Rechartering Deadline on the 13th!!
The council deadline for unit rechartering is January 13, 2017, to complete the on-line membership process, collect the required signatures, and pay the necessary registration fees. YES…that is Friday the 13th!! The toughest step in the process is to conduct a membership inventory within your unit to confirm the members and leaders. Use the details from the inventory to submit the membership retention into the on-line process.
Rechartering Process Strengthens the connection with the Chartering Organization
Hopefully you have a good relationship with your chartering organization representative. Hopefully this is not the one time of the year you have an interaction with that important Scouter. If your do not have a good relationship with your C.O.R., then use this new year re-registration process as a communications connection to build support. Remember to make a public presentation of the Annual Charter to your Chartering Organization and display your Scouting program.
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.
The Outdoor Program
Please share the attached flyer with all Scouters in your council since they are all involved with the outdoor program. The flyer has a link to our registration page.
Due to the growing popularity of our conference we have expanded it to two locations this year so more local council Scouters will be able to attend. We will have subject experts from around the Region as well as from around the country at both conferences. Representatives from the BSA High Adventure Bases will also be on hand to share information about new program offerings.
Several of the leaders of National Task Forces will also be presenters at the conferences. Your local Scouters will have a unique opportunity to talk personally with all these people in one location throughout the day.
Jump start your New Year by charging up your leaders when they attend one of the conferences. We look forward to seeing your team in January!
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!
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.
The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the State Farm Center. Don’t miss out! Click here for more details.
PRAIRIE FIRE DISTRICT
Prairie Fire District Committee
PLEASE NOTE: There will be the annual business meeting for the Prairie Fire District on Monday January 9 at 7:00pm at the IFSI on Gerty Dr. This is where and when we vote on membership for the board and sub-committees. Attendance is urged, requested and begged for ANYONE interested in serving Prairie Fire District on the activities committee, the membership committee, the training committee, the advancement committee, the fundraising/FOS committee, the ScoutReach committee, the camping committee.
You will be receiving a letter in the mail about renewing your membership for those already on the District Committee. Please respond to this mailing as soon as possible via snail mail, email, text, fax or leaving a message on Linda Atherton’s voice mail.
CUB AND BOY SCOUT ROUNDTABLES
The January roundtable will be held Wed. Jan. 11 at the IFSI on Gerty Dr. This is a new location for this event. Please go to the end of Gerty Dr (just north off 1st St from Windsor Rd). Roundtable will be held at 7:00 pm.
UNIT COMMISSIONER MEETING
The monthly unit commissioner meeting will be held Wed. Jan. 11 at the IFSI on Gerty Dr. As noted for roundtable this is a new location. It is just north of Windsor Rd off of 1st St (turn just north of the credit union then go to the end of the road to the Fire Services Institute). The meeting will be held at 6pm.
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. 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
APRIL 1st….SAVE THE DATE….NO FOOLIN!! ….RESERVE YOUR CABIN…
TRAIL TROMP 2017 >>>Hike the Onaquispassippi Trail during Camp Drake’s Annual Trail
SHOOTING SPORTS CHALLENGE >>> Enjoy a fun shooting afternoon at the Shooting Sports area
ROCKET DAY >>> ALL Scouts will be able to launch rockets into the Camp Drake skies
Klondike Derby Action List
The gear required to explore the POLAR BEAR JAM for the 2017 Klondike Derby has been distributed. Look for the list to discover the events for the competition at the big event on Saturday, January 28, 2017 on the banks of the Salt Fork!
ORDER OF THE ARROW
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.
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