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,




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:



Popcorn Wrap-Up

We have a few containers of popcorn left: popping corn, caramel, salted caramel, pretzels, jalapeno, butter microwave & 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 . After payment is received, prize orders are released for fulfillment.


Save the Date for the Klondike Derby!

Watch for your favorite troop or crew at the big Klondike Derby on Saturday, January 27, 2018 on the downhill plateau slope in their homemade sled.  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. 


2018 National Youth Leadership Training

This is the premier youth leadership training session for Boy Scouts and Venturers.  The course will be run over two weekends on February 23 - 25 2018 & March 9 - 11 2018 at Camp Robert Drake. This is a superb management experience for problem solving, communications improvement and decision making skills.


Leave No Trace Training

The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is an informative, practical & fun workshop on the ethics and practices of minimum-impact recreation and travel. Prairielands Council is offering this weekend course designed to enhance your understanding of LNT principles and ethics and to increase your level of confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. The course is set for March 2-3, 2018.




Launch the Cub Fun!

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.   The Cub Scout Camp Launch for 2018 will highlight the summertime Blue and Gold events for the Prairielands Council.  Cub Scout Day Camps, Cub Scout Adventure Camp and the Family Fun Fest will provide a variety of outdoor excitement.  The Camp Launch will provide insight into the program fun, the administrative details, and the equipment lists to prepare for your type of camp.




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 Leaders Recognized at Camp Launch

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. 




Camp Staff invites Arrowmen to Celebrate the Holiday Season

Decorate the antlers for the Camp Drake Staff Holiday party on Sunday, December 17thth starting in the Training Center at 3:00 pm.  If you are interested in being on the 2018 summer staff, please attend.   Festive food and beverages will be provided, with the camp tour conducted as a part of the fun.  Join your cheerful brothers in spirited service to Camp Drake.  Please bring a simple gift for the “wrappers game” for all participants.


Staff Alumni Association

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.




SPEED PASS….Go to the front of the Lodge Activity Line!

The plans for 2018 Speedpass are to charge $70 for the big package deal which includes - a pin, 2018 fees for the winter banquet, 2018 dues, fees for Spring Fellowship, fees for Summer Reunion, and fees for the Fall Pow Wow.   Whatttaadeal!!


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 and buy the latest lodge merchandise at the trading post.             Plus all the drawings for prizes for Dues paying members!  Brotherhood Time     NOON (IN Time)   11:00 am  (IL Time)  Beef House, Exit 4,  I-74  (west of the Wabash)


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.



National Conference this Summer

Start making arrangements now for July 30  to August4, 2018 for an Arrowrific event of the ultimate magnitude.   The National OA Conference is an outstanding event for any type of Arrowman.   To place a reservation, youth can pay a deposit of $100.00 before January 1st.   It’s a great week of fun and inspiration!                          



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