill all the slots of fun.    If you are able to help, please contact Kent McMahan at    to join the outdoor action.  


Friends of Scouting Support

The Many Trails District of the Boy Scouts of America is currently serving over 650 families with camping programs, educational events, and character-based activities.  Thanks to the commitment of dedicated volunteers, our local Scouting efforts have been able to grow.  Our annual Friends of Scouting fundraising drive provides the necessary dollars needed to provide administrative support through our council office, maintain Camp Drake, and provide leadership training and counseling.  Your contribution for 2016 will add to the opportunities to build stronger programs, events, and activities.  With your assistance, the Many Trails District of the Prairielands Council looks to create additional improvements to coordinate the successful development of Cub packs and Scout troops, Venture crews and Explorer posts. Please make a pledge for a gift to the Prairielands Council this year. 


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! 


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.




Reminder:  There will be a Unit Commissioner meeting at 6:00pm on Wednesday May 11, 2016.  This IS an important meeting for the commissioner corps.  If the Prairielands Board votes for a consolidation of units, as the subcommittees have recommended,  it will then become each of our responsibilities to accurately inform and discuss the proposed changes with EVERY UNIT’S Chartered Organization Representative who would vote on the proposal towards the end of June.  We need to be informed in order to inform each COR.  The specific recommendations of each of the 5 committees will be available soon on the Prairielands website.  Please take the time to read the committees’ recommendations if you can prior to the meeting.  I will have a subcommittee member at the meeting to answer your questions.

There is no roundtable presentation this May.


DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEETING:  Each member of the PF district committee should have received a reminder of the upcoming district committee meeting coming: MONDAY  MAY 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Illinois Fire Services Institute on Gerty Dr.  We have an abundance of issues to discuss!  Please attend if at all possible.


Hello Scouts and Scouters it is not too late to help out with the Distinguish Citizen Event that will take place next week May 11 & 12.  We are still in need of help on Wed. evening May 11 at 5:00pm, Nogle Hanger at Willard Airport in Savoy to help us sweep, mop floor, set up tables and chairs etc., we will also need help breaking things down after the event is over.  Contact District Executive, Lovetta Ash-Simpson at 217 531-0217 if you can help, remember to do a “GOOD TURN DAILY”.


Day Camp registration is right around the corner for Camp Drake is May 20th and Urbana Day Camp registration deadline is May 27th!!  Our day camp staff is working hard to put together a lot of fun, cool and exciting activities for your Scouts, so don’t let them miss out!!!  For more information contact Linda Atherton at 217 531-0220 or Lovetta Ash-Simpson at 217 531-0217


Did someone say FISHING?????  Well here at Prairielands Council both of our district will be hosting Fishing Derbies on Saturday May 14th,  please see the attached flier for details.  We will supply the bait and for every new Scout that signs up now, he will be get a brand new fishing pole!!  So come out and get “Hooked on Scouting!!


Prairie Fire Family Campaign is at 81% of its goal for 2016, which is fantastic!  For those packs & troops that have made a contribution we sincerely appreciate every dollar that has been donated.  For those Packs, Troops and Crew that have not had a Blue & Gold or Court of Honor, it is not too late to schedule date before the school year ends  Please contact our District Family Campaign Chairman Brian Pianfetti:




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!


BUGLE TROOP offers 2nd Option for Camp Drake

A secondary opportunity is available for Scouts looking to enjoy a great summer camping experience at Camp Robert Drake. Join the Bugle Troop. Scouts can attend camp without their hometown Scoutmasters. This opportunity is available for troops unable to secure proper adult leadership. Provisional camping also provides leadership for Scouts who cannot attend camp with their troop or who wish to attend more than one week of camp. The Bugle Troop will be available during the 4th session (July 12-18, 2015). Parents or leaders are welcome to join the Bugle Troop as assistant leaders for the entire week or specific days. 


Enjoy a Family Night Program at Camp Drake

If you are looking for a fun summer night of Scouting, then plan to take a drive to Camp Drake for a Wednesday night family program in June or July.  A full night of family friendly activities takes place each Wednesday night of Boy Scout summer camp to show off the facility to hundreds of visitors. A variety of program areas are open for Scouts and family members to display their wilderness talents.  Enjoy the festive stunts and stories at the Friendship Circle Show, along with the fabulous prize give-aways!  Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow conducts its recognition of new arrowmen with an inspirational Call-Out ceremony at the Jack Jones Arena.  Shop for a snack or buy Camp Drake souvenirs at the Trading Post.  Visit your local troop on their week of camp.  Plan to attend a Family Night Program on June 22 or 29, or July 13 or 20 on the banks of the Salt Fork!





Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout outdoor Activity Award.  Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year.  The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt.  Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap.  Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.


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.


Free Arrow Kit Coupon for Arrow of Light recipients

All Arrow of Light recipients are encouraged to obtain a free arrow kit coupon that is available for Camp Robert Drake campers this summer.  As an incentive to continue their Scouting path, the Brotherhood of Honor Campers (OA) is providing a shooting sports coupon for an arrow kit in 2016.  These new Boy Scouts will be able to enjoy the fabulous shooting facility at Camp Drake.   Contact Program Clerk Susan Coller at (217) 356-7291, ext. 6441  to obtain coupons for your honored Cub Scouts.




Dear Illini Lodge 55


With Spring Fellowship now a thing of the past and summer camp just around the corner we have reached a very important part of the year and Scouting.  This is an important time for both the council and the community as well.  For that reason it is time for us to make ourselves known.  If you walk up to a stranger on the street they are not likely to know what the Order of the Arrow is if you ask them.  It is our job as the new century of Arrowmen to change that.  Illini Lodge, I challenge you to get active.  Make a difference in Scouting and our community.  Together we can step up and make 2016 the year our lodge changed forever. 


The lodge needs YOUR help to fulfill it's commitment to both the council and the community.  We need the be the leaders that Scouting deserves.  In order to help with this there are some new service opportunities that we can take advantage of. 


The first one is the Distinguished Citizen Award banquet, info can be found here.


The second one is the Kirby Derby in Monticello, info can be found here.


The third on is the Spring Fishing Derby on May 14th from 2 PM to 5 PM, at Colbert Park in Savoy.  If you can make it to any of these please do!!  This is how we make a difference. 


Yours in Service

Bryant Deer

Illini Lodge 55

Chief 2016




"Zombie Apocalypse Prevention"

Camp Robert Drake has been threatened by a virus found in tainted raccoon meat used in making sloppy joes. From July 2-4, come out to Camp Drake for Venturing Adventure 2016: Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness, and get ready to fight against the undead campers! Spend two days training in different areas around camp to learn how to kill a zombie, apply first aid to bites, and navigate through difficult terrain. You do not have to be currently registered as a Venturer to participate. Anyone age 14-21 or graduated from 8th grade is invited. If you have any questions, contact Matt Brauer at (217)766-2653. Details about cost and permission slips are to come.

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