Store Hours:       Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The Store will be closed on Saturdays due to low sales volume.   We have looked at sale numbers for Saturdays and it does not justify the extra expense in salaries to have the office open.  We will, however, be open on Saturday, September 10, 2016 to support new Scout families and Show & Deliver popcorn order deadline.



Congratulations to the following troops for achieving the Platinum Award at summer camp this year.  The award goes to the troops who either bring one more Scout to camp than the last time they were there or bring 75% of their troop.


Troop 9                                                     Troop 94

Troop 29                                                   Troop 101

Troop 30                                                   Troop 118

Troop 32                                                   Troop 157

Troop 39                                                   Troop 158

Troop 42                                                   Troop 224

Troop 55                                                   Troop 234

Troop 66                                                   Troop 333

Troop 74                                                   Troop 402

Troop 88                                                   Troop 1310



Did you come home with less than you took to summer camp?   It is probably at the Scout office.  We have tons of lost and found from summer camp, so if you are missing something, please check at the office.


Council-wide Fall Camporee!


Come experience Scout Olympics with all the fun of Rio, but without the Zika virus!  September 9-11 at Camp Drake. Open to all Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, Teams and Ships.  Cost:  $12.00 before Sept. 2 or $15.00 after  Sept. 2.  For more information contact Derek Gatewood (Troop 104) at 217-344-4988.  Click here for more info.



The Venturing Summerblast scheduled for this weekend has been CANCELLED!




Wow! It is hard to believe that August will be here in just 5 short days!  I can’t believe summer has gone by so quick, which means all Cub Scout day camps are over!!  I would like to send out a huge “THANK YOU” to all my Camp Directors Kent McMahan, Dave Johnson, Jake Maestas, Art Urban and Doug Robinson for leading the way in putting together 3 fantastic Day Camps for over 300 Cub Scouts and 200 Scouters!!  This year was the largest participation of parents being involved and doing overnight camping!!  Thank you to all of our dedicated camp volunteers who helped us provide great camping experience for all our Scouts in Prairielands Council and make lifelong memories.  Lastly I would like to send a special “THANK YOU” to my office Assistant Linda Atherton for keeping all the paperwork straight with registration, health forms, food allergies and meds YOU are the best!


MARK YOU CALENDAR!  COME HUNGRY!  The PF Popcorn Kickoff is at the August 10, 2016 roundtable at the LDS Church on Windsor between Prospect and Neil.  Start time 6:30pm.  We should be all done by 8 pm.  Learn about this year’s sale and important dates.  Sample the product.  Get your popcorn package for your unit.  We will also highlight some of the ideas for fall recruiting incentives and have some time to get to know your fellow Scout leaders and volunteers as we share a Fried Chicken dinner.  If you have questions contact Linda Atherton at


Prairie Fire District Committee:  There will be a meeting of the PF District committee on Mon. Aug. 29 at 7:00pm at IFSI on Gerty Dr.



Same great fun.  Same great time.  New events and a new location!  This year the PF Cub Fun Day will be held at the Champaign County Fairgrounds on Sunday September 25, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00pm.  Cost of only $5.00 includes event patch and participant meal.  Additional meals may also be purchased for the same low cost of $5.00.  See attached flyer.



All new Scouts receive a FREE model rocket to build. Any Scout who recruits a new Scout also receives a model rocket kit.   But once you build it what do you do with it?  You launch it at one of the district’s rocket launches.  Dates:  “Cub Scout Fun Day” Sept. 25, Champaign County Fairgrounds from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and at Smilin’ Pumpkin October 23rd at Camp Drake.



New Scout recruiting materials are here and available at the Scout office.  We can print flyers for you to pass out at school presentations, we can schedule a boy talk in your school, we have mini-mags to pass out and yard signs (2 per unit) to post.  We also have the Gnome rocket for new Scouts and for a registered Scout who goes out and recruits a new Scout.  Contact the Scout office (either Lovetta Ash-Simpson at 217-531-0217 or Linda Atherton at 217-531-0220 for assistance or for more information).




Many Trails Roundtable/Popcorn Kickoff

Be sure to mark Thursday August 10, 2016 on your calendar for the Many Trails District Roundtable/Popcorn Kickoff in Danville.  You will be able to win popcorn prizes and there will be information on the new rocketry recruitment incentive.  More information will be available next week.


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