Scout Executive’s Notes

I am happy to announce that Lovetta Ash-Simpson has been promoted to District Director effective August 1st.  Lovetta has given leadership to Prairie Fire District for several years, growing the membership and funds raised to support Prairielands Council.  In this role, she will supervise Parker Arnholt, our new District Executive.


I am also happy to inform the entire Council that Prairielands has led the Central Region in membership growth percentage for the past three months.  I hope that every unit will use the fall recruiting program as an opportunity to strengthen the leadership and membership of their program.


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 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.


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 attached nomination forms.


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!



Now                                  On-line Sales Available

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

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)

                                                 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.



Just  click on the link [] to get all the details about scholarships for Eagle Scouts!


Council Fall Camporee

Emergency Preparedness is the theme for the 2017 Prairielands Council Camporee on September 8-10 at Wimple Park near Tuscola.  Requirements for First Aid, Emergency Prep., and Fishing merit badges will be reviewed.  Special exhibitions will be provided by Fire, Police, and EMS units, as well as the Civilian Air Corps.  The discounted registration fee of $11.00 is due August 25.  Please contact Noah Ruggieri with any questions at


Fighting Illini Scout Camporee Updates

The Fighting Illini Scout Camporee returns for its second year on October 14th and we have some updates and exciting new opportunities to make you aware of!


First, you should regularly be checking the FISC webpage at for updates as the event draws near and updates will become more frequent.  The cost is still only $35 to watch a Big Ten football game, dinner, a patch, a movie on the big screen at the stadium, and camping at Memorial Stadium!  We hope to have additional updates posted soon including detailing the dinner menu and the movie selection.


In year two, we are introducing a new way to register for this event through Tentaroo.  Registration through Tentaroo should take no more than 5 minutes as we only need to know the number of Scouts, Adults, non-Scout youth, and non-Scout adults as well as any food allergy concerns and whether or not you plan to camp on Friday evening at Camp Drake.  If you need assistance registering, please contact Susan Coller at or 217-531-0219.


In addition to registering through Tentaroo, there are incentives to sign-up as early as possible.  The sooner you sign-up, the better your ticket location will be for the football game!  Payment is not due at the time of registering, but must be paid either online or at the Scout Office by September 29th.  That's also the last day to make any changes to numbers without forfeiting the payment or paying the $10 late fee.  Even if you register prior to September 29th, the registration will not be considered complete and on-time unless payment has also been received.


You don't want to miss this event!  It's open to ALL Scouting units including Girl Scout units and out-of-council units, so tell your neighbors and friends near and far about this event.  It's also a great recruiting opportunity.  The Fighting Illini are looking to be more improved this year on the field and you won't want to miss this opportunity to them and to camp at historic Memorial Stadium!


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.




Prairie Fire District Kick Off

The Prairie Fire District kick off is this Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Illinois Fire Service Institute (11 Gerty Drive, Champaign, IL 61820) from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Come rocket into Scouting and get all the materials and details for the 2017 Fall Popcorn Sale. Sample the product! Get your questions answered! Be part of the kick off roundtable and hear about the new National BSA position on making Scouting more accessible to families. Rub elbows with other leaders and get valuable resources! Food will be provided, come early to get a seat! See you Thursday at the kick off!




Danville Office Hours

During the nex three months, Susan will be in the Danville office on August 24, September 14, October 5 and October 26 from nooon-4:00 p.m.  If you need something from the Champaign office brought to Danville please call 217-531-0219 or e-mail by 6:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before.


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