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 game* has tickets available for $10/person:

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.



Do you have a Scout (age 14 or older and First Class or higher) or a Venturer who demonstrates leadership, but needs to improve his or her skills?  Would you like to see that “good Scout” become a “great Scout”?  Then get them signed up for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) before the January 24, 2017 deadline (when the price goes up).  Offered over two weekends at Camp Drake (February 24-26 and March 10-12, 2017), NYLT is the premiere youth leadership development program.  Don’t delay, get your youth leadership signed up today!   Go to to view the attached flyer for more information or contact the Course Director, Jim Dieker at


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.


Merit Badge Counselors

Calling ALL merit badge counselors and NOVA counselors:  You should have received an email or postal letter within the last two weeks with a request to let the council know if you want to continue on as a counselor for the next calendar year.  All counselors expire on Dec. 31, 2016 and we need to know who wants to be renewed and if there are any changes in the list of merit badges that you would like to lead.  If you haven’t already, please look for and find that note and respond NOW.  If you have any questions contact Linda Atherton at or (217)531-0220.


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 council. 


A Klondike Cabin makes the Day Warmer

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.  Please contact Susan Coller at the Launch to get your Troop or Crew in the Klondike Cabin/Campsite drawing.  Save the date of Jan. 28, 2017 for the next Klondike Derby extravaganza




Many Trails District Meeting

The December meeting of the Many Trails District will be held on Thursday, 12/8/16 at the United Methodist Church in Hoopeston beginning at 6:30 pm.  Plans will be shared in future Scouting operations such as Membership recruiting, Fundraising, Camping, and Training. All Scouting leaders are invited to learn more about the BSA programs.


Many Trails District Annual Business Meeting

The Annual Business Meeting of the Many Trails District will be held on Thursday, January 12 in Danville, beginning at 6:30 pm.  All chartering organization representatives, Executive Board members living in the district and current members of the district committee are encouraged to attend and participate in the selection of the District Chair and the District Committee. The purpose of this gathering will be to nominate the volunteers for positions of the Many Trails District Committee, as well as the District Chairman, for service to Scouting in the upcoming year. A slate of officers will be presented by the Volunteer Development Committee for approval by voting members of the district.  A slate of a district chairman and a listing of committee members will be voted on for 2017 to conduct the business of the district.  A team of district level volunteers will help provide support to packs, troops, and crews of the Many Trails territory through various operating committees.  These committees include Activities, Advancement, Camping, and Training. All Chartering Organization Representatives, plus current Many Trails District volunteers and Executive Board members of the district, will be eligible to vote for the slate of volunteers.  This group of volunteers will serve for the 2017 year.   Please encourage your unit to send a representative to this 30 minute meeting.


Family Friends of Scouting 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




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

Hello Unit Commissioners,

After receiving a number of responses on the face-to-face vs. email for December's meeting we are going with email information exchange.




Stay tuned for the email information exchange next week.  

Christmas festivities are upon us and there are many, many things to do on Santa’s list.  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!





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. 





Count Up to Launch on 12/10/16

Count your blessings for these fantastic benefits youth and adult leaders will receive while attending the 2017 Camp Launch on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W.Park, in Urbana, beginning at 9:00 am.


*      All of the great program and administrative information about 2017  Camp Robert Drake

*      Discover the new promotions plan of the Illini Lodge troop visit crew

*      Insiders’ info on the Vermilion Trex to challenge the older Scout outdoor programs

*      A myriad of info flyers to provide detailed reminders of all of the great 2017 Scouting


*      Troops can win a cabin or campsite for the 2017 Klondike Derby

*      Order of the Arrow updates for the upcoming year of cheerful service

*      Experience different promotional booth displays with details on upcoming Boy Scout


*      The new Cub Scout Camping Launch will follow at 11:00 am…bring your Den Friends



Klondike Derby 2017

POLAR BEAR JAM will be 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!


Platinum Award for Troops

The Program Wing of the Prairielands Council Camping Committee is planning to reward troops and their leadership in the recruiting and registering of Camp Drake campers in 2017.  The PLATINUM AWARD will recognize troop leadership in encouraging an increased level of summer camp attendance.  The goal for each troop is to increase the attendance level of Boy Scouts at Camp Drake in 2017.   Each troop will receive a personalized goal for their troop’s attendance at summer camp “on the banks of the Salt Fork”.  


The 2016 Camp Drake Staff Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 18 at Camp Drake!  Any past staff members or any potential new staff members are invited to attend.  Join the fun at 2:30 p.m.  for  Gathering  & Fellowship Time,  along with  Camp Drake Outdoor Adventure Extravaganza plus  Pizza Supper and a White Elephant Gift Exchange.  Please feel free to attend all or as much of the party as you are able!  Please bring a small FUN gift (approx. $5 in value, no junk please) for the white elephant gift exchange game. *Gifts MUST be Scout appropriate. All Camp Drake staff, past, present, and future, are invited and encouraged to attend this festive holiday tradition!  We hope to see you on December 18! Merry Christmas!




Trophy for Top O.A. Troop

A fabulous Table Top Trophy will be presented as a part of the opening ceremony for the 2017 Winter Banquet at the Beef House in Covington, IN on January 7, 2017.  The troop with the top total number of arrowmen and their guests with paid registration by noon on Friday, January 6, 2017 will be recognized for their Cheerful Spirit with a glamorous traveling treasure to display at their meeting place for the upcoming year.  Remember to promote Illini Lodge’s most enjoyable banquet ever conducted to your troop members.


Brotherhood Social Hour

During the Pre-Banquet Hour of Brotherhood at the Beef House on January 7, committee booths of all lodge committees show off their talents and service with colorful displays.  Many of the tables have awards or treats for participating arrowmen to enjoy!  The fun starts at 11:00 am Illinois time at the house of beef!


Illini Lodge Speed Pass

The Illini Lodge excitement has never looked better for our local Brotherhood of Cheerful Service organization.  The fabulous Illini Lodge Speed Pass is available during the normal Robeson Scout Shop hours.  Beware the frantic –last-minute holiday shopping traffic on the north side of Champaign as you approach action central.   



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