THE STAFF OF PRAIRIELANDS COUNCIL WISHES YOU AND YOURS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The last day of business for the Robeson Scout Shop in 2016 is Thursday, December 22. The store reopens on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. All customer orders not picked up by the end of the day on December 22 will be released from hold and returned to inventory.
During the week between Christmas and New Year’s the store is closed. You may use the side door for most normal business from December 27-30 (Tuesday through Friday), but nothing may be sold or returned that affects store inventory.
End of Year Submissions
Make sure all of your unit’s registrations and advancement hard copies are in the Council Office by December 30. All on-line advancements and service Hours for 2016 must be submitted by December 31. Make sure your unit gets credit for all it’s hard work in 2016.
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 a crew from another council. Call Steve Adams (217)531-0214 if interested.
See the attached flyer and sign up NOW!
The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the State Farm Center and there is a Scouting discount! Click here for all the details.
Journey to Excellence
The Journey to Excellence program recognizes units with a detailed system of requirement tracking. Units can earn a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award for their level of excellence in conducting their Scouting program. Please review the requirement to these awards for this year and complete the important paperwork. Your dedicated efforts for Scouting will shine in gold, silver, or bronze with your unit achievements.
Prairielands Training College
The Prairielands Training College will be held on the north side of Champaign on Saturday, February 11th, 2017. The fantastic training experience allows leaders to select specific educational topics to discover a wide array of Scouting information. Participants can choose from almost fifty different classes to learn new skills, uncover helpful information, and strengthen leadership abilities.
Anniversary Week is Feb 5 to 11, 2017
Plan to celebrate the big anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America this February by showing off your Scouting spirit in public. Encourage a very visible service project in the center of town or promote uniform wearing throughout your schools, churches, or businesses. Use your local media outlets to inform the community about the successful facets of Scouting in your packs, troops, and crews. Help spread the good news of Scouting during the anniversary week in February!
Klondike Camping Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Prairielands Council Klondike Derby camping drawing, selected at random following the Camp Drake Launch on Dec. 10 at the Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
See you on the date of Jan. 28, 2017 for the next Klondike Derby extravaganza
MANY TRAILS DISTRICT
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. 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. Please contact Mike Graham in the Danville Scout office (217) 531-0212
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”.
ORDER OF THE ARROW
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 7th, 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.
Dues Increase for Illini Lodge
For the first time in several years, Illini Lodge has increased the annual rate of membership in our local Order of the Arrow organization. The annual fee will be $15.00 per year. The projected budget for the lodge required an increase in income to match the planned expenses for the upcoming year. Illini Lodge will continue to support the Prairielands Council and Camp Robert Drake with financial resources, as well as manpower assistance.
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.
Join a Committee
Please contact Lodge Chief Matt Brauer if you are interested in getting involved with a committee of the lodge. Several choices for service involve a wide variety of options that support the brotherhood, the council, and Camp Robert Drake. Your role in the lodge is important in building activities, improving communications, and/or helping other Scouts.
2017 Lodge Plan Book
The 2017 edition of the Illini Lodge Plan Book is distributed to lodge members at the Winter Banquet each year. This guide to the local organization of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service is a great resource for all arrowmen to be familiar with their involvement with the Order of the Arrow. The plan book details the history of the lodge, the goals for the upcoming year, and the people involved with the various segments of lodge administration. Get with the plan!
In fine Klondike Derby tradition, lodge members have been asked to serve at the council winter challenge at Camp Robert Drake on January 28, 2017. The lodge’s very own Vice-Chief of Activities Blayne Beeson will provide leadership to the lodge’s support of the largest single day event in the council.