Youth Achievement Recognition Dinner
The Youth Achievement Recognition Dinner will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m. The reservation form is attached. The reservation form is due by Friday, February 10, 2017. Cost is $32/person. Reservations received after February 10, 2017 will be $37/person. Don’t forget that the Summit/Eagle Scout are guest and no charge for them.
The Glenn A. & Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award
ATTN: 2016 Eagle Scouts!! To apply for the Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year award, please complete the form on this site: http://www.nesa.org/PDF/542-026.pdf and submit to the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center no later than January 31, 2017. You will also need to submit a copy of your completed Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook. NOTE: This is a later than the date stated on the form. The Prairielands Council winner will be promoted to the Central Region for consideration. We will announce the winner at the Youth Achievement Recognition Dinner.
Illinois Men’s Basketball Scout Day Games!*
The University of Illinois is offering discounted tickets for Scouts for upcoming men's basketball games. Parents, family, and friends are also welcome to join!
Tickets are available now for only $20/person for the following games:
Saturday, February 4th @ 3:00 pm vs. Minnesota - act fast as only a limited number of tickets remain!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Scout tickets are limited and subject to availability. Scout tickets are not available for purchase on the day of the game.
New Registration System Ready for Boy Scout Summer Camp
Troop leaders should check their email in boxes over the next day or two for an email containing login information to Tentaroo. This is the system Prairielands Council is using for Camp Drake summer camp merit badge class registration.
When first logging in, troop leaders should see their troop rosters of both youth and adults. Anyone missing from the roster will need to be manually added. The class portion of the registration system will automatically open at 9 am on February 1st for each troop that has already paid the $25/Scout deposit for summer camp. Payments can also be made online via e-check or credit card. If it's after 9 am on February 1st and your $25/Scout deposit hasn't been paid yet, paying online will immediately unlock the system for class registration.
A series of short instructional videos walking through each registration step will be available on campdrake.com in the next couple of days. If you have any additional questions regarding the registration system, please contact Susan Coller at 217-531-0219 or email@example.com, Kurt Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Parker Arnholt at email@example.com.
Candy Bar Sale
Candy Bar Sale will be from Friday, February 24, 2017 to Friday, March 31, 2017. We have switched back to Kathryn Beich Candy! Don’t forget to turn in your Camp Candy Bar Sales Order Form by February 10, 2017! Variety cases (4 boxes of 50) and one-of-a-kind cases (Almond, Caramel, Krunch and Dark Chocolate) are 2 boxes of 36. YES will we have individual boxes of Dark Chocolate. We will have weekly prize drawings on March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th and March 24th. If you would like to know what the unit has sold in the past please let me know. If you have any questions please contact Sharon Kirk at 217-531-0218 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Popcorn $1,000 Seller Party
Don’t forget to turn in your reservation form for the Popcorn Sales Recognition Party by Monday, January 30, 2017!! The party will be on Sunday, February 5, 2017. The Illinois Women’s Basketball game is against Purdue at 2:00 p.m. The Pizza Party and recognition will be at the Savoy Rec Center starting at noon. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Kirk at 217-531-0218 or by email@example.com
Council Candy Sale Around the Corner
The Camp Candy Sale helps provide outdoor experiences for Scouts throughout the Prairielands Council. This quick and easy fundraising opportunity will begin in February for any unit to help their youth attend summer camping programs. Here are the top ways that the Camp Candy Bar Sale provides support for Scouts to enjoy the outdoors in June and July.
Easy selling candy bars raise funds for Scout camping fees
Scouts who sell candy will make an earlier commitment to attend camp, leading your program preparation time. More preparation means a better outdoor experience.
All candy sales staff members become eligible for council campership funds for additional support for Scouts in need.
A portion of the Camp Candy sales proceeds will support the overall council camping operations, helping to improve our outdoor facilities
As a reminder, we will have a council activities committee meeting tomorrow evening at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign. Please note that the meeting time has been moved up to 6 pm with a goal of finishing the meeting by 7 pm.
Please be prepared to discuss the following topics at this meeting:
Last-minute details for Klondike Derby on Saturday
Review of Pinewood 101 held last Sunday
Rocket themed Cub Scout event - April 1st
Council Pinewood Derby - April 8th
Council service project
As always, feel free to invite a Scouting friend to attend this meeting as well.
The Illinois Novaree, a STEM Clinic at UIUC for Middle School age scouts (Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) provides a uniquely hands-on opportunity to earn Imagine awards, Merit Badges and other accolades of progression through the programs. (We've also run this event twice in the past).
Our event is a set across 2 weekends in April, the 8th and the 22nd. I have attached our flier below and provided links to our website and eventbrite where Scouts can sign up!
Prairielands Council Scoutreach is currently looking for volunteers to help run and supervise Scoutreach meetings at schools throughout the community! If you or someone you know is looking to get involved let us know!! You can call Bryant Deer at (217)418-9846 if you are interested. Also, don't forget to like and share our Prairielands Council Scoutreach Facebook Page.
Prairielands Training College
Prairielands Training College is set for Saturday, February 11 at The High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis, Champaign. This outstanding and helpful training event is for adults age 18 and up. Check-in starts at 7:30am and Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:30am and the Closing is at 4:30pm. The cost is $25 if registered by the deadline of 6pm on Monday, February 6th.
The 2017 PTC Catalog is available at:
Online registration is available at the following URL:
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!
“Early Bird” discount extended one week. The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Course is almost full, but due to the number of folks stating that their applications are on their way, the “early bird” discount has been extended to January 31, 2017. Any applications received after that date, regardless of postmark will be billed at the non-discounted price of $200.00. NYLT is limited to 32 Scouts/Venturers and is filled on a “first come, first served” basis, and you don’t want your youth to miss out on this once in a lifetime experience. So don’t delay get your youth leadership signed up today. For more information contact the Course Director, Jim Dieker at firstname.lastname@example.org
MANY TRAILS DISTRICT
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.
District Spring Camporee in May
The Many Trails Spring Camporee will inspire your basic outdoor skills when you warm up on May 19-21, 2017. Uncover your Scout skills at the District Spring Camporee where you can enjoy a fun weekend with your Scouting buddies of the five county territory.
PRAIRIE FIRE DISTRICT
Anyone interested in being a Friends of Scouting Family Presenter and help lead the engaging FOS presentation at Pack Blue and Gold banquets and Troop/Crew Courts of Honor, please contact Lovetta Ash-Simpson at 217-531-0217. We have training on the presentation on Monday Jan. 31, 2017 at the Scout Office.
KLONDIKE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
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.
Camping Promotional Placemats
Decorate your special banquet in February with Cub Camping Promotional Placemats, designed for the upcoming Blue and Gold season. Packs from throughout our nine-county council will use the scenes of the outdoors to preview the warm summer fun of Cub Camping. .
Adventure Camp Jungle
Both Adventure camp sessions will follow the theme of “Discovery Safari” for enjoying all types of animal events. Each Cub Scout will experience a wide variety of activities, from aquatics skills to camping games, from nature identification to shooting sports, and have an opportunity to earn awards and badges. Check out the thrills for Adventure Camp at www.campdrake.com .
Summer Previewed at Klondike Derby
During the POLAR BEAR JAM excursion at the Klondike Derby, Boy Scout program highlights will be featured for Camp Drake 2017. Illini arrowmen will be serving up summer camp program information, along with a special feature on the 85th anniversary. This sneak peek into the “Honor the Spirit” summer will offer advancement details, Vermilion TreX options, and mighty night highlights.
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 campdrake.com for more details.
Camp Staff Interviews
Any registered Scout, older than age 14 on June 1, 2017, can apply to be a Counselor in Training. Camp Robert Drake is looking for energetic youth to serve as future paid counselors to learn the duties during the 2017 summer. A day of interviews is scheduled for February 11 at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign. E-mail at email@example.com to RSVP
ORDER OF THE ARROW
TROOP OR TEAM REPRESENTATIVE
Illini Lodge 55 is recruiting youth & adult arrowmen to serve in an important role in the lodge. Order of the Arrow Troop (or Team) Representatives are a youth liaison and his advisor serving between the local O.A. lodge and his unit. The representatives serve as a communication and program link to the unit Arrowmen, as well as adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. They do this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge and the purpose of the Order. By setting a good example, they enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop or team.
Illini Lodge Speed Pass
The Illini Lodge excitement has never looked better planned 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 shopping traffic on the north side of Champaign as you approach action central. Only a limited supply of these special honors has been made for Illini Lodge members.
2017 Lodge Plan Book
The 2017 edition of the Illini Lodge Plan Book is distributed to lodge members 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!