Wood Splitting Success

Thanks to all the hard-working volunteers who attended the Lumberjack Day at Camp Drake on Nov. 11.   Many of the designated projects were completed and the winter wood supply was improved immensely.  Under the leadership of Ranger Ed,   25 hearty workers cut trees, cleared brush, transported logs, and split & stacked cabin wood.   Thanks to all the woodsmen who brought their own equipment to help with the cause.  And a special thanks to the workers from Pack 9 who did a great job in the wood shed. 

Trail Hiking Difference

One of the advantages of the cold wind blowing is that the leaves are now mostly of the maples trees, allowing for a different kind of scenery on the Onaquispassippi Trail.   Hikers can really enjoy great viewpoints along the river ridges of the perimeter path around Camp Drake.  The trail that goes up and down the ravines provides inspiring vista, as well as a heart-pumping hike.   Take a trip to the banks of the Salt Fork River to experience a winter walk in the Vermilion County woodland.

GOLD RUSH in January

Join the patrols  from throughout the Prairielands Council will enjoy the cold-weather thrills of the Klondike Derby Saturday, January 27, 2018.  .  The annual winter challenge will feature outdoor challenges for Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews from throughout central Illinois and Indiana.  We are talking about the RACE FOR GOLDEN NUGGETS for the 2018 Klondike Derby.

Klondike Cabin Drawing

Cabin and campsite space for the 2018 Prairielands Council Klondike Derby will be selected at random following the Camp Drake Launch on Dec. 9 at the Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.  You must contact Susan Coller no later than 9:00 am on the morning of the Camp Launch to get your Troop or Crew in the Klondike Cabin/Campsite drawing.  Units must attend to win!  Save the date of Jan. 27, 2018 for the next Klondike Derby extravaganza.

Camp Drake 2018

The Camp Launch for the 2018 camping season will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 9 at Presence Medical Center, located at 1400 W. Park Street in Urbana, just off of University Avenue. The Camp Launch program will include program highlights for Camp Drake in 2018, procedural and registration updates, and tons of fun promotional information. Plan ahead today for a fantastic camping season!

Cub Camp Kickoff

The Cub Scout Camping season will blast-off on Saturday, December 9th, at the Presence  Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St.   (just north of University Ave.) in Urbana.  The 30 minute “Camp Launch” will begin at 11:00 am and will feature the highlights of the Cub Scout Adventure Camping opportunities for 2018. All Cub Scout leaders and interested parents are invited to attend the Cub Camp Launch on December 9th.  The Cub Camp Launch follows the Boy Scout Camp Launch at the same location, so car pool with your local troop leaders.


Scouter Mom's Review of Camp Drake

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.