Rechartering Deadline this FRIDAY 12th!!
Please make the unit rechartering process a priority for your pack, troop, or crew. The council deadline for unit rechartering is January 12, 2018 to complete the on-line membership process, collect the required signatures, and pay the necessary registration fees. The BIG step in the process is to conduct a membership inventory within your unit to confirm the members and leaders. Use the details from the inventory to submit the membership retention into the on-line process.
All rechartering must be done through the internet rechartering link on our website, www.prairielandsbsa.org. You have the option to digitally sign the charter. If your Unit goes this route you will still need to submit the charter to the Council office. All charters are not final until all signatures are complete with payment. Any questions about internet rechartering can be sent to District Executive Parker Arnholt at 217-531-0211 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also use the Internet Rechartering Info sheet and Internet Rechartering PPT for reference.
Prairielands Training College
The Prairielands Training College will be held on the north side of Champaign on Saturday, February 10th, 2017. The fantastic training experience allows leaders to select specific educational topics to discover a wide array of Scouting information.
Holy Cross Troop 9 Merit Badge Seminar - Saturday March 3
Troop 9 will be hosting its annual Merit Badge Seminar at Holy Cross School, 410 W. White St., Champaign on Saturday March 3 from 8 AM - 5 PM. Scouts have the ability to earn up to four merit badges during the day, with topics ranging from Aviation to Weather. Over 35 courses are offered, including 6 which are Eagle Scout required. Registration is $35 per student, with lunch provided. There is an option to stay over Friday evening. Registration will open on Monday January 15. For more information, see http://www.hctroop9.org/2018/01/2018-merit-badge-seminar.html?m=1 or contact Troop 9 at email@example.com.
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 March 2-3 at Camp Drake. Scouts trained in LNT are eligible to fill the Outdoor Ethics Guide leadership position within their troop. Registration closes on February 16th, so register soon at https://www.campdrake.com/lnt before the course fills up.
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. This 30 minute meeting will be held at the Danville Scout office.
Family Friends of Scouting Campaign
Each unit is asked to schedule a presentation during the winter months for their Scouting families. Please contact Mike Graham in the Danville Scout office (217) 531-0212
Susan will be in Danville this Thursday from noon-4:00 p.m. If you need help with your recharter or have any questions, stop by the Danville office during this time and you can get some help. As always, if you need anything brought over from Champaign contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Cub Placemats Guide you to Camps
Packs from throughout our nine-county council can use the Cub Camp placemats to preview the outdoors and get ready for the warm summer fun of Cub Camping. The info guide will navigate your path to Cub Camping fun this summer. Pick up your Cub Camping placemats starting Feb. 1 to decorate your special meeting in February and March at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign or the Danville Scout office on the east side of the council.
Arrow of Light Plaques for Highest Honor Cub Scouts
All Cub Scout pack leaders are encouraged to obtain colorful plaques displaying the name and year of the Arrow of Light recipients recognizing there achievement in earning the highest award in Cub Scouting. Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow has created an impressive framed certificate for all Arrow of Light recipients in the Prairielands Council to be presented at the time of the award ceremony. Contact Program Clerk Susan Coller at (217) 356-7291, ext. 6441 to obtain plaques for your honored Cub Scouts.
Summer Camp Fees
The change in the calendar to the new year means a “heads-up” are in order for your Scouting schedule! Please note the new shift into the summer camp pricing! 2018 Pricing is below (in council):
December 9 – March 11: $257 (early)
March 12 – April 22: $267 (base)
April 23 – May 21: $282 (late)
To ensure a Scout gets the early rate, a complete payment of $257 must be made before March 11. The system calculates fee’s based on when the payment was made. Please note that this does not include class/merit badge fee’s. Please note that all fees must be paid by May 31, 2018 and NO BALANCE may be had upon arrival to camp. Also each Unit must keep track of what each Scout has paid to the Unit, the system DOES NOT keep track of what Scout has paid for what.
Merit Badge Sign Up for 2018 Camp Drake
A $125 deposit per youth registrant must be paid in order to sign up for merit badge classes on March 1, 2018. The system will calculate the number of Scouts you can register for classes by the amount of money you have paid come March 1. Merit Badge classes are a first come first serve basis and will fill up quickly come March 1, 2018.
Klondike Pancake Breakfast
For the Klondike Campers: Saturday Morning Breakfast will be served! Pancakes and Sausage! It is a free will donation style breakfast! Served from 7:30 AM till 8:30 AM . All the overnight campers are encouraged to attend. Warm your tummy for the big event.
APRIL 7….SAVE THE DATE…. IT WILL BE WARMER!…
TRAIL TROMP 2018 >>>Hike the Onaquispassippi Trail during Camp Drake’s Annual Trail Event
All ages of pathfinders are encouraged to walk the perimeter path…fun and prizes along the way
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 28, 2017. The lodge’s very own Vice-Chief of Activities Blayne Beeson will provide leadership to the lodge’s support of the largest single day event in the council
Important Elections for Troops
Whether you plan to conduct the election on your own or bring in assistance from the council, it is important to designate the date of your election and announce it to the unit as early as possible. Please inform your Scouts early about the date of your OA election, in order for Scouts with the 2nd Class rank to focus on completion of the eligibility requirements. Under the Order of the Arrow link on the Prairielands Council website are the forms and procedures for the successful completion of troop/team elections in the lodge. All troop/team leaders should review their materials to prepare for the election requirements. Contact your OA leadership, if you need assistance in conducting the election in your troop/team. Election consultants are ready to help your troop conduct a successful Order of the Arrow election.
TROOP OR TEAM REPRESENTATIVE
Illini Lodge 55 is recruiting youth & adult arrowmen to serve in an important role in the lodge. Order of the Arrow Troop (or Team) Representatives are a youth liaison and his advisor serving between the local O.A. lodge and his unit. The representatives serve as a communication and program link to the unit Arrowmen, as well as adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. They do this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge and the purpose of the Order. By setting a good example, they enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop or team