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Prairielands Council Updates Archives for 2018-04

Pinewood Derby Schedule Update & Information

The 2018 Prairielands Council Pinewood Derby Championships will be held tomorrow, April 14th at Judah Christian School in Champaign. Entrance is at the gym of the school.


If you are registered, please note the schedule below! While times may be subject to change, this is a rough estimate of the day ahead! Should you have any questions please email prairielands@scouting.org. 


The Open race will be held right after the championship race, and entries for the open race are open to Scouts, parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. Cost for the open race is $10.



          Schedule: (times subject to change)

10:00                Doors Open & Registration Begins

10:45                        Concession Stand Opens

12:00                      Championship Race Begins

12:30                         Voting for Show Begins

1:30                                Show Voting ENDS

2:00                              Trophy Presentation





District Camporee Information


Prairie Fire District Camporee 


The Prairie Fire District Rendezvous will have a plethora of historical events such as leather working, an arrowhead hunt, archery, arrow making, black powder rifle shooting, tomahawk and atlatl throwing, canoe races and blacksmithing! Sign up today by printing off the Rendezvous Registration Form and turning it and payment into the council office. The event will be held at Camp Robert Drake on April 20-22.


Other important information:


  • $15 fee per participant

  • Campsites on a first come first serve basis! Simply indicate what campsite choices you have on your registration form.

  • No meals are provided for particpants.

  • Parts A & B of physical form must be with the Unit leader (don't forget them!)

  • Check-In from 6-8pm Friday evening

If you have any questions please contact  Bob at r-bantz@illinois.edu. 


Many Trails District Camporee


The Many Trails camporee will  be May 18-20 at Kennekuk County Park.


Information about the camporee can be found in the Camporee Flyer.

Adventure Camp Deadline Moves

Adventure Camp Deadline Moves:


To accommodate Cub Campers attending the 2018 “Cubs on the High Seas” Cub Scout Adventure Camp, the next fee deadline for both youth and adult registration has been altered from April 20 to Friday, May 18.   Please have your full fees paid at that time for your fun “on the banks of the Salt Fork” at Cub Scout Adventure Camp.  Take advantage of this great camping option to experience outdoor thrills,   achieve special advancement options, and live the Scouting life on the pirate themed activities.


Drake-A-Palooza Details (THIS WEEKEND!)




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 https://www.campdrake.com/planting-for-pollinators/



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.


Pinewood Derby Entries DUE April 3!

Due to the Robeson Scout Shop being closed on Friday, March 30th when Pinewood entries were due, we have extended the deadline for early and on time registration to April 3rd 2018! Get your entries in by 6pm tomorrow to qualify for the race and get on the list! For more information about our race go to our Pinewood Derby page!