A total solar eclipse is a rare event. A total solar eclipse whose path crosses right over the heart of the United States? Even rarer.
On Aug. 21, 2017, the solar system serves up a special treat. Aug. 21 is a Monday, but those Scouts and Venturers who are still on summer break should plan a big celebration. Like all the best celebrations, this one comes with its own patch.
There won’t be another total solar eclipse over the United States until 2024. After that, you must wait until 2045. In other words, when Aug. 21 arrives, make sure you’re ready.
As one of America’s leading youth-serving organizations, we aim to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible—all while remaining true to our mission and core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.
As we think about the future, we are interested in gaining your perspective as a member of the Scouting Community. Please join us for a discussion at 6:30pm (Thursday, August 10th at Danville First United Methodist Church, 1400 N. Vermilion St. or Thursday, August 17th at Illinois Fire Service Institute, 11 Gerty Dr., Champaign) As we continue the important conversation about how to make Scouting more accessible to today’s families.
I look forward to speaking with you in August.
Thank you for everything you do to make Scouting a pivotal part of our community.
The Council Popcorn Kickoff is right around the corner and we are asking for all units to sign-up by 8/10, so the council can begin to prepare. To register click HERE and fill out the form… it will only take a couple minutes of your time. Units who have registered and show up to the unit kickoff will receive a tasting kit (bags of Salted Caramel Corn, Milk Chocolate Pecan Clusters, Chocolatey Caramel Crunch, White Cheddar and 3 pouches Microwave Unbelievable butter) along with Sales kit, tons of valuable poster, videos, flyers to be used at kickoffs and during your popcorn sale.
Where and when are the Kickoffs?
Thursday, August 10th
Thursday, August 17th
Kickoff starts at 6:30 PM
Kickoff starts at 6:30 PM
First Danville United Methodist Church
Illinois Fire Service Institute
1400 N. Vermilion St
11 Gerty Drive
Danville, IL 61832
Champaign, IL 61820
We look forward to seeing everyone there but first, make sure you Register Nowfor the Popcorn Sale!!!
Past Council President Fred Faulstich was recognized Monday evening, May 1 as the First Citizen of Danville. The Danville Ambucs Club awarded the Danville businessman for his many volunteer efforts throughout the community. In addition to Scouting, Fred has been active helping the United Way, the YMCA, St. Paul’s parish, Schlarman Academy and more. Danville mayor Scott Eisenhower was on hand to proclaim May 1st, 2017 as Fred Faulstich Day in the city of Danville.
In My.Scouting, Youth Protection Training is delayed in generating a certificate upon completion. In order to print a certificate, the member must go to My Training > Completions, click on the printer icon, and then open the PDF file generated.We are expediting a permanent solution at this time.
Anyone taking Youth Protection Training will have to follow the steps above to obtain their certificate.
Contact for Issues
Please direct any questions to the Member Care Contact Center at (972) 580-2489
Effective Monday March 20, the Scout Shop hours will be 10am to 5:30pm. If you need to arrange a time other than those hours, please contact Sharon Kirk at: email@example.com . Office hours will continue to be 9am to 6pm.
The Prairielands Council actively seeks potential community partners to join with us in bringing Scouting to more young people within our nine-county service area. Our current chartered organizations include churches, school groups, service clubs, veterans organizations, fraternal orders, and many others whose common thread is an interest in building local programs for local youth.
Program Updates: Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Made
The BSA has announced modifications to adventure requirements in response to feedback from den leaders who have run the new Cub Scouting program for a year. Dens may begin using the modified requirements immediately as they begin working on their next adventure.
Here is a link to a 10-minute video on assembling the Estes Gnome model rocket, which is the model we are using for the 2016 Launch Into Scouting. This fall, our new Scouts and their recruiters are receiving a rocket and their first engine as a welcome and thank you gift.
Council President Kyle Kietzmann and Area Director Mike McCarthy have announced the selection of Steve Adams as the Special Position Professional (Interim Scout Executive) for the Prairielands Council. In this role, Steve will serve as the lead Scouting professional guiding the council thru to the completion of the Council’s Conditional Charter over the coming months. At the completion of the Conditional Charter, Steve will be one of several candidates considered for the formal Scout Executive selection process.
Steve has 32 years of Professional Scouting experience which began in 1984 as a District Executive in Pontiac Michigan. He continued in Pontiac Michigan as a District Director and was then assumed the role of National Sales Representative for the National Supply Division of the Boy Scouts of America. Next, Steve served as a District Director in Cincinnati, Ohio before being promoted to Camping Director for the Orange County Council in Costa Mesa, California. Steve then began 16 years of service to the Chicago Council as the Director of Camping, Senior Development Director, Director of Support Services and he currently serves as the Assistant Director of Support Services with the newly formed Pathways to Adventure Council in Chicago, Illinois.
Steve will begin in this assignment on Monday, August 1, 2016. He will serve as the lead professional (Interim-Scout Executive) working in partnership with the board to lead the council through the Conditional Charter. He will report to the Council Board through the Council President. Steve looks forward to relocating to the Prairielands Council in the next two months and he will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Council. Mike McCarthy will work closely with Steve and have weekly visits to ensure the council has the necessary support for success.
Steve is an Eagle Scout who enjoys genealogy and spectator sports.
Please join us in congratulating Steve as he leads the Prairielands Council to new levels of success.