Popcorn Pick Up!

Take the time to confirm with Council Popcorn Sale staff advisor Elliot Smith at   your time and location for your popcorn pick-up.  Plan and coordinate a convenient pick-up time for your unit as soon as possible. All popcorn must be picked up by noon on Saturday, 11/12/16


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.   Food, fun, fellowship at 5:00pm at First United Methodist Church.



Troops, Crews, Teams, Posts or Ships interested in participating in a Philmont Scout Ranch 12-day or 7-day trek in summer, 2018 may register through November 16, 2016 at


Illinois Men’s Basketball Scout Day Games!*

The University of Illinois is offering discounts on tickets for Scouts for upcoming men's basketball games. Parents, family, and friends are also welcome to join! Tickets are available now!

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


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

Saturday, 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.


Thunder partner with Salvation Army for annual Teddy Bear Toss

Game on Nov. 19 will also include ticket special for Scout Night

 BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Bloomington Thunder are excited to announce a partnership with the Salvation Army for our annual Teddy Bear Toss on Nov. 19. 

 The Teddy Bear Toss will take place at US Cellular Coliseum against Team USA at 7 p.m., and all the stuffed animals donated at the game will be given to the Toys for Tots drive. 

 Following the Thunder’s first goal in the game, fans will throw their stuffed animals onto the ice. All of those stuffed animals will be collected and given to Toys for Tots. Fans can either bring their own stuffed animals to the game or purchase a stuffed animal at the game. 

 Nov. 19 is also Scout Night for both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in the Central Illinois area. Scouts and their family members will be able to purchase a special $13 ticket to the game that includes a voucher to redeem a small popcorn & small drink from the concession stand. 

Scouts in uniform that night will also receive a “Thunder Scout Night” badge to commemorate their service that night in assisting in the Teddy Bear Toss and donation to Toys for Tots. Vouchers will be handed out at the door to scouts which they will be able to redeem at our merchandise stand to get the badge. 

 In order to claim the Scout Night ticket special, anyone associated with Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts must purchase the $13 ticket through the Bloomington Thunder Front Office before Friday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.  To get tickets, please call the Thunder office at (309)434-2980 or look for a Scout Night link on in the coming





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.


Unit Commissioner Meeting

Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  Remember to enter those unit contacts!!


Prairie Fire Roundtable

Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm.


Prairie Fire District Meeting

Nov. 14, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Illinois Fire Services Institute on Gerty Dr.  Please try and attend.  I it is not possible for you to attend, then send a report of the status of your committee to Chad Beckett, District Chair at




November Roundtable in Danville

The Many Trails District Roundtable will be an entertaining experience at the Danville United Methodist Church at 6:30 pm on Nov. 10, 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 7:00 p.m. 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.


Pick Up your Charter at Nov. RT 

The recharter packets for all packs, troops, and crews are available to be picked up at the Many Trails District Roundtable at the Danville United Methodist Church next Thursday.  Starting at 6:30 pm, on Thursday, 11/12/16, charter packets will be distributed.   Please be on hand to get a good start to the re-registration process.


Rocket Launches Available

Rocket kits and launchers are still available for Scouting units to have their own Rocket Launch.   The materials are very inexpensive and the fun is tremendous.  Contact Mike Graham at the Danville Scout office at 531-0212 to set up your rocketry excitement.


Schedule your Friends of Scouting Family Campaign

District Scouters will provide an entertaining fund-raising program to packs, troops, and crews to solicit funds for the Prairielands Council. The program highlights the benefits of Scouting and reviews the need for financial support of the Boy Scouts of America. Each unit is encouraged to schedule a presentation during the winter months for their Scouting families. The Family Friends of Scouting campaign is a vital component for strengthening our local council.


Live Youth Protection Training

You probably have taken the Youth Protection Training in the recent past, but has that been over two years ago?  If that’s the case, it is two years later and time to take it again!! It is very important that we do all we can to protect our youth and that we stay up to date on how we can all do Scouting Safely. Attend the Many Trails Roundtable on Nov. 10 at 6:30 pm to take the live version.  Be sure to bookmark and visit the Youth Protection web site at  to take the online training.




Polar Bear Jam in January

Join the patrols  from throughout the Prairielands Council who will 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.  We are talking about the big white polar bear for the 2017 Klondike Derby. 


Win a Klondike Cabin

Cabin and campsite space for the 2017 Prairielands Council Klondike Derby will be selected at random following the Camp Drake Launch on Dec. 10 at the Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.  You must contact Susan Coller at the Camp Launch to get your Troop or Crew in the Klondike Cabin/Campsite drawing.  Units must attend to win!  Save the date of Jan. 28, 2017 for the next Klondike Derby extravaganza





The Cub Scout Camping season will blast-off on Saturday, December 10th, at the Presence Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St.   (just north of University Ave.) in Urbana.  The 30 minute “Camp Launch” will begin at 11:00 am and will feature the highlights of the Cub Scout Adventure Camping opportunities for 2017. Each pack will receive their Cub Scout Adventure Camp Leader Guide, as well as program details and administrative insights.  All Cub Scout leaders and interested parents are invited to attend the Cub Camp Launch on December 10th.  Refreshments will be available for all Launch participants.  The Cub Camp Launch follows the Boy Scout Camp Launch at the same location, so car pool with your local troop leaders. 


Thank You Illini Lodge for Pumpkin Fun

On behalf of Illini Lodge, Camp Drake thanks 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.  A tremendous thank you to all at Pumpkin Day!


Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award

Many of the requirements for the Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award were introduced at the Smiling Pumpkin Day at Camp Drake 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




2017 Camp Kickoff
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. Plan ahead today for a fantastic 85th anniversary camping season!




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 Lodge Leadership Development program in November. 


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.  Click here for flier.


Lodge Leadership Development!
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. Refreshments will be provided, but there is no registration fee


Ceremonies Participants Needed!
The Ordeal and Brotherhood ceremonies are some of the most memorable nights the OA has to offer. Witnessing the ceremony is magical, but being in the ceremony is phenomenal. Whether you plan to be a Principle, a torch bearer or even just setting the ceremony up, being a part of ceremonies is a wonderful way to get involved in the OA. If you are interested, please contact Ceremonies Chair Samuel White at (217)840-8725 or

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