Prairielands Council Updates

OA News From Winter Banquet

Founders Award to Honor Arrowmen

One of the highlight moments of the 2019 Illini Lodge Winter Banquet was the acknowledgement of the long term Order of the Arrow efforts of Kacey Clarkston Troop 234 in Westville  and Bobby Butler of Troop 25 in Mahomet.  Both Arrowmen have been active in Illini Lodge events and service throughout their Scouting careers.   The Founder’s Award is a national OA honor in remembrance of E. Urner Goodman, who started the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service in 1915.    Congratulations Bobby and Kacy!

 

Exclusive Illini Lodge Honor

Each year at the Illini Lodge Winter Banquet, dedicated Arrowmen are distinguished with the Ken Frederick Award.  This honor was created in commemoration of a dedicated Scouter and Arrowman from Troop 55 in Tolono.  The award is presented to youth and adult arrowmen for their hard work for the lodge during the past year.  The recipients of the Ken Frederick Award are Kenny Clarkston of Troop 234 in Westville and Kent McMahan of Troop 32 in Paxton.

 

New Lodge Chief and Officers Inducted for 2019

The pinnacle spectacle of the 2019 Illini Lodge Winter banquet was the induction of new Lodge Chief Ben Hoogstraat .   Using the long-standing chief confirmation ceremony, Ben accepted the responsibilities for the lodge operations for 2019 as he accepted the tomahawk and pipe.  The new chief then inducted the officers for the upcoming year:   Ryan Henderson as the Vice- Chief of Administration,  Sam Hoogstraat as the Vice- Chief of Activities, Kyle McGregor as the Vice- Chief of Inductions , Clayton McConnell as the Lodge Secretary, and Ethan Richards as the Lodge Treasurer.  Best wishes for the new chief and the officers for a great year in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.

 

Trophy for Top O.A. Troop

Congratulations to Troop 25 of Mahomet, IL for earning the 2019 Illini Lodge Table Top Trophy.   Troop 25 had the top total number of arrowmen and their guests with paid registration by noon on Friday, January 4, 2019. The runner – up units were Troop 234 of Westville and Troop 158 of Clifton.  The honor of the fabulous Table Top Trophy was announced at the 2018 Winter Banquet at the Beef House in Covington, IN on January 6th, 2018.

 

Lodge Donates $1,000 to Prairielands Council

Illini Lodge contributed $1,000 to the Prairielands Council Endowment Fund at the Order of the Arrow Winter Banquet at the Beef House in Covington, IN on January 6th, 2018.   The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service presented a James E. West Fellowship to Philip Wachter, in honor of his servant leadership to Scouting. In addition to recognizing Philip for his service to the lodge and Camp Drake,   the donation to the Endowment Fund will support the council with long-term financial support.

 

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YPT In-Person LAST CHANCE

YPT Last In Person Chance

 

Still need Youth Protection training? Don't want the hassle of doing it online? Come on out to Illinois Fire Service Institute tomorrow, Wednesday January 8, 2019 at 6pm for the last youth protection in person training before recharters are due! The training will be during the Prairie Fire District Commissioner meeting and will finish around 7:30 to allow those leaders to attend the roundtable. RSVP to prairielands@scouting.org or just show up!

 

Question about whether you have YPT? Email or call us at prairielands@scouting.org or 217-356-7291. 

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NFL Player to Speak at Winter Banquet

PRAIRIELANDS COUNCIL

PRESS RELEASE                                                                  

 

For additional information, contact Staff Advisor Mike Graham at the Prairielands Council Service Center, 356-7291 ext. 6441 in Champaign/ 427-5243 at Camp Drake or TEXT to  841-1464.

 

NFL Player to Speak at Winter Banquet

Former Chicago Bears defensive star Al Harris will provide the keynote speech at the 2019 Illini Lodge Winter Banquet on January 5th.   During the great years of the 1980’s Bears defense, Al Harris helped make his team into a championship caliber club. As a defensive end and linebacker for the “Monsters of the Midway”, Al Harris had over twenty quarterback sacks during his 12 career in the National Football League.  As a consensus All American defensive end at Arizona State University, Al Harris began his professional career as a first round draft pick (ninth overall) of the Chicago Bears in 1979.     Mr. Harris will speak on his experiences in professional football, as well as the importance of leadership and teamwork in our daily lives.

 

Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow is excited to hear details of leadership skills at the highest level of professional sports.   The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society within the Boy Scouts of America.  Upon achievement of the First Class rank in their Scout troop, youth are eligible to be elected by their peers to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow lodge.  Lodge members, known as Arrowmen, serve the local Scouting council, Scout camp, and the community by leading district events and service projects.  There are over 450 arrowmen in Illini Lodge of the Prairielands Council, headquartered out of Champaign, IL. 

 

The annual Winter Banquet is a celebration of the achievements of the past year for Illini Lodge.  Exceptional youth leaders are recognized for their dedication to Scouting and to their community.  The 2019 Illini Lodge Winter banquet will be held Saturday, January 5th, at the Beef House in Covington, IN, beginning at 12:00 noon  (IL time)

 

 

                
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Service to Council

Two or three Scouters are needed to assist the Prairielands Council with the year-end inventory count.   On Thursday, December 27, volunteers and staff will count all of the merchandise for the Robeson Scout Shop in preparation of the year-end audit.  Beginning at 9:00 at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, the project should be completed by mid-afternoon, if enough volunteers participate.  Lunch will be provided to all counters. 

 

If yo uare able to volunteer please call 217-356-7291 or email us at prairielands@scouting.org.

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Special Council Announcement

To: Prairielands Council Volunteers

From: Prairielands Council BSA

 

By now many of you may have seen the articles in the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets regarding the Boy Scouts of America weighing filing for bankruptcy. I want to take this opportunity to clarify some key points and also reassure you that this is a national BSA Charter issue, and does not involve Prairielands Council.

 

First, let me clarify that the articles referred to are speculative in nature and no decisions have been made nor are any imminent.  As we understand it, national BSA has not filed for bankruptcy.  Furthermore, a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is often a financial restructuring, not a liquidation. I believe the future of the Boy Scouts of America remains bright.

 

In reality, the national BSA has had a Task Force in place for over two years that has been evaluating how best to effectively deal with handling claims to our general liability insurance fund, many of which go back 30, 40, even 50 years, while fairly compensating victims who suffered abuse through their Scouting participation.

 

The Prairielands Council, BSA is an independent not for profit corporation chartered in the state of Illinois. We have our own budgets and assets, locally managed and wholly owned. Dollars given locally, stay local. Through the generosity of generations of supporters, we own our own camp, offices, and investments and manage them through our own local board of directors.

 

Let me further assure you that the Boy Scouts of America has always been at the forefront of protecting children from abuse and providing a safe environment for our life-changing programs.

 

Everyone cares deeply about all victims of child sex abuse and are steadfast in our deep belief that even one incident of child abuse is one too many, and at no time in our history have we knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth. We always seek to act swiftly when alerted to abuse allegations.

 

Should you have any concerns about the health of the BSA, our youth protection policies, or Prairielands Council, please contact the Scout Office and we will be responsive to your inquiry.

 

It is our sincere hope that the national organization can effectively navigate through the murky waters that many other organizations face in today’s environment.

 

Thank you for your continued enthusiastic involvement in Scouting programs and Prairielands Council.  Your efforts make a difference both now and in the future.

 

Sincerely,

Randall Kangas                                                           

Prairielands Council President                                   

 

Jared White

Prairielands Council Scout Executive

 

Scout Shop Phone Number: 217-356-7291

Email: Prairielands@scouting.org

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New Scout Executive Named

To: Prairielands Council Staff and Volunteers

From: Prairielands Council BSA

Subject: New Scout Executive Named

 

 

We are pleased to announce the selection of Jared White as Scout Executive of the Prairielands Council, headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, effective January 16, 2019.

 

Jared began his Scouting career as a District Executive for the Greater St. Louis Area Council in St. Louis, Missouri.  He later served as a Senior District Executive, District Director, and Field Director within the Greater St. Louis Area Council.  He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Field Service for the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

 

Jared is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow who enjoys working outside, completing home improvement projects, and working on his project car.

Jared and his wife, Christina, have 3 children, Jack (9) a Bear Scout, Levi (6) a Tiger Scout, and Molly (4) a Scout sister. 

 

Please join me in congratulating Jared as he joins in partnership with our volunteers and staff here at Prairielands Council to deliver quality Scouting experiences to our youth!

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End of the Year Sale

 

YES!! Year End Sale

Get great Scouting deals at the Robeson Scout Shop at 3301 Farber Drive in Champaign on Saturday,  December 8 . From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, fabulous bargains on Scouting merchandise will be available for your holiday shopping. This one-time option will provide Scouting paraphernalia at discount prices. GREAT GIFT S FOR YOUR SCOUTS.  Look to make plans to stop by and shop on Sat. 12/8/18.

 

Memorabilia Auction…YES! 

As part of the Year End sale at the Robeson Scout Shop, special Prairielands Council, Camp Robert Drake, and Illini Lodge memorabilia will be sold.   Put in your bid for some one-of-a kind items.   Special camp wear, original patches, and a Sammy Stave water bottle are just part of the items up for bid at the YES auction this Saturday in Champaign.

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Giving Tuesday Updates & Instructions

Giving Tuesday 

 

Prairielands Council is excited to be participating in Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and kicks off the giving season! We are also excited to announce that donations made to Prairielands Council through Facebook on November 27, starting at 7 am, will be matched up to $250,000, with a cap of $7m total from Facebook! 

 

Please mark out 7 am (CST) on your calendar for Tuesday, November 27 and plan to give and support the Scouting movement here in Central Illinois. All money raised on giving Tuesday, stays locally and helps provide opportunities for Scouts that they can’t get anywhere else, facility upgrades at Camp Drake, training opportunities for leaders to ensure a quality program for our Scouts, and much more!  The closer to 7 am that your gift is made, the higher likelihood that it will be matched.  Regardless of the timing or size of your gift on Giving Tuesday, please consider sharing on social media to amplify your impact as you encourage others to support local Scouting.

 

Base donations of $1,000 or more WILL be eligible for the exclusive 2018 Kanfer Gallery Artwork recognition piece "Falling Snow" that features the Camp Drake Friendship Circle (but not the match).  DETAILS.


How  to Donate:

  1. On, Tuesday, November 27 at 7am go to www.facebook.com/PrairielandsBSA 
  2. First, find our first post with our "Giving Tuesday Fundraiser" OR click on the "Donate" button. 
  3. Complete the steps to submit your donation by inputting your credit card information.

FAQ

 

Please remember to wait until November 27 at or after 7am to complete your donation! Our Giving Tuesday fundraiser  on Facebook will not show up until that date.

 

Need help? Feel free to message us on Facebook on November 27 for any questions! We will be by our messenger!

 

And, as always, we & the Scouts of Prairielands Council appreciate your donation. 


 

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Giving Tuesday

 

 

Prairielands Council is excited to be participating in Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and kicks off the giving season! We are also excited to announce that donations made to Prairielands Council through Facebook on November 27, starting at 7 am, will be matched up to $250,000, with a cap of $7m total from Facebook! 

 

So, mark out 7 am (CST) on your calendar for Tuesday, November 27 and plan to give and support the Scouting movement here in Central Illinois. All money raised on giving Tuesday, stays locally and helps provide opportunities for Scouts that they can’t get anywhere else, facility upgrades at Camp Drake, training opportunities for leaders to ensure a quality program for our Scouts, and much more!  The closer to 7 am that your gift is made, the higher likelihood that it will be matched.  Regardless of the timing or size of your gift on Giving Tuesday, please consider sharing on social media to amplify your impact as you encourage others to support local Scouting.

 

Base donations of $1,000 or more WILL be eligible for the exclusive 2018 Kanfer Gallery Artwork recognition piece "Falling Snow" that features the Camp Drake Friendship Circle (but not the match).  DETAILS.

 

Any donation spreads the message and is appreciated, large or small! We thank you for your continued support of Scouting & Prairielands Council, and we hope for your support this Giving Tuesday!

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Klondike Penguin March Information

KLONDIKE STAFF MEETING

 

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 mike.graham@scouting.org

 

 

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

 

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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 my.scouting.org account.

 

Click here to find the YPT video. 

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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. 

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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 https://campdraketrailrace.wixsite.com/trailracehub for more information!


Want to sign up? Go to: https://www.campdrake.com/camp-drake-trail-race 

 

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the event! If you can help, please call Adam at 217-369-9621 or email adam.m.crutchely@gmail.com.


 

 

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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.

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Upcoming Scout Shop & Office Closures

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.

 

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Family Scouting Update

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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.

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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!

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Woodbadge Sign Up's due!

 

ATTENTION ALL SCOUTERS! SIGN UP TODAY

 

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: https://events.tentaroo.com/prairielands-wb or by calling 217-356-7291.

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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!

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