8:00 AM08:00

Chainsaw Safety Training Course



For any future wood-cutting volunteers at Camp Robert Drake, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America requires that any persons felling trees more than 3 inches in diameter by any means be approved by the camp ranger, be 18 years of age, and meet one of the following requirements:


1)      be a professional forester


2)      be a certified arborist


3)      attend the training for Camp Ranger skills at National Camping School


4)      hold written documentation of chainsaw safety techniques as recognized by               the state or federal government


         5)  successfully complete BSA Chain Saw Safety Training course, No. 20-136


That took a long time to get to option number 5.  The course won’t be that long.  Skilled forester Gene Mochel will provide the BSA Chain Saw Safety Training course, No. 20-136 on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Camp Robert Drake.  The course will begin at 8:00 am and conclude by 12:15.  Please bring any chain saw equipment and safety gear that you can for the training course.  If you do not have equipment, certified wood-cutter Gene will provide tools as needed.  Please note that the purpose of this course is to provide training for future wood-cutting volunteers at Camp Drake. Please bring a copy of a current health history.  This training will require physical stamina in wood-cutting, log hauling, and limb removal.   This course has room for only 8 students.


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9:00 AM09:00

2019 Summer Camp Launch

The Camp Launch for the 2019 camping season will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10 at OSF Hospital, 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 2019, procedural and registration updates, and tons of fun promotional information. Reservations for 2019 Scouts BSA Resident Camp can be made today by contacting Susan Coller at the Prairielands Council at Susan.Coller@Scouting.org. Plan ahead today for a fantastic 2019 camping season!

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to Nov 4

BSA CAI Director Course

This conference is facilitated by the BSA National Fishing Committee, and designed to develop existing Certified Angling Instructors into confident CAI Course Directors.

The conference further enhances the understanding of the Mission and Vision of Outdoor Programs-Fishing. You will be provided with a CAI course manual that guides your step by step instructions, in creating a CAI course for your area. Conference includes in depth discussion on CAI course design, team member recruitment and development, financial planning, facility considerations, and course marketing. The course highlights best practices on content delivery, in both the classroom and the field.

You’re invited to join us as together we strive to deliver the promise to youth by offering quality fishing programs. FISH ON!

The CAI Directors Conference is for Scouters (volunteer & professional) who have completed a CAI course and ideally have staffed at least one successful CAI course.

BSA Fishing National Site

Registration HERE

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to Oct 14

IOLS Training

IOLS: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
This is one of two courses needed by Scoutmasters to be considered "trained" for their position.

DATE/TIME: Check-in Saturday, Oct 13 2018, 8:00 AM. Course will finish around 11:30 PM Sunday, October 14 , 2018
LOCATION: Camp Robert Drake, Fairmount, IL

FEE: $20.00 - Fee covers Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
Slots are limited and there may be a waiting list.

Bring your Boy Scout Handbook and Scoutmaster Handbook (if you have them).

Online Registration Form Here

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10:00 AM10:00

Law Enforcement vs Firefighter Trap Shoot

Flyer & Sign Up

“Law Enforcement vs. Firefighter” Trap Shoot

Help to promote a fun shooting event at Camp Drake.  On Sunday October 7, 2018, Prairielands Council is hosting a  “Law Enforcement vs. Firefighter Trap Shoot”   from  10:00am-2:00pm at the Jamie Ping Trap & Skeet Field on the south side of Camp  Drake .  The Fall “Law Enforcement vs. Firefighter Trap Shoot” is open to all members of our Scouters, local Law Enforcement & Firefighter communities. Sign up as a team of (5) at $100 per team or come out as individuals at $20 per participant, price includes lunch.  Participants will shoot a 50 round standard trap. Individual awards for top 10 shooters plus a bragging rights traveling “Team Event Trophy”. 

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to Sep 3

Labor Day Family Camping Weekend

All Scouts and Scouting family members are invited to enjoy Labor Day Weekend
at Camp Robert Drake from Friday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. All of the
campsites are available for use, along with all the hiking trails and fishing area
options available during the event. A parade of raccoons will visit your campsite
to clean up the s’mores after party. The cost for the entire weekend of camping
and activities is $20.00 per family or $5.00 per individual for the entire four-day
period. Meals are not included and alcohol is not permitted. To register, please fill
out the Labor Day Flyer and return it to the Raymond Lee Scout
Service Center, Box 6267, Champaign, IL, 61826-6267.

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Check out the FLYER

GRAB YOUR SWIMSUIT AND TOWEL and cruise out to CAMP ROBERT DRAKE for a fun day of Aquatics Activities.  Plan to make your own SPLASH on SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.  All ages of Scouts and Scouters are welcome to invite guests to attend the SPLASH-O-RAMA and introduce families to the fun at Camp Drake.  The safety standards of the BSA will be followed requiring swim checks for abiltiy groups for participants.  Please bring your buddy tags from summer camp or other swim skill records to speed up the process for swimming tests. 


Open pool times with swimmers in the three ability groups will be set up, as well as aquatics games and contests.  In age levels, splash contests and swim relays will be held.  Plus…Water Polo, Surface Diving, and Cannonball Events.


Boating options will be available throughout the day.  Based on swimming ability, participants can canoe, kayak, rowboat, and paddleboard at Poncho Pond.  Canoe swamping will be taught.


Games will be set up at the Sand Vollyball court area for sport, as well as Sand Castle building.  Events at Pebble Beach will feature nature investigation of river life.  Plus sprinkler splashes,  wading pool fun, and sponge ball targeting

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