Labor Day Camping

Space is available for family camping on Labor Day weekend from Sept. 2 to 5 at Camp Drake.  There usually is a small participation level, so you and your family/friends can exclusively enjoy the scenic trails or fish in the Salt Fork River.  E-mail   to check on available options.  The swimming pool is available for use, if you have the proper aquatics trained personnel.


Rocket your Membership

Plan to be a part of the Rocket Launching theme for the fall membership drive in the Prairielands Council.  Special rocket kits will be available for all new members completing an application and joining a pack, troop, or crew.  Look for more details at your district program kickoff next week.


Plan a Great Popcorn Kickoff  for your Scouts

Popcorn sale orientations for each pack, troop, and crew provide the details for a successful sale, as well as to provide the sales materials to the families of your unit. These important meetings should update sales leaders on the latest popcorn information, review sales techniques and preview popcorn prizes to the sales team in attendance.  Please plan to fire up your youth with a fun popcorn kickoff.  Spend some money on the popcorn sellers…they are the ones raising the funds for your Scouting operations.


“Join a Troop” for Membership recruiting

Back-to-school time the right time for Boy Scout troops to invite new members to join.  Students are entering a new school year and choices are made for extra curricular activities both in and out of school.  Scout troops should have a presence in their local school to provide potential members with details on outdoor opportunities.  There are a wide variety of marketing options for your troop to inform students of the excitement of Scouting.  Plan now to create interest in your activities.


Encounter the Sporting Action at the Fall Camporee

Experience the athletic fever of the FLAME GAMES at the Prairielands Council Fall Camporee on September 9-11, 2016 at Camp Robert Drake.  Scouts will compete in a variety of sports throughout the camp to test their mettle on the field of play.  Make plans now to join the fiery team in September.



Scouting programs become more active in the fall with new organizational efforts.  Take advantage of the fun events and exciting activities of the Scouting program in your community to get positive public relations stories in your local newspapers.  All Scouting outings provide learning experiences for young people and it is important to share the impressive lessons that Scouting provides to youth.  Remember to brag about the successful aspects of your pack, troop, or crew in order to tell the community about the great things happening in the BSA.


Wood Badge Training Course  

Where you will grow as a leader  so you can help your son  grow as a Scout.

Course Dates (must attend both sessions)  September 16-18, 2016 at Camp Tamarack
and October 7-9, 2016 at Camp ToPeNeBee.  Early Bird Course Fee  Extended to August 10th!

But don't delay! This course has a limited number of slots!  Visit for more information or to register today.




BALOO training at Camp Drake for Cub Scout leaders:  Saturday Oct. 1, 2016

IOLS training (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills): Friday Sept 30 – Sunday Oct. 2

NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training – Everyone should send future leaders in their Boy Scout or Venturing unit to this training it is that good!!)

Weekend 1 Friday Feb. 24-Sunday Feb. 26  Weekend 2 Friday March 10 – Sunday March 12



Woodbadge Rendezvous:  Saturday November 5, 2016.  Bring your auctionable items, bring your checkbook and bring your Woodbadge spirit for a wonderful reunion of friends.





All of the latest Scouting news will be shared at the Many Trails District Fall Kick-off program on Thursday,  August 11, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church of Danville,  located at 1400 N. Vermillion in Danville.  Food, fun, and fellowship will be on hand for all volunteers to enjoy.  Bring a car full of Scouters to gather information, get your questions answered, and win fabulous prizes.  The fall of 2016 will be an exciting season for the Scouting programs of the Prairielands Council.  Great events and outdoor options are set for the Many Trails District.  Start making plans now in your Scouting calendar.




Blast off into the fall!  We are getting into rocketry as an exciting addition to programming this fall.  In order to accomplish this safely we have training scheduled for leaders and district launch dates.  Each scout who joins Scouting this fall receives a rocket and engine and can participate in these activities.  Any Cub who recruits a friend into scouting receives a “recruiter” strip for his uniform and also a Gnome rocket.


Prairie Fire DistrictRocket Training” is September 14th @ Roundtable from 6:30pm-8:00pm Church of the Latter Day Saints in Champaign


Prairie Fire Launch Dates:  September 25th Cub Scout Fun Day @ Urbana Fairgrounds 1:00-4:00pm,

                                                      October 15th, Colbert Park in Savoy 10:00AM-12:00PM (Hopefully hosted by Local Rocket Club)

                                                      October 23rd,  Camp Drake Council Smilin’ Pumpkin (Council Wide Event) 1:00-4:00 Civil Air Patrol


We are doing one training at Roundtable (Sept. 14th) in hopes of getting more Cub leaders to attend if they so happen to want to have their own pack launch.


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.  Come meet and greet our new Scout Executive, Steve Adams.  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



Please don’t forget to put on your calendar and attend the upcoming PF district committee meeting on Monday Aug. 29 at 7:00 pm at the IFSI on Gerty Dr.  If you are interested in getting more involved with the operations of the district (camping, membership, finance, ScoutReach, training or any other issue that you know will do better with your input please feel encouraged to come and be heard and make a difference).



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.



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).




Camp Drake recognized as an Accredited Camp

Members of the National Camp Accreditation Program team reviewed the 127 standards required for the summer camp of the Prairielands Council to operate for 2016.   The requirements for both Boy Scout and Cub Scout resident camp cover staff quality and training, program development and execution, health and safety procedures, physical facilities qualities, and administrative policies.  Camp Robert Drake was recognized for both Boy Scout and Cub Scout resident camp achievement.  Thanks to the dynamic leadership of Council Vice-President for Program John Marquardt, Camp Robert Drake will continue to operate at a high level of standards for the upcoming year.





Fall Pow Wow is Oct. 14-16

All Order of the Arrow members are invited to enjoy the camaraderie of the Fall Pow Wow for fun activities, inspirational ceremonies, service to Camp Drake, and fellowship amongst the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service. 


Cub Scout


Fall Event  for Cubs

Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow  is sponsoring the fabulous Smilin’ Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest.  This is a fun day of outdoor games (BB’s, Archery, Games, and Sports) for current & potential Cub Scouts and families that will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 on October 23th at Camp Robert Drake. Family participation is encouraged, so siblings can attend and participate. Any youth who are age 5 up to 17 join the fun for the event. The Smilin’ Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest was designed as a way for the OA to reach out to Cub Scouts by getting them out to camp to enjoy the outdoor excitement.

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