Thank you for supporting our Saturday event on the 10th of September. We reduced some inventory, but we still have many items in the Scout Shop that we need to get out of here. So it continues . . . the



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





3301 Farber Dr, Champaign, Illinois 61822


Fighting Illini Scout Camporee Updates

The Fighting Illini Scout Camporee is getting closer and we hope you're all getting excited to watch an exciting Big Ten football game at Memorial Stadium!  We will have door prizes that will be raffled off and delivered during the movie including Fighting Illini basketball bobbleheads!


We also have a request to all units interested in attending.  Please visit the registration page at and register an estimated attendance by this Thursday, September 15th.  You can increase or decrease this number anytime on or before September 30th when you make your payment.  We need to provide estimates to our food provider and order patches on Friday.  Your estimated attendance will provide us with better estimates for our vendors and we thank you in advance.


Finally, please visit the updated information page at for the latest information updated earlier today.  Please also note that the University is going to require each participant to sign and submit a waiver upon check-in in addition to parts A & B of the medical form.  We will post that waiver online as soon as we receive it from the University.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Coller at or 217-531-0219 or Kurt Brown at or 217-766-6723.



Prairielands Council Fall Camporee

A “BIG THANK YOUgoes out to Bob & Sandy Bantz for leading our Olympic theme Council Fall Camporee this past weekend with more than 150 Scouts, Scouters and volunteers participating in a variety of games and competitions throughout Camp Drake.  I would also like to thank Troop 104 and Scoutmaster Derek Gatewood for being the host Troop and working with Bob on this event.  Go checkout the final results of all the events on website


Council Activities Committee Meeting Date Changes

We encourage anyone interested in joining the council activities committee to attend one of our meetings to learn more about it.  The agenda for the next meeting will include a recap of the Fall Camporee and planning for the Fighting Illini Scout Camporee and the Klondike Derby amongst other topics.


The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00 pm.  The meeting after that will be Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 pm at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center.  We will not have a meeting on September 28th as originally printed in the council calendar.


Show and Deliver popcorn is arriving next week and sales start Saturday the 24th.

We will be sorting orders Friday evening from 4-7PM at Knox Warehouse, 1305 N. McKinley Ave, Champaign.  Make sure your Unit signs up for a Saturday morning pickup time if they have not already made arrangements.  Pickup times start at 7:30AM.  Any help is welcome both days.

Unit packets will be available for pickup at the Prairie Fire roundtable.  Please remember a Scout is trustworthy and the take orders do not begin until Saturday 24th.


Want to 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.


Registration Due Prior to Popcorn Sale

Please register your new Scouts as soon as possible, in order to maintain adequate safety parameters for your new members. Your assistance in quickly registering your new Scouts is very helpful to the Boy Scouts of America and the Prairielands Council.  It is important to enter the new members in a timely fashion in order for all official Scouting operations to begin for the new individuals: membership tenure, activity information, fundraising details, insurance coverage, Boy’s Life magazine subscription and advancement requirements. 


Please Keep your Sales Forms

Just a simple sales tip, but it has so many benefits that this must be said in bold print.   PLEASE KEEP YOUR POPCORN SALES FORMS.  These individual records of popcorn sale help in tracking customers, confirming sales records, and provide proof for prize programs.  Make the extra effort to maintain a unit file of popcorn sales data, as well as encourage each Scout to hold onto a copy of the sales forms for future reference.  This will benefit your sales in the future


Planning Improves Popcorn Sale

Take the time now to plan and coordinate the fund-raising efforts for your unit.  By creating a sales plan for your Scouts, additional profits can be earned using individual goals, storefront sales options, show and deliver sales, and bonus incentives.  Please plan to follow these simple tips:






Oct. 29, 2016  Basic Training (offered in connection with the fall LDS merit badge seminar)   YPT, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training,  Den Leader training (can be done instead of the modules in the online elearning), and Den Chief training are being offered.  See the website for more information and to sign up.  Being offered at the LDS Church on Windsor between Prospect and Neil in Champaign.


Sat. October 1, 2016  B.A.L.O.O.  (Cub Scout leader outdoor training) is being offered from 8am – 5:00pm.  At Camp Drake.    Fee:  $15.00 includes provided lunch.  Registration at the office or at


Weekend Sept. 30 6:30pm – 12:30pm on Sunday Oct. 2, 2016 at Camp Drake IOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills) is being offered.  Fee $35.00 covers at Sat and Sun meals.  For more information call the office or to register online at




Go to Smilin Pumpkin!

All Cub Scouts should go to the Smilin’ Pumpkin at Camp Robert Drake near Fairmount, IL.  All current & potential Cub Scouts and families are invited to join the fun from 1:00 pm to 4:00 on October 23rdFamily participation is encouraged, so siblings can attend and participate. Three different shooting sports areas will be set up to allow for a variety of targets and shooting difficulty.  Sports games on the plateau will feature basketball, soccer, and Frisbee games.  Mark your calendar for the premier Cub Scout event of the fall.


Cub Scout Family Fun Day at Camp Drake

Show off your stuff at the Many Trails District Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 8th.   From 2:00 to 5:00 pm, all Cub Scouts and their families can enjoy shooting sports, and rocketry events at Camp Drake near Oakwood. All Cub Scouts and their siblings invited to join in the fun.


Publicize Scouting for Fall

Throughout the fall, publicity efforts should be made to promote Cub Scout packs in the Prairielands Council.  Use recruiting materials that will help to guide your pack to bring in den leaders, plan for the den orientations, and increase youth participation.  Yard signs are available to post near your meeting place.  Posters can show off Scouting in the many high traffic locations in your community.  Plus there are a wide variety of handout flyers that can be shared with schools, churches, libraries, and at community events to promote your pack.




Boy Scout Recruitment

Recruiting rockets are also available for Boy Scouts who bring a friend to join the troop.  Encourage your current Boy Scouts to solicit their peers into your fall outdoor events.  As students have moved into a new grade in their school, new activities are appealing as young men grow.  Remember to offer joining options for the middle school boys in your communities.


Mandatory Outdoor Leader Training

The last opportunity in 2016 for Boy Scout leaders to complete the mandatory requirement for leader training is by participating in the Outdoor Leader training on the weekend of Sept. 30 to Oct 2, 2016.  All top unit leaders in Boy Scouting (Scoutmasters) are required to have completed this course.  Please share this vital information with your troop leaders


Helpful Service 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. 




District Level Volunteers

Just a reminder about the district meeting in October.  There will not be a Many Trails District Roundtable in October, but the volunteers on the district level will meet to review upcoming programs and unit service concerns. The district meeting will continue on the second Tuesday of each month. The district meeting on October 13th will begin at 6:30 pm at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church.   Please share this information with other district leaders of the Many Trails District.


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.




Unit Commissioners.  It’s time to come together again and see the changes for this upcoming year.  If it is at all possible for you to attend, PLEASE attend this meeting. Wed. Sept. 14,  6:00pm at the LDS Church.  Same room as before.  Rocket training starts at 6:30 so we want to start on time for those who need to attend both.  If you can’t make it contact Dan Strole at or 217-621-1526.  And welcome him back to his role as District Commissioner.


Rocketry Training:  6:30pm Wed Sept 14 at the LDS Church on Windsor.  All are encouraged to attend.  See how to run a unit rocket event correctly and safely.


Boy Scout Roundtable:  7:00pm Wed Sept. 14 at the LDS Church on Windsor


Upcoming Events

Cub Scout Fun Day.  Come on out and have loads of fun and lunch!  Games, advancement, archery, BB, rocket launch event.  Champaign County Fair Grounds on Sunday Sept 25, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Cost: $5.00 (includes patch and participant’s meal).




Committee Involvement

The OA operations of Illini Lodge depend on a wide variety of committees to complete the plethora of duties set each year.  Each lodge committee is led by a youth chair and an adult advisor who are responsible for their area of expertise in the lodge.  In order for all of the goals of the lodge to be accomplished each year, many Arrowmen are needed to assist with the important tasks.   Committees include:

            Ordeal                        Health & Safety                       Lodge Service

            Activities                     Camp Promotions                   Communications

            Ceremonies                 Brotherhood                            Leadership Development

            OnaQ Trail                  Cub Relations                          National Events

Opportunities to join a committee will be presented at the Fall Pow Wow in October. 


Shooting Event Looking for Staff

The day at Camp Drake starts with a tasty pizza lunch, followed by program support for nearly 300 Cub Scouts and their families as shooting sports ranges are set up throughout the camp facility.  Arrowmen of all sizes are needed to help with archery, slingshots, bb guns, bicycling, pedal car races, sports events, and much more.  Please plan to help on Sunday, October 23rd from noon until 5:00 pm at Camp Drake.  These service hours can count towards rank requirements in your troop.


Officer Elections

The top leadership for Illini Lodge will be selected at the Fall Pow Wow during the weekend of October 15-17, 2016. The positions include Lodge Chief, Vice Chief of Administration, Vice-Chief of Activities, Vice-Chief of Inductions, Secretary, and Treasurer.  All dues-paying Illini Lodge youth members are eligible to run for a position and participate in the election.  In the Order of the Arrow, you are considered a youth member until you turn 21 years of age.








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