Polar Bear Derby 2016

Camp Robert Drake is the site of the annual winter camping challenge for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and their sleds.  All Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews are encouraged to start practicing for exceptional achievement in cold-weather activities.  Cheer for your favorite troop or crew at the big Klondike Derby on Saturday, January 28, 2017 on the banks of the Salt Fork!




Re Charter Season 

The recharter packets for all packs, troops, and crews are available to be picked up .Charter packets will be distributed.   Please get a good start to the re-registration process.


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.




Klondike Cabin Drawing

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 BE DISCOVERED on Saturday, December 10th, at the Presence Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St.   (just north of University Ave.) in Urbana.  All Cub Scout leaders and interested parents in attendance will be able to put their name in a drawing for a $50.00 camp scholarship for their pack. 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. The Cub Camp Launch follows the Boy Scout Camp Launch at the same location, so car pool with your local troop leaders. 





2017 is the 85TH Anniversary Season
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!





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 and buy the latest lodge merchandise at the trading post.  SIGN UP FOR A COMMITTEE!    Plus all the drawings for prizes for all attendees!  Brotherhood Time     NOON (IN Time)   11:00 am  (IL Time)  Beef House, Exit 4,  I-74  (west of the Wabash)


Discount Option for Banquet Savings

Illini Lodge wants to provide a small discount for arrowmen and their families. 

Lodge members that attend with families members will only be charged $20.00 per person.  Go to the Lodge Website under  to find the option that will save you $2.00 off the normal fee.



SPEED PASS….Go to the front of the Lodge Activity Line!

The plans for 2017 Speedpass are to charge $75 for the big package  deal which  includes - a pin, 2017  fees for the  winter banquet, 2017 dues, fees for the  spring fellowship, fees for the summer reunion, and fees of the fall pow wow.   Whatttaadeal!!



Election/Camp Promo Plan

Your help is needed to provide a quality unit election/camp promotion effort this year.  The Troop Visit Training will be held on Sunday Dec. 4, beginning at 3:00 pm in Illinois Fire Safety Institute, 11 Gerty Drive in Champaign, IL.  Lodge leaders will guide troop representatives, both youth and adult, on the proper policies for a troop visit.  Pizza will be served.

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