Labor Day Camping

All Scouts and Scouting family members are invited to enjoy Labor Day Weekend at Camp Robert Drake this year.  Experience a woodland retreat away and get back to nature.  Families can enjoy the facilities at Camp Drake at their own pace.  The weekend will be open for tent camping and limited activities for all ages. All of the campsites are available for use.   Meals are not included and alcohol is not permitted.



  1. MAKE AN AGENDA – Assign speaking roles and set time limits!
  2. ASSIGN VARIOUS DUTIES – use lots of leaders to do different jobs(registration, new den orientations, games, refreshments, speakers, training)
  3. FOLLOW AGENDA – Set time limits, change speakers, don’t ramble on!
  4. USE HANDOUTS – but not more than two pages, keep it simple(definitely distribute upcoming schedule of fun events)

Rocket your Membership

Plan to be a part of the Rocket Launching theme for the fall membership drive in the Prairielands Council.  Special rocket kits will be available for all new members completing an application and joining a pack, troop, or crew. 


Prairielands Training College

Saturday, February 10, 2018

8:30am to 4:40pm

The High School of St. Thomas More

3901 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign


Lots of great classes for Cub, Scout and Venturing leaders.

Click on the link for the course catalog and to register:


Jamboree Patch sets available

A limited number of Jamboree patch sets are available to those not attending the Jamboree through the mail ($32) or in the Scout Shop ($30).

The set consists of an awesome fully-embroidered 9 inch jacket patch and 3 shoulder patches.  See the flyer and get yours today!


Jamboree on the Air 60th Anniversary and Jamboree on the Internet

See the flyer to find out how your unit can connect with international Scouts through the Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet programs the weekend of October 20-22, 2017.


Scout Day at the Illinois State Fair (Springfield)

See the flyer for free admission in uniform or with membership card


Recognize Outstanding Adults

The deadline to nominate outstanding adult leaders for the District Award of Merit or the Silver Beaver Award is August 31.  Please use the nomination forms.



Thursday August 10    Many Trails Kick-Off, Danville First United Methodist, 1400 N. Vermilion

Thursday August 17    Prairie Fire Kick-Off, Illinois Fire Service Institute, 11 Gerty Dr., Champaign

Wednesday August 30 Show & Deliver Order Due to Council (full cases)

Thursday September 7 Popcorn Packets Available to Units

Saturday September 16 Show & Deliver Distribution (Sale Begins)

                                                 On-line sales available

Friday October 20 Show & Deliver Returns Due (full cases)

                                     Show & Deliver Money Due

                                     Take Orders Due (by Container)

                                     Prize Orders Due

Saturday November 4 Take Order Distribution

Friday December 1 Popcorn Money Due

Please see the attached prize & patch information.


Lost and Found

Thank you for attending the 2017 Summer Camp at Camp Drake.  I hope everyone had a fantastic time!   As always, after summer camp, we have loads of lost and found.   We have everything from clothes, towels, water bottles, hats, belts, shoes, knives, Scout handbook, etc.   If you are missing something, please be sure to check the lost and found at the Champaign office.   Anything that is not claimed by September 30, 2017 will either be donated or thrown away.





Back to School Join Scouting Nights

Your first Cub Scout meetings of the fall are critical to the life of a Cub Scout pack.  The first impression that your pack provides to potential members and their parents will set the tone for your Scouting year.  The back-to-school membership drive is gearing up to be an important method of recruiting new Cub Scouts, informing parents, and building pack committees.  Throughout the fall of 2017, a TREMENDOUS effort will be made to build successful Cub Scout packs in the Prairielands Council.  Pick up recruiting materials that will help to guide your pack to bring in den leaders, plan for the den orientations, and increase youth participation.  Contact District Executive at (800) 464-7291,  to help your pack grow in youth attendance, parent participation, and volunteer development.


Cub Scouts Many Trails Fun Day!

Join the excitement of the Cub Scouts Fun Day on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1-4PM at the Nogle Shooting Sports Area on the south side of Camp Robert Drake near Fairmount, IL.  The rockets will be high flying as the Shotgun Range area will be used as the launch site for the new rocket kits.   All new members are encouraged to launch their rockets, as well as participate in some shooting sports events.   Staff will be on hand to provide guidance for the bb guns and archery shooting at the range.   See flyer.


Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest!

Mark Sunday, October 29th on your fall fun calendar. Family participation is encouraged, so siblings can attend and participate. Three different shooting sports areas will be set up to allow for a variety of targets and shooting difficulty.  Sports games on the plateau will feature basketball, soccer, and Frisbee games.  Set your sights for the premier Cub Scout event of the fall.  All Cub Scouts should go to the Smilin’ Pumpkin at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL.  All current & potential Cub Scouts and families are invited to join the fun from 1:00 pm to 4:00 on October 29. See flyer for details.





If you no longer wish to receive future messages from Prairielands BSA, please unsubscribe here.