Scouting’s Anniversary Week

Make your community aware of Scouting during the anniversary week of Scouting.  Scout Sunday is on February 5 and Scout Sabbath is on February 11. This is a time for Scouts and leaders to celebrate their religious heritage. In many cases, this heritage is shared with a chartered organization.  Scouts could conduct a patriotic display for the community at a public event.   A simple display at your local school will publicize our program to potential Scouting families.


Eagle Scouts of 2016

Congratulations to the Eagle Scouts of the Prairielands Council for 2016. Show your support for these fine leaders of tomorrow at the annual Youth Recognition Dinner on February 18. It is a proud achievement for a young man, his family, and his troop to attain the highest rank in Scouting. It is also a monumental moment for the Scouting movement in the Prairielands Council for providing the support system required to keep our programs healthy and prosperous.


Council Candy Sale Details

 The Camp Candy Sale starts on Friday, February 24.  Please place your order by Fri. Feb. 10 for pick-up in either Champaign or Danville offices.  The Camp Candy Sale has changed to a new company with options to help your Scouts earn their way to summer camp.


Youth Achievement Recognition Dinner

The Youth Achievement Recognition Dinner will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL.    Reservations are due by Friday, February 10, 2017.   Cost is $32/person.  Reservations after February 10th will be $37/person.    Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m.   The reservation form is attached.   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

The deadline has been extended to Monday, February 6th!!!    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: 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.   We will announce the winner at the Youth Achievement Recognition Dinner.


Candy Bar Sale

It’s not too late to preorder your candy bars!   February 10th is the deadline for preorders.  Candy Bar Sale starts Friday, February 24, 2017 and ends Friday, March 31, 2017.   Variety cases (4 boxes of 50) and one-of-a-kind cases (Almond, Caramel, Krunch and Dark Chocolate) are 2 boxes of 36.   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  


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!


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:




Friends of Scouting Fundraising in February

The annual Friends of Scouting family fund-raising campaign will begin in February with unit presentations throughout the district.   The Friends of Scouting campaign is an important component in helping packs, troops, and crews to solicit funds for the Prairielands Council. The fifteen minute program highlights important mission of the Boy Scouts of America and reviews the need for financial support. Each unit is encouraged to schedule a presentation for their Scouting families this spring.


Many Trails Meeting

The next district meeting of the district will be held Thursday, February 9th at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church at 403 Main Street, beginning at 6:30 pm.  All district committee members and unit commissioners are encouraged to attend this gathering to gear up for the 2017 Scouting year and create plans for upcoming efforts.  Your help in supporting units is needed.


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.




Merit Badge Sign-Up for 2017 Camp Drak

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


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  to RSVP




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 .




Klondike Jam

A large round of applause for the 2017 “Polar Bear Jam” Chairman Scoutmaster Kris Hoogstraat of Ashkum.   Special thanks to Kris for his leadership and enthusiasm is conducting the Klondike Derby at Camp Drake.  Thanks to all the great event judges who made the activities fun, challenging, and safe, along with the Alpha Phi Omega support team for their service.  Kudos to Administrator Kurt Brown for his “i” dotting and “t” crossing.   Fabulous appreciation to Dan Sloan for his work as Klondike Chef in the kitchen, as well as the food service staff volunteers.  The 2017 Klondike Derby was a tremendous success on many levels, due to the leadership and teamwork of this year’s great event staff.


Conquering Champs at the Klondike Derby

Congratulations to Troop 234 in Westville, IL for attaining the top score in the Prairielands Council’s Klondike Derby at Camp Robert Drake.  Over the 12 challenging skill stations throughout the camp, Troop 234 scored 109 points out of a possible 120 to earn the “Pan of Gold” trophy as the leading patrol.   A wide variety of winter weather contests were set up for patrols to use their team work and problem solving skills.  Events included fire-starting, shelter building, knot tying, and pole lashing. Over 365 Scouts and leaders participated in the 2017 Klondike Derby on January 28, 2017 at Camp Drake near Oakwood, IL.


Fastest Klondike Sled on Turf

The gorgeous weather conditions on Saturday, January 28 at Boy Scout Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood created a good travel plan for entrants in the outdoor skills challenges event known as the Klondike Derby.  As part of the cold-weather competition, Scouting patrols from 32 different communities raced their boy-powered dog-sled across the bumpy plateau field. The warm weather changed the normal charge across the frozen tundra into a tromp through clumpy earth.   Yet, the Boy Scouts adapted to the snow-less conditions to compete in the annual grand tradition of the Klondike Derby Championship sled race.


Despite the lumpy conditions, congratulations go out to the Boy Scouts from Homer for being the fastest patrol in their heat, then the record setting time in the championship finals.    The winning dog-sled was pulled by the Scouts of Troop 42 of Homer, chartered to the Homer Masonic Lodge #199.   They won the “Yukon Jack Plaque”, awarded by the Prairielands Council annually to the fastest patrol of the Klondike Derby.  For photos, visit






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.







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