Please join us for a casual evening of fun and interactive scouting activities as we honor the Atkins family for their decades-long commitment to Scouting. 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

6:00pm Reception and Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres

7:15pm Program and Award Presentation

8:00pm Social Campfire and S'Mores


For more information contact the Prairielands Council Service Center at 217.531.0218.


Candy Bar Top Sellers

Congratulations to Kenny Clarkston (Troop 234) for being the top seller for the Council.  He sold 59 boxes.  Dalton Arlington also from Troop 234 is the top seller for the Many Trails District with a total of 29 boxes.   Prairie Fire District top seller is Luke Dobson from Troop 39 selling 26 boxes.


Cub Summer Camps

Registration deadlines are coming due for Adventure Camp and not too far in the distance Cub Day Camp.  We are still doing these registrations manually on paper (unlike the tent-a-roo that is being used for Boy Scout Summer Camps).  We realize that the unit roster sheets for Adventure Camp and Cub Day Camp have not been widely distributed but that you need them to register your units for these GREAT summer activities.  Here they are!  These forms are now also available at the Scout Shop and online at the Prairielands Council website (Activities – Summer Camp) and soon will be on the Camp Drake site.  I personally apologize for the inconvenience (Linda Atherton).


2017 Cub Day Camp Pack Roster


2017 Adventure Camp Pack Roster


Boy Scout Invitations

Troop leaders in the council are encouraged to contact local 5th and 6th graders about the fun of Scouting.   The opportunity to join a troop during the great upcoming camping season is here!  Special invitations can be personalized to advertise your fun troop events in the near future.  Share the excitement of Boy Scouting with new families in your community


The New Scouting Calendars are Ready!

The new calendars for the 2017-2018 year are being distributed as a part of the Program Planning Process, available through both Scout offices.  This wonderful collection event dates allows your unit to review the council programs throughout the year. Act now to obtain this once-every-springtime treasure.


New Tiger 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! 




Congratulations to our very own Bryant Deer on earning the “Vale la Pena” award for working with the Hispanic Community in the Rantoul Summertime Migrant Program for the past 3 years, along with starting two new Hispanic Units at the Multicultural Center in Rantoul.  GOOD WORK, BRYANT!!


The PF Spring Camporee is THIS weekend!!!  It’s not too late to participate in activities from around the world and get your passport punched.  Compete with other units.  Paul and Carol Lang are planning a warm and delicious lunch.  Registration flyer and the camporee schedule are available HERE.


REMINDER:  The PF District Committee is meeting on Monday May 1, 2017 at the IFSI on Gerty Drive at 7:00pm.  All district committee members please try and attend this meeting.  There is a lot happening as we enter into Spring Recruiting and Summer programming that will be discussed.  If you cannot attend the meeting please contact Chad Beckett.



It is TIME for SPRING RECRUITMENT!!  Please make arrangements for boy talks in the kindergartens especially so that these rising Tigers can participate in all the great summer time activities.  Please let Lovetta know what you are planning to do for Spring recruitment and how we can help you be successful.  The rocket program is still flying strong.  The new rockets are in.  Any new Scout receives a rocket!  We can make flyers for distribution in your school as needed.




Promotional Materials Available

With the warm up of spring, outdoor activities will increase for youth at all levels.   There are promotional posters and flyers for all levels of the Scouting program.  Make the families in your community know where to go to join Scouting.


Friends of Scouting

The FOS 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.




Helping Camp Drake

You can assist in helping Camp Drake with some needed supplies for this summer maintenance requirements.  Units or individuals can help upgrade equipment by purchasing or donating new or nearly new equipment.  Units can also provide or donate needed supplies to assist Camp Drake in its operations.  The 2017 wish list is below.  What can you give to help?   Please call Mike Graham for specific descriptions at 356-7291 x 6447

small Buck saws/bow saws      Lop shears                                                    rakes                                       

short handle shovels                  truck                                                     ear protection  

rock                                            paint brushes…2-3- 4                           work gloves                

ax handles                                 garbage cans                                        gasoline weed-eatersledge hammer handles                        hand held weed whacker                      copy paper


Boy Scout Camp Fees Discount

Current Scouts making camp payments this week will pay at the summer discounted level.  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 is due Friday, April 21. 




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


Vermilion TreX for Older Scouts

River Kayaking, ATV Riding, Pistol Shooting, and SCUBA Diving are parts of the new older Scout option at Camp Robert Drake this summer.  All qualified Scouts will have a variety of choices for adventure.  The Treehouse Cabin will serve as the headquarters for the Vermilion TreX participants looking to choose the option of living the adventure life.  For older Scouts who choose to camp along with their troop,  trexxers can still attend the outdoor excitement, depending on the size of the activity.  In addition to the activities, there are still opportunities for advancement and merit badges.  Look for additional details on summer opportunities at Camp Drake at the updated website:


Camp Drake Collections

As part of the 85th Anniversary Celebration of Camp Robert Drake, Scouts participating in the springtime events at Camp Drake are receiving Scouting patches to start their own collection.   As Scouts attend work days and campouts “on the banks of the Salt Fork”, past Scouting embroidered emblems are shared to serve as a beginning point for a Scout memorabilia collection.  Upon attendance at Camp Drake this summer, Scouts can display their collection as part of the requirements for Collections merit badge.


Summer Camp Food Requirements

Do members of your summer camp contingency to Camp Robert Drake have any Special Dietary needs? We want to help, but you need to tell us!! Email AFTER fees are paid but more than 3 weeks before camp to avoid a fee of $50 ($10 per full day in camp) assessed to a unit that does not notify camp of special dietary needs.   The Camp Kitchen may not be able to accommodate special dietary needs that are not shared in advance to due to the camp's food delivery schedule and staffing plan, and refrigerator space may also not be available. Please send an e-mail with your requirements to help us help you!





With only days until Spring Fellowship, it is CRUNCH time.  So be sure to sign up!  This year will be the best ever!  Our Activities committee has been cooking up a great  EXTRAVAGANZA.  You won't want to miss it!


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.


Every Troop Needs a Youth and Adult Troop Representative

Ever wonder how we make our lodge so nice and effective? Part of that is due to our Troop Representative system which is headed up by our very own Bryce Vorick. Troop Reps help us communicate to each and every troop throughout our council. You may be asking who these mysterious people are. Well look no further than your fellow arrowmen to find one. Our Troop Reps are ordinary arrowmen doing extraordinary things.

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