Camp Drake News
Check back here for all important news updates concerning with anything Camp Drake related!
Fired Up for the Cooking Range
At Camp Drake in 2017, the flames will be higher and the smoke will smell sweeter as part of the expanded COOKING quest for flavor and adventure! On the sight of the old shooting sports area, the Camp Drake Outdoor Chefs will be targeting new methods of campsite food prep, as well as roasting and toasting classic recipes. Remember Cooking merit badge is required for Eagle Scout! Plan to join the CD Cooking Corps at 3:00 pm during your week of summer camp.
Boy Scout Camp Fees Discount
Current Scouts making camp payments this week will pay at the summer discounted level. An exemption from the fee deadline will be allowed for new Scouts. Any new boy joining your troop in the spring will be held to a first of June deadline. Now is a great time to invite boys of any age to enjoy the excitement of summer camp. Total payment for current youth and adult members for all camp sessions is due Friday, April 21.
Annual Health Form Reminder
The national Boy Scouts of America camp policy mandate medical examinations for week-long summer camp at Camp Drake. All youth participants and adult leaders must present evidence of a physical examination annually for the weekly camp session by a licensed physician AND a health history completed by the adult participant or a parent (for youth participants).
Vermilion TreX for Older Scouts
River Kayaking, ATV Riding, Pistol Shooting, and SCUBA Diving are parts of the new older Scout option at Camp Robert Drake this summer. All qualified Scouts will have a variety of choices for adventure. The Treehouse Cabin will serve as the headquarters for the Vermilion TreX participants looking to choose the option of living the adventure life. For older Scouts who choose to camp along with their troop, trexxers can still attend the outdoor excitement, depending on the size of the activity. In addition to the activities, there are still opportunities for advancement and merit badges. Look for additional details on summer opportunities at Camp Drake at the updated website: www.campdrake.com
Camp Drake Collections
As part of the 85th Anniversary Celebration of Camp Robert Drake, Scouts participating in the springtime events at Camp Drake are receiving Scouting patches to start their own collection. As Scouts attend work days and campouts “on the banks of the Salt Fork”, past Scouting embroidered emblems are shared to serve as a beginning point for a Scout memorabilia collection. Upon attendance at Camp Drake this summer, Scouts can display their collection as part of the requirements for Collections merit badge.
The 2017 Spring Fellowship is the last event for elected candidates from 2016 to participate in their Ordeal ceremony. Please follow up with any outstanding candidates to remind them of this deadline.
Training Opportunities at Camp Drake
Youth Protection & Scoutmaster Specific courses for Boy Scout leaders @ Camp Drake (During Summer Camp)
Dates: June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18
Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/CiWOr2wfImE8Pfg92
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Dates: Camp Drake Week 1--> June 19-23
Registration Form: https://goo.gl/forms/lC9SrszfB3rg0kGh1
Any Boy Scout can attend Camp Drake as a part of the Prairielands Council provisional camping option without their hometown Scoutmasters. Join the Bugle Troop from July 16-22 this summer. This summer there are multitudes of adventures you can undertake to fill your summer with fun exciting challenges. You can come back to camp to work on extra merit badges, awards, relax, or to push yourself to discover new events.
Free Camping at Camp Drake
Council Properties Chairman Jeff Ping has announced that service-minded Packs, Troops, and Crews, of the Prairielands Council can earn free campsite camping at Camp Drake by participating in Tool Time Work Days this spring. Any council units that provide service to each of the three Tool Time Work Days on Saturdays, March 18, April 8, and May 13 will be awarded the TOOL TIME GOLD CARD, which will earn the unit free campsite camping for a calendar year for August, 2017 to July of 2018. The volunteer service requirement must exceed 9 total Scouts, leaders, volunteers, or 50% of the unit’s current membership (whichever is greater) from the unit. The Tool Time Work Days are camp clean-up events, where supporters of Camp Drake assist in the process of getting our grounds and facilities ready for summer. Tool Time projects include tasks such as raking, brush removal, trail maintenance, and firewood preparation. The work day schedule runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a lunch provided for all participants. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…Any pack, troop, or crew who qualifies for the Tool Time Gold Card will be awarded at Camp Drake Pool party in August, which will grant the unit 4 hours of open swim time in primetime weather!
New Registration System Ready for Boy Scout Summer Camp
Troop leaders should check their email in boxes over the next day or two for an email containing login information to Tentaroo. This is the system Prairielands Council is using for Camp Drake summer camp merit badge class registration.
A series of short instructional videos walking through each registration step is available on the Boy Scout Summer Camp page. If you have any additional questions regarding the registration system, please contact Susan Coller at 217-531-0219 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Kurt Brown at email@example.com, or Parker Arnholt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tools Needed for Camp Drake
Camp Drake would appreciate any hand or power tools for its workshop, garden tools for outdoor work, or recreational equipment that you no longer need.
Hand tools or power tools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, saws, etc., help with the many mechanical requirements of camp maintenance.
Garden tools, like rakes, shovels, or weed whips, allow additional volunteers to complete projects on service days.
Any outdoor recreation equipment will be put to good use with the Scouts at summer camp.
From balls & bats to camping gear, from golfing supplies to boating equipment, please contact Mike Graham at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center at 217-356-7291 if you can provide a gift for Camp Drake.