Distinguished Citizen

Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Event Honoring Kyle and Phyllis Robeson


Only two days left!   Can still get tickets by calling the Scout office.  Don’t miss this fantastic event!


Please help Prairielands spread the word through Facebook and Twitter to promote the 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award fundraising event on May 12th honoring Kyle and Phyllis Robeson. The event starts at 6:00 pm at Nogle Hangar – Willard Airport.


As a special offer to the Scouting community, we have reduced the ticket price for Scouters from $250.00 to $100.00 per ticket. Tickets are available at the Scout Office – call 217-531-0218 for more information. We look forward to seeing you on May 12th. Thank you for helping us promote the event.


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.

On Saturday, May 14th, from 2:00-5:00pm Central Time, we will be hosting Fishing Derbies at the following locations:

  • Savoy, IL at Colbert Park                                                                                                                             (If questions, contact Marion Knight at 217-778-4809)
  • Danville, IL at Kennekuk County Park at Horseshoe Pond     

((If questions, contact Robert Sloan at 217-474-5315)

On Sunday, June 12th, from 2:00-5:00pm Central Time, we will host a fishing derby at:

  • Cissna Park, IL at Kellart Lake                                                                                                                     (If questions, contact Rick Dulaney at 815-383-2199)

Bring your own fishing pole if you have one. There will be a campfire after each fishing derby, so bring a chair and enjoy the great outdoors! Bait will be provided at all locations.


Olympic 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.


Scout Day at Memorial Stadium

Big news for the Prairielands Council and the Scouting football fans.  The Fighting Illini Scout Camporee is set for 10/8/16 to 10/9/16.  The fee will be $35 if paid by 9/30/2016.  A $5 lunch voucher is included in the event fee for all participants.  Dinner will be provided for all participants via supper .  Then the Scouts and parents get to sleep on the field and watch a movie on the BIG screen.  A great Scouting/football event.





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. 


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. 


 North Fork Location Fantastic for Camporee

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.





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!


Junior Staff Opportunity

An option in leadership development has been designed 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.  These Scouts will meet with Program Director Parker Arnholt late Sunday afternoon of the first day of camp to review their area assignments and set a schedule for the week.  The “DRAKE CORPS”   members will be able to participate in certain traditional camp activities, including the Vermilion TreX 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”.  To sign up for the “DRAKE CORPS”, please contact Camp Director Mike Graham at (217) 356-7291, ext. MIGR.


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.


Get “Officially” TRAINED at Camp Drake

Each week of the summer camp season will provide a great opportunity at Camp Robert Drake.  Trainers will lead the Scoutmaster required Outdoor Leaders Skills Training program.  For adult leaders attending Camp Drake, the Outdoor Leadership Skills course will be offered throughout the week with completion on Friday afternoon.  This can be the capping course to become officially trained!


Trading Post Merchandise Update

The Trading Post staff is awaiting your arrival at Camp Drake! We’re excited to be selling the new camp patches, and the great looking t-shirts. We will also have our normal merchandise such as lights, lanyards, socks, and regular water bottles. Bring your camp spirit because you won’t want to miss out on all our cool merchandise!




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.


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