Camp Merit Badge Pre-Requisites

The 2018 summer camp merit badge/program schedule and the accompanying merit badge pre-requisite listing is available at the Camp Drake website, under the Boy Scout Summer Camp section.  This listing will help Scouts prepare for their summer advancement details and assist leaders in deciding on schedules for summer camp options. 


NYLT Course

The Abraham Lincoln Council is hosting an NYLT course on June 23-28, 2018.  So far, we still have room for others.  Full information can be found at:


Candy Bars available

For units that have already settled up their sale, we have increased the profits to 40 cents per bar.  You can take bars by the box, instead of full case.

Sell a few more bars and pay for summer camp trips.


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.


Boundary Waters 2018

Troop 9 has a dozen spots with a $100 deposit paid for each that they cannot use this season.  If your Boy Scout Troop might be able to schedule a trip this year, contact Mike Clapper at 217-620-7881.  All participants must have canoe experience, be in average to good shape, and able to carry a minimum of 40 lbs. for a distance.  Each group is a maximum of 9 people per campsite.  North Country Canoe Outfitters (Ely, Minnesota) provides everything except personal gear.  Some units go to fish, and some want to canoe a certain number of miles.




Thank You Kris and T 158

A recent record setting number of Scouts and leaders enjoyed the 2018 Many Trails District Spring Camp-o-ree last weekend at Kennekuk Cove.   Many fish were caught on the homemade fish poles & hooks.   Tasty cook-off grub was roasted on newly made camp stoves.  The weather was fantastic, except for the humungoloid gully washer on Friday night. Speaking of humungoloid, A BIG THANK YOU to Kris Hoogstradt and the Troop 158 leadership for hosting a fabulous weekend.


Kent Needs You

The Day Camp in the Woods for the packs in the Many Trails District is seeking volunteers to help conduct the fun programs on Saturday,   June 2.  If you are able to help, please contact Kent McMahan at    to join the outdoor action.  




Cub Scout Adventure Fun

Cub Scouts seek outdoor adventure during one of the four-day, three-night camp sessions with safari events of all kinds throughout the Illinois woodlands. See the Cub Scout Adventure Camp Leader Guide, also known as “The Lantern”, for added details by visiting the camp website


Family Fun in July

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




Fifth Grade Scout Camp Fees Discount

An exemption from the normal camp fee deadline will be allowed for new Boy Scouts.  Any new boy joining your troop in the spring will be held to a June 1st  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 Option for Summer Camp

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.




Fabulous Food at Work Days

Just like every year, the food at the Tool Tim Work Days is wonderful.  Special thanks go out to Lana and Pat for their great support of the workers at Tool Time.   The meals are tremendous   and the desserts are award-winning!   And thanks to all the great volunteer camp workers for their improvements this spring.


Holiday Family Camping Weekend

All Scouts and Scouting family members are invited to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Robert Drake this summer.  All of the campsites are available for use on a reserved basis. .  The cost for the entire weekend of camping is $20.00 per family or $8.00 per individual for the entire four-day period. 


Summer Camp Dietary Needs

The Camp Kitchen may not be able to accommodate special dietary needs that are not shared in advance to   Please send an e-mail with your requirements to help us help you!  We want to help, but you need to tell us in a timely manner!







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