Community Service Opportunity

The Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club is looking for individuals to help unload Christmas Trees on Saturday, November 26th from 8am to 10am.  There are approximately 120 trees that will be unloaded at our tent in Country Fair Shopping Center (next to Taco Bell on Springfield). The money we earn goes back to various youth activities in the community.


Shotgun Prize Winner Drawn

Congratulations to Kirk Myers from Decatur who won the shotgun that was offered through the Sporting Clays fundraising event at Decatur Gun Club in late August.


Popcorn Sale Pick Up

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 all three pick-up locations on Saturday, November 12th in Champaign, Watseka or Danville.   Plan and coordinate a convenient pick-up time for your unit as soon as possible.


Activities Committee Meeting Tomorrow is Cancelled

Tomorrow evening's regular activities committee meeting has been cancelled.  The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 pm at the Scout Office.


Scout Discounts for Illinois Basketball Games*

The University of Illinois is offering discounts on tickets for Scouts for upcoming men's basketball games.


The following games have tickets available for $10/person:

Sunday, November 13th @ 5:00 pm vs. Northern Kentucky

Sunday, December 10th @ 2:00 pm vs. Central Michigan


The following games have tickets available for $20/person:

Saturday, February 4th @ 3:00 pm vs. Minnesota

Saturday, February 11th @ 1:00 pm vs. Penn State


To order discounted Scout tickets, contact Thomas Stolley at the University of Illinois at 217-265-9266 or

*Scout tickets are limited and subject to availability.  Scout tickets are not available for purchase on the day of the game.


Upcoming dates!!  Mark those calendars!!

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.  Even if it’s been a few years since you took Woodbadge come out and renew the friendships. 


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.


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!





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!!!




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 and go until   7:40.  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.




Camp Drake Jam at the Klondike

As the leaves fall off the trees, the white stuff cannot be far behind!  We are talking about the big white polar bear for the 2017 Klondike Derby.  Join the patrols from throughout Prairielands Council as they enjoy the cold-weather thrills of the Klondike Derby Saturday, January 28, 2017.   The annual winter challenge will feature outdoor challenges for Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, and Venturing crews from throughout central Illinois and Indiana. 


Log-On and Connect with Camp Drake Year-Round!

Never miss out on Camp Drake breaking news and program information again! Connect with Camp Drake on Facebook (Camp Robert Drake) and follow Camp Drake on Twitter (@campdrakebsa) today! As always, remains the premiere location for all critical Camp Drake leader updates, program information and registration, games, news bulletins, training opportunities, and more!




Pumpkin Success

On behalf of Camp Drake, thanks to all the great participants in the Smilin Pumpkin Outdoors Sports Fest.   The massive attendance for the weekend showcased the Scouting spirit, despite the nipping temperature overnight on Saturday.   The number of packs, as well as the number of campers, staying overnight was the highest level ever for the Smilin Pumpkin weekend.  The weather was tremulous for the fabulous activities on Sunday where again the participation was tremendous.  The rockets soared, the arrows flew, and the gaga ball crowned a champion.  All of the Cubs Scouts and their families deserve a hardy salute for their support of Camp Drake this past weekend.


Thanks to the Pumpkin Staff

Cheerful service appreciation goes out to the hard-working staff members of the Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest on Sunday, Oct. 23.   A tremendous achievement in the successful target in providing a fun day for Cub Scouts from throughout the Prairielands Council.   Special thanks goes out to Logan McDonough, an Arrowman from Troop 25 in Mahoumet,  for his leadership in managing the Sunday staff as well as his pre-event set up efforts.  Logan guided the largest group of Pumpkin Day volunteers, with over 100 Scouts and Scouters at the event.   All of the Cubs Scouts and their families appreciated all of the spirted Scouts and Scouters from the Prairielands Council,  the dedicated arrowmen from Illini Lodge #55,  and the supportive fraternity members from Alpha Phi Omega. 


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 October 24th


Camp Launch 2017
CHECK YOUR CALENDARS!  The Camp Launch for the 2017 camping season will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10 at Presence Hospital, located at 1400 W. Park Street in Urbana, just off of University Avenue. The Camp Launch program will include program highlights for Camp Drake in 2017, procedural and registration updates, and tons of fun promotional information. Reservations for 2017 Boy Scout Resident Camp can be made today by contacting Susan Coller at the Prairielands Council at Plan ahead today for a fantastic 85th anniversary camping season!




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.


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