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Prairielands Council Updates

2017 Popcorn Sale


Click HERE to sign your unit up for the 2017 Popcorn Sale

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Scout Day at the Fair


Monday Aug. 14, 2017

Scout Day at the Illinois Fair

Come for special discounts, patch and activities

see flyer

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Danville Scouter Recognized


Danville Scouter Recognized

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. 

 

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Jamboree Patch Set now AVAILABLE


2017 Prairielands Contingent Patch Set now available for $30 a set plus $2 shipping per set.

2017 Prairielands Council Jamboree Patch 1

                 ORDER FORM

 

            Prairielands BSA CSP Jamboree 2017 - Black       Prairielands BSA Jamboree CSP - Purple      Prairielands BSA Jamboree CSP 2017 - yellow

 

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Youth Protection Certificate Generation


Youth Protection Certificate Generation

Overview

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.

Impact

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

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Council Office CLOSED on Friday April 14


The Robeson Scout Shop and the Council Offices will be CLOSED on Friday April 14.  Have a happy and blessed Easter Weekend.

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Tour and Activity Plans are no longer required


Tour and Activity Permits are no longer required.  Please see the FAQ worddocx from National for further information.    Tour/Activity permit FAQ's

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CANDY BAR SALE NOTICE


CANDY BAR SALE NOTICE

 

Tomorrow, Friday April 7 is the LAST day to turn back in UNOPENED CASES of candy to the office.  All payments are due at this time.  NO candy will be accepted back after Friday and NO opened cases will be accepted.

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NEW Store Hours


 

New Scout Shop Hours

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:   sharon.kirk@scouting.org  . Office hours will continue to be 9am to 6pm.

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District Spring Kickoffs coming soon


Be sure to mark you calendars and attend your District's Spring Kickoff

MT will be held in Hoopeston on Thursday April 6 from 6:30-8:00pm. 

PF will be held at the Illinois Fire Services Institute in the Auditorium on Wed. April 12 from 6:30-8:00pm

Get all the upcoming dates for 2017-2018 and hear about upcoming programming

PF district members please see event flyer.

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Candy Bar Sale Update


 

Candy Bar Update!

This Friday, March 24, 2017 will be the last drawing for Candy Bar Prizes.  Money must be turned in by 1 p.m. on Friday to have names in the drawing.  

If you would like to return unopened cases please contact Sharon Kirk at 217-531-0218 or by email sharon.kirk@scouting.org.    The Candy Bar sale is over March 31, 2017!  Units need to make their final payment by Friday, March 31, 2017. 

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District Executive Position Available


Prairielands Council announces a newly-created opening for an entry-level District Executive. The full description of the position is at the link below. Interested applicants should contact Scout Executive Steve Adams directly at 217-531-0220 or at steve.adams@scouting.org .

 

DE position announcement

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Snakes, Spiders, and Bugs: Day Camp '17


Mark your calendars now for three different Cub Scout day camps in three locations:

 

  • Camp Drake (Oakwood), June 2-3, Americas Safari
  • Tuscola, June 16-17, Pacific Rim/Asia Safari
  • Urbana, June 23-24, African Safari

 

Enjoy traditional Cub Scout camp activities, and learn about bugs . . .

 

All three camps have both a traditional one-day program on Saturday and an optional overnight opportunity for Friday evening.

 

Day Camp 2017 Flyer

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Council Expansion Plan for 2017


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.

 

More details can be found in the media release.

 

Media release

 

Thank you for your consideration as we grow together in 2017!

 

 

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Offices Closed Jan 16: Martin Luther King Day


We wish to remind all Scouts, Scouters, and families that all council facilities will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, to observe the Martin Luther King holiday.

 

All facilities will reopen at normal days and times on Tuesday, January 17.

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Prairielands Training College: Feb 11


On Saturday, February 11, 2017 the annual Prairielands Training College will be held at The High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign. Dozens of classes will be on offer in this day-long event, with programs for adult leaders of every experience level and in all types of Scouting program.

 

The first link below is to the course catalog and schedule. You can register online using the second link, although payment still needs to be made directly through the Scout Service Center. The $25 fee includes all materials and lunch.

 

Course Catalog

Online Registration

 

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Website Privacy Policy Updated


The Privacy Policy of this council website has been updated effective 1 January 2017.

 

Privacy Policy

 

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PBJ at Klondike Derby Jan 28


PBJ? It's not a sandwich, this year. It stands for Polar Bear Jam, the 2017 Klondike Derby winter camping event at Camp Robert Drake on Saturday, January 28.

 

Here is the scoop on this annual challenge:

 

Klondike Derby information sheet

Gear List and fees for 2017 Klondike

 

Register by January 16 to avoid late fees!

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Be Careful Out There!


If you are coming to the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center today, please be very careful. The parking lot is a sheet of ice which is not yet remediated. We suggest that you park next to the building near a door and don't hesitate to call 217-531-3010 if there is any question about getting inside safely.

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Cub Scout Advancement Modifications Made


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.

Full list of advancement updates

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Harlem Globetrotters Visit 2 Jan: Scout Specials


The Harlem Globetrotters are coming January 2, 2017 to the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Special pricing is available for Scouts. Please use the flyer found at the link below for ordering.

 

Globetrotters flyer

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Yes, We're Closed Black Friday


The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center and Robeson Scout Shop will close early on Wednesday, November 23 at 4:00 pm. They will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the holiday weekend. Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 28 at 9:00 am.

 

We hope that all of you enjoy your Thanksgiving holidays.

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It's Almost Winter: Time for NYLT!


The annual winter tradition of National Youth Leadership Training in the Prairielands Council continues in 2017! Up to 32 Boy Scouts and Venturers will be accepted on the course, held in the cabins of Camp Robert Drake near Fairmount, Illinois.

 

Dates will be February 24-26 and March 10-12, 2017. You must attend all days of both weekends to get credit for course completion.

 

A cover letter and the course application are available. Don't get shut out!

 

National Youth Leadership Training Application

NYLT Cover Letter

 

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Chicago Fire Scout Night Oct 16


The Chicago Fire soccer club of Major League Soccer has made a special offer for Boy Scouts and their families to attend their match against the New England Revolution on Sunday, October 16. Discounted admission, discounted parking, a patch for all Scouts, and limited special on-field events (first come first served) are available. See the flyer.

 

To order, call Ryan Mercado at 708-496-6675 not later than 5:00 pm on Friday, October 14.

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Council Volunteer Leadership Celebration Nov 6


Prairielands Council will hold its annual Volunteer Leadership Celebration on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at 4:15 p.m. at The Forum at Carle in Urbana. This event recognizes leaders from across our region for their dedicated service to youth. Presentations of the Silver Beaver Award and District Award of Merit will highlight the afternoon.

 

The cost is $15.00 per person. Please reserve in advance with Sharon Kirk at 217-531-0218 or sharon.kirk@scouting.org .

 

Reservation form for Volunteer Leadership Celebration

 

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Silver Beaver Award Nominations


Prairielands Council is accepting nominations for the Silver Beaver Award!

 

The Silver Beaver was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth in service given to the council.

 

Silver Beaver Nomination Form

 

Prairielands Council is accepting nominations for this year's potential honorees until 12:00 noon on Monday, October 3, 2016. Nominations can be delivered to the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center or emailed to Sharon Kirk at sharon.kirk@scouting.org.

 

Recipients of the award will be recognized at the Prairielands Council Adult Leader Recognition Event on Sunday, November 6 at the Carle Forum in Urbana.

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POST Basic Training is Back!


The Fall 2016 edition of Prairielands One Stop Training (POST) is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016. Our hosts will again be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 604 W. Wiindsor, Champaign.

 

Courses offered include Youth Protection training, Den Leader specific training, and Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster specific training for leaders, plus Den Chief training for Boy Scouts and Venturers.

 

POST is free, but preregistration is required.

 

POST flyer

Online POST registration

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POST Basic Training is Back!


The Fall 2016 edition of Prairielands One Stop Training (POST) is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016. Our hosts will again be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 604 W. Wiindsor, Champaign.

 

Courses offered include Youth Protection training, Den Leader specific training, and Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster specific training for leaders, plus Den Chief training for Boy Scouts and Venturers.

 

POST is free, but preregistration is required.

 

POST flyer

Online POST registration

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One More Saturday! Save Big!


Although the Robeson Scout Shop is now closed on Saturdays, we will be open ONE SATURDAY ONLY to help our new Scouts and old ones alike.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOWOUT!

Get a $5 discount at the register for every $50 you spend…

 

And

 

INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE!

Hundreds of items marked down 30%, 40%, 50% or more…

 

Questions? Call Glenn at 217-531-3010. One day only!

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Fighting Illini Scout Camporee Oct 8


On October 8th, you can watch the University of Illinois Flighting Illini host the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten football match up, and then camp out on the field! Your package includes a ticket, food voucher, patch, camping, and more. Register through campdrake.com by September 30th.

 

Questions? Contact Susan Coller at 217-531-0219 or via email.

 

Event Flyer

 

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Corrected Council Camporee Flyers Posted


A corrected version of the flyer for the Council Fall Camporee, scheduled for 9-11 September 2016 at Camp Drake, is now available.

 

Council Fall Camporee (Scout Olympics)

 

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Assembling Our Promo Rockets: YouTube


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.

 

Onward and Upward . . .

 

https://youtu.be/0xj6gmJv-gw

 

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Popcorn Sale Resources Posted


The 2016 Popcorn Sale is almost here! Many of the resources you'll want, including a full timeline of deadlines and key dates, are on our dedicated Popcorn Sale Page. More will be added as time goes on.

 

(Note: The full guidebook is a very, very large file. It has not yet been posted. We are exploring how to make its content available in reasonably-sized file transfers.)

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New Scout Executive Named


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.

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New Store Hours 1 August 2016


New Store Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Effective August 1, 2016

 

The Scout Shop will no longer open on Saturdays due to low sales volume.  We have looked at sales numbers for Saturdays and it does not justify the extra expense in salaries to have the office open.

 

We will, however, be open on Saturday, September 10, 2016 to support new Scout families and Show & Deliver popcorn order deadline.

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May 23 Town Hall -- Online Access


Prairielands Council Commissioner Gabrielle Martin has distributed the following directions for those who cannot attend the May 23 Town Hall in person to participate online from their homes:

 

Want to join the Town Hall meeting online? Follow this link:

 

Prairielands Council Town Hall Meeting

Mon, May 23, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central Daylight Time

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/347737093


Join the conference call and to listen to the meeting:

1-877-402-9753 Access Code: 5505822

 

To test your computer’s system requirements prior to the meeting:

 

http://support.citrixonline.com/en_US/Meeting/all_files/G2M010003

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May 23rd Town Hall Meeting; Financial Reports Released


Dear Friends in Scouting,

 

On May 5th, the Study Group Recommendations were submitted to the Executive and Advisory Boards for review. It is important that you also have the financial information from Lincoln Trails Council and Prairielands Council to review along with the recommendations prior to the next meeting on May 23rd.  

 

The first attachments include the 2015 Audit from Lincoln Trails conducted by Kemper CPA Group, the same firm that audits Prairielands. Also included is the 2015 Audit for Prairielands. The Audit is listed as a Draft but was approved by the Audit Committee on May 10th.

 

In addition there are trend lines for both councils including balance sheet information from 2009 to 2015 for Lincoln Trails and 2010 to 2015 for Prairielands in addition to income statement information from 2011 to 2015 for Lincoln Trails and 2010 to 2015 for Prairielands.

 

Please note a vote is scheduled at the Board Meeting on May 23 to decide if we will take the question of consolidation to a full corporation vote which would include Board Members and Chartering Organization Representatives. On May 23 you are invited to attend a second Town Hall at New Horizon Methodist Church; it will be held from 6-8PM. 

Please submit any other questions before by emailing any of us below.

Questions may be directed to:

 

Kyle Kietzmann/Council President  kkietzmann@bellracing.com

Gabrielle Martin/ Council Commissioner    gabrielle.martin1978@gmail.com

Mike Potts/Immediate Past President     Mike@newhorizonchurch.org

 

2015 Audit Lincoln Trails

Audit Draft Prairielands

Balance Sheet Trends LT

Balance Sheet Trends PLC

Income Statement Trends LT

Income Statement Trends PLC

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Shared Services Study Reports Available


NOTE: The correct version of the PDF containing the committee reports is 15 pages long. If your PDF from the e-mail blast has only nine pages then it is missing two sections, and you may want to download the correct version here or from the link in this post.

 

Dear Friends in Scouting,

 

On May 2nd Prairielands Council conducted a Town Hall meeting to discuss the recommendations presented by the Shared Services Study Group regarding the potential collaboration between Prairielands and Lincoln Trails.

 

Thank you to those who attended either in person or by phone. We appreciate your feedback.   

Unfortunately, the individual sub-committee recommendations were not made available in advance for people to review and draw their own conclusions. As Council President, I would like to extend my heart-felt apology that this information was not provided in advance. I know that Gabrielle Martin and Mike Potts who helped lead the discussion share in this apology.

 

So allow us to rebuild this relationship by addressing that omission.

First, a summary of sub-committee recommendations is attached and will also be available on the council website. These committees were made up of volunteers from both Councils. Please review the reports and contact us with any questions.

 

Secondly, the vote scheduled for May 23 is NOT a vote to consolidate. It is a vote on whether to continue in the process by taking the question of consolidation to a full corporation vote which would include Board Members and Chartering Organization Representatives.

 

Given the general tenor of the meeting on Monday night, we would like a chance to discuss this with you again. Our primary goal with these is to be as completely transparent as possible.

So, on May 23 you are invited to attend a second Town Hall at New Horizon Methodist Church; it will be held from 6-8PM.  With all the information in the reports attached, we will be able to discuss the committee recommendations.  

 

This meeting will also be conducted online so that people may see slides and submit questions online.

 

Please submit any other questions before by emailing any of us below.

Questions may be directed to:

Kyle Kietzmann/Council President  kkietzmann@bellracing.com

Gabrielle Martin/ Council Commissioner    gabrielle.martin1978@gmail.com

Mike Potts/Immediate Past President     Mike@newhorizonchurch.org

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Service Center Early Closing May 2


The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center and the Robeson Scout Shop will close one hour early at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2, to facilitate the scheduled Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. at the Pollard Auditorium of the Forum at Carle in Urbana.

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Shared Services Study - Town Hall Meeting - Monday, May 2nd


Dear Friends,

 

The Shared Services Study Group Committees have been meeting and are in the process of presenting their final recommendations regarding a potential collaboration between Prairielands and Lincoln Trails. A formal recommendation will be finalized by April 30, 2016. 

 

It is important that once a recommendation is presented, we have an opportunity as a Council to come together to discuss the recommendation and ask for feedback and input before the recommendation is submitted to the Executive Board for a formal vote.

 

Town Hall Meeting – Monday, May 2nd – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

 

The Prairielands Council has scheduled a Town Hall Meeting on May 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Pollard Auditorium at the Forum at Carle Hospital. Carle has agreed to provide free parking for those attending this meeting. If you are not able to attend in person, there is a call in number for the meeting. We anticipate there will be a number of people listening, asking questions over the phone may be difficult so we ask those who are calling in to listen to the discussion and questions. 

 

Town Hall Call-In Number

Conference call number is 1-877-402-9753

Access Code: 5505822

 

Mike Potts and Gabrielle Martin will be leading the discussion with Mike McCarthy, Area 3 Director and acting Scout Executive for Prairielands Council available to answer questions.

 

The Shared Services Study Group is composed of five sub-groups made up of representatives from both councils to conduct the study. The objective is to analyze the challenges each council faces and determine if there is an opportunity to work together to address those challenges and better serve young people. The sub-groups include: Finance, Membership & Unit Service, Program & District Support, Communications & Marketing, and Administration & Legal.

 

The expected outcomes of the Shared Services Study will most likely fit into one of three categories:

 

1.    Status Quo – Nothing can be gained through the councils working together or consolidating.

2.    Shared Services – Scouting will best be served if the councils remain separate but find ways to share resources and deliver programs more efficiently.

3.    Consolidation – Scouting will be best served if the two councils become a single, larger council.

 

Thank you for your patience, support and continued commitment to Scouting as we work through the Shared Services Study.

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Shooting Sports Fest: Apr 2


A Shooting Sports Fest will be held at Camp Robert Drake on Saturday, April 2. It will include:

 

  • Cub Scouts shoot BB rifles and work toward the all-new Shooting Sports Awards.
  • Boy Scouts and Venturers shoot classic military rifles.
  • Adult leaders (max 12) can take NRA rifle instructor training (starts Friday evening).

 

This is a "bring a friend" event. Scouts (and any friends) shoot in teams of two. Fees are $10 per shooter or $35 for instructor candidates.

 

Shooting Sports Fest flyer

NRA Rifle Instructor flyer

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Council President's Statement on Shared Services Study


Dear Friends,

 

In December both Prairielands and Lincoln Trails agreed to explore the possibility of collaboration between the two councils in the form of a Shared Services Study Group. The objective is to analyze the challenges each council faces and determine if there is an opportunity to work together to address those challenges and better serve young people.

 

As many of you know, former Prairielands Scout Executive Tim Manard decided to retire after 35 years of service. As a result of Tim’s decision, both Prairielands and Lincoln Trails have agreed to accelerate the timeline of the Shared Services Study Group to determine the extent of our potential collaboration. It is important that we reach a conclusion regarding the Shared Services Study as quickly as possible before beginning a search for a new Scout Executive for Prairielands Council.

 

The Key Three from both councils along with Lincoln Trails Scout Executive Chris Long and interim Prairielands Scout Executive and Area 3 Director Mike McCarthy had a conference call on February 25th to outline the timeline and process for the Shared Services Study and finalize the composition of the five sub-groups made up of representatives from both councils that will conduct the study. The sub-groups include: Finance, Membership & Unit Service, Program & District Support, Communications & Marketing, and Administration & Legal. The sub-groups, composed of 2 to 4 members from each council will select a chairperson and will meet up to three times beginning in March to develop a formal recommendation by April 30, 2016.

 

The expected outcomes of the Shared Services Study will most likely fit into one of three categories:

  1. Status Quo – Nothing can be gained through the councils working together or consolidating.
  2. Shared Services – Scouting will best be served if the councils remain separate but find ways to share resources and deliver programs more efficiently.
  3. Consolidation – Scouting will be best served if the two councils become a single, larger council.

The formal recommendation from the Shared Services Study Group will be presented to the Executive Boards of both councils for a vote. If the recommendation would be to consolidate, final approval would be made by the voting members of each council including the Executive Board Members and the Charter Organization Representatives.

 

I can assure you that everyone participating in the Shared Services Study Group is committed to conducting an objective analysis and presenting a recommendation that is in the best interests of both councils, our volunteers and the more than 6,000 young people we collectively serve.

Thank you for your patience, support and continued commitment to Scouting as we work through the Shared Services Study.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kyle Kietzmann

President

Prairielands Council BSA

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Camper Assistance Forms Due March 31


Each summer, with thanks to the generosity of many donors, the Prairielands Council gives out several thousand dollars in assistance for Scouts who might not be able to attend one of our annual camps without the help.

 

The application is available on the main page of our website and in the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center. It needs to be returned to the Scout Service Center no later than Friday, March 31, 2016.

 

In most years we run out of available funds, so a timely application is crucial.

 

Camper Assistance Form 2016

 

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Service Center Early Closing Feb 19


The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center and the Robeson Scout Shop will close early at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, for a staff function. Normal business hours will resume on Monday morning, February 22, at 9:00 a.m.

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Tim Manard's Retirement Party: Feb. 17


COME JOIN us on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 4-6 pm at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, Champaign,  for cake and punch as we wish Tim Manard, our Scout Executive, a Happy Retirement!   Tim Manard has been with the Boy Scouts of America for 35 years!   We want to thank Tim for all of his dedication for the past 18 years with Prairielands Council and wish him the best in his next adventure.

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Camp Drake Adult Fees Policy Update


The policy governing adult leader fees for Boy Scout summer camp at Camp Robert Drake has been updated for "part-time" leaders not attending the full week. (Leaders attending the full week of camp are not affected by this change.)

 

About the adult leader fees update

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2016 Camp Candy Bar Sale Information


The 2016 Camp Candy Bar Sale begins February 26, 2016 and ends April 1, 2016. This year we welcome World's Finest Chocolate as our new supplier.

 

Details are on the sale page. Also, links to all forms and flyers are below.

 

Sales Order Form

Council and Unit Agreement

Settlement Form (turn in with payments)

Promotional Flyer

 

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PTC: Still the Place to Be!


The 2016 Prairielands Training College, our council's annual University of Scouting, will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign.

 

PTC is an all-day event offering scores of courses for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing leaders of every experience level. The fee of $20 ($25 after February 6) includes lunch.

 

Informational flyers: Class List | Schedule | Brochure Cover

 

We regret that due to technical issues there will be no online registration for 2016.

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Pinewood 101 Not Available This Year


Due to a variety of issues the Pinewood Derby 101 workshop offered during the past few years will not be held this year.  We know that this has been a popular service provided by the Council and hope to revive it in coming years.  Thank you to all who have participated with the event in the past.  The Council Pinewood Derby Championships scheduled for Saturday, April 9th will be held as usual.  Thank you for your understanding.

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Be Bold in the Cold!


The fantastic winter extravaganza known as the 2016 Prairielands Council Klondike Derby is set for Saturday, January 30th, 2016 on the plains of Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood.  Event Chair Kris Hoogstraat of Ashkum announced the theme of “BOLD IN THE COLD” as the challenge for Scouts to enjoy the winter climate and the outdoor activities.

 

A special bonus this year encourages troops to bring along Webelos Scouts to discover the fun at Camp Drake.  Please note the registration deadline of Jan. 22 for fees for the event, and note also that your Webelos guests are free!

 

All participants must be properly prepared for the weather with clothing and equipment.

 

Information flyer and gear list

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Scout Shop Holiday Schedule


As 2015 draws to a close, here's the Scout Shop schedule for the rest of this year.

 

Open Sat 12/12, 9 am - 1 pm

(Closed Sunday)

Open Mon 12/14, Tue 12/15, Wed 12/16, Thu 12/17, Fri 12/18

(Closed Sat/Sun)

Open Mon 12/21, Tue 12/22, Wed 12/23

 

The Scout Shop closes for the year at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. (The Scout Service Center office will be open December 28-31 from 9 am to 5 pm, but nothing can be processed that will affect store inventory.) The Scout Shop reopens on Monday, January 4, 2016, at 9:00 am.

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Prairielands, Lincoln Trails Councils Announce Shared Services Study


On Tuesday, December 1, the executive boards of the Prairielands Council and the Lincoln Trails Council (the latter headquartered in Decatur, Illinois) met simultaneously and separately. Each council approved a motion to conduct a volunteer-led Shared Services Study to explore long-term best practices for delivering Scouting to the youth of east-central Illinois and western Indiana.

 

Shared Services Study FAQ

Two-council Fact Sheet

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Scout Santa Specials For Saturday


Scout Santa makes his annual visit to our Robeson Scout Shop this Saturday, December 5, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. To celebrate we have SPECIALS during the entire time we're open that day, all the way to 1:00. Take 15% off on all your Pinewood Derby stuff (except cars), and 10% off all of our STEM items.

 

Scouts in uniform get a free gift and a family picture with Santa, too.

 

Check out our Santa Scout Specials flyer for gift suggestions.

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Thanksgiving Hours; Scout Santa is Coming!


All Council facilities will close early at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and will remain closed until normal hours resume on Monday, November 30, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

On Saturday, December 5, the Scout Shop will be open for a special first Saturday opportunity. Santa Scout is coming! Scouts in uniform and their families may have pictures taken with Santa until 11:00 a.m., and one-day specials will run in the store from 9 to 1. Watch this space for more news.

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Latest Popcorn Sale Update


As our annual popcorn sale passes the halfway point, we add two new forms to the popcorn sale page on this website.

 

NEW! 2015 Take Order Form

NEW! High Achiever Form

 

Remember that your take orders and your final settlement for any show-and-deliver popcorn you received are both due on Friday, October 30.

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One Giant Leap for Scouting


Save the date: October 10. Enjoy a free, action-packed Cub Scout family day at Champaign's West Side Park. And the daring can live the spirit of adventure in our first-ever One Giant Leap leapfrog contest, with proceeds to benefit our council outdoor programs.

 

Here's the scoop . . .

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2015 Popcorn Sale Info!


The 2015 popcorn sale is here! You can find a guidebook about the sale and forms at the Popcorn Sale page:

 

Fall Popcorn Sale

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Prairielands Council Info for 2017 Jamboree


The council has published a Fact Sheet for all Scouts, Venturers, and adults who want to be part of our contingent (one Boy Scout troop and one Venturing crew) for the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit. We have also published an information package of three items for Scouters who wish to apply for one of the six leadership positions.

 

If you are interested in an adult leader post, do not delay, as the leadership team is expected to be announced before the end of August 2015!

 

Council Contingent Information

Fact Sheet (both adults and youth)

 

Contingent Leadership Cover Letter

Requirements for Contingent Leaders

Application for Contingent Leadership

  • (due by 21 August 2015)

 

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2017 National Jamboree Registration is Live


If you are planning to take part in the 2017 National Jamboree as a Scout, a contingent leader, or a staff member, the first step is to register on the Jamboree website. Here is the link. The site also has answers to many of your questions. Two years out is not too early to start your plan!

 

2017 National Jamboree registration site

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Holiday Closings July 3-4


All Council facilities will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Celebrate safely, and we'll then see you all on Monday the 6th.

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2015-2016 VOA Officers Announced


The council Venturing Officers Association is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 slate of officers: President-Cathie Seebauer; VP/Administration-Ashley Bosch, VP/Communications-Sofie Schwink, VP/Program-Damon McElhaney. The new team will have their orientation and training later this month. We look forward to their enthusiastic leadership as they start their term and throughout the year.

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Holiday Closures


The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, Robeson Scout Shop, and Danville Scout Office will all be closed on Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25 in observance of Monday's Memorial Day holiday. We will re-open at the normal times of 9:00 a.m. for the Service Center and 12:00 noon for the Scout Shop on Tuesday, May 26.

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New Cub Scout Books Here May 1


The main handbooks for both Scouts and leaders for the new Cub Scout program have arrived at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center!

 

Our Robeson Scout Shop will be operating on a limited basis on Thursday, April 30, so the displays can be changed, preorders packaged, and everything else made ready for the official launch day on Friday, May 1. (Use the side door.) Check out the Forms spot in the bottom left corner of our website's main page for updated versions of our price guides for Cub Scout (and Boy Scout) uniforms and awards.

 

Again--we have the new books, and you can get yours beginning Friday!

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Pinewood Derby Results


Congratulations to all who took part in the 2015 Council Pinewood Derby on the 11th. Yes, we have pictures of the top finishers in both Race and Show!

 

Prairielands Council Pinewood Derby race winners

Left to right, 1st to 8th: Andrew B. (80), Landen L. (172), Kaleb R. (94), Cameron M. (80), Thomas B. (80), Taten L. (119), Matthew U. (121), stand-in for Robbie V. (121). Link to full results

Prairielands Council Pinewood Derby show winners

Left to right, 1st on down: Kameron B. (25), Talon F. (121), Magnus W. (119), Trenton B. (80), Logan S. (122), Tyriq J. (402), trophy and car of Corban E. (42), Liam C. (98).

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Council Facilities Closed April 3-4


The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, Robeson Scout Shop, and Danville Scout Office will be closed on Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, for annual spring holidays.

 

All facilities re-open for normal operations on Monday, April 6.

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Camper Assistance Requests Due April 1


Wednesday, April 1, is the last day to turn in your Camper Assistance Request forms to the council office to assure that your request will be considered.

 

Each year the Prairielands Council gives out, thanks to generous donors, grants totalling several thousand dollars to help Scouts with financial need pay the costs of attending our summer camps. Cob Scout day camps, Cub Scout adventure camp, and Boy Scout summer camp all qualify.

 

But funds aren't unlimited, and families need decisions in time to make plans. So if you need to apply, act now!

 

Camper Assistance Request

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Council Pinewood Derby April 11


The annual council Pinewood Derby will be held on Saturday, April 11, at Judah Christian School, 908 N Prospect Ave, Champaign. Updated information sheets, registration flyers, and rules are linked below.

 

 

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2015 Distinguished Citizen: Lou Henson


Join the Prairielands Council on Thursday, May 7, as we celebrate the contributions of former University of Illinois men's basketball coach Lou Henson at our first Distinguished Citizen event.

 

Henson, 83, coached at Illinois for 21 seasons in a college coaching career spanning five decades. He is one of the 20 winningest Division I coaches of all time and one of only four coaches to record 200 or more wins at two different institutions.

 

We are pleased to be able to honor a man who has contributed so much to our region.

 

Ticket and sponsorship information

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Camp Refund Request Form Posted


If you are ever in the position to need a refund of fees paid to the council for summer camp, here is the form. We use a sliding scale based on the amount of notice given, and the Scout Executive has the final review for any refunds.

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Order Your Candy Bars Now!


Our annual Camp Candy Bar Sale starts on Friday, February 21.  Now is the time to make sure your pack, troop, or crew is stocked up and ready to go!  If you want to be sure to have your candy for that starting day, please fill out the Order Form and Candy Agreement below and return them to the Scout office by Monday, February 10.

 

Be careful not to burn up all your profits by ordering huge stockpiles of candy.  You will be able to pick up more cases during the sale period which ends on April 4 with final payments due on that day.

 

Order Form

Candy Agreement

 

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2015 Campership Application Released


Each year, thanks to the generosity of many Scouting supporters, we are able to provide some financial assistance for Scouts from this council who are attending one of our council's camping programs. Camperships are available based on financial need.

 

To apply for a campership for the 2015 Cub Scout day camp or adventure camp, or for the 2015 Boy Scout summer camp, please use the form linked below.

 

Campership Form 2015

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May/June Prairielands Post published


The May/Jone 2013 issue of our council newsletter, the Prairielands Post, is now available for download.

 

 

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2014 Price Updates


BSA Supply Group has updated a number of prices lately, including several common uniform and awards items. Our council price lists in the Forms box on the main page have all been caught up to the changes.

 

ALERT: The correct version of the Boy Scout Uniforms form is dated January 17, 2014; the correct version of the Cub Scout Uniforms form is dated January 21, 2014.  We have had three updates from Supply Group so far in 2014.

 

Boy Scout Awards

Boy Scout Uniforms

Cub Scout Awards

Cub Scout Uniforms

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Flora Filler Retires


Long-time council employee Flora Filler is retiring effective May 1, 2013.

 

Please join us in thanking Flora for her 14 years of service at an open house on Wednesday, April 24, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center.  Reservations are not required, but a call to Sharon Kirk (217-531-0218) will be helpful in our planning.

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Nov 9 Shooting Day Postponed


The shooting event originally set for this Sunday, November 9 at Camp Drake has been postponed. Apologies go out to units planning to attend. Please contact Mike Graham regarding any concerns, and in the future follow campdrake.com for more information.

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