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New Updates

Founders Award to Honor Arrowmen

One of the highlight moments of the 2019 Illini Lodge Winter Banquet was the acknowledgement of the long term Order of the Arrow efforts of Kacey Clarkston Troop 234 in Westville  and Bobby Butler of Troop 25 in Mahomet.  Both Arrowmen have been active in Illini Lodge events and service throughout their Scouting careers.   The Founder’s Award is a national OA honor in remembrance of E. Urner Goodman, who started the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service in 1915.    Congratulations Bobby and Kacy!

Exclusive Illini Lodge Honor

Each year at the Illini Lodge Winter Banquet, dedicated Arrowmen are distinguished with the Ken Frederick Award.  This honor was created in commemoration of a dedicated Scouter and Arrowman from Troop 55 in Tolono.  The award is presented to youth and adult arrowmen for their hard work for the lodge during the past year.  The recipients of the Ken Frederick Award are Kenny Clarkston of Troop 234 in Westville and Kent McMahan of Troop 32 in Paxton.

New Lodge Chief and Officers Inducted for 2019

The pinnacle spectacle of the 2019 Illini Lodge Winter banquet was the induction of new Lodge Chief Ben Hoogstraat .   Using the long-standing chief confirmation ceremony, Ben accepted the responsibilities for the lodge operations for 2019 as he accepted the tomahawk and pipe.  The new chief then inducted the officers for the upcoming year:   Ryan Henderson as the Vice- Chief of Administration,  Sam Hoogstraat as the Vice- Chief of Activities, Kyle McGregor as the Vice- Chief of Inductions , Clayton McConnell as the Lodge Secretary, and Ethan Richards as the Lodge Treasurer.  Best wishes for the new chief and the officers for a great year in the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.

Trophy for Top O.A. Troop

Congratulations to Troop 25 of Mahomet, IL for earning the 2019 Illini Lodge Table Top Trophy.   Troop 25 had the top total number of arrowmen and their guests with paid registration by noon on Friday, January 4, 2019. The runner – up units were Troop 234 of Westville and Troop 158 of Clifton.  The honor of the fabulous Table Top Trophy was announced at the 2018 Winter Banquet at the Beef House in Covington, IN on January 6th, 2018.

Lodge Donates $1,000 to Prairielands Council

Illini Lodge contributed $1,000 to the Prairielands Council Endowment Fund at the Order of the Arrow Winter Banquet at the Beef House in Covington, IN on January 6th, 2018.   The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service presented a James E. West Fellowship to Philip Wachter, in honor of his servant leadership to Scouting. In addition to recognizing Philip for his service to the lodge and Camp Drake,   the donation to the Endowment Fund will support the council with long-term financial support.

Officer Contact Information

Lodge Chief: Benjamin H. T158

Email: benhoogstraat@yahoo.com Phone Number: (815) 295-0719

Vice Chief of Administration: Ryan H. T101

Email: rehtkd11@gmail.com Phone Number: (217) 722-8344

Vice Chief of Activities: Samuel H. T158

Email: samhoogstraat@yahoo.com Phone Number: (815) 793-0103

Vice Chief of Inductions: Kyle M. T101

Email: kylemacgregor74@gmail.com Phone Number: (217) 898-6957

Treasurer: Ethan R. T234

Email: ethan110904@gmail.com Phone Number: (217) 918-5518

Secretary: Clayton M. T88

Email: 2021cmcconnell@arcolashools.com Phone Number: (217) 549-2015

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2019 SPEEDPASS

The 2019 Speedpass is available for $70 which includes - a pin, 2019 dues, fees for Winter Banquet, fees for Spring Fellowship, and fees for Fall Pow Wow. You also get to be first in line at every meal at every event. What a spectacular deal! Get yours now at the Champaign Scout Office!

2019 Budget

The budget for Illini Lodge 55 is a road-map for the expenses and income for the upcoming year for the Lodge. Each officer, chairman, and event is broken down into expenses and incomes based off of previous years budget and updated for the projections for 2019. The finance committee, treasurer adviser, lodge chief, and lodge adviser met on November 19, 2018 to update the budget for 2019. Check out the 2019 lodge budget by clicking the headline.

Illini Lodge Bylaws

2019 Bylaws

Troop Visitation Season 2019

Are you ready for a spectacular Troop Visitation season?! Well we are! If you have not scheduled you Troop Visit yet please contact Ryan Henderson, our Vice Chief of Administration at rehtkd11@gmail.com

Did you miss TVT? Well fear not, here is a PowerPoint that explains just how to do a quality troop visit.

Are you in need of election forms and election materials?

Well here they are: 

Welcome Letter
Check List A
Check List B & C
Ballots
Election Reporting Form
Adult Recommendation Form
Adult Qualification Form
Election Video


Illini Lodge #55 Social Media Connection


Useful Lodge Information

Involvement, Events, and more Information!

Are you looking to get involved? Don't know how?
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Well you're in luck! Download the Illini Lodge 55 Planbook now! 

Texting Service for Lodge Members

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Vigil Honor

Vigil Honor Nomination Form