Camp Candy Sale Winners

Congratulations to the weekly prize drawing winners for Week #1. Your Scouting program can still get involved in the 2018 Camp Candy Sale. Please call ahead to reserve your chocolate. Tasty Kathryn Beich products can be picked up at two locations throughout the council, Champaign, and Danville.  The sale will end Friday April 6, so your unit can check out the candy for a week or just a weekend.


Camporee for All!

Enjoy a relaxing weekend campout with 100 of your bestest Scouting buddies!  Fun Scouting events are planned for the Kennekuk County Park near Danville.  The 2018 Many Trails Spring camporee will be held on the weekend of May 18-20.   The campground has scenic trails, a wonderful fishing lake with a dock, and an excellent outdoor sports area.  For more info, please contact Camporee facilitator Kris Hoogstraat   


Planting for Pollinators Service Project

If you’ve heard butterflies and bees are declining and you want to help them, now is your opportunity! Join with units from across the council to build pollinator gardens in our own communities. If you and your unit are interested in participating or would like more information, visit or email Maddy Kangas There will be a kick-off event on April 7th at Camp Drake and Scouts will get to help Camp build their very own pollinator garden!


Lions Program

Lions Program no longer a Pilot Program starting this fall

See the attachment for the full update on the Lions program.


Adult Adventure Weekend at The Summit, Beckley, West Virginia

Ride zip lines, climb rocks, ride bikes, fish, and experience all the adventure!

See for more info.


Educational Resources

The University of Illinois’ Funk ACES Library now has Educator Resource Trunks from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  Scout leaders are encouraged to borrow them with no fee and no University library account is required. 

For more information: go to


Big Brothers Big Sisters

I am reaching out on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois to see if local Boy Scout groups would be interested in participating in Bowl For Kids Sake, our annual fundraiser that directly supports the 230 current mentor relationships in Champaign. By creating a team today, you can make a big impact on opportunities and services for children who need extra support in their lives.  We ask that, at minimum, each individual raise at least $100. Chances to win great prizes are available for additional individual and team fundraising!


Bowl for Kids Sake will take place on April 6-8, 2018 at Old Orchard in Savoy.  Teams can sign up for a time slot on Friday night, Saturday afternoon, or Sunday afternoon.  Bowl two games on us and enjoy free pizza and soda.

Please let me know if you would like more information about Bowl for Kids Sake by emailing:


Sign up here today:


Thank you for your time,

Jana Lithgow

BBBS Champaign Board President




Commissioner's Check In 

We will be meeting at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 8th at the Illinois Fire Safety Institute Auditorium for our monthly check in.  Bring feedback about the Chartering Process.  We will also be looking at updates in the Training Center at the My.Scouting site.


Prairie Fire District Roundtable Meeting

We welcome all scout leaders and adult scouters to the March District Roundtable Meeting.  We will meet at the Illinois Fire Safety Institute Auditorium at 7:00pm on March 8th.   Light snacks will be provided.  We are ready to discuss some major changes in the Roundtable format for next year and we need your input! 

Also, pick up flyers and training information to take back to your unit.   




Camp Drake Fee Deadline

The summer camp fees for Camp Drake compare to the lowest prices of any summer camp in Illinois and Indiana.  Take advantage of this early rate to save on a week of summer camp. The 2018 change in the fee schedule to the new costs 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):

Now to March 11: $257 (early)   March 12 to  April 22: $267 (base)   April 23 to 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 all fees must be paid by May 31, 2018 and NO BALANCE may be had upon arrival to camp.  


Tromp the Trail April 7

Blaze the trail through the woods at the annual Trail Tromp hiking day at Camp Robert Drake on April 7th to enjoy the ridges and valleys..   All of the Trail Tromp participants will be tested on their observation skills in the search for hidden adventure along the perimeter path, sponsored by Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow




“Ear Buds”  in March

Special Camp Drake Ear Buds will sound off the songs of the Scouting spirit from the banks of the Salt Fork.  Make arrangement to have a troop celebration for summer soon. Each troop registered to attend a week of camp can pick up their Ear Bud packet from their OA Camp Promotions Team or see Susan at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign. 


Get Your Program Details

The annual program planning kickoff will distribute helpful program info for Scouting at the Many Trails District Meeting for April.  Scouting opportunities will be previewed at the roundtable on the second Thursday of the month (4/12),   from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Danville.




Cub Scout Pirates              Blue session-July 1-4       Gold session-July 22-25

The big challenge of the Cub Camps is the four-day, three night Cub Scout Adventure Camp.  Cub Scouts and leaders live the Scouting life through a series of set programs, followed by open program areas each afternoon.  Extra emphasis will be focused on the archery and BB gun shooting sports, as well as aquatics activities at the swimming pool and boating area.  Campers can bring their own camping gear, but tents and cots will be provided, as needed.  For more information, check out



Any Scouting groups, plus parents and family are invited to the NCJAA National Basketball Tournament at Danville Area Community College on the weekend of March 23-24, 2018.  Tickets are being provided to youth groups are no charge to enlighten young people about the excitement of college basketball, as well as build a cheering atmosphere in the Mary Miller Gymnasium for the teams that travel to Danville from across the country.  You could have a chance to cheer on the hometown DACC Jaguars!  Please –email Mike at  with how many tickets your pack, troop, or crew will need.  There are three games on Friday, March 23 and two games on Saturday, March 24 to attend.



GRAB YOUR SWIMSUIT AND TOWEL and cruise out to CAMP ROBERT DRAKE for a fun day of Aquatics Activities.  Plan to make your own SPLASH on SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.  All ages of Scouts and Scouters are welcome to invite guests to attend the SPLASH-O-RAMA and introduce families to the fun at Camp Drake.  See more info




Bugle Troop

Any Boy Scout can attend Camp Drake as a part of the Prairielands Council provisional camping option without their hometown Scoutmasters.  Join the Bugle Troop from July 15-21 this summer. This summer there are multitudes of adventures you can undertake to fill your summer with fun exciting challenges.  You can come back to camp to work on extra merit badges, awards, relax, or to push yourself to discover new events. 


Tool Time to Help Camp Drake

All Scouts, Scouters, and parents are welcome to help prepare camp for all the fabulous activities in 2018.  Primary projects will focus on clearing campsites and removing brush, brambles, and leaves from program areas.  Basic cleaning will be needed in the cabins and buildings.  Spring cleaning begins on Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 am at the north end of the Tin Shed at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL.  A lunch will be served at 12:15 and a closing thank you note will be conducted at the end of the day at 3:00 pm.  Please encourage your pack, troop, or crew to help with this Tool Time date, or another Saturday on April 14th or May 12th.




Order of the Arrow Elections

Whether you plan to conduct the election on your own or bring in assistance from your chapter, it is important to designate the date of your election and announce it to the unit as early as possible.  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. 


OA Spring Fellowship

May the fourth is the opening night for the Illini Lodge Spring fellowship at Camp Drake this spring.   Arrowmen of all shapes and sashes are encouraged to attend the weekend fellowship in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.  Save the weekend of May 4-6, 2018 for the OA in your future.


New Lodge Chevron

The deer are at the front gate!  Illini Lodge has put the new lodge emblems commemorating the 2018 national conference of Order of the Arrow for sale at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign.  These collectible patches celebrate the nationwide celebration of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service in Bloomington, IN.  Limited quantities are available now using the form that is

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