One More Saturday!  Save Big!

Although the Robeson Scout Shop is now closed in Saturdays, we will be open ONE SATURDAY ONLY to help our new Scouts and old ones alike.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.



Get a $5 discount at the register for every $50 you spend…





Hundreds of items marked down 30%, 40%, 50% or more…..


Questions?  Call Glenn at 217-531-3010.    One day only! 


Prairielands Council Fall Camporee Staff

Attention camporee staff:  Please make sure to come to the Council office and register as staff for the camporee and pay your $5.00.


Show & Sell Popcorn

Don’t forget that the deadline for Show & Sell is this Saturday September 10, 2016 by noon.   A REVISED SHOW & SELL ORDER FORM IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE.  You can place your order on-line, bring in to the office, fax (217-356-7785) or email to or  Show & Sell is ordered in FULL CASES.   Take order will be by CONTAINER!!!


Make sure to sign up to help sort popcorn Friday evening September 23 or a Saturday morning September 24 pick up time.


PIZZA PARTY!!!   Steve Martin at Campmasters has offered to purchase pizza for the Pack & Troop who have the highest sales per Scout selling popcorn.  So for example, your unit sales $20,000 and you have 15 scouts selling that would be $1,333.33 per Scout.    So the highest Pack and Troop in the Council will get to have a Pizza party!!  


Unit Popcorn Packets with the order forms for the Scouts will be available September  14, 2016.  Plan to pick up at Roundtable, the Scout Office, or with Show & Sell popcorn.


Please turn in Popcorn Commitment form

With the popcorn sale approaching, it has become very important to get all of the materials for the 2016 CampMasters popcorn sale to the right people.  In order to prepare for the sale, a commitment card needs to be returned with the proper information.  Unit volunteers need to review plans for sales dates within the unit.  Promotional efforts at the local level should be created to maximize the popcorn sale for the Scouts.


Start Selling Popcorn Today

All Scouts have the opportunity to do On Line sales.  This is a great way to reach family and friends who live far away but want to support their Scout with a purchase.  Units must set up their Pack, Troop or Crew for on-line sales; this is not done automatically or without the Unit Leaders knowledge.  There are several steps involved in both Unit set-up and individual Scout set-up.  While this takes a little extra work, it can bring big benefits to individual Scout sales and unit commission.  Go to the council website, click on the popcorn pages to get your fund-raising started.



Surveying Merit Badge Clinic

Saturday, September 24, 8:30am to 3:30pm, Parkland College, Champaign

Cost of $15.00 includes lunch

Limit of 30 Scouts

See the attached flyer to sign up.


Potential Service Project available (Eagle or Troop)

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has launched a food pantry through their office and 10,000 pounds of food has been distributed to needy families so far.  The design and construction of produce bins would be a wonderful addition to their operation.  If you can help, please contact Julie Pryde, Administrator, at 217-531-5369.



September 23-24, 2016

Deadline to sign up: September 16

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is excited to announce a new course PER 334 Search and Rescue in Community Disasters.  This course is aimed at those who are most affected in a community impacted by a disaster: those who live and work there.
This first of its kind course guides participants to:
*       Develop a survivor's mindset
*       Prepare for a disaster
*       Utilize common household items as tools to rescue themselves, their families (co-workers),   and their neighbors
*       Determine if they are able to wait for help or they should evacuate
*       Begin the recovery process

This 12-hour lecture and hands-on course is taught over 2 days (full-day/half-day or reversed).  See attachment.

See attachment.

For questions: contact: John M. Dwyer, Coordinator, Champaign County EMA, at (217)-384-3826.


2017 National Jamboree

October 1 10:00 AM National Jamboree Participant meeting

If you are registered or interested in attending the 2017 National Jamboree, please join us for our second participant meeting! We will talk about whitewater rafting options, updates on transportation arrangements, contingent patch discussion, and activities to help participants get to know each other.


What: National Jamboree Participant Meeting

When: Sat, Oct 1 2016 10:00 AM

Where: First United Methodist Church, 210 W Church St, Champaign IL 61821


We will be meeting in room E in the basement, please enter from the north parking lot and follow signs.


Fighting Illini Football VICTORY Camporee

The Fighting Illini Football Scout Camporee is coming October 8, 2016 with a sure victory over the Boilermakers.   The cost is $35.00.  Cost includes games ticket, lunch voucher, dinner voucher, patch and camping at Memorial Stadium.  There's also a movie on the big screen!   Go to for details and registration information.  Don't miss out!


If you want the U of I organizer in charge of this event to come speak about it to you unit, contact Thomas Stolley at 217-265-9266.  He will also be at the Prairie Fire roundtable on September 14.



There will be Rocket launch training for Adult leaders on Wed. Sept. 14 at 6:30pm at the LDS Church on Windsor between Neil and Prospect 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   Hosted by P111’s own expert Alex Valencic


Many Trails Launch Dates:

Saturday October 8th MT Cub Scout Fun Day @Camp Drake – Nogle Shooting Sports Area 2:00 – 5:00pm


Council Wide Events:

September 10th  Prairielands Camporee @Camp Drake  2:00-4:00pm

 October 23rd,   Council Smilin’ Pumpkin   @ Camp Drake 1:00-4:00pm


A power point presentation is available on flash drive that can be signed out of the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign demonstrating safe launch procedures for packs running their own launch.  Please watch this before your event. Units can also purchase rockets and engines from the Robeson Scout shop:   Gnome rocket:   $3.50 and   Engine kits $1.50



We need to know if your unit attended any camps in 2016.  Please fill out the attached form and send it to Bob Bantz.  YOU HAVE UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER!  Thank you!


Wood Chopping Day at Camp Drake

Service minded volunteers, both youth and adult, are being sought to help with wood cutting needs at Camp Drake on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.   Beginning with job assignments at 9:00 am, all volunteers are encouraged to help cut, split, stack, haul, and maneuver limbs, logs, and branches.   Any helpful equipment that you can bring will make the event better,   but camp can supply woods tools for the day.   Please bring your own work gloves and a positive helping attitude. 




Many Trails District Cub Scout Family Fun Day

 A Cub Scout Family Fun Day is planned on Saturday, October 8th, beginning at 2:00 pm.  All Scouting families are invited out to Camp Drake near Catlin, for an afternoon of Scouting excitement.  Bring your whole pack, troop, or crew and their brothers and sisters, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, for the rocket launches and for the shooting sports. 


Many Trails District Roundtable this Thursday

All Many Trails Scouters are urged to check out the District Roundtables next Thursday, Sept. 8, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Second Church of Christ off Lynch Road the east side of Danville.  Volunteer Scout leaders will be treated to informative discussions that will give you assistance in conducting your Scout program.  Please send a representative from your pack, troop, or crew to bring back the details for your committee to review. 


Many Trails District Facebook

"Like" us on Facebook at Many Trails District, B.S.A. (for district and council events as well as other scouting stories, blogs, and scouting news reports from across the nation and the BSA  National Council as well as general-interest posts. Let everyone what your unit is doing from camping trips, fundraisers, to special events.




Cub Fun Day

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.


We are looking for range certified instructors to help with BB and archery.  If you are available to help please contact Linda Atherton at or Lovetta Ash-Simpson 217-531-0217.  Thank you.


Upcoming Dates to Have on Your Calendar

Wednesday Sept. 14                  6:00 Unit Commissioner Meeting – LDS Church

                                                            6:30  Rocket Launch Training – LDS Church

                                                            7:00  Boy Scout specific roundtable – LDS Church


Fall Recruitment

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).  If you haven’t yet gotten your boy talk date and recruitment/orientation night dates to Lovetta or Linda, please do so before turning off your computer for the day.




Cub Scouts Many Trails Fun Day!

Join the excitement of the Cub Scouts Fun Day on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 2-5PM at the Nogle Shooting Sports Area on the south side of Camp Robert Drake near Fairmount, IL.  The rockets will be high flying as the Shotgun Range area will be used as the launch site for the new rocket kits.   All new members are encouraged to launch their rockets, as well as participate in some shooting sports events.   Staff will be on hand to provide guidance for the bb guns and archery shooting at the range.

Pumpkin Day has Rocket Fun

Along with the Giant Launcher targeting the Humongous Pumpkins, Rockets will be soaring through the skies at Camp Robert Drake on Sunday, October 23rd.   All new Scouts are encouraged to bring their free rocket kits to launch on the plateau.  Any current Scouts can obtain a free rocket by recruiting a buddy to join their unit.  If needed, extra rocket kits and engines will be available for purchase on Oct. 23rd at the Camp Drake trading post.  Plan now to blast-off at the Smilin Pumpkin in October.





The athletics of the outdoors will be the theme for the Fall Camporee next weekend at Camp Robert Drake, near Fairmount, IL.  Scout patrols will be challenged with several of the same sporting competitions of the 2016 Olympic Games.  Sports stations will be set up throughout the Camp Drake woodlands for Scout patrols to discover.   Lunch is served as part of the day-long schedule.  Each troop is encouraged to present a performance of a song or a skit for the Saturday evening campfire festivities.







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