Thanks for all the help so far and make sure to help us out by getting in any remaining paperwork or show and sell payments.  Popcorn final payments are due Friday, December 9 with the exception of additional popcorn taken out.

Due to the large surplus of popcorn we will be allowing Units to check out popcorn for additional sales.


With the extended sales we will be reducing the cost to Units while supplies last.

MM – Movie Theater Extra Butter Microwave Popcorn – $10 per box and the Unit can sell for $25 or $20


VV – Chocolatey Drizzled Caramel with Nuts – $10 per tin and the Unit can sell for $25 or $20


SS – Mauve Sea Salt Tin – $6 per tin and the Unit can sell for $15 or $12




Camp Masters is offering any Units that sell $1,000 in retail will receive a $100 gift card from Walmart.


Activities Meeting

As a reminder, our next activities committee meeting will be tomorrow night at 7 pm at the Scout Office.  This meeting will focus on the Klondike Derby and preliminary planning for other early 2017 events including the new spring Cub Scout event and the coordinated council-wide service project.


Feel free to invite a Scouting friend to attend this meeting as well.



The Harlem Globetrotters are coming January 2, 2017 to the State Farm Center!  Click here for more info.


Youth Protection Training

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. Be sure to bookmark and visit the Youth Protection web site at  to take the latest training.


Arrowman Holiday Party is Sunday

Join the festive celebration of a cheerful year of Scouting fellowship this Sunday, December4th at 3 pm in Champaign.  The party will be held at the Illinois Fire Service Institute,  11 Gerty Drive, just off of south First Street in Champaign. Food and fun will be part of the program as Illini Lodge gears up for the holiday season   Bring a Scouting buddy for the fun of Brotherhoodliness!


Back by Popular Demand—Pinewood 101!

Yes, it’s back!  Your one stop opportunity to go from a block of wood to a finely honed race car.

     Date:  Sunday January 22, 2017

     Time:  from 11:00am – 3:00 pm

      Place:  CU Woodshop

      Cost:  NOT A THING

Bring your Pinewood Derby kit and leave with a complete car.  Open to all Scouts and family members.   Sponsored by the Prairielands Council Alumni.





Calendar Update:  The December Roundtable has been CANCELLED.  Use that time to send out your holiday cards.


Thanksgiving is over.  We are all recovering from tryptophan comas.  But Lovetta’s sleigh (minivan) is gassed up and ready to travel to YOU to pick up ANY and ALL youth applications.  There are still several units with unregistered youth participants.  We need those youth applications AS SOON AS CONCEIVABLY POSSIBLE!!!  DO NOT HOLD THEM TO TURN IN WITH YOUR RE-CHARTERS.  THEY NEED TO BE ENTERED INTO THE SYSTEM WITH EXTREME HASTE!!  So, don’t let it go another day.  We are here to help you, but we also desperately need your help and understanding that these applications will go a long way towards helping you, your unit, and your council.  Thank you!


Cub Scout Day Camp committee.  Do you have great ideas for making Cub Day Camp an even better experience this year?  Do you feel there is room for improvement in the annual events?  Do you just want to lend a thoughtful voice to the planning and delivery process.  Be part of the planning and delivery of Cub Day Camp programs, programs that truly are volunteer directed, planned and delivered.  The next meeting of the Day Camp planning committee is tomorrow (Wednesday Nov. 30) at 10am at the Raymond Lee Scout Services Center.  If you are unable to make the meeting please contact Lovetta Ash-Simpson [217-531-0220 or] with input and to be involved.  It takes the input of many people to put together outstanding programs and it is worth it!




Journey to Excellence Information

Each unit should review the success points of Scouting through the Journey to Excellence benchmarks.  The recharter packets for all packs, troops, and crews will have details on the areas of performance.  Please review these program targets with your committee and set goals for the future.   Some of the required statistics are available through Susan Coller at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center. 


Family Campaign

Each unit is asked 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. 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




It's that time! The Camp Drake 2017 application is now live! All applicants are asked to fill out the online form! The application can be found here:

We look forward to your application this camping season! All questions can be directed to!


ICE BEARS at the Klondike Derby 2017

The eternal cold of the ICE BEARS will be part of the theme for the 2017 Klondike Derby.  Camp Robert Drake is the site of the annual winter camping challenge for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and their sleds.  Look for the lights in the north for your favorite troop or crew at the big event on Saturday, January 28, 2017 on the banks of the Salt Fork!




Save the date for the TRAIL DAY

Enjoy a beautiful morning along the banks of the Salt Fork River, hiking the Onaquispassippi Trail with all your Scouting buddies.  From 9:00 until 12:00 noon on 4/1/17, all arrowmen and their special guests are invited to Get On their hiking boots and Get On the Onaquispassippi Trail!  See the spectacular views around camp.  Add to your springtime calendar of fun events – the TRAIL TROMP is hiking on to your calendar on Saturday, APRIL 1ST….No Foolin!.  Walk the Onaquispassippi Trail and uncover secrets of camping past and prizes for our leaders of tomorrow.  TROMP IT!





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. 





Troop Visit Training for Youth 

The new Troop Visitation/Election season is January 1st to May 31st.  No Unit Elections will be held at Summer Camp this year.  Every Troop should send a representative to attend the Troop Visitation Training. The Troop Visitation Training will be held at the Illinois Fire Service Institute (11 Gerty Drive in Champaign, just north of the Assembly Hall off First Street) on December 4   at 1 p.m. followed by the Lodge meeting and Holiday party. ALL ARROWMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!  


Speed Pass Available at Winter Banquet

Remember to purchase your Lodge Speed Pass. The new pin covers everything the chenille did. At the cost of $75, they will be for sale at the Winter Banquet.  Bring your checkbook or credit card and help support the Lodge.


2017 Illini Lodge Inductions Team!

The 2017 Illini Lodge Inductions team wants you! The Elangomat, Ordeal, and Brotherhood committees need members!  If you are interested: call/text/email Jared Burns, Vice Chief of Inductions, at 217-714-8989 or at We are looking for anyone who wants to get more involved in the OA and help make 2017 a great year.


Table Trophy for Top Troop

Again this year Illini Lodge #55 is hosting a friendly competition between troops attending the Winter Banquet.  The fabulous Table Top Trophy will be presented to the troop with the top total number of Arrowmen and guests with paid registration by noon on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.


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.



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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