The Christie Clinic Marathon needs nearly 250 volunteers for Marathon Weekend (April 19-23)! If your unit gathers more than 10 volunteers, the marathon will donate $250—and $500 to groups of more than 20!  

For more information or to sign up:


Pinewood Derby

Congratulations goes out to all the Scouts that made it to this year Prairielands Council Pinewood Derby Race, and especially the “Top 6” winners in “Race & “Show” division, along with the “Top 3” in the ”Open Race” that brought over 300 people to Judah Christian School this past Saturday under the great leadership and Pinewood Derby guru Mr. Mike Webb!!  Mike and his team did an awesome job helping our Council make life long memories for hundreds of Scouts and families!  A big  “THANK YOU” to Curt Ware of Worden-Martin Auto Dealership for sponsoring our beautiful trophies and to Todd Buhrmester, Paige Lewis, Kurt Brown, Bryant Deer, Doug Robinson, Marilyn Heinsohn, Sharon Kirk and Derek Gatewood for their great help in making this one of best event ever!


Click here for show results.

Click here for open results.

Click here for standings.




District Program Kickoff

The annual program planning kickoff will distribute helpful program info for Scouting at the Many Trails District Meeting for April.  Scouting opportunities will be previewed at the roundtable on the second Thursday of the month (4/13),   from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1400 Vermilion in Danville.


Friends of Scouting

The annual Friends of Scouting fund-raising campaign is helpful in building the strength of the council.   District Scouters will provide an educational program to packs, troops, and crews to solicit funds for the Prairielands Council. The program highlights the need for financial support of the Boy Scouts of America. Each unit is encouraged to schedule a presentation for their Scouting families this spring. The Family Friends of Scouting campaign is a vital component for strengthening our local council.


Fishing.Cooking.Shooting Sports Camporee at North Fork Lodge

The 2017 Many Trails Spring camporee will be held on the weekend of May 19-21 where fun Scouting events are planned for the North Fork Lodge.  The campground has scenic trails, a wonderful fishing lake, and an excellent weather report.  Plan now to be part of the rewarding outdoor weekend.




Note; Due to the Spring Kickoff, there will not be a Round Table and Commissioner's meeting on April 5th.  All adult leaders for Prairieland Council are invited to the 2017-2018 Spring Kickoff!   April 12th, 2017 at 7:00pm.  The meeting and potluck will be at the Auditorium of the Illinois Fire Safety Institute at 11 Gerty Drive in Champaign.  Find out about the coming Scouting Year!

Potluck! - Bring a dish to share.
(Pack leaders bring a side dish, Troop leaders bring a dessert, Venture/Varsity/Ship leaders bring a salad.)

There will be baked ham as the main dish.
RSVP to Jill Quisenberry 840-2097 or


May 1, 2017  PF District Committee Meeting at IFSI @ 7:00pm


Calling all TROOPS.  We would love to present our popular FOS presentation to your unit before the summer break.  Any Troops (or Packs that we’ve missed), PLEASE contact Lovetta Ash-Simpson at 531-0217 or to schedule at date and time.  EVERY presentation counts.


ATTENTION unit Cub summer camp coordinators!  Now is the time to be getting commitments and registering your Cubs for all the wonderful summer camp experiences that await you this summer.  Not only is there Adventure Camp for the older Cub Scouts, but ALSO there are three summer day camps (Friday – Saturday overnighters) at Camp Drake, Tuscola and at the Champaign Co Fair Grounds.  Three sites, three themes, three patches.  Collect all three!  All the information that you need is available on both the Prairielands Council website and on the Camp Drake website [  OR]



Click here for informational flyer and registration form.   April 21-23.




Boy Scout Camp Fees due

An exemption from the fee deadline will be allowed for new Scouts.  Any new boy joining your troop in the spring will be held to a first of June deadline.  Now is a great time to invite boys of any age to enjoy the excitement of summer camp.    Total payment for current youth and adult members for all camp sessions are due next Friday, April 21.  Please contact Susan Coller at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, Box 6267, Champaign, IL, 61826-6267, for details on your troop payments.


Arrowhead Award Ceremony Recognition at First Campfire

All of the 2017 Arrow of Light recipients who attend Camp Drake this summer will be recognized at the opening campfire for this achievement.  During the festive atmosphere of the welcoming camp skits, each new Boy Scout that has earned the Arrow of Light will be called on stage by members of the Illini Lodge Ceremonies Team to receive a special Arrowhead Award for their achievement.  As a part of the presentation, these new Boy Scouts participate in a motivating program that encourages their attainment of the highest goal in Boy Scouting, namely the Eagle Scout rank.  The ceremony is very impressive and uplifting, and parents and leaders are welcome to attend.




Kindergarten Recruitment

Families can find fun summer activities in your pack.  As your Pack has summertime activities planned (and it should), you can recruit all ages of Cub Scouts but especially new Tiger Cubs.  Those boys who are now in kindergarten can be signed up as Tiger Cubs and participate in all the summertime activities.  What a great way to start off the summer with eager new Scouts! 


Adventure Camp Fees

To all Cub Leaders in the Discovery Safari: PLEASE NOTE  To obtain a discount, registration fees for  CS Adventure Camp have a 4/28/17 deadline.     Cub Scout camping payments that are bundled into a group for the whole pack help to make the registration process go smoother.  Each pack should keep a copy of their camping registration paperwork to maintain their own camping records for their group.  Keeping copies on file for your pack of medical forms, payment transmittals, and program requests will help your unit through the administration process. 



Annual Health Form Reminder

The national Boy Scouts of America camp policy mandate medical examinations for week-long summer camp at Camp Drake. All youth participants and adult leaders must present evidence of a physical examination annually for the weekly camp session by a licensed physician AND a health history completed by the adult participant or a parent (for youth participants). Copies of the medical form will be available at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign and the Danville Service Center. Completion of both sections of the form is necessary for all campers. All physicals and health histories must be on file with the camp health officer in case of emergency.




Troop Elections Time

The Order of the Arrow election clock is ticking down and all troops are encouraged to conduct an election for new members.     As needed, Illini Lodge is assisting Scout troops and Varsity teams with the important procedures in the election process. Forms are available at the Camp Drake website under the Illini Lodge tab.


SCOUTMASTERS’ NOTE: The 2017 Spring Fellowship is the last event for elected candidates from 2016 to participate in their Ordeal ceremony.  Please follow up with any outstanding candidates to remind them of this deadline.


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