Lion Cub Program

I hear a loud “ROOOOAAARRRRRR!!!!!!  Yes it the Lion Cubs anxiously and excited to be able to join a Cub Scout Pack right now in Prairielands Council!!!  Yes that right all 5 year old boys that want to experience the fun in the sun with Scouting can join right now!!!  The Lion Program is open to all Prairielands Council Cub Scout Packs, join a pack NOW so you can take part in one or all of the three Day Camps we are having this year starting June 3 at Camp Drake, June 17 in Tuscola @ Wimple Park or June 24 in Urbana @ the Fairgrounds.  For more details on the Lion Program or any of the Day Camps contact Senior District Executive Lovetta Ash-Simpson:  217 531-0217 or   Yes we still are giving away FREE ROCKETS for all new Scouts with paid registrations turned into the Scout Office!


If you have a 5th grader, whether or not he has crossed over into a Boy Scout Troop, we are interested in your thoughts about that decision.  If you did not already receive a request to take a BRIEF survey about this decision, please follow this link to the survey.  All responses are deeply important.   Survey link:

Thank you!!


Horizon RC

The Horizon RC (radio controlled) Fest is set for Saturday, June 10, 10am to dark, weather permitting in Monticello.  See the flyer on this fun activity for the entire family.


2017 Fighting Illini Scout Camporee

Save the date of Saturday, October 14th for the 2017 Fighting Illini Scout Camporee when the University of Illinois football team will take on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in a Big Ten tilt.  More details will be available soon including how to register.




PLEASE don’t let the last few weeks of school pass your unit by without an attempt to recruit more scouts to your unit.  Lovetta Ash-Simpson is more than happy to do boy talks in your school, we can print flyers for you.  We still have rockets and some fishing poles left to use as incentives.  New Scouts really enjoy being able to do your fun summer activities with you even if your dens aren’t meeting.  And for Boy Scouts and Venturers without all the conflicts of other school commitments.


Summer Cub Day Camp

Reminder, the regular registration period for all summer day camps is fast approaching.  To avoid the late fee of $10 per scout you need to have all of your unit’s paperwork and fees turned in by May 19!  And, yes, it takes some time to get all that paperwork together.  Encourage all of your Cubs and families to participate in at least one of the summer day camps.  Registration materials are posted on the website.



Order of the Arrow


85th Anniversary Chevron

The new 85th Anniversary Lodge Flap and Chevron, depicting the famous site of Pre-Ordeal Ceremonies from years gone by in the past, is available.  The totem of the lodge can be found easily at Camp Drake, especially along the banks of the Salt Fork River.  The patches can easily be found for purchase at the Robeson Scout Shop in Champaign.  The red border flap and chevron is only $10 and the silver boarder set is only $25.


Section Conclave Lodge Flap Design

Speaking of awesome new lodge flaps, how would you like to design one?  Illini Lodge is hosting the 2017 Section Conclave from September 15-17 at Camp Drake and we're looking for designs for a special Illini Lodge flap to commemorate the event.  Artistic talent is not required as even stick figure drawings can be turned into awesome patches by the design professionals.  A weekend at the movies at Camp Drake is planned for the Section Conclave with the theme for this year of "Setting the Conclave Scene for 2017".  Patch designs can be emailed to Illini Lodge Chief, Matt Brauer, at  Get those designs submitted soon!  The deadline for submissions is June 1st.




Cub Scout Adventure Discovery

Cub Scouts seek outdoor adventure during one of the four-day, three-night camp sessions with safari events of all kinds throughout the Illinois woodlands. See the Cub Scout Adventure Camp Leader Guide, also known as “The Lantern”, for added details by visiting the camp website  . The dates include: Blue session-July 5 to 8 or Gold session-July 23 to 26. 




Enjoy a Family Night Program at Camp Drake

If you are looking for a fun summer night of Scouting, then plan to take a drive to Camp Drake for a Wednesday night family program in June or July.  A full night of family friendly activities takes place each Wednesday night of Boy Scout summer camp to show off the facility to hundreds of visitors. A variety of program areas are open for Scouts and family members to display their wilderness talents.  Enjoy the festive stunts and stories at the Friendship Circle Show, along with the fabulous prize give-aways!  Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow conducts its recognition of new arrowmen with an inspirational Call-Out ceremony at the Jack Jones Arena.  Shop for a snack or buy Camp Drake souvenirs at the Trading Post.  Visit your local troop on their week of camp.  Plan to attend a Family Night Program on June 21 or  28, or July 12 or 19 on the banks of the Salt Fork!




Camp Drake Staff Need

Recent changes have provided an opening on the 2017 Camp Drake staff.   Camp Director Mike Graham is looking for any interested Scout supporter, who is at least 18 years of age.  Help provide a great summer experience for the Prairielands Council campers.  Please contact Mike Graham, @  (217)  531-0212 for more information 


Holiday Family Camping Weekend

All Scouts and Scouting family members are invited to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Robert Drake this summer.  All of the campsites are available for use on a reserved basis. .  The cost for the entire weekend of camping is $20.00 per family or $8.00 per individual for the entire four-day period. 


Summer Camp 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!  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.

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