The Leave No Trace Trainer Course is an informative, practical & fun workshop on the ethics and practices of minimum-impact recreation and travel. Prairielands Council is offering this weekend course designed to enhance your understanding of LNT principles and ethics and to increase your level of confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. The course is designed for any Scout leaders and Scouts/Venturers (14+) interested in Leave No Trace practices. Participants will sleep in cabins.
Get on the hiking boots and Get On the Onaquispasippi Trail! See the pectacular views around camp. Add to your springtime calendar of fun events-- the Trail Tromp is hiking on to your calendar on Saturday, April 7th. Walk the Ona-Q Trail and uncover secrets of camping past and prizes for our leaders of tomorrow!
All Scouts and Scouting family members are invited to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Robert Drake this summer. Experience a woodland retreat away and get back to nature. Families can enjoy the facilities at Camp Drake at their own pace. The whole weekend will be open for tent camping and limited activities for all ages. All of the campsites are available for use, along with a few of the program areas options during the event. The cost for the entire weekend of camping and activities is $20.00 per family for the entire four-day period. Meals are not included and alcohol is not permitted. Campers will be able to use camp woodlands at their leisure. Registration is due on the Monday prior to the holiday weekend.
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.
EVENTS @ THE POOL
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.
EVENTS @ THE POND
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.
EVENTS around CAMP
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
The Camp Drake Fall “Law Enforcement vs. Firefighter Trap Shoot” is open to all members of our local Law Enforcement & Firefighter communities. Sign up as a team of (5) or come out as individuals and team up at the event.
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub leaders.
BALOO is the training cub leaders need to conduct outdoor activities.
DATE: Sat Oct 7 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Camp Drake, Training Center building
FEE: $15, includes a provided lunch. This is a full day training event, but no camping gear is required.
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 7 2017, 8:00 AM. Course will finish around 11:30 PM Sunday, October 8 , 2017
LOCATION: Camp Robert Drake, Fairmount, IL
FEE: $15.00 - Fee covers Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
Slots are limited and there may be a waiting list.
Registration deadline: Tue Oct 3 midnight.
Course must have 5 participants registered by Fri Sept 22, 2017 or the course will be cancelled. Register now!
Bring your Boy Scout Handbook and Scoutmaster Handbook (if you have them).
85 Anniversary Event at Camp Drake
The ultimate anniversary event to celebrate 85 years of Scout camping along the banks of the Salt Fork River will be Saturday, June 3 rd . . Throughout the entire day, special events and commemorative programs will provide Scouts and guests with a historical perspective of Camp Robert Drake. Experience the outdoor thrills, Scouting challenges, and life-altering memories of 85 years of camping all in one day.
Timing and Events:
Trail Tromp (sponsored by Illini Lodge #55): 9am - 12 pm
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.
Marksmanship Challenge: (Small Fee $$$) @ Nogle Shooting Sports Complex (SEE FLYER BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS)
Boy Scout Challenge (.22 Rifle)
First Round @ 1:15 followed directly by a competition round
Cub Scout Challenge (BB Guns)
Check-In 2:30 pm
First Round @ 2:45 followed directly by a competition round
Gaga Ball Tournament (No Fee) at the Gaga Pit
Cub Scout @ 1 pm
Boy Scout @ 2:30 pm
Pinewood Derby Race @ 11:30am - 3:00pm
Just for fun as part of the Drake-a- palooza, Camp Drake summer staff members will host Pinewood Derby racing at the fireplace end of the Dining hall. All Cub Scouts are encouraged to bring their Pinewood Car and race against the pack. Any Scouts and Scouters are welcome to bring out their veteran vehicles and enjoy the simple fun of Pinewood Racing. Please remember the 5 ounce weight rule. There are no trophies so there is no cost….just another chance to see your Pinewood Car speeding down the track!
Drone Demonstration @ TBD
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.
Check out this flyer on the Sky Fly Event!
Check out this information about the Trail Tromp!
Test your marksmanship skills at the Jamie Ping Trap & Skeet Field @ Camp Robert Drake on Saturday October 29th, 2016 from 1:00 - 5:00pm. The Camp Drake Fall “Turkey” Shoot is open to all registered Boy Scout / Venturing youth and adults. The competition will have participants shoot a 50 round of trap. Competition divisions will be set up for Boy Scout age, Venturer age, and Adults with $20 County Market gift certificates for first place in each category, as well as “Top Ten” Trophies. The $10 fee includes trap supplies and awards only. All Shooters are to supply their own Shotgun, Ammo, and Ear & Eye Protection for the Competition. Registration and $10 fee Due @ the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center Office by 5:00pm on Monday October 24th
Here is the Registration Form!
Here is an important Smilin Pumpkin Press Release!
Here is the Smilin Pumpkin Pre-Registration form, for all those who enjoy early bird registration!
Here is information regarding the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award!
To speed up the process, please fill out this registration card and bring with you to Smilin' Pumpkin! We can't wait to see you there!
Check out the promotional flyer!