2019 Registration Lottery

Interested in coming to Philmont in 2019? Registration for summer crews begins October 25th. In November, the Lottery determines trek date assignments (learn more about the Philmont Lottery system). We strongly recommend that units register for the lottery to have the best chance of receiving their desired trek date, and to have adequate time to prepare for their trek.

2018 Available Trek Slots


It's not too late to come back to Philmont next summer! 

Occasionally, there are vacant slots for upcoming summer treks (because crews drop out, etc.). These slots provide an opportunity for crews to register less than 18 months before their trek, understanding that they must operate on an accelerated schedule to fully prepare for their trek. 

Slots are still available for 2018 treks. If you're interested in a 2018 trek, stay up to date by bookmarking our Available Slots page. Slot availability updates automatically and provides the most accurate data. 


Upper Limits Rock Gym & Pro Shop
The season is changing and outdoor scouting events are becoming limited. Here at Upper limits we offer indoor climbing with over 20,000 square feet of climbing area with 65 foot silos, a climbing area with overhanging terrain, and six auto belays.

We also offer CLIMBING MERIT BADGE! All of our instructors are BSA registered and certified to provide the best indoor climbing merit badge experience. Scouts learn how to belay, rappel over 30 feet, and will be tested on essential climbing knots and etiquette. 

For more information and booking call (309) 829-8255 or visit TODAY!


Illinois Heartland Commissioner College

Saturday, November 11

Illinois Central Community College, East Peoria

For more info:


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.



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 prize & patch information


On-line Popcorn Sales is HOT!!  We’ve sold over 5 times as much popcorn online THIS YEAR as last year!


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


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:


Earn the Surveying Merit Badge

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




District Level Volunteers

The meeting of the Many Trails District Committee will review Scouting operations in the five county territory.   District volunteers seek to support the Prairielands Council through membership recruiting support, fund-raising efforts, program development and service to all of the Scouting units in the district.  The Many Trails District Meeting will be Thursday October 12, 2017 at the Danville Scout office, 305 W. Woodbury, beginning at 6:30 pm




Prairie Fire Commissioner Meeting & Roundtable Reminder

This is just a reminder that we will be having our October Commissioner meeting at 6pm at IFSI on October 12. Directly following at 7pm at IFSI will be our October Roundtable. Come on out and learn about all of the upcoming events in October as well as collaborate and hear from other Scouters in our area to spice up your Unit’s meetings this fall! If your Scoutmaster can’t attend, please send one representative from your Unit to ensure that all Units are represented at our roundtable.




Pumpkin Eve Campfire

For any of the Scouting units staying overnight on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Camp Drake, an informal “Pumpkin Eve” campfire will be held in the Jack Jones arena.  Bring your favorite songs and skits for some Scouting fellowship around the campfire.


Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest

A fun afternoon of outdoor games for current & potential Cub Scouts and families is coming October 29, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.  Current Cub Scouts are encouraged to invite a friend to discover the opportunities in Scouting. All Scouting members are urged to attend, although the shooting sports events will be geared for Cub Scout age-groups.  Family participation is encouraged, so siblings may participate.  Any participating youth (age 5 up to 17) will pay the $6.00 registration fee.  To pre-register, fill out the registration form located at  REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT. 


Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award

The Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest is a tremendous event for the promotion of blue and gold adventures.  Many of the requirements for the Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award are introduced, and several are completed by participating in the events.  The Cub Scout Shooting Sports Award can be earned multiple times for each year of your activities in the pack Look for more details at



Humongous launchers require all of the strength of each Cub Scout to pull back the projectile to aim at the largest pumpkins on record.  Join the fun at the Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports fest at Camp Robert Drake on Sunday, October 29th.  Spheroids will hurtle across the fall sky towards the giant pumpkin targets.  Test your skill with the launchers!




Camp Drake Launch for 2018

Here are a few of the fantastic benefits youth and adult leaders will receive while attending the 2018 Camp Launch on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W.  Park, in Urbana, beginning at 9:00 am.

         Discover the new promotions plan of the Illini Lodge troop visit crew

         Insiders’ info on the Vermilion Trex to challenge the older Scout outdoor programs

         A myriad of info flyers to provide detailed reminders of all of the great Scouting              opportunities in 2018.

         Troops can win a cabin or campsite for the 2018 Klondike Derby

         Order of the Arrow updates for the upcoming year of cheerful service

         Experience promotional booth displays with details on upcoming Boy Scout events



Fall Service Needed at Camp Drake

Dedicated volunteers, both youth and adults, are needed to help prepare Camp Robert Drake for the winter season on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  Beginning at 9:00 am at the north end of the Tin Shed, camp improvements projects will be assigned to volunteers in order to provide wood for the winter camping season and clear brush along trails and campsites.  Lunch will be served at 12:15 in the Dining Hall.  Work projects will conclude by 3:00 pm.    Please bring tools and equipment to help support the woodcutting and brush clearing projects, if possible.    Please R.S.V.P  to Program Clerk Susan Coller at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center (217) 356-7291, ext 6441  or e-mail at


Boy Scout Recruiting

Recruiting patches are available for Boy Scouts who bring a friend to join the troop.  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.





Officer Elections

The top leadership for Illini Lodge will be selected at the Fall Pow Wow during the weekend of October 20-21, 2017. The positions include Lodge Chief, Vice Chief of Administration, Vice-Chief of Activities, Vice-Chief of Inductions, Secretary, and Treasurer.  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.


Steak Fry at Fall Pow Wow

For Illini Lodge, the Vigil Honor Call-Out ceremony will be held on the Saturday evening of the Fall Pow Wow at the conclusion of the Ordeal Ceremony.  As part of the weekend, a special Anthony Martin signature steak fry will follow the OA ceremonies in the Dining Hall.    On October 21st, the 2017 candidates for the Vigil Honor will be announced at Camp Drake.  All Vigil Honor members are encouraged to attend the ceremony and congratulate the candidates. 

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