Prairielands Council Updates


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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)