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Saturday November 4 Take Order Distribution

Friday December 1 Popcorn Money Due

If you haven’t signed up for a distribution time, please call Gloria at 217-531-0213 and get signed up.

If you haven’t turned in your paperwork, please do so.

Please see the attached prize & patch information.


Conservation & Leave No Trace Training

The newly revitalized conservation committee is working diligently to make a difference at Camp Drake and our communities! They are working on creating an updated Conservation Plan, spreading awareness about the William T. Hornaday awards, and conducting a spring 2018 Leave No Trace training at Camp Drake. The LNT Training will take place on March 2-4 2018 at Camp Drake. Sign up now at



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. 


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:



The selling season is almost over. Give your Scouts an incentive for that final push!
The Online Prize Program and the X-Sweepstakes are great ways to keep your Scouts selling while giving them the chance to earn prizes! See below for details.
You can always track your Scouts’ sales and Unit goal in your dashboard.



Council Volunteer Leadership Celebration

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Forum at Carle Hospital, 4pm


The Next Season of Scouting

Every sports season has a cycle from beginning to end in a period of months.  The Scouting season is a year round timeframe, with just different programs during the different times of the year.  Take time now to invite new members that are available to join after the fall sports season.  Scouting can offer fun events to families all around the calendar.   Publicize your meeting times in your local media outlets, churches, and schools. 




Pick Up your Charter at Nov. RT 

The recharter packets for all packs, troops, and crews are available to be picked up at the Many Trails District Roundtable at the Second Church of Christ, starting at 6:30 pm, on Thursday, 11/9/17.    Please be on hand to get a good start to the re-registration process.


Training Sessions for Many Trails District

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




Gold Rush in January

Join the patrols  from throughout the Prairielands Council will enjoy the cold-weather thrills of the Klondike Derby Saturday, January 27, 2018.    The annual winter challenge will feature outdoor challenges for Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews from throughout central Illinois and Indiana.  We are talking about the big golden nugget for the 2018 Klondike Derby. 


CHECK YOUR CALENDARS!  The Camp Launch for the 2018 camping season will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 9th at Presence Covenant Medical Center, located at 1400 W. Park Street in Urbana, just off of University Avenue. The Camp Launch program will include program highlights for Camp Drake in 2018, procedural and registration updates, and tons of fun promotional information. Reservations for 2018 Boy Scout Resident Camp can be made today by contacting Susan Coller at the Prairielands Council at




Tips for the Smilin’ Pumpkin Sports Fest

This is a great first time event for Cub Scouts and their families to enjoy their outdoor and discover Camp Drake.  Dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared to walk the various trails to the fun events.  This is a rain or shine event


Please be aware that the approximate attendance is 200+ Cub Scouts and family, so there will be some lines for activities, but that is why there are 4 different shooting ranges.


The check-in process can be quicker if your Pumpkin Participants have their Smilin ’Pumpkin Registration Cards filled out before you get into the check-in line in the Dining Hall.   Please enter at the south end (nearest the parking lot) of the Dining Hall.  Check-in goes even faster if you are pre-paid by Friday.  Click for registration card.


The Trading Post will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm with Camp Drake souvenirs, Cub Scout supplies, and snacks.  Cub Scout uniforms, books, and other Scout Shop items will be available.


Cub Scout Outdoor Activity 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 Outdoor Activity Award are introduced, and several are completed by participating in the events.  Although the weather will start getting colder, the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award can still encourage nature observation, conservation projects, and visits to an area park.  The Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award can be earned multiple times for each year of your activities in the pack.




Fall Service 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. 


Win a Klondike Cabin

Cabin and campsite space for the 2018 Prairielands Council Klondike Derby will be selected at random following the Camp Drake Launch on Dec. 9 at the Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.  You must contact Susan Coller at the Camp Launch to get your Troop or Crew in the Klondike Cabin/Campsite drawing.  Units must attend to win!  Save the date of Jan. 27, 2018 for the next Klondike Derby extravaganza




New Officers for Illini Lodge

Congratulations to the 2017-18 officers of Illini Lodge, elected at the Fall Pow Wow last weekend.


Philip Wachter-Lodge Chief

Kacy Clarkston-Vice Chief of Administration

Kenny Clarkston-Vice Chief of Activities

Ben Hoogstraat-Vice Chief of Inductions

Jason Cotton-Secretary

Ryan Henderson-Treasurer


Youth Leadership Experience

The many aspects of people management will be reviewed in context with lodge and troop operations at the annual Lodge Leadership Development Conference on Sunday, December 3 at The Illinois Fire Safety Institute in Champaign.  As an Order of the Arrow member, young adults are expected to act as a leader. Illini Lodge invites all arrowmen to attend the annual leadership seminar to provide instruction on management techniques that will be useful throughout your life- in and out of Scouting.  The Lodge Leadership Development will review leadership styles, effective communications, and the committee structure of Illini Lodge.  All arrowmen, both youth and adult, are encouraged to participate in this lodge-building activity.  Refreshments will be provided, but there is no registration fee.


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.


2018 National Conference

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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