Prairielands Council Updates




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.