Prairielands Council Updates Archives for 2018-12

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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