Youth Recognition Program

Congratulations to the Eagle Scouts and Summit Award recipients of the Prairielands Council for 2017. Show your support for these fine leaders of tomorrow at the annual Youth Recognition Dinner on February 17. It is a proud achievement for a young person, their family, and unit to attain the high rank in Scouting. It is also a monumental moment for the Scouting movement in the Prairielands Council for providing the support system required to keep our programs healthy and prosperous.


Council Candy Sale Details

The Camp Candy Sale starts on Friday, February 23.  Please place your order for pick-up in either Champaign or Danville offices.  The Camp Candy Sale has changed to a new company with options to help your Scouts earn their way to summer camp. 


Kathryn Beich Candy Bar Sale

Mark your calendars now for the Candy Bar sale to help Scouts attend summer camps.  Bars sell for $1 each.

Order your candy by February 14th for pick-up on February 21.    Full-case returns and final payments  due Friday, April 6th.



The 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia from July 21, 2019, to August 2, 2019.  Participation is open to eligible youth (age 14-17) at that time. The gathering will be up to 50,000 Scouts from more than 150 countries around the World.  It is an educational event to promote peace and understanding among young people from different cultures. For more details visit the website at




Friends of Scouting Fundraising in February

The annual Friends of Scouting family fund-raising campaign will begin in February with unit presentations throughout the district.   The Friends of Scouting campaign is an important component in helping packs, troops, and crews to solicit funds for the Prairielands Council. The fifteen minute program highlights important mission of the Boy Scouts of America and reviews the need for financial support. Each unit is encouraged to schedule a presentation for their Scouting families this spring.


Many Trails Meeting

The next meeting of the district will be held Thursday, February 8th at the Danville Scout office beginning at 6:30 pm.  All district committee members and unit commissioners are encouraged to attend this gathering to gear up for the 2018 Scouting year and create plans for upcoming efforts.  Your help in supporting units is needed.




Camping Promotional Placemats

Decorate your special banquet in February with Cub Camping Promotional Placemats, designed for the upcoming Blue and Gold season.  Packs from throughout our nine-county council will use the scenes of the outdoors to preview the warm summer fun of Cub Camping. .




Klondike Appreciation

What a gorgeous day in the Illinois sunshine!  A large round of applause for the 2018 “Go West” Chairman Kris Hoogstraat and his stand-in Jerry Cooper of Troop 158.   Special thanks for their leadership and planning in conducting the Klondike Derby at Camp Drake.  Thanks to all the great event judges who made the activities fun, challenging, and safe, along with the Alpha Phi Omega support team for their service.  Fabulous appreciation to Dan Sloan for his work as Klondike Chef in the kitchen, as well as the food service staff volunteers. 


Challenge Champs at the Klondike Derby

Congratulations to the Scorpions Patrol of Troop 25 in Mahomet, IL for attaining the top score in the Prairielands Council’s Klondike Derby.  Over the 12 challenging skill stations throughout the camp, the Scorpions Patrol of Troop 25 had the high score out of 24 patrols to earn the “Pan of Gold” trophy as the leading patrol.   A wide variety of winter weather contests were set up for patrols to use their team work and problem solving skills.  Over 325 Scouts and leaders participated in the 2018 Klondike Derby at Camp Drake near Oakwood, IL.


Klondike Sleds Go West!

The gorgeous weather conditions on Saturday, January 28 at Boy Scout Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood created a good travel plan for entrants in the outdoor skills challenges event known as the Klondike Derby.  As part of the cold-weather competition, Scouting patrols from 22 different communities raced their boy-powered dog-sled across the bumpy plateau field.  Despite the lumpy conditions, congratulations go out to Troop 42 from Homer for being the fastest patrol.   They won the “Yukon Jack Plaque”, awarded by the Prairielands Council annually to the fastest patrol of the Klondike Derby. 




Troop Visit Training for Election and Camp Promotion Planning

It is election time once again. The Troop Visit Training will be held on Sunday Feb. 11th, beginning at 6:00 pm at the Illinois Fire Safety Institute on campus in Champaign.  This special workshop will educate arrowmen on the art of the election.  Plus, Camp Promotions info will be unveiled with the new promotional efforts on the REBOOT year.



The latest in Illini Lodge emblems are near to the Robeson Scout Shop in Champaign.   Check out the classic camp design of the impressive lodge symbols.  A special made emblem is helping the local arrowmen attending the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference.  ONLY  $55.00  per set, ONLY 55 emblems will be made.   All proceeds support the lodge contingent.


NOAC 2018

Join the fun of an adventure filled week at NOAC 2018.  From July 30 to August 4, 2018, everything about the Order of the Arrow will create an exciting event on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  Native American culture is celebrated with ceremonies and dance competitions.  Leadership skills are sharpened with training sessions and seminars for all levels of arrowmen.   Plus fun events of every kind with physical challenges, social parties, and fellowship gatherings.   Contact Lodge Chief Philip Wachter at (  for more details.

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