Recharters Due

If you have not yet dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on your 2017 recharter paperwork, please get that turned in as soon as possible. The council deadline for unit rechartering was January 13, 2017 to complete the on-line membership process, collect the required signatures, and pay the necessary registration fees.   



“Early Bird” discount expires in one week.  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!   See the attached flyer for more information or contact the Course Director, Jim Dieker at


Awards season is in full swing in Hollywood AND in Prairielands Council!

Please join us on February 18 as we celebrate the Youth Achievements of Prairielands Council.

Eagle Scouts and Venturing Summit honorees will be recognized at this dinner along with other Scouts and Venturers. 

Additional honors include the Venturing Leadership Awards and the Prairielands Council Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year.

Doors open at 5:30 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. 

Sponsorships are available for those who received the Eagle Scout or Venturing Summit.

Please download more information in this flyer.

Registration is due no later than February 10.


Calling all Eagle Scouts in the Prairielands Council Class of 2016!

Applications are being accepted for the Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year!

Please submit this application for this award to the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center no later than January 31 to be considered for this award.

The Prairielands Council winner will be submitted to Central Region for consideration and potential nomination for the national award.




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






For the First time ever a Saturday Morning Breakfast will be served! Pancakes and Sausage! It is a free will donation style breakfast! Served from 7:30 AM till 8:30 AM .  All the overnight campers are encouraged to attend.   Plus the Saturday travelers have a good reason to show up early.   Warm your tummy for the big event. 


Pan of Gold Trophy

The patrol with the highest score at the Prairielands Council Klondike Derby is awarded the “Pan of Gold Trophy”, an actual gold miner’s pan, marked with the history of the past winning patrols through the years.  It takes quality leadership, strong teamwork, plus excellent Scouting skills and knowledge to earn the top honors amongst the 50 other Scouting patrols competing in the event.    The young men who earn the “Pan of Gold Trophy” exhibit the best talents for winter preparedness, complicated problem-solving, and team spirit.


Yukon Jack Trophy

If you think the Lombardi Trophy is the ultimate prize in all of sport, then you are sadly mistaken.   The Yukon Jack Plaque is the most coveted honor in the sporting field, awarded to the fasted sled racing team at the Prairielands Council’s annual Klondike Derby.  On the Camp Drake plateau, see the race on Saturday, Jan. 28, on the field where legends get trampled.  Think Ben-Hur in the snow.




Arrow of Light Plaques for Highest Honor Cub Scouts

All Cub Scout pack leaders are encouraged to obtain colorful plaques displaying the name and year of the Arrow of Light recipients recognizing there achievement in earning the highest award in Cub Scouting.  Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow has created an impressive framed certificate for all Arrow of Light recipients in the Prairielands Council to be presented at the time of the award ceremony.   Contact Program Clerk Susan Coller at (217) 356-7291, ext. 6441  to obtain plaques for your honored Cub Scouts.




Summer Camp Fees

The change in the calendar to the new year means a “heads-up” are in order for your Scouting schedule. Please note  the initial deposit due on January 28, 2017 to provide a $10.00 discount to individual Scouts planning to attend this year’s summer camp of the Prairielands Council.   Please share these details with your Scout families as soon as possible.


Merit Badge Sign-Up for 2017 Camp Drake

When the $25 deposit per Scout is received at the Scout Service Center in Champaign, your troop contact person will be e-mailed a username and password to go on-line to sign up your troop for advancement sessions.  On February 1, 2017 on-line merit badge registration opens on our website.   Go to  for more details.


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!




Klondike Service

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


Important Elections for Troops

Whether you plan to conduct the election on your own or bring in assistance from the council, it is important to designate the date of your election and announce it to the unit as early as possible.  Please inform your Scouts early about the date of your OA election, in order for Scouts with the 2nd Class rank to focus on completion of the eligibility requirements. Under the Order of the Arrow link on the Prairielands Council website are the forms and procedures for the successful completion of troop/team elections in the lodge.  All troop/team leaders should review their materials to prepare for the election requirements.   Contact your OA leadership, if you need assistance in conducting the election in your troop/team.  Election consultants are ready to help your troop conduct a successful Order of the Arrow election.  


OA Tool Time Service

Spring cleaning begins on Saturday, March 18th at 9:00 am at the north end of the Tin Shed at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL.  All Scouts, Scouters, and parents are welcome to help prepare camp for all the fabulous activities in 2017.  Primary projects will focus on clearing campsites and removing brush, brambles, and leaves from program areas.  Basic cleaning will be needed in the cabins and buildings.  If you have construction talents, additional projects will be available by contacting Mike Graham at  All Tool Time participants should bring their own equipment if possible, but some rakes, brooms, and loppers are available.  A lunch will be served at 12:15 and a recognition distribution will be conducted at the end of the day at 3:00 pm.  Additional service days are planned for April 8th and May 13th.

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