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Prairielands Council Updates

From our VOA officers: Come down to the UI ice rink on March 8th from 1:30 to 4:00 pm! The VOA is having an amazing ice-skating gathering open to all Crews in the Council. The cost is $7 ($5 admission for non U of I students and $2 skate rental) and we ask that each Crew bring a snack to share please. We hope to see you there!

If you are ever in the position to need a refund of fees paid to the council for summer camp, here is the form. We use a sliding scale based on the amount of notice given, and the Scout Executive has the final review for any refunds.

Each year, thanks to the generosity of many Scouting supporters, we are able to provide some financial assistance for Scouts from this council who are attending one of our council's camping programs. Camperships are available based on financial need.


To apply for a campership for the 2015 Cub Scout day camp or adventure camp, or for the 2015 Boy Scout summer camp, please use the form linked below.


Campership Form 2015

The 2015 council Pinewood Derby race will use a revised set of standards for the cars. Most are unchanged, but there are several additions and clarifications. Get off to a good start by downloading your copy here.


2015 Pinewood Derby Rules

Our 40th anniversary Klondike Derby will be held at Camp Drake on Saturday, January 24, 2015, starting at 9:00 a.m. Early bird registration by December 22 is just $10 per person with discounts for Webelos (only within the patrols of a troop) and new Scouts. Check the flyer for details.


Klondike 2015 Flyer


The shooting event originally set for this Sunday, November 9 at Camp Drake has been postponed. Apologies go out to units planning to attend. Please contact Mike Graham regarding any concerns, and in the future follow for more information.

It's time for another Community Day at Monical's Pizza locations throughout our council. This edition takes place on Tuesday, October 28. You will need to bring a copy of the flyer, and 20% of your bill will be donated to the council. (Some limitations apply.)


Monical's Community Day flyer

As we kick off our fall recruiting campaign to attract new Cub Scouts and welcome back current Scouts, we're having a little contest to celebrate. Ten (10) lucky boys will win $100.00 each if their parent or guardian fills out an entry by October 15, 2014. Read all about it . . . this could be YOU.


Joining Cub Scouts Is Fun Entry Form

Joining Cub Scouts Is Fun Contest Rules

Due to unexpected adverse events the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (OLST) and Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) have been moved back one week on the calendar. OLST will now take place on October 10-11-12, and BALOO will take place on October 11. Updated registration forms are linked below.


We regret the necessity for this change.


Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills/OLST flyer

(Includes OWL for Webelos leaders)

BALOO flyer


There will be a Venturing Training Day for both youth and adults on Saturday, August 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The site is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 604 W Windsor Rd, Champaign. Courses on offer will be Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) for Venturers and both of the new basic training courses Venturing Advisor Specific Training (VAST) and Crew Committee Challenge (CCC) in one combined session for adult leaders.


Cost is $12.00 per person including lunch and materials. Contact Glenn Overby at 217-531-3010, to register. Payment due at Scout office by 8/29.

The annual sporting clays benefit shoot, known as the Kurland Steel Sporting Clays for 2014, will be held on Saturday, September 27 at Olde Barn Sporting Clays in Oakland, Illinois.



Registration form


Four dates have been announced for Cub Scout leader orientation programs this fall, open to both new and experienced leaders and interested parents:


  • September 13 at Camp Robert Drake, Fairmount
  • September 20 at Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign
  • September 25 at Paxton Church of Christ, Paxton
  • October 25 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Champaign


At all sessions except the evening session in Paxton, Cub Scout leader-specific training (for the "Trained" emblem) will be offered afterwards as needed.


No charge. Preregistration required to assure enough handouts. Contact Glenn Overby at (217) 531-3010 or to register.

Prairielands Council held its annual popcorn sale kickoff on July 24 at Camp Drake. Here are the main documents released at the meeting, to help you have your best success ever!


2014 Popcorn Sale Guidebook

Show-N-Deliver Order Form

Popcorn Commitment Form

Online Sales Information/Instructions

The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, Robeson Scout Shop, and Danville Scout office will all be closed on Friday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. These facilities will remain closed on Monday, July 7 to facilitate a full staff meeting at Camp Robert Drake.


All will re-open for their normal hours beginning Tuesday, July 8.

We have been notified that our council e-mail will go down beginning at 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, to prepare for migration to a new server. Because the council's IT specialist is in Nashville at the National Annual Meeting, it is likely that the e-mail will remain down for most of Friday and perhaps all day.


We regret the inconvenience. But our Champaign office and store remain open as normal, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday before closing for the Memorial Day weekend.

Most of us know that significant changes are coming in all of our BSA programs, especially Venturing changes this summer and Cub Scouting changes for the 2015-2016 program year.


The latest program updates, including some just announced this week, are kept posted at this webpage on the official site.

After a week off (Susan, we're glad you're feeling better!) a new issue of the council electronic newsletter is available:


May 20 2014

The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center, the Robeson Scout Shop, and the Danville Scout office will all be closed on Saturday, May 24 and Monday, May 26 in recognition of Memorial Day.

Cathie Seebauer of Venturing Crew 1 in Champaign has been selected as president of the council Venturing Officers Association for the 2014-2015 term that begins on June 1.


She will be reviewing applications for the three vice-president positions soon. Any registered Venturer who is a current or former crew-level officer is eligible to apply, but hurry as the extended deadline is only until May 15! Contact council Venturing advisor Glenn Overby at the Scout office for further information.



Another e-Blast is ready for your reading pleasure: April 30 2014

Our annual Pinewood Derby was held at Judah Christian School in Champaign on April 12.  And we have results!!


Race Division results


Show Division results


Congratulations and thank you to all who took part.

The latest weekly electronic newsletter is out: April 8 2014

Bear Cub Scout I.W. from Pack 147 in Champaign recently became our council's first Scout to earn a Supernova medal for achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).  He is pictured here with the Dr Luis W Alvarez Supernova Award and his mentor, Dr Scott Woolbright, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Institute for Genomic Biology.




Supernova recipient I.W. with mentor

The March 25 issue of our weekly council e-Blast newsletter has been released:


March 25 2014


We are now able to easily put the content of our every-Tuesday e-blast onto the Web for your added convenience. Here's the link to this week's Blast:


March 18 2014


To subscribe and receive this direct to your own e-mail each week, check out the top right corner of our main page.

Here are all the latest forms for coming events, combined into one blog alert.  They'll get cross-posted to other areas of the site shortly.


Campership Application (all camps; reformatted PDF) Due April 1!


SALT: NRA Rifle Instructor Course (March 21-22)

Spring Trap Shoot (April 5)

Camp Drake Yard Sale (April 5)

Council Pinewood Derby Entry (April 12)


CS Adventure Camp Attendance Transmittal (roster)

CS Day Camp Pack Roster

CS Day Camp Registration--Camper (revised!)

CS Day Camp Registration--Adult

CS Day Camp Registration--Youth Staff


If you are or have been an officer in your Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship, consider serving as an officer in next year's council Venturing Officers Association! Applications are open for the four positions of President, Vice President/Administration, Vice President/Communications, and Vice President/Program. It's an opportunity to serve your fellow Venturers, expand your skills, and even add to your resume for college applications.


The application form is linked below. It needs to be returned to Glenn Overby at the Scout office in Champaign by March 17 for applications for President or by May 1 for applications for one of the Vice Presidents. A Venturer may apply to be considered for more than one position. The term of office is from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015.


Council VOA Officer Application

As in past years, a prize drawing takes place on each week of our Camp Candy Bar Sale. Each full box or Katydid tin sold by a Scout earns one ticket in the weekly prize drawing.  And all tickets earned stay in each week unless drawn as winners, so early sales mean better chances to win!


But tickets are only added to the draw after the money for sales is received at the office.  Weekly deadlines are at 1:00 p.m. each Friday, beginning February 28.  Unit leaders use the Settlement Form (linked below) to accompany payments and let us know who gets drawing tickets.


Good Luck!


Settlement Form

The annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner will be on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Laborers Union Hall, 108 E Anthony Dr, Urbana.  It is not too late to make reservations with payment to the council office.  The price is now $35 per person (Eagles and Silvers being honored come free), and no reservations will be accepted after Thursday, February 13


Come salute the Eagle Class of 2013!


Eagle Dinner Reservation Form

The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center and the Robeson Scout Shop will be closed on Wednesday, February 5, due to inclement weather. 

The annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner will be on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Laborers Union Hall, 108 E Anthony Dr, Urbana.  Reservations are mandatory for all attendees including the 2013 Eagle Scout and Venturing Silver honorees.  Please send the reservation form with payment to the council office on or before Friday, February 7.  The price is $25 per person until that date (the Eagles and Silvers being honored come free).


Eagle Dinner Reservation Form

Our annual Camp Candy Bar Sale starts on Friday, February 21.  Now is the time to make sure your pack, troop, or crew is stocked up and ready to go!  If you want to be sure to have your candy for that starting day, please fill out the Order Form and Candy Agreement below and return them to the Scout office by Monday, February 10.


Be careful not to burn up all your profits by ordering huge stockpiles of candy.  You will be able to pick up more cases during the sale period which ends on April 4 with final payments due on that day.


Order Form

Candy Agreement


BSA Supply Group has updated a number of prices lately, including several common uniform and awards items. Our council price lists in the Forms box on the main page have all been caught up to the changes.


ALERT: The correct version of the Boy Scout Uniforms form is dated January 17, 2014; the correct version of the Cub Scout Uniforms form is dated January 21, 2014.  We have had three updates from Supply Group so far in 2014.


Boy Scout Awards

Boy Scout Uniforms

Cub Scout Awards

Cub Scout Uniforms

The Prairie Fire District commissioners meeting and roundtable scheduled for Wednesday, January 8 are canceled due to weather.


Eligible voters for the Prairie Fire District annual meeting that was canceled on Monday are being contacted by e-mail with instructions on voting for the annual district election.


The Many Trails District Annual Business Meeting and Roundtable are postponed for two weeks from Thursday, January 9 to Thursday, January 23.

All council facilities will be closed on Monday, January 6, due to weather.  They will re-open on Tuesday with normal hours of 9:00-6:00 for the Champaign office, noon-6:00 for the Scout Shop.  UPDATE: The Danville office will reopen on Thursday with normal hours of 1:30-5:00.


The Prairie Fire District Annual Meeting scheduled for Monday, January 6, will not take place due to weather.  UPDATE: The Council Venturing Officers Association meeting scheduled for Monday evening is also canceled.

The 14th annual Prairielands Training College will take place at The High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign on Saturday, February 8, 2014.  PTC will offer nearly 40 courses on a variety of topics for adult leaders in all programs and at all levels.


PTC course descriptions

PTC class schedule

PTC registration form


Several publications about our 2014 summer camp offerings were released at our annual Camp Launch on December 14:


Camp Drake Lantern (leader's guide to 2014 Boy Scout camp)


Cub Scout Adventure Camp Day 1 Schedule

Cub Scout Adventure Camp Day 2 Schedule

Sunrays (new program enhancements for Scouts entering Webelos I and II)

The Robeson Scout Shop and the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign are closed for Saturday, December 14, due to weather.  We regret the inconvenience.


Council facilities will return to their normal schedules on Monday, December 16.

The Camp Drake Summer Camp Launch and Cub Scout Camp Launch scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, December 14, 2013 will be held as planned.  We urge all Scouts and Scouters to use their best judgment and consider weather and road conditions before deciding whether to attend.  Materials from the meeting will be posted on the council website, and early next week.


For Scout Troops that cannot attend, but still wish to be in the ‘drawing’ for a cabin at Klondike Derby, please submit your request to by this coming Monday, December 16, 2013.  The winner will be contacted by e-mail and announcement made in the regular Council e-mail “Blast” on Tuesday. 


Again, you are encouraged to consider first the safety of you and your passengers before attending this event.  You may receive this message from several sources in the coming hours as we are attempting to reach as many Scouters as possible.


Thank you.

Here are the holiday season changes to our office and Scout Shop schedule:


  • Sat Dec 7: Scout Shop Open--Scout Santa visits (see sidebar)
  • Fri Dec 20: Last day to pick up held items in store
  • Mon Dec 23: Last day of Scout Shop sales for 2013
  • Tue Dec 24--Wed Dec 25: Merry Christmas! All council facilities closed
  • Thu Dec 26--Tue Dec 31: Scout Shop closed for inventory (office open)
  • Wed Jan 1: Happy New Year! All council facilities closed
  • Thu Jan 2: Normal operations resume


Our regular hours in Champaign are 9 am to 6 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Noon to 6 pm on Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to 1 pm on the second and fourth Saturdays. The Danville office is normally open 1:30 pm to 5 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

The December 2013 issue of our council newsletter, the Prairielands Post, is now available for download.

The Raymond Lee Scout Service Center and the Robeson Scout Shop will close early at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27 in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday.  They will be closed from Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1, and will re-open at the normal time of 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2.


The Danville office will operate normally on Tuesday, November 26, will be closed for Thanksgiving Day, and will open again on Tuesday, December 3.

Cub Scout Camp Launch for the 2014 season is on Saturday, December 14th at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.  Here's the scoop!


Cub Camp Launch information

2014 Adventure Camp information

For the first time, Prairielands Council will hold its annual National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) in the winter. The cabins of Camp Robert Drake will host NYLT on two three-day weekends, February 21-23 and March 7-9, 2014. Both weekends must be completed to graduate.


The course is open to mature Boy Scouts (minimum age 13 and First Class) and Venturers who want to become great leaders. Fee is $200 ($220 after January 21).


NYLT information and application

The official Pinewood Derby rules for this year's council race (to be held Saturday, April 12, 2014) have been released. Most packs use these rules for local races as well, but check with your local pack for their final word.


2014 Pinewood Derby rules sheet

October is bringing unusual opportunities for Prairielands Council Scouts, leaders, and families.


Crew 1 is hosting a weeknight Wilderness First Aid course on four Tuesday evenings (6-10 pm) beginning October 22.  This 16-hour course fulfills all requirements for BSA high adventure base participation.  Cost is $60; register with the Crew by October 14.  WFA Flyer


The University of Illinois will have a Scout Night for their home football game against Wisconsin on Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $42 each.  UI flyer

Groups that are interested in renting the kitchen facilities at Camp Drake for an event must read, understand, and comply with the provisions in the new Camp Drake Kitchen Use Information Sheet (September 2013). 

The September/October 2013 issue of our council newsletter, the Prairielands Post, is now available for download.

Units participating in the Show-N-Deliver phase of the 2013 popcorn sale need to order their product by Monday, September 16. The order form is going out to all units and is also available here!


Show-N-Deliver Order Form

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has announced that individual registration fees will increase on January 1, 2014, from $15.00 to $24.00 per year. These fees were last changed in 2010.


Letter from Scout Executive Tim Manard about the change. 

The Council Training Committee has released the 2013-2014 training calendar.  Here are links for upcoming training events in September and October 2013.


September 7: Trainer's EDGE

September 13-14: Leave No Trace Trainer

September 15: Tread Lightly Trainer

October 4-6: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (OLST)

October 4-6: Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills (OWL) combined with OLST above

October 5: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

October 19: Prairielands One Stop Training (POST)


2013-2014 Training Calendar

We again have an opportunity to eat pizza and support Scouting!  Fourteen Monical's Pizza locations in 12 communities across our council will donate 20% of qualifying purchases on Monday, August 26 to the Scouts -- if you present this flyer with your order.

Nominations for the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award for service presented by a local council, are being accepted through August 30 at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center.  Also, nominations for the District Award of Merit may be submitted through August 30.  Both awards recognize adults for outstanding contributions to youth; the difference between them is the level at which they are awarded.


Selectees will be honored at the annual Council Volunteer Recognition Celebration scheduled for Sunday, October 20.


Silver Beaver Nomination Form

District Award of Merit Nomination Form

The August issue of the Prairielands Post, our council newsletter, is available for download.  It is temporarily in three parts in .docx format (MS Word) while we work through technical issues with a PDF conversion.


Latest Issue: Pt 1 Pt 2 Pt 3

Annual Popcorn Kickoff meeting is July 25 at 6:30, Camp Drake!  Check the flyer for details.  Every unit is urged to send two adults if possible.


Information flyer



The May/Jone 2013 issue of our council newsletter, the Prairielands Post, is now available for download.



Long-time council employee Flora Filler is retiring effective May 1, 2013.


Please join us in thanking Flora for her 14 years of service at an open house on Wednesday, April 24, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center.  Reservations are not required, but a call to Sharon Kirk (217-531-0218) will be helpful in our planning.


A reminder . . .


Every Saturday we're open is Super Saturday at the Robeson Scout Shop!  As we get ready for the camping season take 15% off all pocket knives, knot kits, and books about knives and knots like the Little Book of Whittling and the Deck of Knots.

The March/April 2013 issue of our council newsletter, Prairielands Post, is now available for download.


Download new Prairielands Post


Also, the 2012 Annual Report of the council has been converted to PDF and made available here.


Download Annual Report

The NOVA and Supernova awards are part of a new BSA program exploring the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. NOVA is for all scouting levels, Tiger Cub through Venturing.


On Saturday, March 9, grab a free NOVA book (your choice, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturing) with any purchase of $25 or more at our Robeson Scout Shop! (Limit 1 per customer.)

Updates on our Cub Scout camping programs and the Spring Camporees for both districts are now on the website under Events in the top menu.


Cub Scout Day Camp and Adventure Camp (on the Summer Camps page)


Many Trails Scout Skills Camporee (on their district page)


Prairie Fire Camporee (on their district page)


Come to the University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on Saturday, February 23, watch the U of I team battle the Canadian national team, take part in demonstrations and discussions before and after the game, and complete several merit badge and belt loop requirements for Disabilities Awareness!  The game is at 2:00 at Huff Hall on campus, with early activities at 1:30.


Information flyer

We again have an opportunity to eat pizza and support Scouting!  Fourteen Monical's Pizza locations in 12 communities across our council will donate 20% of qualifying purchases on Monday, February 11 to the Scouts -- if you present this flyer with your order.

Many Camp Robert Drake facilities can now be provisionally reserved online. These include all four cabins, the training center (with or without apartments), and all of our campsites.  Click on "Site Reservations" in the drop-down menu bar under CAMP DRAKE at the top of the page.  You will need to arrange payment with the Scout office as before, either in person or by phone.


Facilities not listed above, such as the pool, the canoes, and the rifle range, still require a paper Camp Use Application.

The issue with online registration for the 13th Prairielands Training College has been resolved, and you can again use the link under Events on this main page to register.


Don't miss it!

The migration of the council website yesterday has temporarily knocked the Prairielands Training College registration system offline.  We'll keep you informed about restoration progress.

Today we launch the new Prairielands BSA website! Be sure to browse all the info and check back often as we post updates for you to read, forms for you to download, and more.


Thanks for visiting.  Come back soon!




Prairielands Council, BSA

The National Eagle Scout Association has posted new information about Eagle Scout scholarships for 2013 on their website.  Only the new application forms from the NESA site will be accepted!  Applications must be postmarked not later than Monday, December 31.


January 12: The Trainer's EDGE - Download PDF

February 9: Prairielands Training College (PTC)
March 9: Prairielands One Stop Training (POST) - Download PDF
March 22-24: SALT -- Knots for Staves and Knots for Bell Ropes - Download PDF
April 12-14: Wilderness First Aid and HeartSaver CPR/AED - Download PDF
April 19-21: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (OLST, now incorporates OWL) - Download PDF
April 20: Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) - Download PDF

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