The Staff of the Prairielands Council would like to thank all of the volunteers for their efforts in 2017!  Happy Holidays to you and your family and have a great 2018.


Steve Adams

Scout Executive


End of Year Wrap-up

Please make sure your unit gets credit for its 2017 accomplishments!  Make sure all Scouts and Leaders are registered, advancements are submitted, service hours are submitted, and payments of all types are made.


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,




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.


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 thenewest 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 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:


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. Sign up on




Camp Drake Staff Application

It's that time! The Camp Drake 2017 application is now live! All applicants are asked to fill out the online form! The application can be found at

We look forward to your application this camping season! All questions can be directed to


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 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.




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.


Lodge Recharter

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.


Klondike Service

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.

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