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Prairielands Council Updates Archives for 2017-08

How to Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort


To: National Executive Board, National Advisory Council, All BSA Employees


Our thoughts and prayers are with the many families in and outside of Scouting that have been affected by the historic flooding in South Central Texas. The councils that have been significantly impacted include Sam Houston Area Council (Houston), Three Rivers Council (Beaumont), Bay Area Council (Galveston), and South Texas Council (Corpus Christi), as well as counties within the Alamo Area (San Antonio) and Capitol Area (Austin) councils.

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.


To facilitate this, we have established an online giving site to handle donations at: scoutingemergency.kintera.org/texas.


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.



Prairie Fire District Committee Meeting Canceled

Dear Prairiefire District Committee:


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.  


Faithfully in Scouting,



Online Registration for Youth


Just in time for Fall membership recruiting!

Prairielands Council is now live for Online Registration for youth (except Venturers and Explorers age 18 and older)!

Be sure to follow the steps listed in the email below.


So, what’s in it for you and your Pack, Troop, Crew, Post or Ship? Easy registration.


This will make your Unit’s contact info available for everyone to find YOU!


Online Registration Email Instructions

How to earn the BSA Solar Eclipse Patch

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.


See this flyer to learn how!

Making Scouting Accessible for Families



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.


Yours in Scouting,


Gay Martin

Council Commissioner

Cub Scouting Lion Program

The Lion pilot is a Boy Scouts of America program that is designed to introduce kindergarten-age boys
and their families to the fun of Scouting.


More information can be found in this Lion FAQ Flyer.