Prairielands Council Updates

Stay up to date!

Eblast Sign Up Below




Facebook newsfeed preferences below






Klondike Penguin March Information



All interested volunteers able to assist in the planning of the 2019 Klondike Derby: “PENGUIN MARCH: The Waddle Battle!” are invited to the first organizational meeting this month.  For the big event in January,   Council Klondike Derby Chairman Kris Hoogstraat is hosting the BRAINSTORMING gathering at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 27th.  Ideas for the activities, competitions, and fun events will be discussed.  New options are needed to create original challenges for the Scouts and Venturers.  The meeting will be held at the Chebanse Civic Center, 180 W. First South St in Chebanse.  Bring fresh competitions and help make the 2019 event a special contest.  For more info, please –email



Klondike Cabin Drawing

Cabin and campsite space for the 2019 Prairielands Council Klondike Derby will be selected at random following the Camp Drake Launch on Dec. 8 at the OSF Medical Center in Urbana.  You must contact Susan Coller at the Camp Launch to get your Troop or Crew in the Klondike Cabin/Campsite drawing.  Units must attend to win!  Save the date of Jan. 26, 2019 for the next Klondike Derby extravaganza



YPT How to Youtube Video

Check out our Youtube page for two important videos on how to take Youth Protection online through a computer AND through the account.


Click here to find the YPT video. 


New Lodge Officers Elected


Congratulations to the New Chief

Ben Hoogstraat, who is a member of Troop 158, chartered to the Chebanse American Legion Post #408 was elected to serve as the Lodge Chief for Illini Lodge for 2018-2019.  Ben is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Member and has served the lodge as the Vice-Chief of Inductions, and a talented member of the Ceremonies Team Member. As goals for the upcoming year, Ben would like to see the lodge as having great ceremonies as a part of extraordinary events, and provide a great youth leadership to the Council and community. Ben has served at Camp Drake as the First Year Area Director and Archery Director. 



New Officers of the Lodge

The new leadership team for Illini Lodge 55 was selected to serve for 2018-2019 at the Fall Pow Wow in October.  The first vice chief, titled the Vice-Chief of Administration is Ryan Henderson of Troop 101, chartered to the Savoy United Methodist Church.  . The duties of the Vice-Chief of Administration are to oversee the OA visitations of the two districts and supervise the camp promotions, unit elections, troop representation, and the Cub Scout liaison.  Sam Hoogstraat, of Troop 50 at the Chebanse American Legion Post #408, was selected as the Vice Chief of Activities, where his job will be to manage all the events of the lodge including leadership training, Onaquispassippi Trail development, service projects, and weekend programs.  The new Vice Chief of Inductions if Kyle MacGregor,  from Troop 101 in Champaign,  The duties of the Inductions Vice Chief are to oversee all lodge ceremonies and Native American programs.   This will include the Ordeal process, the Brotherhood conversion, and the dance team.  Members of the lodge chose Clayton McConnell of Troop 88, chartered to the Arcola Lions Club, to serve as Secretary. He will provide guidance to the lodge website, the newsletter, and other communications issues this year. Ethan Richards of Troop 234, chartered to the Westville Lions Club, was elected the new Treasurer.  In addition to managing the lodge budget, fundraising, and memorabilia sales, Ethan will be responsible for tracking membership dues and event fees.   Congratulations to these elected officials and best wishes for a great experience in the upcoming year!



Congratulations New Vigil Honor Members

As the highest level of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service, Vigil Honor members were announced on Saturday evening, October 6th at Camp Robert Drake.  The arrowmen recognized were Josh Cooper, from Troop 158 in Chebanse, Kyle MacGregor, from Troop 101 in Champaign, Rebecca Gatewood from Troop 104 in Urbana, and Randy Kangas, from Troop 9 in Champaign.  Congratulations to these remarkable individuals for their years of service in our cheerful brotherhood.


Popcorn Mystery House Clues

Check out the clues by going to our Facebook page, and looking for the  2018 Mystery House album in our photos or click HERE.



Popcorn Prize Order Form Uploaded!

If your unit has the prize option, we have uploaded our prize order form on our Popcorn Sales page! 


Check it out! Get to selling! 


Online Popcorn System Problems

If you are having trouble with the online popcorn system, please make sure to use Google Chrome as your browser. All other browsers are not compatible with that system.


If you are still having troubles with Google Chrome please call Sharon at 217-531-0218 or Parker at 217-531-0211. 


Camp Drake Trail Race Sign Ups and Volunteers Neeeded

Camp Drake Trail Race Sign Ups and Volunteer Help Needed!


Did you know that Camp Drake has it's own 5K Race happening this weekend?! Go to for more information!

Want to sign up? Go to: 


We are also looking for volunteers to help with the event! If you can help, please call Adam at 217-369-9621 or email




Scout Shop Closure Today 9/11

The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center & Robeson Scout Shop will be closed today, Tuesday September 11 2018 from 11:45 am - 1:15 pm. We are sorry for any inconvenience.


Upcoming Scout Shop & Office Closures



All Council Facilities, including the Robeson Scout Shop & Raymont Lee Scout Service Center will be closed on Monday, September 3. Council Facilities will re-open on Tuesday, September 4 at 9am.


The Robeson Scout Shop and Raymond Lee Scout Service Center will be closing early on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. to get ready for the Distinguished Citizen Event.


The Robeson Scout Shop & Raymond Lee Scout Service Center will also be closed on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 11:45 to 1:15 p.m. so that all staff can attend a luncheon.



Family Scouting Update


Splash O Rama CANCELED

The Splash O Rama Scheduled for this Saturday at Camp Drake has been canceled.


Any questions please call the council office at 217-356-7291.


2018 Fighting Illini Scout Camporee

We are please to announce that the Fighting Illini Scout Camporee will be held on October 13-October 14 at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium!


For more information check out our Fighting Illini Scout Camporee Page.


All registration will be online. To register go to our Tentaroo Registration Site.

We look forward to seeing you on October 13! Get registered early!


Woodbadge Sign Up's due!




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. The cost is $240.00 for a fabulous weekend full of excellent training that will only make YOU a better leader in Scouting and your professional life. Not only will the training last in your memory the camaraderie of meeting new Scouters will last a lifetime! Sign up's are due today by going to the online form: or by calling 217-356-7291.


Distinguished Citizen Award Banquet


Prairielands Council is pleased to announce Sondra and Robert Libman as the 2018 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens.


The Libman’s are being honored based on their commitment to education and a lifetime of community service, focusing on the needs of underprivileged members in our community. In addition, Robert Libman has successfully operated the nationally recognized Libman Company based in Arcola, Illinois for over 120 years, employing almost 700 people and involving the 4th generation of Libman’s in the family business.  This commitment to family, community and entrepreneurship exemplifies the ideals and values of the Boy Scouts of America.


Sondra and Robert Libman will add their name to the distinguished list of award recipients including Lou Henson, Kyle and Phyllis Robeson and the Atkins family. 


The award will be presented on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Champaign Country Club and will include silent and live auction items. The evening will be casual, featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages.


As with previous events, tickets will be $250.00 for individual ticket purchases and $200.00 for multiple tickets. Tickets can be purchased by calling 217-531-0218 or by clicking here!


2018 Sporting Clays for Scouting

The 2018 Sporting Clays for Scouting Shoot is on August 11, 2018 at Old Barn Sporting Clays in Oakland Illinois. The event starts at 8am.

Tickets are $100 for individuals with packages for teams starting at $500.


For more information email us at or call 217-356-7291.


Flyer with more infmormation here!


Registration Form Here!


Summer Camping Pictures & Info

All pictures from the 2018 Summer Camping season at Camp Drake will be uploaded to Camp Drake Picture page! Check it out for all the latest updates, pictures, and videos from the summer!


All rosters can be found on your Unit's Tentaroo account, but original rosters will be uploaded to the Camp Drake Rosters page! 


Questions? Can't find your information? Email us at or give us a call at 217-356-7291.



Sporting Clays Classic

The Sporting Clays Classic, held at Old Barn Sporting Clays in Oakland Illinois is on August 11, 2018. Registration for teams and sponsors is open! Check out the flyer and registration below for more information!


Event starts at 8am. Packages start at $500 and individuals at $100. 


To sign up or for more information:


Gloria Marsh --  217-531-0213 --

Steve Adams -- 217-531-0214 --

Jeff Ping -- 217-367-2323 --



Sporting Clays Flyer

Sporting Clays Registration Form


Order of the Arrow Update

The Order of the Arrow Infographic explains all the changes happening in February of 2019 to the OA membership requirements. 


Need more information? Check out


Upcoming Urbana Day Camp

The next 2018 Weird Science Day Camp is this Saturday, June 9th in Urbana at the Champaign County Fairgrounds! Come on out for a fun day full of Cub Scouting Activities, BB Gun Shooting, Archery, and weird science experiements! You and your Cub Scout won't want to miss this!


Haven't signed up? Get signed up by calling the office at 217-356-7291, or going to our Summer Camp page and fill out the necessary paperwork and return to the Champaign Scout Office by Friday!




Scout Service Center CLOSED May 28

The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center and Robeson Scout Shop will be closed on May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 29 at 9am. 


Day Camp & Adventure Camp Deadline

Deadline for Day Camp & Adventure Camp on time registration is today! Have you got your forms in? If not check out our summer camp page below, get the forms and turn in today! Questions? Contact us at 217-356-7291 or


Link to Summer Camp Page





Many Trails Spring Camporee Update


2018 Many Trails Spring  Camp O Ree


We are looking forward to seeing you and your Troop this weekend. The event is to be a fun filled outdoor experience for all who attend. There are a few items that all Scouts must bring with them to get the FULL Fun of the weekend.

  1.  10 x 12 or 9 x 9 Tarp  1 / Scout
  2.  5 x 7 tarp or ground cloth of this size 1/ Scout
  3. If able bring 1 rinsed out 2 litter pop bottle / Scout

No ground fires will be allowed on this camp out so please have a fire pit for your camp fire.


We will be having a HOBO Cook OFF Saturday night. Each Troop will receive food that they will prepare one meal on their new stoves they will make during the day. More details at the informational meeting on Friday Night.




Check in will be at the Mallard Shelter Friday Evening with a informational meeting at this shelter at 9 PM Friday night.


All events will be on Saturday. Each Scout will be making projects that they get to take home with them for this Camp O Ree.



I look forward to seeing you all there. This is also a great event to invite the Arrow of Light from your Pack to get to know Troop campouts. I think this would be a great recruiting weekend event.   


See you there Scoutmaster Kris Hoogstraat



Cub Scout Adventure Camp Program Grid

The 2018 Cub Scout program grid is now live and can be found at 


The Sunray AOL Program can also be found at that site!


National Program Update & Information

Check out our Program Infographic, Scoutingwire article, and important key points below for all the updated information to what's happening in the BSA program.



Program Infographic

Scoutingwire Article Link



Below are some well thought out points from one of our great volunteers:


1 - The name of the organization is not changing. It will continue to be called "Boy Scouts of America".


2 - The name of one (out of 6) of our programs is changing from "Boy Scouting" to "Scouts BSA" to reflect the fact that young females will be allowed to join beginning February 1, 2019.


3 - Beginning February 1, 2019 in the Scouts BSA program girls and boys will be members of separate, girls-only or boys-only troops.


4 - Chartered Organizations (religious institutions and other community groups that sponsor individual troops) can choose whether to sponsor a male troop, a female troop, both, or neither.


5 - Young men and women have been successfully meeting, hiking, climbing, paddling, and camping together in co-ed groups within the Boy Scouts of America for the last 20 years through the Venturing program. Prior to that there was Coed High Adventure Exploring since 1971.



Adventure Camp Bulletin

Check out this Cub Adventure Camp Bulletin by our Camp Director, Mike. 


2018 Pinewood Derby Championship Results

Council Pinewood Derby Championships Results

Results are in for the 2018 Council Championships!


Race Results (Standings)

Race Heat Results


Open Race Results

Open Race Heat Results


Show Results


Check out our Pinewood Derby Page to stay up to date year round for Pinewood information! 


Pinewood Derby Schedule Update & Information

The 2018 Prairielands Council Pinewood Derby Championships will be held tomorrow, April 14th at Judah Christian School in Champaign. Entrance is at the gym of the school.


If you are registered, please note the schedule below! While times may be subject to change, this is a rough estimate of the day ahead! Should you have any questions please email 


The Open race will be held right after the championship race, and entries for the open race are open to Scouts, parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. Cost for the open race is $10.



          Schedule: (times subject to change)

10:00                Doors Open & Registration Begins

10:45                        Concession Stand Opens

12:00                      Championship Race Begins

12:30                         Voting for Show Begins

1:30                                Show Voting ENDS

2:00                              Trophy Presentation






District Camporee Information


Prairie Fire District Camporee 


The Prairie Fire District Rendezvous will have a plethora of historical events such as leather working, an arrowhead hunt, archery, arrow making, black powder rifle shooting, tomahawk and atlatl throwing, canoe races and blacksmithing! Sign up today by printing off the Rendezvous Registration Form and turning it and payment into the council office. The event will be held at Camp Robert Drake on April 20-22.


Other important information:


  • $15 fee per participant

  • Campsites on a first come first serve basis! Simply indicate what campsite choices you have on your registration form.

  • No meals are provided for particpants.

  • Parts A & B of physical form must be with the Unit leader (don't forget them!)

  • Check-In from 6-8pm Friday evening

If you have any questions please contact  Bob at 


Many Trails District Camporee


The Many Trails camporee will  be May 18-20 at Kennekuk County Park.


Information about the camporee can be found in the Camporee Flyer.


Adventure Camp Deadline Moves

Adventure Camp Deadline Moves:


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.  Take advantage of this great camping option to experience outdoor thrills,   achieve special advancement options, and live the Scouting life on the pirate themed activities.



Drake-A-Palooza Details (THIS WEEKEND!)




The events will happen rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather.   Camp is  VERY muddy with standing water on the flat grassy areas.  The hiking trails are slick and the river level is high.  The Trading Post will be open for snacks and souvenirs for sale from 9:00 am until 1:30.   There is NO lunch service provided (sorry), so bring a sack lunch, if you are staying for the afternoon events.   If you plan to go out of camp for food, please note that the Pizza Time restaurant in Catlin is closed at this time....Oakwood has a few lunch options.


Due to the weather conditions, Camp Drake is still on the winter water system.  This means that the water system continues to be shut down in unheated areas, such as all the campsites, the visitor's restroom and the shower house.  The Myers Shelter (just north of the Training Post) is the best place to find a water supply. 





Despite the April Foolish weather conditions, the Trail Tromp set for this weekend at Camp Drake will still occur along the Onaquispassippi Trail.  Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow is warming up to host the morning hike starting at the Trading Post at 9:00 am this Saturday, April 7.   Please check-in to get instructions about the trail event.  A combined hiking group will be formed for any hikers looking for guides to walk with on the trail, starting at 9:30 from the Trading Post.   Trail souvenirs will be available for purchase from the Trading Post. 


Info on Trail Medals and Awards.



Planting for Pollinators Kick-Off Event                   MEET IN THE TRAINING CENTER

The Council-wide service project Planting for Pollinators is kicking off this Saturday at Camp Drake! Join us from 11-1 pm for pollinator activities that will help your unit get started on their pollinator garden. Scouts will learn about pollinators, building gardens, and get to make some fun take-aways. Bee there on April 7th to join the buzz! If you are participating in the research project, be sure to bring your parent signed participation form. More information at



GAGABALL TOURNAMENT                                       FUN @ FIRST YEAR

Battle in the wooden Octagon with the game of the century!  From 1:00 to 2:00 pm, staff referees will organize Gagaball games for similar age groups, based on the interest level of Scouts.   Each of the games will last under ten minutes, so several experience level brackets will play.   Then at 1:50, the "ALL-IN" final challenge will be played for anyone interested in looking to be the "OVERALL CHAMPION "  for Drake-a-palooza 2018.



Shooting Event at Drake-a-palooza                        GATHER @ THE RIFLE RANGE @ THE NOGLE SHOOTING SPORTS AREA

Various levels of Scouting programs will compete in the Camp Drake Marksmanship Challenge on Saturday April 7, 2018.   Join the Shooting Sports fun from 1:30pm to 3:00pm at the Nogle Shooting Sports Facility on the south side of the camp.  Only $5.00 per person for any age marksman.



Pinewood Derby Entries DUE April 3!

Due to the Robeson Scout Shop being closed on Friday, March 30th when Pinewood entries were due, we have extended the deadline for early and on time registration to April 3rd 2018! Get your entries in by 6pm tomorrow to qualify for the race and get on the list! For more information about our race go to our Pinewood Derby page!


Robeson Scout Shop Closed FRIDAY, March 30

The Robeson Scout Shop & Raymond Lee Scout Service Center will be closed March 30th 2018 in observance of Good Friday. 


Pinewood Derby Championships

Get registered now for the 2018 Council Pinewood Derby Championships held on April 14, 2018 at Judah Christian School in Champaign!


See below for information and all the forms for registration! Deadline to regsiter is MARCH 30, 2018.


Council Pinewood Derby Championships

April 14

Judah Christian School, Champaign Illinois


10:00 – 11:45 am       Registration

10:30 am                    Concession Stand Open

12:00 Noon                 Race Begin

12:30 – 2:00 pm         Show Division Voting Open

2:30 pm                      Trophy Presentation


A special race will be held after the Scout race that is open to adults, siblings, etc.


Registration, Sign Up sheet, and more info below!

Forms & Information

2018 Registration for Race and Show

2018 Open Race Registration

2018 Pinewood Derby Rules and Regulations Sheet



2018 Merit Badge Registration

Merit Badge registration for Units attending Camp Drake this summer will open up tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. for those Scouts who have pai da $125 deposit! The system will calculate based on your payments how many Scouts you can sign up for classes and merit badges.

Need help figuring out how to add numbers, and register for classes? Check out our Merit Badge Registration  Training PPT!


Summer Camp Registration Trainings

Summer Camp Online Registration Tools

To help aid our Units in understanding Tentaroo, we have done PowerPoint presentations with step by step instructions. See below!

  1. First Time Unit Registration
  2. Numbers Registration w/campsite deposit rollover applied
  3. Merit Badge Registration


Pinewood Derby Registration OPEN

The Council Pinewood Derby Championships will be held on April 14, 2018 at Judah Christian School in Champaign.

Check out our Pinewood Derby page for more information and registration sheets!

All forms and registrations must be turned in to the Robeson Scout Shop.


Prairie Fire District Updates

Prairie Fire District Commissioner Meeting

Prairie Fire District Commissioner Meeting for this week on February 15th is CANCELED. All Unit Commissioners should have received an email from District Commissioner Jill Quisenberry. If you did not please email her at


Prairie Fire District Roundtable

The PF District Roundtable will be this Thursday, February 15th at 7pm at IFSI (IN THE FIRE HOUSE BUILDING ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE ADMIN BUILDING) for one hour! Please arrive earlier than 7 to ensure a speedy roundtable as there is a LOT of information to cover. Please come on out to learn all about the Spring schedule as well as the upcoming summer season! The new presentation format will start in March, but we encourage your Units to send one representative to the roundtable to give their feedback on what YOU want to see at roundtable.


2018 Candy Bar Sales Pre-Order Due Thursday

The 2018 Candy Bar sale is starting soon! Don't forget to get your pre-orders in now!

Go to our Candy Bar Sales page for all the forms and information.


2018 NOAC Emblems for Sale

Pre-Order your 2018 NOAC Chevron patches now! They'll be in the office this week!


Emblem Sheet and Order Form


Candy Bar Sale Document Posted

Information about our 2018 Candy Bar sale can be found by going to our Candy Bar Sale page!


PF Disitrict Roundtable & Commissioner meeting CANCELED

Due to inclement weather the Prairie Fire District Commissioner and Roundtable meeting for tonight has been canceled. Please stay safe out there tonight! Just a reminder that all charters are due tomorrow!


Council Facilities CLOSED Monday, January 15 2018

All Council Facilities closed on Janaury 15 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Rechartering Due Friday!

All rechartering must be done through the internet rechartering link at the top of our homepage on You have the option to digitally sign the charter. If your Unit goes this route you will still need to submit the charter to the Council office. All charters are not final until all signatures are complete with payment. Any questions about internet rechartering can be sent to Susan Coller at 217-531-0219 or Please also use the Internet Rechartering Info sheet and Internet Rechartering PPT for reference.




Council Facilities Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours for the Robeson Scout Shop & Raymond Lee Scout Service Center


December 25-26

All Council Facilities Closed for the Holiday!


December 27-29

Robeson Scout Shop Closed for Inventory

Raymond Lee Scout Service Center Open for Other Business (Please use side door.)


January 1 2018

All Council Facilities Closed. Happy New Year!


Robeson Scout Shop Closed on November 8th

The Robeson Scout Shop will be closed on Wednesday, November 8th 2017.


Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Champaign!

January 19th at 7pm at the State Farm Center in Champaign, IL

FLYER with more information!


Congratulations to 20-17-2018 Lodge Officers

This past weekend Illini Lodge #55 held it's annual Fall Pow Wow. During the event, arrowmen were able to voice their opinion on next years Lodge leadership. Congratulations to the new Lodge board!


Chief: Philip Wachter T13

Vice Chief of Administration: Kacy C. T234

Vice Chief of Activities: Kenny C. T234

Vice Chief of Inductions: Ben Hoogstraat T158

Treasurer: Ryan H. T101

Secretary: Jason C. T234


6 Things to Know about Inviting Girls to the BSA

Check out this article about the 6 things to know about inviting girls to the BSA!




Commissioners College

The 2017 Illinois Heartland Commissioner College (IHCC) will be held on Saturday, November 11 at Illinois Central Community College (1 College Dr., East Peoria, IL 61635). Cost to attend this year's event will be $20. The keynote speaker for the event will be BSA National Commissioner Charles Dahlquist. IHCC is a joint Commissioner College co-hosted by Lincoln Trails Council, Prairieland Council and W. D. Boyce Council.

To sign up and form more information:


BSA Expands Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Programs to Welcome Girls

BSA Expands Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Programs to Welcome Girls

The BSA's board of directors has unanimously approved welcoming girls into our Cub Scouts program and delivering a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls. The BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — as well as parents and girls who have never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.


Linked below (or attached) are a few resources to help you learn more about today's decision, as well as respond to any inquiries you may receive. As always, please direct all media queries to



Key Messages:

  • This change is the result of years of requests from families: The BSA thoughtfully evaluated how to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible and adapt to the changing needs of today’s families — all while remaining true to our mission and core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Changes will begin in 2018 (Cub Scouts) and stretch into 2019 (older girls): Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the BSA also will deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable girls to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows us to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.



2017 National Jamboree Patch Set Available

2017 Jamboree Patch Set

2017 Prairielands Council Jamboree Patch 1


9" jacket patch and 3 CSP's for only $30.00 a set plus $2.00 shipping!


2017 Mystery House Clues


Venturing Fest 2018

Check out this article on Venturing Fest:


Fighting Illini Scout Camporee Game Update

Game Time - The game time has been set for 11 am!  The game marks the official start of this event.  Units may show up to the registration tent as early as 7 am on Saturday morning to pick up their packets which will include game tickets.  There will be inflatables and other general activities provided by the University of Illinois for all game attendees before the game in Grange Grove located just west of Memorial Stadium.


Scout Shop Open Today!

This is just a remidner that the Robeson Scout Shop is open today from 9am - 1pm. Also come on in and learn about your BeAScout Pin and Online Registration!


Fighting Illini Scout Camporee Registration Deadline

This is just a remidner that the Fighting Illini Scout camporee deadline for early registration of $35 is Friday! Sign up now by going to or to for more information!


BSA Announces Membership Fee / Insurance Increase

BSA Announces Membership Fee / Insurance Increase Effective December 1, 2017

To deliver the Scouting program to its 2.3 million youth members, it is occasionally necessary for the Boy Scouts of America to increase membership fees to offset rising costs. As a result, the BSA is increasing the membership fee to $33 for all registered Scouts and adult members effective December 1, 2017.


Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting programs to a growing number of youth. Services include ongoing advances in technology, council visits to assist in fundraising, program development and membership campaigns, liability insurance costs, and administrative costs. It is important that we continue to maintain a strong financial position in the future to support and grow Scouting.


Even with the membership increase, Scouting remains an incredible value compared to other youth programs.


The Prairielands Council recognizes that the timing of this announcement may cause units to have to revisit their program budgets as the fee increase will impact the charter renewal process in January.

All of the membership and Boy’s Life fees are passed on to the Boy Scouts of America. The Prairielands Council does not keep any of those funds.  If you have any questions please contact your District Executive.


Scout Shop Special Hours & Uniforming Guide

The Robeson Scout Shop will be open on Saturday September 30, 2017 from 9AM to 1PM!


See this flyer for more details.


Online Popcorn Sales

Unit Commission Rate is 50%.  


Any Prairieland Scout or Scouts can sell, regardless of participation in the traditional sale.


Check out this FLYER for more information on how to sell online!


Volunteers Needed

Lincoln Trails Council is saddened to pass along the communication to all Lincoln Trails Council members of the passing of Eagle Scout Logan Palmer, US Navy Second Class Petty Officer. Petty Officer Palmer was killed as a result of the collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC on Aug. 21. Plans for the memorial service are still in the planning stages due to the Navy’s involvement. In preparing for the services which are tentatively set for Sunday, September 10 and Monday, September 11th Troop 43, Mt. Zion, is working to provide patriot support for the family at this time. Please see the message below from Sue Montgomery, Troop 43 Assistant Scoutmaster and offer your Troop/Pack/Family help as available.


More details will be made available to our Scouts and their families when details are finalized.



Logan Palmer, US Navy Second Class Petty Officer, Macon County resident, Sangamon Valley School student, and Eagle Scout from Troop 43 in Mt. Zion, was killed during the crash of the Naval Destroyer USS McCain. As a way to honor Logan, Mr. Larry Eckhardt (the Flag man) will be bringing between 2000 and 2400 American Flags to the line the drive from the Life Foursquare Church to the Harristown Cemetery.


We will need between 100 and 200 volunteers to help put up and take down the flags.  


When:  Saturday, September 9, at 3pm  FLAGS UP

               Monday, September, 11 at 5pm  FLAGS DOWN


Where:  Meet in the parking lot of the Life Foursquare Church.  2954 W. Ash, Decatur.  At the junction of State Hwy 121 and I-72 on the West side of Decatur. Entrance is from Hwy 121.  


What we will need:

  1. Pickup trucks to haul flags (clean truck bed), cars to haul volunteers.
  2. One sledge hammer per vehicle.
  3. Scouts and leaders to be in Class B t-shirts.
  4. Gloves for working
  5. Safety vests are a good idea, but not required.
  6. Practical shoes or boots for long distance walking. 
  7. A water bottle per person.

Who:  Any Boy Scouts, Boy Scout Leaders, and Boy Scout parents, Cub Scouts*, Cub Scout Leaders and Cub Scout Parents.


*SAFETY:  We will be working within 10 to 15 feet of busy highways.  Any Cub Scout must be accompanied by their parents only and not the Pack leaders.  Please consider the Cub Scout’s maturity and knowledge to stay away from fast moving cars and trucks while the adults are busy with the flags.   OUR GOAL IS TO HONOR LOGAN, NOT TRANSPORT ANYONE TO THE HOSPITAL.

There will be 9-inch dirt punches provided.  The punch is pushed into the ground 9 inches deep (sometimes by pushing with a foot or hit with a sledge hammer), pulled out, and a flag pole put in the hole.  This will be physical work.  The flags will be placed approximately every 30 - 35 feet.  The flags will be posted on both sides of the roads from the Church to the Cemetery.  This is a distance of 7.5 miles one way.  Or 15 miles for both sides.  That's a lot of flags!!


We will need just as many volunteers to take down the flags after the Funeral. Please and Thank-you!!  


Please call or text me with the total number of volunteers per each Unit by Thursday 9pm.

Sue Montgomery - 217-864-4487 (Cell) or email


The US Navy has not yet finalized when they will be releasing Logan's body to come home, it may be Friday or Saturday, or maybe not.  This is very stressful for all concerned. So we are all at the mercy of the US Navy at Dover Air Force Base where all military casualties are taken and processed.


Please be patient and maybe flexible with the dates.


As soon as there is more news, it will be shared.  

This is to honor the Palmer Family and their son Logan who gave his life so we can live free.  


Friends in Scouting,
Susan Montgomery
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 43


District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver Due

Recognize Outstanding Adults


The District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver nominations are due today! Please turn them in to the Council office by 5pm.


Go to to get the nomination forms for the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver award.


How to Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort


To: National Executive Board, National Advisory Council, All BSA Employees


Our thoughts and prayers are with the many families in and outside of Scouting that have been affected by the historic flooding in South Central Texas. The councils that have been significantly impacted include Sam Houston Area Council (Houston), Three Rivers Council (Beaumont), Bay Area Council (Galveston), and South Texas Council (Corpus Christi), as well as counties within the Alamo Area (San Antonio) and Capitol Area (Austin) councils.

We are working with the leadership teams of these local councils to make sure their staffs and families are safe. We are also getting input on property damage at council offices and camps. As the storms continue in the area, we will continuously evaluate the needs of our people and facilities.


Thank you to those who have asked for ways to assist in helping the Scouting family. Given the extent of response efforts required, we understand it is important for first responders to focus on the most pressing emergencies without a well-intended influx of volunteers. As such, the best way to help in the near-term is to support relief efforts financially.


To facilitate this, we have established an online giving site to handle donations at:


Through this site, donations can be designated for specific councils or for all of the councils most affected by the flooding. These funds will be used to rebuild and restore BSA facilities and programs.


To provide immediate support for food and shelter needs in the area, we encourage you to donate directly to the American Red Cross and/or Salvation Army:


  • American Red Cross: Donate online at, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Salvation Army: Donate online at; by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY; or via mail to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta GA 30301


Southern Region Director Ron Oats has designated Area Director Rob Hofmann as project lead for BSA’s response to this need. Please make sure to coordinate any efforts with Rob before moving forward to ensure we provide a coordinated response.

We will keep you updated as the situation continues to evolve.


Thank you for your service and care for our BSA family.




Prairie Fire District Committee Meeting Canceled

Dear Prairiefire District Committee:


The district committee meeting previously scheduled for tonight has been *canceled*; we are resetting it for next Monday, September 11, at 7 PM. We will meet at the Fire Safety Institute as usual.


I would appreciate it if the different sub-committee chairs would contact me with information about your portfolios/share any of the problems that you are having and generally bring me up-to-date ahead of next week's meeting.  


Faithfully in Scouting,




Superhero Piece Patch 2017 Popcorn Sale


Information about how to earn the patch can be found on the Superhero Piece Patch Flyer.


Prairielands Venturing Featured in Area 3 Newsletter


NESA Eagle Scout Schloarships Available

Check out this post on NESA Eagle Scout Schloarhips!



Online Registration for Youth


Just in time for Fall membership recruiting!

Prairielands Council is now live for Online Registration for youth (except Venturers and Explorers age 18 and older)!

Be sure to follow the steps listed in the email below.


So, what’s in it for you and your Pack, Troop, Crew, Post or Ship? Easy registration.


This will make your Unit’s contact info available for everyone to find YOU!


Online Registration Email Instructions


How to earn the BSA Solar Eclipse Patch

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.


See this flyer to learn how!



Making Scouting Accessible for Families



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.


Yours in Scouting,


Gay Martin

Council Commissioner