Camp Drake News
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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.
Summer Camp Fee Reminder
All troop leaders planning to attend Camp Robert Drake this summer should note the timing of the summer camp fees deadline. Please remind your Scouting families that the Boy Scout summer camp fee date to save from paying added late fees is Friday, April 21st.
Shooting Event at Drake-a-palooza
Various levels of Scouting programs will compete in the Camp Drake Marksmanship Challenge on SaturdayApril 1sth, 2017. Join the Shooting Sports fun from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Nogle Shooting Sports Facility on the south side of the camp.
Tromp the Trail April 1
Blaze the trail through the woods at the annual Trail Tromp hiking day at Camp Robert Drake on April 1st to win your own Global Positioning System. All of the Trail Tromp participants will be eligible for the drawing for a hand-held GPS device, sponsored by Illini Lodge of the Order of the Arrow
Drone Demo at Drake-a-Palooza
Check out the drone demonstration as part of the Drake-A-Palooza activities on Saturday, April 1st at Camp Drake. During the afternoon festivities, a demonstration of drone technology will be provided for any Scouts and families in attendance.
Tool Time March One Eight
All Scouts, Scouters, and parents are welcome to help prepare camp this weekend. Basic cleaning will be needed in the program areas and campsites. All Tool Time participants should bring their own equipment if possible, but some rakes, brooms, and loppers are available. The 1st Tool Time Work Day is set for Saturday, March 18th at 9:00 am at the north end of the Tin Shed at Camp Robert Drake near Oakwood, IL. A lunch will be served at 12:15 and a recognition distribution will be conducted at the end of the day at 3:00 pm. Please encourage your pack, troop, or crew to help with this Tool Time date, or another Saturday on April 8th or May13th.
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 email@example.com, Kurt Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Parker Arnholt at email@example.com.
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.