One More Council 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 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.


Fall Camporee of Olympic Proportions

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.


BIG Catches on Cold Fishing Day

Thanks to the hard work of Council VP for Membership Mark Hoagland for setting up a tremendous fishing program to help with the recruiting of new families into the BSA.  The fishing derby hosted by Mark for the Many Trails District last Saturday brought in dozens of fish, as well as new Cub Scouts.  It was a fantastic event for Cubs and their families.  Special appreciation to Pack 399 of Danville for their support of the fishing day derby.





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.  Heading north from Danville, look for CR 2650 and take a right.  The North Fork Lodge will have signage for directions from there.




A “BIG THANK YOU” to Council Vice-President of Membership Mark Hoagland and Marion Knight Vice-President of Scoutreach for coordinating two very successful Fishing derbies!!  Yes it was cold!!!! But those that came out to fish were not disappointed, the fish were biting like crazy!!  I would also like to thanks Harold Miller of Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources for all your help and knowledge on Saturday.  Our “Hooked on Scouting” theme was a great success and we still have fishing poles to give out to all new Scouts/Ventures applications that come in between now and July 1.


Come on Cub Scout Pack Leaders I need for you all to bring all those “New” applications into the Scout Office no later than May 27th!  We want you all to get these new scouts excited about coming to Day Camp and picking up their new fishing pole!!!  Pack leaders feel free to contact Lovetta Ash-Simpson 217 531-0217 or email if you have any questions about spring recruitment.


Prairie Fire Friends of Scouting Family (FOS) campaign has been successful with Brian Pianfetti leading our Council team with his very creative Jeopardy game, to inform and engage families to learn about the needs and function of the Council office.  Thank you to all to all the Packs and Troops so far that have allowed us to be included in your Blue & Gold banquets and Troop Court of Honor to share our story, every donation is important to help us continue to provide great programming to all the youth we serve.   For those Troops and Crews that have not gotten in touch with either Brian or myself (Lovetta Ash-Simpson)to set up a presentation it is not too late.  Contact Brian Pianfetti at  to schedule a summer or fall date.


Cub Day Camp

It is not too soon to turn in your unit’s day camp registration.  Please be aware of the late fees for late filing of registration materials.  The cut off to avoid the $10.00 late fee for the Camp at Camp Drake is May 20 – Yes that is this Friday!.  The late fee for Urbana Day Camp goes into effect after May 27 and the late fee for the Tuscola Day Camp goes into effect for registrations that come in after July 1. The late fee is per individual, not per unit.   Registration materials include your Pack roster, individual registration forms and medical forms parts A & B.  This allows only 2 weeks for staff to be sure they have sufficient materials and food and staff for your event.  Plan ahead to ensure you have a GREAT time at Day Camp.




Merit Badge Sign Up

By now most troops have registered their Scouts in the merit badge registration system at Each troop should have received login information from Susan upon your payment for camp. The registration will be open until the time your troop comes to camp, therefore changes can be made from now until you arrive at camp. Due to high numbers in earlier weeks some classes have waitlists. Scoutmasters will receive individual emails from  Parker with specific information regarding waitlists and oversized classes. Any questions about merit badge registration can be sent to Program Director, Parker Arnholt at


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!


International Staff Member

Camp Drake is excited to announce that we will be hosting an international Scout from France this summer! Gabrielle is an engineering school student from Caen who has attended several jamborees throughout Europe and Africa.  She will be working in the Lantern area at Camp Drake this summer.


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 training!




Cub Scout Adventure Camp Program Options

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.


Extra Ventures at Camp

While Troops are at Camp there will be options for Float Trips as well as Canoe hikes. It is highly encouraged to discuss doing one of these fabulous trips while in camp before arriving to summer camp. Float Trip and Canoe Hike sign-up sheets will be available on a first come first serve basis upon arrival for your week of camp.




Order of the Arrow

All OA members are encouraged to get involved with Illini Lodge #55 and the activities that they provide. A 7 Day OA program will be offered to Order of the Arrow members and non-OA members alike during your stay at Camp. If you are not a member of Illini Lodge #55 but in the Order we highly encourage you to take the opportunity to bond with your Brothers in the Wimachtendienk.




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