Arrow of Light Plaques and Arrow Kit Coupon

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.  This colorful plaque displays the name and year of the recipient recognizing there achievement in earning the highest award in Cub Scouting.  As an incentive to continue their Scouting path, the Brotherhood of Honor Campers (OA) is providing an arrow kit coupon to be used this summer.  The coupon will be good for a free arrow kit.  These new Boy Scouts will be able to enjoy the fabulous facilities at Camp Drake.  Contact OA Clerk Susan Coller at or 217-531`-0219  to order your ARROW package



Packs, Troops, Crews, Posts, Patrols, Den or an individual Scout working with an Adult can sign up to sell. Candy Bars come 36 per box in the One of A Kind Pack, with 2 boxes per case. The Variety Pack has 50 bars and there are 4 per case. All candy bars sell for $1 each and the unit earns 25 cents per bar sold. Candy is available for pick-up at the Council Office on Friday, Feb. 24th

Units should sign up and designate a volunteer candy chairman on the agreement form which was mailed to all unit leaders and committee chairs (see attachment).  The unit order form is due by February 10th (see attachment). We have records of how much each unit sold in the past.  If you need help, we can provide suggestions.


Some additional bars can be picked up during the sale.  Cases may not be returned after opening, so your unit wants to make sure it is out before picking up more.


We encourage units to turn in money weekly at the council office.  Each Scout selling a box will have his name entered in a prize drawing.  Each Friday in March, a few prizes will be drawn.  The name will remain in the hopper through the sale until the Scout’s name is drawn or the sale ends.


To recognize our top sellers, we will have a Top Seller Prize and Top District Seller for our two districts.


All sealed cases and any remaining money are due by March 31.


2017 National Jamboree

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!


BSA Safety Moment

Please read the attached for a BSA Safety Moment.




Candy Bar Pick-up in Danville

The Danville Scout office will be one of the sites for the Camp Candy Sale pick-up this Friday, Feb. 24.  The office will be open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm this Friday.   Please call ahead, if you know a specific time you will be there.  For more info on the Many Trails candy pick-up, call Mike at 531-0212.


Fund Scouting

It is more important than ever to identify community members and friendly businesses that can financially support Scouting in the Prairielands Council.  Each community has Scouting supporters from the past who have lost touch with the current program.  Your assistance in locating these individuals, such as Eagle Scouts and their families or unit leaders from past years, can help restore a supporting connection to the BSA.  Each community in the district is conducting a Friends of Scouting fund-raising drive.  Your help in locating additional donors will build our financial development for our future.


Set up your Camp Promo Night in March

Please set up your troop to have a successful camp promotion effort.  Pick a good date on the troop calendar and announce to all members the significance of this meeting.  Vice-Chief Matt Hodolitz has been contacting troops for promotional assistance.  He is available to provide any help to troops to promote camping attendance for Camp Drake this summer.




Prairie Fire District Committee Meeting

There will be a district committee meeting on Monday March 6, 2017 at the IFSI on Gerty Drive at 7:00pm.  Please attend so that we can have a really rocking district!!!


Prairie Fire Roundtable and Unit Commissioner Meeting

Yes, it’s that time again, and this month we are counting on NO SNOW!  We will have the monthly unit commissioner meeting at 6pm at IFSI on Gerty Drive.  Plan on attending and don’t forget to log all those unit visits on commissioner tools.

There will also be ROUNDTABLE for all unit leaders and volunteers.  Also at IFSI but at 7:00pm.  The place to see and be seen!!  If you haven’t been in a while it’s definitely time to come try it again.  Come away with great ideas to enliven your unit activities. 


Prairie Fire District Camporee

“TREK AROUND THE WORLD”!!!  April 21 – 23, 2017.  Planet Camp Drake.   Explore experiences based on countries from around the world.  Get your passport punched.  Compete with other patrols for fastest, furthest, best.  Win the trophy and be the first around the world.

Registration is open now.  Cost:  $15.00 per person ON OR BEFORE April 14, $20.00 per person after April 14th.  (Volunteer Staff only $5.00)  Cracker Barrel for all staff, Scoutmasters and SPL’s on Friday night.  Saturday lunch provided.


Flyers available on the council website, at the council office and at roundtable.  Registration form on flyer or you can register by calling the council office.


 If you are interested in volunteering to help with the event or need more information, please contact:  Frank Marquart at


Council Pinewood Derby Race

Save the date and plan to be among the contestants!  Saturday April 8, 2017 at Judah Christian School (908 N Prospect Ave, Champaign).  Each Pack can send up to six Scouts for the Race Division and six Scouts for the Show Division.  A Scout can only compete in one division.  Registration fee:  $7.00 per Scout (includes race participation, insurance and patch).  Registration due for all Race and Show Divisions by March 27, 2017.  Payment due with registration at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center.  Registration form and Race Day schedule available here: 

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OPEN RACE this year.  Open to all Scouts, siblings, adults, friends.  Only $10.00 per car entry.  Trophies will be awarded.  Race will follow immediately after the Council Race Division.  Flyer available on the PrairielandsBSA website.

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FREE Camp Drake Camping

Council Properties Chairman Jeff Ping has announced that service-minded packs, troops, and crews, of the Prairielands Council can earn free campsite camping at Camp Drake by participating in Tool Time Work Days this spring.  Any council units that provide service to each of the three Tool Time Work Days on Saturdays, March 18, April 8, and May 13 will be awarded the TOOL TIME GOLD CARD, which will earn the unit free campsite camping for a calendar year for August, 2017 to July of 2018.   The volunteer service requirement must exceed 9 total Scouts, leaders, volunteers, or 50% of the unit’s current membership   (whichever is greater)   from the unit.  The Tool Time Work Days are camp clean-up events, where supporters of Camp Drake assist in the process of getting our grounds and facilities ready for summer. Tool Time projects include tasks such as raking, brush removal, trail maintenance, and firewood preparation.  The work day schedule runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a lunch provided for all participants.  BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…Any pack, troop, or crew who qualifies for the Tool Time Gold Card will be awarded at Camp Drake Pool party in August, which will grant the unit 4 hours of open swim time in primetime weather!




Webelos Crossover Highlights Cub Scouting

As the current fifth grade boys are honored with the highest award of Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light, please try to provide a positive crossover ceremony though their pack and troop.  If you are involved with this level of Scouting, please take the time to conduct meaningful recognition programs for these important boys and their parents.  As a new Boy Scout, it will be critical for these families to receive the important details on troop operations and their activity calendar as soon as possible.  Pack leaders should assist these new Scouts and prepare them for their biggest opportunity on the horizon….summer camp.


Cub Safari Discovery Wordsearch

Whomever finds the most “real” words at least three letters long in the square word search on the 2107 Cub Camping Placemat will be awarded their very own Cub Camping Safari Pith Helmet at noon at the Trading Post on Saturday April 1st. following the tromping of the Trail.   Any Cub Scout age youth is eligible to discover the hidden words of the SAFARI SEARCH.   Please turn in a listing of the words (3 or more letters) to the Champaign Scout office  OR bring your entry sheet to the Trail Tromp by noon to the Trading Post at Camp Drake on April 1st.    Cub Camping Safari Pith Helmets will be presented to each grade level winners in the LION, TIGER, WOLF, BEAR, and WEBELOS categories.  The Safari Leaders will even have their own word discovery Pith Helmet winner.  Happy Hunting!




Tool Time to Help Camp Drake

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.  Spring cleaning begins on Saturday, March 18 at 9:00 am at the north end of the Tin Shed at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL.  A lunch will be served at 12:15 and a closing thank you note will be conducted at the end of the day at 3:00 pm.  Please encourage your pack, troop, or crew to help with this Tool Time date, or another Saturday on April 8th or May 13th.


Camp Promotional Programs

Special commemorative flashlights are available to all Scouts planning to attend Camp Robert Drake during the 85th anniversary summer in 2017.  Each troops registered to attend a week of camp can pick up their flashlight packet from their OA Camp Promotions Team or see Susan at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign.  These handy lights with show off the shine of the Scouting spirit from the banks of the Salt Fork.  Make arrangement to have a troop celebration for summer soon.




Tromp the Trail April 1

Blaze the trail through the woods at the annual Trail Tromp hiking day at Camp Robert Drake on April 1st to win your own Global Positioning System.   All of the Trail Tromp participants will be eligible for the drawing for a hand-held GPS device, sponsored by Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow


OA Dues

If you have not paid your 2017 OA dues, please do so ASAP.   Your dues are important to help keep the lodge running.  You can either mail in a check, call in a credit card or come to the Champaign or Danville office to pay.   If you are not sure if you have paid your dues, you can e-mail or call 217-531-0219.


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