Illinois Heartland Commissioner College


The Tentaroo sign up for the Commissioner College in Peoria ends at midnight on November 3rd. The college will be held on Saturday, November 11 at Illinois Central Community College, in East Peoria. For more info:




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 sessions 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


District Roundtable

Many Trails District Roundtable is Thursday, November 9TH, at the Second Church of Christ in Danville at 6:30 pm.  COME OUT AND GET THE LATEST SCOUTING NEWS BOTH LOCAL AND NATIONAL, ALSO IT IS A GREAT WAY TO CONVERSE WITH OTHER SCOUT LEADERS!!  So come on out and bring a new leader, parent with you and help us to continue to build a great Scouting program in our communities!! 


Membership Inventory

The months of November and December are good times to conduct a Membership Inventory with your favorite Many Trails District representative.  Commissioners from throughout the district will be contacting unit leaders for their youth and adult members to clean up registration concerns prior to printing the new charter kits.  Please assist in this process by having an updated unit roster with current membership information on Scouts and leaders. 


Many Trails Silver Beaver Award

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2017 Silver Beaver Recipient from the Many Trails District.  The Silver Beaver is the highest honor provided by a local Boy Scouts of America council. Kris Hoogstraat of Ashkum is the very worthy Scouter who provided many years of service to Scouting throughout the Prairielands Council. At the unit level, Kris has served as the Cubmaster of Pack 162 in Clifton and the Scoutmaster for Troop 158 in Chebanse for over 20 years combined.   At the district level, Mr. Hoogstraat has worked on multiple camporee staffs and served as Spring Camporee Chairman for the Zombie Preparedness Camporee in 2015.  For several years, Kris has lead the wintertime Klondike Derby at Camp Drake to provide winter challenges for Boy Scouts and Venturing.  Just this past weekend, he helped as the lead advisor to the Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest. 

All Scouters are welcome to join the award presentation at the annual Council Leadership Celebration this Sunday November 5, 2017 at 4:00pm, Carle Forum, Urbana, IL. Contact Office Manager Sharon Kirk with your reservation at or call (217) 531-0218




Gold Rush in January

Join the patrols  from throughout  Prairielands Council who 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. 


Camp Launch 2018
CHECK YOUR CALENDARS!  The Camp Launch for the 2018 camping season will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10 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




Cub Camp Kickoff

The Cub Scout Camping season will blast-off on Saturday, December 9th, at the Presence  Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St.   (just north of University Ave.) in Urbana.  The 30 minute “Camp Launch” will begin at 11:00 am and will feature the highlights of the Cub Scout Adventure Camping opportunities for 2018. All Cub Scout leaders and interested parents are invited to attend the Cub Camp Launch on December 9th.  The Cub Camp Launch follows the Boy Scout Camp Launch at the same location, so car pool with your local troop leaders.


Cub Scouts Say Thank You to Pumpkin Staff

A big glowing grin of appreciation goes out to the fabulous Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest staff for the efforts in making the 2017 fall day camp a fun afternoon.   A special thanks goes to the event chair, Illini Lodge Vice Chief Ben Hoogstraat and his great family in proving the upgrades to the events this year.   With the leadership of Ben, 55 volunteers guided the fun activities all around Camp Drake.  All of the Illini Lodge arrowmen provided a wonderful service to Scouting by hosting the games and events on a beautiful late October afternoon.  And a gap-toothed pumpkin smile is sent out to Lion’s Lair creator Kris Hoogstraat for building the special program area for the new Kindergarten Lion Cubs and their families.




Lumberjack Day

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




Illini Sportsmen Appreciation


Thanks to all Illini Arrowmen who helped with the Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Camp Drake.   It was a beautiful fall afternoon for over 250 Cub Scouts and family members to enjoy the outdoor spirit of Camp Drake.  The weather provided a great opportunity for so many Scouts and guests to experience shooting sports, outdoor games, and physical challenges.   By getting Scout families in the woods and providing an appreciation of nature, we are sharing our love for the out-of-doors and encouraging future campers in our council.  A large portion of our mission as Arrowmen is to promote the Scout camping experience.   Your help at the Smilin Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest achieves our goal as Illini Lodge builds the camping experience in the Prairielands Council.


Lodge  Leadership Development

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 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  located at the Illinois Fire Safety Institute in Champaign.   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.


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