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. 


Registration Due Prior to Popcorn Sale

Please register your new Scouts as soon as possible, in order to maintain adequate safety parameters for your new members. Your assistance in quickly registering your new Scouts is very helpful to the Boy Scouts of America and the Prairielands Council.  It is important to enter the new members in a timely fashion in order for all official Scouting operations to begin for the new individuals: membership tenure, activity information, fundraising details, insurance coverage, Boy’s Life magazine subscription and advancement requirements

“Law Enforcement vs. Firefighter” Trap Shoot

Help to promote a fun shooting event at Camp Drake.  On Sunday October 22, 2017, Prairielands Council is hosting a  “Law Enforcement vs. Firefighter Trap Shoot”   from  10:00am-2:00pm at the Jamie Ping Trap & Skeet Field on the south side of Camp  Drake .  The Fall “Law Enforcement vs. Firefighter Trap Shoot” is open to all members of our local Law Enforcement & Firefighter communities. Sign up as a team of (5) or come out as individuals and team up at the event.  Participants will shoot a 100 round standard trap. Individual awards for top 10 shooters plus a bragging rights traveling “Team Event Trophy”.   Please see flier for more details.


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 fee is now $15. Please contact Noah Ruggieri with any questions at Please be reminded that above ground fires are allowed, registration will formally begin at 6:30 on Friday evening, and don’t forget to have parts A & B of your physical form! The registration form is


BALOO Training

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub leaders. BALOO is the training cub leaders need to conduct outdoor activities.

DATE: Sat Oct 7 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Camp Drake, Training Center building

FEE: $15, includes a provided lunch. This is a full day training event, but no camping gear is required.

To register go to


IOLS Training

IOLS: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. This is one of two courses needed by Scoutmasters to be considered "trained" for their position.

DATE/TIME: Check-in Saturday, Oct 7 2017, 8:00 AM. Course will finish around 11:30 PM Sunday, April 30, 2017

LOCATION: Camp Robert Drake, Fairmount, IL

FEE: $15.00 - Fee covers Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

Slots are limited and there may be a waiting list.

Registration deadline: Tue Oct 3 midnight by going to

Course must have 5 participants registered by Fri Sept 22, 2017 or the course will be cancelled. Register now! Bring your Boy Scout Handbook and Scoutmaster Handbook (if you have them.



Now                                  On-line Sales Available

Thursday September 7 Popcorn Packets Available to Unit

Saturday September 16 Show & Deliver Distribution (Sale Begins)

                                                 Knox Warehouse, McKinley St, Champaign

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 prize & patch information.


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.


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!





Show off your stuff at the Many Trails District Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 23.   From 1:00 to 4:00 pm, all Cub Scouts and their families can enjoy shooting sports, and rocketry events at Camp Drake near Oakwood. All Cub Scouts and their siblings invited to join in the fun.




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  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!


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!




Find Smilin Pumpkin!

Use the fun pumpkin day as a “save-the-date” reminder for your Cub Scout families.  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 29thFamily participation is encouraged, so siblings can attend and participate.  Find the fun this fall at Camp Drake.




Boy Scout Recruitment

Recruiting rockets are also available for Boy Scouts who bring a friend to join the troop.  Encourage your current Boy Scouts to solicit their peers into your fall outdoor events.  As students have moved into a new grade in their school, new activities are appealing as young men grow.  Remember to offer joining options for the middle school boys in your communities.




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.


Committee Involvement

The OA operations of Illini Lodge depend on a wide variety of committees to complete the plethora of duties set each year.  Each lodge committee is led by a youth chair and an adult advisor who are responsible for their area of expertise in the lodge.  In order for all of the goals of the lodge to be accomplished each year, many Arrowmen are needed to assist with the important tasks.   Committees include:

            Ordeal            Health & Safety          Lodge Service

            Activities         Camp Promotions       Communications

            Ceremonies     Brotherhood                Leadership Development

            OnaQ Trail      Cub Relations             National Events

Opportunities to join a committee will be presented at the Fall Pow Wow in October. 


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