Please Keep your Sales Forms

Just a simple sales tip, but it has so many benefits that this must be said in bold print.   PLEASE KEEP YOUR POPCORN SALES FORMS.  These individual records of popcorn sale help in tracking customers, confirming sales records, and provide proof for prize programs.  Make the extra effort to maintain a unit file of popcorn sales data, as well as encourage each Scout to hold onto a copy of the sales forms for future reference.  This will benefit your sales in the future



Take the time to contact Council Popcorn GURU Sharon Kirk at  with  your time and location for your popcorn pick-up.  Units have the choice of pick-up locations on Saturday, November 4th in Champaign or Danville.   Plan and coordinate a convenient pick-up time for your unit as soon as possible.   The Danville location will be at the back door of Faulstich Printing, 2001 E. Voorhees in Danville.   Please sign up for a 15 minute timeframe between 8:00 and 10:00 am in Danville.


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.


Illinois Heartland Commissioner College

Saturday, November 11

Illinois Central Community College, East Peoria

For more info:


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. 


Council Volunteer Leadership Celebration

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Forum at Carle Hospital, 4pm





Show & Deliver Returns

Show & Deliver Payment

Take Order (Order by Container)

Prize Form

Top Seller Listing ($1000+)

Scholarship form ($2,500+)

Unit Master Sheet

For Prizes you include any Show & Deliver, any on-line orders and all Take Order.   If you need to know if anyone sold on-line you can find that under “Scout Tracking” under your unit sign-on. 


If your unit is opting out of prizes and taking the 3% cash option, you still receive patches so you still need to fill out a prize form.   They still qualify for the $600 Club.   I also need top seller listing.


If you have any questions or need assistance, please let me know at 217-531-0218 or




November Roundtable in Danville

All leaders are invited to the Many Trails Roundtable on November 10th to review  various aspects of the Scouting program.  Scouting leaders will be treated to training, activity info, camping details, and new BSA programs.  On the second Thursday of  November in Danville, the featured presentations will start at the Second Church of Christ , 3350 E. Voorhees St. at 6:45  and go until   7:45.  Final comments and prize give-a-ways will run from 7:45 until 8: 00.  Each pack, troop, and crew is encouraged to bring a car load of leaders to share the information, fellowship, and pizza at the roundtable.


Roundtable Training Sessions

Scouting volunteers attending the November Roundtable will be able to select a few options for BSA information.  While the Youth Protection Training will be an hour-long course, Scouters can choose 2 of the half hour session that evening.  Rechartering packets will be distributed at the Roundtable

            RECHARTERING DETAILS….helpful information about the annual renewal process

            DEN LEADER 101 & INTRO TO LIONS…basic Cub Scout leader info to help guide your   activities

            WHERE TO FIND SCOUTING ADVENTURE? on locations for outings and events


Unit Commissioners Support

A key individual in the development of a healthy unit is the commissioner.  The job of a commissioner is to support pack, troop, and crew leaders and their unit committees. A commissioner serves as a coach, a resource person, an advisor, and a sounding board for unit volunteers.   Additional commissioners are needed to provide guidance to unit leaders throughout the Many Trails District.  If you feel you have the talents to act as a mentor to a Scouting unit, please contact District Commissioner Kent McMahan at




Snow Fun at the Klondike

To find the white stuff, patrols from throughout the Prairielands Council will enjoy the cold-weather thrills of the Klondike Derby Saturday, January 27.  The 2018 Prairielands Council Klondike Derby will be held at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL.  The annual winter challenge will feature outdoor challenges for Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, and Venturing crews from throughout central Illinois and Indiana. 




Speed Up Check-In Process at Smilin’ Pumpkin

Do you want to stand in line waiting to check in for Smilin Pumpkin?  Or do you want to go to the head of the line and get started on all the fun?   Just fill out the form and bring it with you to the Smilin Pumpkin to make the check in process go much faster!


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






Lumberjack Day on 11/11

Volunteer work crews will be helping to prepare the winter wood supply for the cabins of Camp Robert Drake on Saturday, November 11.  Beginning at 9:00 am at the Tin Shed, crews will be assigned to cut or split wood to provide heating fuel for the cold-weather campers.




First Night Highlight Venturing

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.



VenturingFest 2018, the second national gathering of Venturers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve – a Scouting experience unlike any other before – is coming your way again from July 1 to July 6! VenturingFest 2018 is a special Scouting event at SBR that’s open to registered Venturers, Scouts and adult leaders across the U.S. This six-day high-adventure festival invites participants to explore the best the SBR has to offer. We’re talking rock climbing, skateboarding, BMX biking, water sports, shooting sports, zip lines, challenge courses, and so much more!  Learn about at




Illini Lodge Fall Pow Wow

Who?: All Illini Lodge Arrowmen (Youth & Adult)  What?: Illini Lodge’s Festive celebration of the Brotherhood!

When?: October 20 h–22, 2017   (Check-in at Dining Hall starts Friday night at 7:00)

The weekend concludes on Sunday following the meeting  at 9:00 

Where?: Beautiful Camp Robert Drake,  9994 Camp Drake Road,  Fairmount, IL  61841


Elangomat Help Needed at Fall Pow Wow Weekend

All arrowmen are encouraged to help induct the new candidates at the Illini Lodge Fall Pow Wow Weekend on October 20-21th  at Camp Robert Drake.  Candidates from the summer call-outs are eligible to join the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service by participating in the Ordeal Ceremony.  The lodge is looking for talented youth to provide leadership to candidates throughout the process.  Contact the Prairielands Council office at 356-7291, ext. 6441 to have Program Clerk Susan Coller add your name to the list of successful arrowmen.


OA Lodge Holiday Party

Arrowmen of the Prairielands Council will gather on Sun., Dec. 3 to enjoy the festive fellowship of our lodge.  Mark your calendars for the funniest gift game of the holiday season.    In conjunction with the leadership development of the lodge meeting, a goofy present game will exchange cheer with antlered arrowmen.  Bring along your arrowmen buddies for a celebration of OA brotherhood.


Winter Banquet

The Illini Lodge Winter Banquet will have an exciting program for the annual recognition program.  Along with the impressive remarks, Illini Lodge will have honors and awards for a large number of Arrowmen.  Plan now to be at the Beef House on Saturday, Jan. 6th, 2018 for a very special afternoon. The steaks will be served at noon (IL time).  Join the fun at the Pre-Banquet Hour of Brotherhood.  The Winter Banquet isn’t just for steak and rolls.  It is also a great time to gather in fellowship with other lodge members.  The Pre-Banquet Hour of Brotherhood is a great time to do just that, but you can also visit the booths set up by committees, buy the latest lodge merchandise at the trading post, and meet your newly elected officers.  OAnd don’t forget the gifts and prizes!  Brotherhood Time     NOON (IN Time)   11:00 am  (IL Time)  Beef House, Exit 4,  I-74  (west of the Wabash)


2018 NOAC

The National Order of the Arrow Conference will return to the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in 2018.  You are invited to be a part of the largest National Conference gathering in the history of the Order of the Arrow.  For one week next summer, all things of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service will converge on southern Indiana for the grandest celebration that the Wimachtendienk has ever seen.

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