Distinguished Citizen

The 2017 Distinguished Citizen fundraising event will be held Wednesday evening, May 17, at Stone Creek Golf Club, Urbana.  The event honors the Atkins Family who have contributed significantly not only to Scouting, but to the entire community.  Please plan on participating and SAVE THIS NEW DATE!  More info to follow.



First drawing will be on Friday, March 3, 2017!   The deadline is 1 p.m. Friday to get your Scout’s name in the drawing.   Remember it is per box!  To get in the drawing bring in $37.50 for each box of variety sold and/or $27.00 for each box of Caramel, Almond, Krunch or Dark Chocolate sold.   

We still have candy available for pick up in Champaign and in Danville.   If you email or call me ahead of time I will make sure we have it available and have it pulled and waiting for you.  Contact me at or by phone 217-531-0218.   If you want to pick up in Danville please make arrangements with Mike Graham at mike.graham@scouting.or or by phone 217-531-0212.


Glenn Overby Retirement Open House

Glenn Overby is retiring!   Glenn’s last day in the office will be March 16, 2017.   The Council will be hosting an Open House for Glenn on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.   We want to thank Glenn for his 14 years at Prairielands Council and wish him well.   Glenn will have more time for volunteering….


Tool Time Work Days

Tool Time in the Prairielands Council means volunteers helping to improve your favorite Camp Drake. Each of the Saturdays will begin at 9:00 a.m.  A meal will be served at 12:15 on 3/18, 4/8, and 5/13.    If possible, each work team is encouraged to bring their own outdoor tools for brush clearing, raking, and/or tree trimming. 


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: 

 Pinewood Derby flyer


 Link the rules to


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.


Updated Guide To Safe Scouting available

Updates include: additions to the Scouter Code of Conduct, Safety Afloat, insurance coverage updates, and updates to the transportation section .

Go to: for downloadable HTML and PDF versions of the Guide.


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. 

Campership Funds are available to help Scouts 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!




FREE Camping Option

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. 




Candy Bar Pick-up in Danville

The Danville Scout office will be one of the sites for the Camp Candy Sale.  The office will be open each day this week from noon until 5:00 pm.   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.


Set up your Camp Promo Night in March

Each troop 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.




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.  If you are absolutely unable to attend please send a summary of your committee’s activities to Chad Beckett at




Cub Scout Day Camp

Three different locations will provide a wide variety of activities will allow campers fun with outdoor skills.  Different fun features will entertain the Scouts.  Start making plans to join the safari!


Cub Safari Pith Helmets

Any Cub Scout age youth is eligible to discover the hidden words of the SAFARI SEARCH ON THE Cub Camping Placemats.   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!


Cub Scout Adventure Camp              Blue session-July 5-8             Gold session-July 23-26

The big challenge of the Cub Camps is the four-day, three night Cub Scout Adventure Camp.  Cub Scouts and leaders live the Scouting life through a series of set programs, followed by open program areas each afternoon.  Extra emphasis will be focused on the archery and BB gun shooting sports, as well as aquatics activities at the swimming pool and boating area.  Campers can bring their own camping gear, but tents and cots will be provided, as needed.  For more information, check out


Advancement Concern

Looking at the Prairielands Council Cub Advancement records regarding the advancement totals shows a number of units with very few rank advancements for the entire year.  Advancement is part of the core methods of a successful Scouting program and keeping those records are a critical element to quality council procedures.  Please help encourage the advancement process in your unit, as the recognition of both Scouts and Scouters is a key element to the improvement of achievement and self-confidence.




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.


Key to Promotion in 2017

Boy Scout Program Chair John Marquardt is encouraging all Prairielands Council troops to conduct a fun camp-themed meeting for Camp Drake this spring.  A vital function of a quality troop program is a weeklong outdoor experience and a “Camp Promo Night” will help prepare Scouts, families and leaders for the event.    After your troop sets up a date and location for Camp Drake, a special promotional program, a “Light Night”, can be scheduled to excite the Scouts and inform the parents.  Be sure to invite potential new members in addition to the fifth grade Webelos in your area.  Start planning now to get your troop ready for a great camp opportunity.




Official March Meeting for All Lodge Members

An official meeting of lodge members will still be held for all arrowmen including officers, advisors, and committee chairs of the Order of the Arrow on Sunday, March 5th.  The official meeting will be held at the Illinois Fire Service Institute on the southern edge campus of the University of Illinois, beginning at 3:00 pm.   The official address is 11 Gerty Drive in Champaign.  The purpose of this gathering is to finalize plans for spring events and review the objectives of the officially upcoming summer.   All official Arrowmen are encouraged to attend.


85th Anniversary Lodge Flap

Lodge members attending the next meeting of the lodge will be challenged with selecting the award winning entry for the 85th Anniversary rendering of the celebratory lodge flap honoring Camp Drake.  Bring your Arrowman artistic eye to the March 5, 2017 lodge meeting at IFSI in Champaign to make your selection.  The design will be a lodge flap and chevron displaying the 85 year representation of summer camp in the Prairielands Council.


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


Order of the Arrow Elections

Whether you plan to conduct the election on your own or bring in assistance from your chapter, it is important to designate the date of your election and announce it to the unit as early as possible.  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.

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