Merit Badge Seminars Happening this Summer/Check out the two below

Clinton, Illinois

Boy Scout Troop 142 from Clinton, Illinois, will be hosting a merit badge fair at Exelon's Clinton Power Station on Saturday, August 12th.  Free camping will be available starting Friday night (August 11th).  Please see the document for more information.


Laura, Illinois

Come join us the weekend of August 11-13 at the Outdoor University being held at Elmore stock farm outfitters in Laura, IL.

It's a 4000 acre facility with 3 shooting ranges with one being the longest in IL,and 5 fully stocked fishing lakes.

It is located roughly 20 miles past Peoria at 22147 N. Spoonriver RD, Laura, IL 61451.

We are teaching 16 merit badges that weekend plus showing a outdoor movie, having a wienee roast, campfire with skits , church service on Sunday plus a hot breakfast before you leave all for only $15.

Come camp the weekend ,earn a badge and have a great time.  Click here for Click for merit badges and click for pre-requisites.

Any Questions contact Jim Crowley:

                        Phone  309-695-4042 or 309-397-4742



Day Camps

Calling All Cubs!!!  Everyone who went to Cub Day Camp at Camp Drake had such fun and new experiences!  They got to hold a live snake!  Don't miss out on the fun. There are two more day camps you can attend. In Tuscola at Wimple Park on June 16&17, and at the Urbana Fair grounds June 23&24.  Check the Prairielands website for more details and registration forms.




No late fee for Adventure Camp

In order to maximize Safari campers, the late fee for Cub Scout Adventure Camp has been waived.  Sign up now to enjoy your outdoor experience on the banks of the Salt Fork!  Visit for all the program information.


Cub Scout Adventure Camp Program Options

Campers can pick their own path for Cub Scout action for the 2017 Cub Scout Adventure camp.   Our 2017 Cub Adventure Camp Program Director has rolled out the activity schedule for the Cub Scout events at Camp Drake.   Each den is able to choose from a large variety of advancement and action programs.  The 2017 Cub Adventure Camp Program Grid is available at  under the Cub Scout Adventure Camp tab.  Check out the entire safari of aquatics, ecology, shooting sports and Scout skills events.


Summertime Pack Award – Keep it Simple…Make It Fun

Catch the sun and keep your Cub Scouts active in the summer.  Be sure to schedule three summer activities, one per month, to qualify for the Summertime Pack Award.  Each Cub Scout who attends all three programs will earn the special sun button for their uniform.  The events can be pack oriented like a picnic, parade, or swim party or use the council camps as your planned events.  The goal is to provide a Scouting connection over the school vacation period.  This helps to stay in contact with parents and leaders in getting ready for the programs for the fall.  Don’t forget to bring the suntan lotion.




Wednesday is Family Night 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!




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!


85th Anniversary Council Shoulder Patch

The official unveiling of the new  85th Anniversary Council Shoulder Patch will take place at the Camp Drake Trading Post this Saturday morning as part of the celebratory event.   This replica of the fire site at the Jack Jones Arena depicts the spirt of camping since 1932.  At the closing campfire at the end of every week of summer camp, the entire collection of Scouts, leaders, and staff gather to celebrate the camp session with songs and skits.   The Jack Jones Arena comes to life with amusement, inspiration, and Scouting spirit.   The artwork for the 85th Anniversary Council Shoulder Patch was selected by the 2017 summer camp staff, as part of the training preparation for this year.   The theme for the 2017 season is  “Honor the Spirit,  Light the Fire”.


Be a Part of the Camp Drake Staff

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 


Swim Test Options for Troops attending Camp Drake

Indian Acres Swimming Club has offered up their pools to troops for swim tests this summer if that would be something your troop would be interested in.  It could make check-in easier on Sundays   For more information, contact Joel Morenz,  217-714-6788,


Bugle Troop in July

Scouts can attend camp without their hometown Scoutmasters by joining the Bugle Troop. This opportunity is available for troops unable to secure proper adult leadership. Provisional camping also provides leadership for Scouts who cannot attend camp with their troop or who wish to attend more than one week of camp. The Bugle Troop will be available during the 4th session (July 16- 22). Reservations can be made by using the Bugle Troop registration form in the Lantern leader guide.. Parents or leaders are welcome to join the Bugle Troop as assistant leaders for the entire week, or specific days.


Camp Merit Badge Pre-Requisites

The 2017 summer camp merit badge/program schedule and the accompanying merit badge pre-requisite listing is available at the Camp Drake website, under the Boy Scout Summer Camp section.  This listing will help Scouts prepare for their summer advancement details and assist leaders in deciding on schedules for summer camp options. 


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