Boy Scout Invitations

Troop leaders in the council are encouraged to contact local 5th and 6th graders about the fun of Scouting.   The opportunity to join a troop during the great upcoming camping season is here!  Special invitations can be personalized to advertise your fun troop events in the near future.  Share the excitement of Boy Scouting with new families in your community


The New Scouting Calendars are Ready!

The new calendars for the 2018-2019 year are being distributed as a part of the Program Planning Process, available through both Scout offices.  This wonderful collection event of dates allows your unit to review the council programs throughout the year. Act now to obtain this once-every-springtime treasure.


New Tiger Recruitment

Families can find fun summer activities in your pack.  As your Pack has summertime activities planned (and it should), you can recruit all ages of Cub Scouts but especially new Tiger Cubs.  Those boys who are now in kindergarten can be signed up as Tiger Cubs and participate in all the summertime activities.  What a great way to start off the summer with eager new Scouts! 


Prairielands Council Derby Winners 

Congratulations to all of our Pinewood Derby race, show and open race winners! With over 150 Scouts in attendance the event went well! Thank you to Horizon Hobby for the fabulous prizes and Worden Martin for their donation of the trophies. Big THANK YOU to Little Cesars, Marco's Pizza, Papa Johns, Old Orchard, County Market, Casey's, and Monicals pizza for their donations. Lastly we thank our volunteers who put in hours of hard work to make this event a success, especially Mike Webb, Robert Sloan, Marilyn Heinsohn, Curt Ware, Crew 25, and APO. Results can be found by going to Extra patches will be for sale at the Scout shop for those who didn't attend.


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.



IOLS: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills This course is required to be considered fully trained as a Scoutmaster or Asst. Scoutmaster. You will enjoy a hands-on overnight experience in the outdoors as you learn the basic outdoor skills you need to coach your Scouts. Meals provided.


What to bring: basic overnight camping gear

When: Sat/Sun April 28-29 2018

Where: Camp Robert Drake, 9994 Camp Drake Rd. Fairmount, IL 61841

Cost: $20

Register: ===============================



BALOO: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation This course is for Cub Scout leaders to take Cubs camping. You will enjoy a hands-on, full day outdoor experience as you learn the basic skills you need to take 'em camping. No camping gear is required. Lunch provided.


When: Sat April 28

Where: Camp Robert Drake, 9994 Camp Drake Rd. Fairmount, IL 61841

Cost: $10

Register: ==================================


Cub Scouts: Learn about recycling and how to help the environment

See the attached flyer about a day camp at University of Illinois on Sunday, April 22nd.


The Bloodmobile is coming to Prairielands Council Office

Tuesday, April 24th from 3pm to 5:30pm is your opportunity to give blood that will be used locally at Carle Hospital.

Normally it only takes about 45 minutes and you will feel good helping the community.  To sign up to be a donor,

please call or email Sharon Kirk (217)531-0218 or . Thanks for your consideration!

Invitation to Participate in Two Studies at University of Illinois:1

Middle School Transition Project: Your 5th grade student and parents.


New Youth Protection Training due by October 1

The BSA has rolled out a new, more intensive YPT that all volunteers must complete by Oct 1.

Go to the and see unit resources at the bottom of the home page to take YPT2.

The training has several modules and each module must be completed before breaking.


Wood Badge

Hear ye, Hear ye, WOOD BADGE SIGN UP IS OFF AND RUNNING!!! Scouters you do not want to miss taking the premier advanced training course known as WOOD BADGE that will be offered this fall (September 7-9 and October 19-21 @ Camp Drake)to all adult registered leaders, but the catch is, we only have so many spaces available.  So you need to stop by the Scout Shop and paid your deposit ASAP!!  The cost is $240.00 with ONLY a $80.00 deposit down now to secure a spot!!  Wood Badge is an excellent adult training that will only make YOU a better leader in Scouting and your professional life.  Oh did I mention…the food is not your traditional camp food, it is absolutely delicious and the camaraderie of meeting new Scouters will last a lifetime   For more information contact Course Director Marion Knight at:  217 778-4809 /email or Advisor Lovetta Ash-Simpson 217 531-0217/




Promotional Materials Available

With the warm up of spring, outdoor activities will increase for youth at all levels.   There are promotional posters and flyers for all levels of the Scouting program.  Make the families in your community know where to go to join Scouting.


Camporee Campskills

Learn to how to build and use a new fire cooking stove.  Learn to make useful camping gear from ordinary supplies! The 2018 Many Trails Spring Camporee will be held on the weekend of May 18-20  where  Scouting events are planned at the Kennekuk Cove County Park near Danville   The registration form  to sign up is


Prairie Fire District

Prairie Fire Spring Rendezvous

The Prairie Fire Spring Camporee is this Friday, April 20 – 22 at Camp Robert Drake, with check-in starting at 6:00 pm on Friday and 8:00 am on Saturday.  To register fill out the registration form at the office or go to to fill it out. Turn in payment and registration from by Friday, April 21! Cost for the event is $15, and activities will include: leather work, arrowhead hunt, archery, arrow making, black powder rifle shooting, blacksmithing and much more!


Troop Court of Honor Dates

Please let your District Executive know about any upcoming Court of Honors as we would like to celebrate the achievements of those Scouts with your Unit, as well as conduct the 2018 Friends of Scouting presentation. To schedule a Court of Honor email District Executive Parker Arnholt at or Lovetta Ash-Simpson at or call the Scout office at 217-356-7291.




Chainsaw Safety Training

Skilled forester Gene Mochel will provide the BSA Chain Saw Safety Training course on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Camp Robert Drake.  The course will begin at 8:00 am.  Please bring any chain saw equipment and safety gear that you can for the training course.  The registration form is 


Helping Camp Drake

You can assist in helping Camp Drake with some needed supplies for this summer maintenance requirements.  Units or individuals can help upgrade equipment by purchasing or donating new or nearly new equipment.  Units can also provide or donate needed supplies to assist Camp Drake in its operations.  The 2018 wish list is below.  What can you give to help?   Please call Mike Graham for specific descriptions at 356-7291 x 6447.

            Duct tape                                 Lop shears                                           bungee cords                                      

short handle shovels                truck                                                    ear protection  

            rock                                         paint brushes…2-3- 4                          work gloves                

            ax handles                               garbage cans                                        gasoline weed-eater

            sledge hammer handles                        hand held weed whacker                     copy paper


New Boy Scout Camp Fees Discount

An exemption from the normal camp fee deadline will be allowed for new Scouts.  Any new boy joining your troop in the spring will be held to a later  deadline.  Now is a great time to invite boys of any age to enjoy the excitement of summer camp. Please submit your crossover Scouts to Susan at or 217-531-0219 to receive the discount!


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. 




Adventure Camp Deadline Change:

To accommodate Cub Campers attending the 2018 “Cubs on the High Seas” Cub Scout Adventure Camp, the next fee deadline for both youth and adult registration has been altered from April 20 to Friday, May 18.   Please have your full fees paid at that time for your fun “on the banks of the Salt Fork” at Cub Scout Adventure Camp.


Family Fun Fest

The last weekend of July is set up for a fun family campout at Camp Robert Drake.  All ages levels will be able to enjoy the outdoor events.   Look for the registration materials at




Annual Health Form Reminder

The national Boy Scouts of America camp policy mandate medical examinations for week-long summer camp at Camp Drake. All youth participants and adult leaders must present evidence of a physical examination annually for the weekly camp session by a licensed physician AND a health history completed by the adult participant or a parent (for youth participants



Vermilion TreX for Older Scouts

River Kayaking, ATV Riding, Pistol Shooting, All qualified Scouts will have a variety of choices for adventure.  For older Scouts who choose, trexxers can still attend the outdoor excitement, depending on the size of the activity.  In addition to the activities, there are still opportunities for advancement and merit badges. 




Spring Fellowship 2018

With only days until Spring Fellowship, it is CRUNCH time.  So be sure to sign up!  This year will be the best ever!  Our Activities committee has been cooking up a great  EXTRAVAGANZA.  You wont want to miss it!



The National Order of the Arrow Conference is returning to Indiana University in 2018.  You are invited to be a part of the latest national gathering of the Order of the Arrow.  For one week, all things of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service will converge on southern Indiana for a grand celebration that the Wimachtiendienk has ever seen.  Start making arrangements now for July 30 to August 4th, 2018 for an Arrowrific event of the ultimate magnitude.  The registration form is

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