Council Website

The Prairielands Council has been updated with up to date information! We encourage you to check it out and stay up to speed with all of our upcoming events. Updated information about Popcorn and recruitment can be found on our page. As well as an up to date Council Calendar! The calendar is now being hosted through Google Calendar, and for those who use that platform can follow our calendar and have the events simply show up on your personal calendar as well.


Fighting Illini Football Scout Camporee

It's Illinois vs Rutgers football!  The Fighting Illini Football Scout Camporee is coming October 14, 2017.   The fee includes game ticket, patch and camping at Memorial Stadium.  There's also a movie on the big screen!   Go to for details and registration information.  Don't miss out!


Free Rocket Kits for Membership

As part of the “Launch into Scouting” recruiting drive, new members are receiving a rocket kit and an engine to blast-off this fall.  Several district and council-wide rocket launches will be held throughout the fall for Scouts to send their rockets skyward.   Packs, troops, and crews can borrow the special launching equipment from the council office to set up their own unit launch.  Plan now to enjoy the fun of model rocketry. 


Solar Eclipse Patch Order

The last day to order the Solar Eclipse Patch will be 1 p.m. on Thursday,  August 24, 2017.    Please call Sharon Kirk at (217) 531-0218 or email at with your Unit’s order and I will make sure I order those for you.   I initially ordered 100 patches and those were gone shortly after they arrived.   I now have 111 more to order for units that have already called.    The National Supply will not be ordering any more patches after August 24th.    The patches are expected to be fulfilled by the end of September. 



Now                                  On-line Sales Available

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.



With the popcorn sale approaching, it has become very important to get all of the materials for the 2017 Trail’s End popcorn sale to the right people.  In order to prepare for the sale, a commitment card needs to be returned with the proper information.  Unit volunteers need to review plans for sales dates within the unit



All Scouts have the opportunity to do On Line sales.  This is a great way to reach family and friends who live far away but want to support their Scout with a purchase.  Units must set up their Pack, Troop or Crew for on-line sales; this is not done automatically or without the Unit Leaders knowledge.  There are several steps involved in both Unit set-up and individual Scout set-up.  While this takes a little extra work, it can bring big benefits to individual Scout sales and unit commission.


POPCORN LEADERSHIP NOTICE:  URGENT:  Please assign your popcorn chair for your unit as soon as possible.    The 2017 Popcorn Sale has added  a new product.  There are a few changes in the popcorn price structure and the prize program has been altered to maximize incentives.  The Popcorn Kickoff focused on Steps for a Successful Popcorn Sale.








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.

District Award of Merit

Silver Beaver


Jamboree Patch Sets

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!


Prairie Fire District Updates


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


Fall Recruitment in Prairie Fire

Rocket into Scouting this fall and start your recruitment plans now! 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. Let your District Executive know your recruitment plan for the fall by contacting Parker Arnholt at or Lovetta-Ash Simpson at Don’t know who your District Executive is? Find out HERE. We have an abundance of mini mags, flyers, stickers and other promotional material your Unit can use! Don’t hesitate to contact us to use these fabulous materials!


District Committee Meeting Reminder

The Prairie Fire District committee meeting will be August 28, 2017 at 7pm at the Illinois Fire Service Institute. For more information contact District Chair Chad Beckett at Come join the awesome Prairie Fire District committee and help move our district forward this fall!


Cub Scout Fun Day

The Prairie Fire Cub Scout fun day will be held at the Champaign County Fairgrounds on September 24, 2017 from 1-4pm. Cost for the event is only $5. An informational flyer can be found Join us for a fun day full of activities that include: BB Guns, Sling Shots, Archery, 50 Yard Dash, Softball Throw, Long Jump, Pushups, Situps, and a fabulous Rocket Launch! See you at the fairgrounds!  


Prairie Fire Closed Facebook Group

Do you enjoy Facebook? Is it easier for you to check Facebook? Want to be able to collaborate and share ideas with other Scouters in the area? Well you’re in luck! We have created a private closed Facebook group for Prairie Fire District. This is a private closed group that only Scouters can join into! Simply search Prairie Fire District on Facebook and find our group! Ask to join and one of our Admin will approve you! We hope to be able to create a space where you can share ideas for outings, meetings as well as share other important Scouting news.




Section Conclave

Section Conclave is September 15 – September 17 at fabulous Camp Drake! Come join the members of the C3B section at Camp Drake for an awesome weekend full of training, and fun activities only seen at Conclave! The cost for Illini Lodge members is $45, and all registration is done online by going to: We need all the help we can get to ensure a smooth and fantastic weekend!





Congrats to Pool Party Winner

A big applause for all Scouts, leaders, and parents of Troop 234 in Westville for earning a Camp Drake Pool Party this weekend.   Chartered to the Westville Lions Club, Troop 234 qualified for the Pool Party and free camping by providing exceptional service to Camp Drake as part of the spring Tool Time Work Days.   Enjoy a big splash in the Camp Drake pool!


Labor Day Weekend 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 trails at Camp Drake at their own pace





 A Cub Scout Family Fun Day is planned on Saturday, September 23rd.   All Scouting families are invited out to Camp Drake near Catlin, for an afternoon of Scouting excitement.  Bring your whole pack, troop, or crew and their brothers and sisters, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, for the rocket launches and for the shooting sports.   


Stop by the Danville Scout Office

All Scouters on the eastern side of the Prairielands Council will be able to take advantage of open office hours each week this fall.   Council personnel will be available to assist Scouting at the Danville Scout Office, located at 305 W. Woodbury in Danville, just east of Payless Shoes store on Gilbert Street.   The hours will be Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 until 4:00 pm   and on Thursday morning from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon (Illinois time). 


Many Trails District Facebook

"Like" us on Facebook at Many Trails District, B.S.A. (for district and council events as well as other scouting stories, blogs, and scouting news reports from across the nation and the BSA  National Council as well as general-interest posts. Let everyone know what your unit is doing from camping trips, fundraisers, to special events. We encourage Scoutmasters and Cubmasters to search for the Many Trails District closed page to get involved with sharing and collaborating with other unit leaders in our district!




Autumnal Activity for Cubs

Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow is sponsoring the fabulous Smilin’ Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest.  This is a fun day of outdoor games (BB’s, Archery, Fishing, and Sports) for current & potential Cub Scouts and families that will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 on October 29th at Camp Robert Drake. Family participation is encouraged, so siblings cn attend and participate.


Rocket Launch on Pumpkin Day

Along with the Giant Launcher targeting the Humongous Pumpkins, Rockets will be soaring through the skies at Camp Robert Drake on Sunday, October 29th.   All new Scouts are encouraged to bring their free rocket kits to launch on the plateau.  Any current Scouts can obtain a free rocket by recruiting a buddy to join their unit.  If needed, extra rocket kits and engines will be available for purchase on Oct. 29 at the Camp Drake trading post.  Plan now to blast-off at the Smilin Pumpkin in October.





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