FROM THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT
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,
ROBESON SCOUT SHOP HOURS
Last day to shop at the Robeson Scout Shop for 2017 will be Friday, December 22, 2017. The Robeson Scout Shop will be closed the week of December 25! We will be doing inventory December 27-29, 2017. The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center will be open for all other business but can’t sell inventory items during the inventory.
Congratulations to our Top Sellers! The Council top seller was Eric L. who sold $6,015. Prairie Fire’s top seller was Jack K. (Pack 98) who sold $5,322.36. Many Trail’s top seller was Logan L. (Pack 185) who sold $3,510.00.
Prairielands Council had 100 Scouts that sold over $1,000.00. Each of the Scouts that sold over $1,000 have been invited to the Star Wars, the Last Jedi movie. The 43 scouts that sold over $1,500.00 have been invited to attend the Spin to Win Recognition event. Invitation letters are being mailed today! The movie will be at the Champaign 13 Theatre, 910 Meijer Drive, Champaign on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The Spin to Win event will be held before the movie at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center.
We have some extra popcorn available for purchase. We have (3) Kettle Corn, (1) Butter, (1) Chocolate Lovers, (1) popping corn, (1) Premium Caramel Corn with nuts, (8) White Cheddar, (4) Salted Caramel Corn, (6) White Chocolatey Pretzel, (9) Jalapeno!!!!!!
Prairielands Tops Central Region 7 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 7 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.
Prairielands Training College
Saturday, February 10, 2018
8:30am to 4:40pm
The High School of St. Thomas Mor
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:
Membership & Record Keeping Inventory
Prior to the New Year, it is helpful in the administrative process of Scouting to update the important records of your unit. Most units do a good job in updating youth advancement records by completing Advancement Reports as badges for Scouts are purchased. Additional Scouting records should be checked and corrected annually in order to maintain membership, training, and leadership awards records. Each individual leader should follow up on their Scouting history to maintain an accurate background file.
Journey to Excellence
The Journey to Excellence program recognizes units with a detailed system of requirement tracking. Units can earn a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award for their level of excellence in conducting their Scouting program. Please review the requirement to these awards for this year and complete the important paperwork. Your dedicated efforts for Scouting will shine in gold, silver, or bronze with your unit achievements.
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 council.
Family Fun Fest Introduced
As part of the 2018 Cub Camp launch, a new family camping weekend was introduced to leaders. The Family Fun Fest will be held the last weekend in July for all ages of campers. A wide variety of programs will be set up for family members to enjoy at their own pace. See the attached flyer for more details here…
Cub Leader Camping Guide Available
The new leader guide for Cub Scout Adventure Camp was handed out to participants at the Cub Camp launch. It was the largest crowd to ever attend a Cub Camp launch. The new guidebook contains program details, administrative policies and procedure checklists for the upcoming Cub Scout Adventure Camp. Look for all the information now at www.campdrake.com
Camp Staff Alumni Association
Please help spread the news of a gathering to recognize the past Camp Drake employees for their years of support for our council camp. 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 festivities will take place at Riggs Beer Company at 1901 S High Cross Road in Urbana, IL.
Youth Awards Recognition Night
All Venturing Summit Award recipients, as well as Eagle Scouts, of 2017 are encouraged to attend the Prairielands Council Youth Achievement Recognition Dinner. The recognition ceremony for youth recipients, their families, and leaders will be held on Saturday, February 17th, 2018. This special event will highlight the achievements of these quality youth in appreciation of their tremendous efforts in Scouting.
Prairielands Training College
The Prairielands Training College will be held on the north side of Champaign on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. The fantastic training experience allows leaders to select specific educational topics to discover a wide array of Scouting information. Participants can choose from almost fifty different classes to learn new skills, uncover helpful information, and strengthen leadership abilities.
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
Camp Staff invites Arrowmen to Celebrate the Holiday Season
Join your cheerful brothers in spirited service to Camp Drake. Decorate the antlers for the Camp Drake Staff Holiday party on Sunday, December 17thth starting in the Training Center at 2:00 pm. If you are interested in being on the 2018 summer staff, please attend.
GO WEST for the Klondike Derby!
All Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews are encouraged to start practicing for exceptional achievement in cold-weather activities. 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.
MANY TRAILS DISTRICT
Many Trails District Annual Business Meeting
The Annual Business Meeting of the Many Trails District will be held on Thursday, January 11 in Danville, beginning at 6:30 pm. All chartering organization representatives, Executive Board members living in the district and current members of the district committee are encouraged to attend and participate in the selection of the District Chair and the District Committee. A slate of a district chairman and a listing of committee members will be voted on for 2018 to conduct the business of the district. A team of district level volunteers will help provide support to packs, troops, and crews of the Many Trails territory through various operating committees. These committees include Activities, Advancement, Camping, and Training. All Chartering Organization Representatives, plus current Many Trails District volunteers and Executive Board members of the district, will be eligible to vote for the slate of volunteers.
ORDER OF THE ARROW
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.
The annual dues for Illini Lodge is $15.00 per year. Please make your payment as soon as possible. Illini Lodge goes through a rechartering process, just like all troops. As part of the process, the lodge pays an annual dues to the BSA. Please be supportive of the Order of the Arrow.
In fine Klondike Derby tradition, lodge members have been asked to serve at the council winter challenge at Camp Robert Drake on January 27, 2018. The lodge’s very own Vice-Chief of Activities Kenny Clarkston will provide leadership to the lodge’s support of the largest single day event in the council
Trophy for Top O.A. Troop
A fabulous Table Top Trophy will be presented as a part of the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Banquet at the Beef House in Covington, IN on January 6th, 2018. The troop with the top total number of arrowmen and their guests with paid registration by noon on Friday, January 5, 2018 will be recognized for their Cheerful Spirit with a glamorous traveling treasure to display at their meeting place for the upcoming year. Remember to promote Illini Lodge’s most enjoyable banquet ever conducted to your troop members.