Fighting Illini Scout Camporee – Deadline Friday September 30th – Game Time 2:30 p.m.

Friday is the last day to have your registration submitted online AND for payments to be received at the Scout office to ensure that $35/participant price.  All registrations and payments received next week will need to pay $45/participant. 

Here’s your updated Fighting Illini Scout Camporee Checklist:

  • Register and pay by the Friday deadline by visiting
  •  Review the event details including times for all activities at
  •  Print and fill-out a participant waiver (with parent signatures) for ALL attendees found on the event details page above.
  • Complete parts A & B of the BSA medical form (with parent signatures) for ALL attendees found on the event details page above.
  • Pack carefully according to what you can and can’t bring in to the stadium.
  • Cheer on the Fighting Illini to victory!


2017 National Jamboree

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.


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Prairielands Council is still accepting nominations for the Silver Beaver award!


The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America.  Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.


Prairielands Council is accepting nominations of Scouters worthy of this esteemed honor! Nominations are due by 12:00 (Noon) on Monday, October 3. Nominations can be delivered to the Scout Office or emailed to Sharon Kirk at


Recipients of this award will be honored at the Prairielands Council Adult Leader Recognition Event on Sunday, November 6 at the Carle Forum in Urbana.

Download the application here.


Announcing NYLT Youth Staff Interviews:

All past participants of NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) are cordially invited to interview to be a member of the youth staff for the 2017 course.  Staff interviews will be conducted on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at St. Matthew’s Parish Center from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  St. Matthew’s is located at 1301 Lincolnshire Dr. (corner of Mayfair Rd. and Lincolnshire Dr.), Champaign, IL; the Parish Center is located between the Church and the School (which are all connected).  Look for the NYLT signs.


If you know of any past NYLT participants, please be sure that they are aware of this opportunity to serve on NYLT Staff.  If they would like to be on staff, but can’t make it on October 9th, please have them email Jim Dieker, 2017 NYLT Course Director, at and alternative arrangements will be made. 


Registration Due for New Members

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. 


Earn Special “Fill It Up” Patch

Any popcorn seller who completely fills up the 30 spots on the Take Order sheet will receive a special edition patch.  As part of the High Achievers program from the Campmasters Popcorn Company, Scouts can earn an exclusive CAMPMASTERS FUL-FILLED emblem for their uniform.    Popcorn is the official snack food of the State of Illinois!


Openings for Unit Popcorn Sale

Units interested in joining the sale can pick up a popcorn sales kit in the Champaign or Danville offices this month.  One third of the cost of each item goes to the unit for their Scouting activities.  The popcorn products sell extremely well and the sales administration is as easy as collecting orders and totaling the amount needed for your unit.  The end of the sale is Friday, October 30 with the product delivered on Saturday, November 12th.  Join this great opportunity.


Plan for Popcorn Profits to Reward Youth

A critical element of the unit popcorn sales plan is the budget for how to spend the money.  It is important to develop a projection for the outings and materials required to conduct unit operations, in order to know how much fund raising is required. The youth that work hard in the popcorn sale program should be rewarded with a quality program.  Stress to your unit committee that a budget planning process will help to foresee the financial needs for fun events.


The Hoosier Invitational!

The Hoosier Invitational is coming October 28-30, 2016 at Rockville Lake

Click here for more info.




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 Tuesdays 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 know what your unit is doing from camping trips, fundraisers, to special events.




Prairie Fire district is looking for a group of enthusiastic experienced leaders who would be willing to help be a resource and support for other units.  These outstanding individuals are called unit commissioners and act as a liaison between the Council and the Unit.  We are fortunate in PF to have a corps of truly dedicated unit commissioners, but we need a group of new adults to help especially with some of the more geographically distant communities.  Every unit should have the resource of a committed unit commissioner and we are trying to make that a reality.  Look around you in your unit and community.  Is there someone whose youth may have aged out but has been a help to you and your unit and whose skills should be made available to other units.  Is there a college aged Eagle who can help give guidance and advice to struggling units or just support to units that are doing well.  We all can use additional resources.  Call Linda Atherton (217-531-0220) with suggestions of people who you think might be receptive to this unique volunteer opportunity.


Calling all Registration Forms!!!

Don’t hold on to those new scout registration forms waiting for the last couple to trickle in.  Your scouts are out in the community selling popcorn.  They need to be covered by Scout insurance.  They need to be registered!!  If it will help you we will send someone out to your community, to your house, to pick up the registration forms and bring them to the Scout office to save you the trip.  It’s that important to us!!  And thank you very much to the many units who have already brought in their apps.  We sincerely appreciate the efforts you put in to help your unit and to help the council.


Mark your calendar:

The next unit commissioner meeting is Wed. Oct. 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm

The next Cub Scout and Boy Scout roundtable is on Wed. Oct 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm.  Roundtable will feature a brief overview of where we are towards making our charter goals and a chance to interact with Kyle Kietzmann (Council President) and Steve Adams (Scout Executive).


Have you ever wanted to experience what it is like to ride in an Indy car on the Indianapolis Racetrack?  Well is there an opportunity for YOU.  The unit that turns in the greatest percentage of new Scout registrations will win an opportunity to ride behind a real Indy driver at the Speedway at speeds of over 180 mph!!  You will be suited up in a firesuit and full gear and take a couple laps of the track.  There will be one winning unit in each district.  Don’t let this chance pass you by.  It’s worth one more recruiting event to capture this experience!  (how you decide who in the unit get the experience is up to YOU).  It’s a different way to “rocket into Scouting”.


Videographer wanted!!  Is there a Boy Scout or Venture Crew member out there who likes to video the excitement that is Scouting?  The council president is looking to publish video vignettes of the fun that is happening this fall on the web.  Minimal experience is required.  You will need to bring your own equipment and if you want to do some custom editing that would be an added bonus.  Get your work out there!!  If interested contact Lovetta Ash-Simpson at 217-531-0217 or   We need to have someone committed before Smilin’ Pumpkin on Oct. 23.




Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest

Sports games on the plateau will feature basketball, soccer, and Frisbee games.  Mark your calendar for the premier Cub Scout event of the fall.  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. 


October 8th is 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.


Smilin’ Pumpkin Camping

The last weekend of October is typically one of the last good weekends of the year for decent camping weather…especially when Cub Scouts are involved. There are still cabins and campsites available at Camp Drake for rent for the weekend of Oct. 21-23.  Take advantage of having a home base for the big Smilin’ Pumpkin Outdoor Shooting Sports Fest. 


Giant Pumpkin Targets

Humongous launchers require all of the strength of each Cub Scout to pull back the projectile to aim at the largest pumpkins on record.  Join the fun at the Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports fest at Camp Robert Drake on Sunday, October 23rd.  Spheroids will hurtle across the fall sky towards the giant pumpkin targets.  Test your skill with the launchers!




Helpful Service for Woodcutting @ Camp

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. 


Location Set for Camp Launch 2017

The official Camp Drake Launch on Saturday, December 10th, 2016. will be held at the Presence Covenant Medical Center,  1400 W. Park St.  in Urbana.  The grand kickoff Camp Launch will be conducted in Auditorium A, B, and C on the first floor of the facility.  The special program will begin at 9:00 am. All key Scouting leaders, as well as the troop’s Senior Patrol Leader, are encouraged to attend the Camp Drake Launch. Campfire fellowship will begin at 8:30 am with coffee and doughnuts, plus badges schedules and adventure highlights served to all out Scouting friends.




Arrowman  Staff for Fun Event

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. 


Election for National Lodge Awards at Fall Pow Wow

Illini Lodge will conduct the elections for 2016 honors for arrowmen dedicated to the higher purpose of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.  Each fall, three honors are chosen for the talented lodge members who have provided leadership and service to the council.  The elections are held on Sunday morning, following breakfast and are conducted in a manner where the adults select the youth honors and the youth pick the adult recipients.  The honors elected will be:


The Ken Frederick Award:  The focus of the honor is to reward energetic support of Illini Lodge during a brief period.


The Founder’s Award:  The focus of the honor is to reward quality leadership in Illini Lodge during their entire membership in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.


In addition to these elections, a recipient of the James E. West Fellowship is chosen by the Key 3 of the lodge to present an endowment to the council in the name of a devoted arrowmen for their lifetime achievement in the Order of the Arrow and the Boy Scouts of America.


All of these awards will be presented at the Illini Lodge Winter Banquet on Saturday, January 7, 2017.








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