Dear Scouters,

We are coming to the end of the 2017 fiscal year and are behind plan in terms of fundraising. While our volunteers continue to make calls, we are still short of our FOS goal for the year by $38,000. On behalf of the Council, I am making an additional appeal for your help in securing additional FOS contributions from donors, making an additional contribution yourself and recruiting or sponsoring an MOS merit badge. Please reach out to Steve Adams if you are able to help in any of these areas.


We appreciate any assistance you can provide to help us finish the year strong and continue to deliver the Scouting program to youth, parents and volunteers in the communities we serve. Thank you for all you do on behalf of Scouting.


Yours in Scouting,



Popcorn Wrap-Up

We have a few containers of popcorn left: popping corn, caramel, salted caramel, pretzels & white cheddar.

Please submit your unit master record and prize orders (on-line or on- form) (or just patch order if not taking prizes) ASAP if not already done.

Please pay for your popcorn by Friday, December 1st . Invoices are being mailed today.  After payment is received, prize orders are released for fulfillment.


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:


Prairielands Tops Central Region 6 Months in a Row!

Membership Vice-President Mark Hoagland is pleased to inform you that our Council has led the Central Region in % membership growth for the past 6 months.

This is a tribute to the high quality Scouting program that is happening in our 9 county area.  Thanks to the efforts of ALL VOLUNTEERS in the Council, from the newest den leader to the most veteran commissioner, we are delivering a character-building program that retains youth.


Youth Leadership is the Goal

Introducing Scouts to the concept of people management in context with lodge and troop operations will highlight the annual Lodge Leadership Development Conference on Sunday, December 3 at  3:00 pm at the Illinois Fire Safety Institute in Champaign.  Entertaining instructors have been recruited to provide a top-notch educational experience for youth leaders and adult advisors.  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.  Plan to prepare for additional Cheerful Brotherhoodlyness.  Refreshments will be provided, but there is no registration fee.




New Venturing Crew

Vermilion County Conservation District is hosting an outdoor crew for all high school age students from throughout Vermilion County.  Discover the fun at the orientation at camp Drake on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  Questions?? - contact Mike at 531-0212  or Parker at


Re Charter Season 

The recharter packets for all packs, troops, and crews are available to be picked up.     Starting last Thursday, 11/9/17, charter packets are being distributed.   Please contact Mike or Susan to make arrangements for good start to the re-registration process.




Launch Pirate Ships!

The 45 minute “Camp Launch” will feature the highlights of all the Cub Camping opportunities for 2018. All Cub Scout leaders and interested parents are invited to attend the Cub Camp Launch on December 9th.  Refreshments will be available for all Launch participants.  The Cub Camp Launch follows the Boy Scout Camp Launch at the same location, so car pool with your local troop leaders.  The Cub Scout Camping Launch will be on Saturday, December 9th, at the Presence Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St.   (just north of University Ave.) in Urbana beginning at 11:00 am.




Camp Drake Launches 2018 Season

For each troop attending the 2018 Camp Launch, a special edition Camp Drake collectible will be presented in recognition of their participation.    The kickoff for next summer will be held on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at Presence Hospital in Urbana. The special program will begin at 9:00 am. Camp information distributed will include program highlights, administrative details, and promotional materials for your Scouts.


Senior Patrol Leader Rewarded

The Camp Program Committee of the Prairielands Council will happily present gift cards to all the Senior Patrol Leaders attending the Camp Drake launch on December 9th.  These special gift cards will be good for merchandise from the Camp Drake Trading Post. 




A Klondike Cabin makes the Day Warmer

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.  Please contact Susan Coller at to get your Troop or Crew in the Klondike Cabin/Campsite drawing.  Save the date of Jan. 27, 2018 for the next Klondike Derby extravaganza.  Must be present to win!


CAMP STAFF Holiday Party is Sunday, 12/17

The sleigh ride will be very chilly!  Join the festive celebration of a cheerful year of Summer Camp Scouting on Sunday, December 17th at Camp Drake at 2:00 pm.  The party will be held in and around the Training center for past, present, and future camp staff members and friends.  Enjoy a few good stories about Adam Crutchley and the time that thing happened at Poncho Pond! Food and fun will be part of the program.  A small gift exchange game will be assembled for merriment.


Go West for Gold Derby 2017

Camp Robert Drake is the site of the annual winter camping challenge for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and their sleds.  All Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews are encouraged to start practicing for exceptional achievement in cold-weather activities.  Cheer for your favorite troop or crew at the big Klondike Derby on Saturday, January 27, 2018 on the downhill plateau slope.



Older members of the Camp Drake Staff Alumni Association and their guests will gather in fellowship on Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm.   The festive event will provide many reminiscing options for former staff members along the banks of the Salt Fork River.  Please help spread the news of the gathering to recognize the past Camp Drake employees for their years of support for our council camp.  The festivities will take place at Riggs Beer Company at 1901 S High Cross Road in Urbana, IL




Dues Payments

We need your help to ensure that you have paid your dues! If you are unsure if you have paid your dues or not please contact Susan Coller at to check your information! Help us achieve gold lodge status by making sure that you have paid the $15 for your dues for 2017! Dues not only show how many we help in the lodge but help us out with normal lodge operations! So please, pay your dues!


Lodge Holiday Party

The Lodge Holiday Party is coming December 3, 2017 at IFSI.  Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Click for more info.



Discount Option for Banquet Savings

Illini Lodge wants to provide a small discount for arrowmen and their families for the OA Winter Banquet.  Lodge members that attend with families members will only be charged $20.00 per person. 





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