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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
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.
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.
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 https://prairielands.tentaroo.com/ or to www.campdrake.com/fisc for more information!
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.
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:
Pickup trucks to haul flags (clean truck bed), cars to haul volunteers.
One sledge hammer per vehicle.
Scouts and leaders to be in Class B t-shirts.
Gloves for working
Safety vests are a good idea, but not required.
Practical shoes or boots for long distance walking.
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.
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,
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 43
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.
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 redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Salvation Army: Donate online at helpsalvationarmy.org; 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.
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.
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.