Take the time to contact Council Popcorn Sale staff advisor Elliot Smith at   your time and location for your popcorn pick-up.  Units have the choice of two pick-up locations on Saturday, November 12th in Champaign or Danville.   Plan and coordinate a convenient pick-up time for your unit as soon as possible.


Upcoming dates!!  Mark those calendars!!


Thursday Oct. 20, 2016:  Whitney M. Young Awards Banquet to support ScoutReach.  Honoring for their service and dedication:  Dr. Barbara Gillespie, Mr. James Ayers, Mr. David Hood, and Mr. Curt Ware.  For more information contact Lovetta Ash-Simpson at 217-531-0217.


Saturday November 5, 2016  Woodbadge Rendezvous.  Cost $20 per person and an opportunity to enrich your critter memorabilia collection.  All proceeds benefit scholarship programs to send your adult to Wood Badge.


Sunday November 6, 2016:  Council Volunteer Leadership Celebration honoring District Award of Merit recipients and Silver Beaver recipients amongst other excitement. CONGRATULATIONS TO PRAIRIE FIRE’S DISTRICT AWARD OF MERIT RECIPIENTS:  Chad Beckett, Fred Johnson and Derek Gatewood.  When you see them give them a shout out of congratulations, or better yet, come to the district volunteer award event.

Location:  The Carle Forum.  Doors open at 4:00 and program starts at 4:15 followed by hors d’oeuvre reception.  Cost:  $15.00 per person.  Deadline to register; Fri. Oct. 28.  For more information contact Sharon Kirk at 217-531-0218.



Saturday Oct. 29, 2016.   POST Prairielands One Stop Training offering Youth Protection training, Den Chief training, Boy Scout Leader Specific Training and Den Leader training.  Sign up online at or complete form at the Scout Office.  No charge, but preregistration is required.


2017 National Jamboree: A Once In A Lifetime Experience!

We are still looking for more Scouts to fill out the Prairielands Council Contingent.  Boy Scouts who are First Class and age 12 (or 11 and completed 6th grade) and under age 18  may attend.  Venturers age 14 and up may attend with our crew.  See the attached flyer and sign up NOW!


Subject: HELP NEEDED THIS SATURDAY..... American Heart Assoc Heart Walk


Our event is at Parkland College in front of the Student Union Bldg. (parking lot B)


If we could have 4-6 helpers arrive at 10:00am and be ready to tear-down as soon as we see it is “appropriate” to do so, that would be wonderful!!  I truly believe we can have it all down and packed away within an hour (no more than 90 minutes).


Sample Logistics Tasks:

  1. Take down tents, tables, chairs (2-3) 10x10 pop-ups, each with a table and two chairs (remove applicable signage & table coverings).
  2. Dismantle finish line (posts, flags, etc.)
  3. Carry tables, chairs, posts, etc. to original holding area.
  4. Disassemble about 6 freestanding “tear drop” banners and return to proper carry bags.
  5. Pick up safety cones, “yard signs” and balloons placed along the ½ mile route.
  6. Dump 2-3 water troughs, repack unused water in boxes. Repack granola bars, bananas, etc. (for delivery to food pantry or shelter)
  7. Other duties as assigned (aka: whatever pops up that I haven’t thought of yet!)




November Roundtable in Danville

All leaders are invited to the Many Trails Roundtable on November 10th to various aspects of the Scouting program.  The Many Trails District Roundtable will be an entertaining experience at the Danville United Methodist Church at 6:30 pm, and Scouting leaders will be treated to training, activity info, camping details, and new BSA programs.  On the second Thursday of November on Vermilion Street in Danville, the featured presentations will start at 7 p.m.   and go until 7:40 p.m.  Final comments and prize give-a-ways will run from 7:45 until 8: 00.  Each pack, troop, and crew is encouraged to bring a car load of leaders to share the information, fellowship, and pizza at the roundtable.


Live Training for Youth Protection Class

For any Scouting volunteer looking to learn about Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America, a 45 minute class will be held on Thursday, November 10th.  This required training course is open to all adult Scouting participants at no charge.  It is similar to the on-line training session that is available at  Please help promote the training session to all other leaders in your unit.  This training session, either on-line or in-person is required for all volunteers who plan to be registered on a unit charter in 2016.


Unit Commissioners Support

A key individual in the development of a healthy unit is the commissioner.  The job of a commissioner is to support pack, troop, and crew leaders and their unit committees. A commissioner serves as a coach, a resource person, an advisor, and a sounding board for unit volunteers.   Additional commissioners are needed to provide guidance to unit leaders throughout the Many Trails District.  If you feel you have the talents to act as a mentor to a Scouting unit, please contact District Commissioner Kent McMahan at





Membership recruitment is going strong.  Thank you to all the units who are really reaching out to youth in their areas to encourage them to join Scouting.  Please make sure you turn all your new applications in as soon as possible!!  Believe it or not we will soon begin preparing your re-charter packets and rosters and it is MUCH easier to get your Scouts into ScoutNet and internet re-chartering BEFORE the rosters are printed in November.


The rockets are here, the rockets are here!  The backordered rockets and engines are here at the Robeson Scout Shop.  Contact us if you still need rockets.  RECRUIT MORE SCOUTS and get more rockets!!!




On October 28th starting at 7 pm come join your fellow Ventures for the annual Halloween Lock-in.The lock-in will end the following morning, October 29, at 8 am. This year the lock-in will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 210 West Church Street Champaign, where we will have a costume contest, games, prizes, along with a scary movie, and food. Be sure to bring a scary movie to watch with everyone! The cost is $5, which will be paid at the door. All people are welcome,so you can invite your friends even if they aren't in Venturing! If you can come make sure to RSVP to  Damon McElhaney ( by 3 pm on October 27.




Polar Bear Jam at the Klondike

To find the Scouting gold, patrols from throughout the Prairielands Council will enjoy the cold-weather thrills of the Klondike Derby Saturday, January 30th.  The 2017 Prairielands Council Klondike Derby will be held at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL.  The annual winter challenge will feature outdoor challenges for Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, and Venturing crews from throughout central Illinois and Indiana. 




CALLING All Pumpkin Leaders:

For all adult leaders attending the Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest,  please follow the Camp Drake website and Facebook closely for any last minute details for the weekend.   This is a large scale event, where communications is difficult to provide to the entire group.  Look to visit the website as updates are posted throughout the week and even during the event.


Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award

The Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest is a tremendous event for the promotion of blue and gold adventures.  Many of the requirements for the Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award are introduced, and several are completed by participating in the events.  The Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award can be earned multiple times for each year of your activities in the pack.   Look for more details at




Camp Drake Fall “Turkey” Shoot

Test your marksmanship skills at the Jamie Ping Trap & Skeet Field @ Camp Robert Drake on Saturday October 29th, 2016 from 1:00 - 5:00pm.  The Camp Drake Fall “Turkey” Shoot is open to all registered Boy Scout / Venturing youth and adults.   The competition will have participants shoot a 50 round of trap. Competition divisions will be set up for Boy Scout age, Venturer age, and Adults with   $20 County Market gift certificates for first place in each category, as well as “Top Ten” Trophies.  The $10 fee includes trap supplies and awards only. All Shooters are to supply their own Shotgun, Ammo, and Ear & Eye Protection for the Competition.  Registration and $10 fee Due @ the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center Office by 5:00pm on Monday Octobe





Congratulations to the newest Vigil Honor Members

The warm temperatures and full moon provided an excellent evening for the induction of the new Vigil Honor members of Illini Lodge.  The seven new honorees were called out at the close of the evening ceremony for the highest level of the Order of the Arrow.  Congratulations to the four youth and three adults who were nominated for the Vigil Honor:  Bryant D. Troop 30 in Rantoul, Quinn P., Troop 42 in Homer, Gavin O., Troop 32 in Paxton.  Ben H., Troop 158 in Chebanse, Kris Hoogstraat, Troop 158 in Chebanse,  Jeff Ping, Troop 66 in Pesotum, and Charles Walters, Troop 9 in Champaign.  Special thanks to Vigil chairman Matt for his service and dedication to the Vigil induction process. 



Matthew Brauer to be inducted as the New Lodge Chief

Congratulations to Matthew Brauer of Crew 1 in Champaign on his election to Illini Lodge Chief for the 2016-17 year.  Matt is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow    In his other position in the lodge, Matt has served as the Elangomat and Brotherhood Chair.  Matthew served on the Camp Robert Drake staff in the position of Dining Hall Steward for the kitchen operations.  Best wishes for a successful lodge year!


Congratulations to the new Officers of the Lodge

The following Arrowmen were elected to serve as leaders of Illini Lodge for the upcoming year.   The Vice Chief of Administration   will be Ben Hoogstraat of Troop 158 in Chebanse, chartered to the American Legion.   The Vice-Chief of Activities will continue to be Blayne Beeson of Troop 50 of Villa Grove, which is sponsored by VFW Post 2876. Ethan Snow of Troop 6, which meets at the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana will serve as the Lodge Secretary..  The new   Treasurer will be Kacy Clarkston of Troop 234, which is chartered to the Westville Lions Club.    


Youth Leadership Experience

The many aspects of people management will be reviewed in context with lodge and troop operations at the annual Lodge Leadership Development Conference on Sunday, November 13th at the Illinois Fire Safety Institute in Champaign.  Entertaining instructors have been recruited to provide a top-notch educational experience for youth leaders and their adult advisors.  As an Order of the Arrow member, young adults are expected to act as a leader. Illini Lodge invites all arrowmen to attend the annual leadership seminar to provide instruction on management techniques that will be useful throughout your life- in and out of Scouting.  The Lodge Leadership Development will review leadership styles, effective communications, and the committee structure of Illini Lodge.  All arrowmen, both youth and adult, are encouraged to participate in this lodge-building activity.  Plan to prepare for additional Cheerful Brotherhoodlyness.  Refreshments will be provided, but there is no registration fee.


OA Lodge  Holiday Party

Arrowmen of the Prairielands Council will gather on Sun., Dec. 4 to enjoy the festive fellowship of our lodge.  Mark your calendars for the funniest gift game of the holiday season.    In conjunction with the leadership development of the lodge meeting, a goofy present game will exchange cheer with antlered arrowmen.  Bring along your arrowmen buddies for a celebration of the past 100 years of OA brotherhood.


Winter Banquet

The Illini Lodge Winter Banquet will have an exciting program for the annual recognition program.  Along with the impressive remarks, Illini Lodge will have honors and awards for a large number of Arrowmen.  Plan now to be at the Beef House on Saturday, Jan. 7th, 2017 for a very special afternoon. The steaks will be served at noon (IL time).  Join the fun at the Pre-Banquet Hour of Brotherhood.  The Winter Banquet isn’t just for steak and rolls.  It is also a great time to gather in fellowship with other lodge members.  The Pre-Banquet Hour of Brotherhood is a great time to do just that, but you can also visit the booths set up by committees, buy the latest lodge merchandise at the trading post, and meet your newly elected officers.  On top of all of this, the earlier you arrive, the better seat you get!  And don’t forget the gifts and prizes!  Brotherhood Time     NOON (IN Time)   11:00 am  (IL Time)  Beef House, Exit 4,  I-74  (west of the Wabash)


2017 Illini Lodge Inductions Team!

Do you want to be a part of making the Inductions process better? Do you want to be on a committee that is fun and enjoyable? If so, the 2017 Illini Lodge Inductions team wants you! If you are interested or want to learn more call/text the  Vice Chief of Inductions.. We are looking for anyone who is interested in the inductions process, wants to get more involved in the OA, and who wants to help make 2017 a great year. But, if you don’t want to be the committee chair, you can sign up to be on one of the committees!








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