BSA Announces Membership Fee/Insurance Increase Effective Dec 1, 2017

To deliver the Scouting program to its 2.3 million youth members, it is occasionally necessary for the Boy Scouts of America to increase membership fees to offset rising costs. As a result, the BSA is increasing the membership fee to $33 for all registered Scouts and adult members effective December 1, 2017.


Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting programs to a growing number of youth. Services include ongoing advances in technology, council visits to assist in fundraising, program development and membership campaigns, liability insurance costs, and administrative costs. It is important that we continue to maintain a strong financial position in the future to support and grow Scouting.


Even with the membership increase, Scouting remains an incredible value compared to other youth programs.


The Prairielands Council recognizes that the timing of this announcement may cause units to have to revisit their program budgets as the fee increase will impact the charter renewal process in January.


All of the membership and Boy’s Life fees are passed on to the Boy Scouts of America. The Prairielands Council does not keep any of those funds.  If you have any questions please contact your District Executive.



The Robeson Scout Shop will be open on Saturday, September 30!   Anyone needing uniforms, books, awards, etc. can come between 9 am and 1 pm.   Normal store hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 6 pm.


A Uniform flyer is available for prices.



Now                                  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.


On-line Popcorn Sales

Any Scout can do it.  His or her unit doesn’t have to participate in the traditional sale.  50% commission!   See the attached flyer and try it out!


Registration Due for New Members

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. 


Fighting Illini Scout Camporee Updates - 10 Days Left to Register

The Fighting Illini Scout Camporee promises to be a great weekend of fun and excitement on the Memorial Stadium turf as you get to watch an improved Illinois football team take on a Big Ten opponent in Rutgers before you get to relax on that turf and watch Disney's The Game Plan on the big screen and camp there overnight!  The event information page available at has been updated with all of the information you need for the weekend including details of the dinner meal and a copy of the required waiver.  The only thing missing is YOUR registration!  Your troop, pack, crew, team, etc. only has 10 days left to register and pay.  You don't want to miss out on this exciting event!


Superhero Collector Patch

One of the fun incentives for Scouts is the Trail’s End sale is the Superhero Patches.  Share the options to build the set and help the Popcorn Squad succeed!  Inspire your Scouts to set their goals and save the day!  Click for the secret file.


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Sat Oct 6 - Sun Oct 7 2017

Camp Robert Drake

Cost: $15

IOLS is one of two courses needed to be considered “fully trained” as a Scoutmaster/Asst. Scoutmaster.

Online Registration


Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

BALOO is the training cub leaders need to conduct outdoor activities.

Sat Oct 6 2017

Camp Robert Drake

Cost: $15

Online registration:


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.


Earn the Surveying Merit Badge

Saturday, October 14, Parkland College.  See the flyer for sign-up information.





Commissioner's Check In  & Roundtable is Thursday!

Hope to see you Thursday night at the Illinois Fire Safety Institute on Gerty Drive.


Commissioners will meet at 6:00 in Room 10, which is downstairs in the NEW building, where the first roundtable was held.

Unit leaders and other interested scouters will meet for Roundtable at 7;00 in the big auditorium in the new building.  Our Roundtable Commissioners have been hard at work planning to support you.   We will outline the plans for the year and highlight training opportunities.


We are kicking off the Trading Post on Thursday.  Bring any camping, scouting, or related items you want to trade.  You may also purchase items at yard sale prices. We have a few military collectibles as well.   Funds will be used to support Commissioner Activities.  The Trading Post will happen after the Roundtable meeting. 




Unit Commissioners

A unit commissioner plays several roles in Scouting, including friend, representative,  "doctor," teacher, and counselor.  Primarily, a commissioner provides support to units and their committees to improve the BSA program.  Many Trails District is seeking three commissioners to help units of the district.


Many Trails District Facebook

"Like" us on Facebook at Many Trails District, the north and east side of the Prairielands Council.  Share your success stories for other groups to learn. Let everyone what your unit is doing from camping trips, fundraisers, to special events.




Cub Scout Family Fun Day Weekend

Join the fun on Sept. 23 & 24 with your Cub Scout family. From 1:00 to 4:00 pm, all Cub Scouts can enjoy shooting sports, outdoor fun, rocketry events, and more.  Registration can be completed at the event.   The event fee is $5.00 per participating youth.


Outdoor Activity Award for Cub Scouts

Although summer is ending, Cub Scouts can still complete requirements for the official Outdoor Activity Award The award can be earned at each grade level as a Cub Scout grows in camping skills.  It is a great looking patch!


Smilin’ Pumpkin Camping

The last weekend of October is typically one of the last good weekends of the year for decent camping weather…especially when Cub Scouts are involved. There are still cabins and campsites available at Camp Drake for rent for the weekend of Oct. 27-29.  Take advantage of having a home base for the big Smilin’ Pumpkin Outdoor Shooting Sports Fest. 




Scouts on the Onaquispassippi Trail

More than Scouts have been walking the perimeter path at Camp Robert Drake near Fairmount, Illinois.  The trail is a perfect opportunity for Scouts and their leaders or families to explore the local camp and enjoy a very scenic hike.    If you are looking for an easy and fun one-day journey, follow the Onaquispassippi Trail on the Camp Drake map under FORMS at and join the ridge walking deer.   If you would like to earn a few awards along the trip the trail medals, patches or hat pins, available at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign.


Outdoor Leader Training Weekend

The last opportunity in 2017 for Boy Scout leaders to complete the mandatory requirement for leader training is on the weekend of October 6-8, 2017.  All top unit leaders in Boy Scouting (Scoutmasters) are required to have completed Please share this vital information with your troop leaders.  The course is open to all volunteers eager to learn the important aspects of Scout camping.





For crews and posts, a key event in the success of the unit is the Firstnighter.  A quality start can unlock exciting opportunities by recruiting new youth and adults with different potential resources.  Plan your Firstnighter to make an impact in drawing attention to your program and setting the tone for future activities.  Take the time to execute an exciting orientation for your crew/post.




Section Conclave Highlights

Illini Lodge hosted 250 arrowmen from throughout the Midwest this past weekend at Camp Drake.  Leadership development was the consistent theme with Scouts inspired to better service and meaningful fellowship.  Great activities and bountiful meals treated the Arrowmen. 


Fall Pow Wow Date Change

NOTE REGARDING COUNCIL CALENDAR CHANGE… the Order of the Arrow Fall Pow Wow is moved to the weekend of October 20-22, 2017. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ARROWMEN IN YOUR TROOP.  Annual elections for the positions of Lodge Chief, Vice Chief of Administration, Vice-Chief of Activities, Vice-Chief of Inductions, Secretary, and Treasurer will be held.  All dues-paying Illini Lodge youth members are eligible to run for a position and participate in the election.  In the Order of the Arrow, you are considered a youth member until you turn 21 years of age.




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