Camp Drake News
Check back here for all important news updates concerning with anything Camp Drake related!
Camp Drake Volunteers
The first two Saturdays of May (OA on 5/5 & Tool Time on 5/12) will be camp clean up days. One of the BIG projects will be painting, so if you plan to attend and have skill in the painting department, please dress for the job. Bring clothes suitable for painting the pool area, as well as other camp buildings. Thank you for your support of Camp Drake.
Adventure Camp Deadline Change
To accommodate Cub Campers attending the 2018 “Cubs on the High Seas” Cub Scout Adventure Camp, the next fee deadline for both youth and adult registration has been altered from April 20 to Friday, May 18. Please have your full fees paid at that time for your fun “on the banks of the Salt Fork” at Cub Scout Adventure Camp.
Chainsaw Safety Training
Skilled forester Gene Mochel will provide the BSA Chain Saw Safety Training course on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Camp Robert Drake. The course will begin at 8:00 am. Please bring any chain saw equipment and safety gear that you can for the training course. The registration form is HERE.
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 15-21 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.
Vermilion TreX for Older Scouts
River Kayaking, ATV Riding, Pistol Shooting, All qualified Scouts will have a variety of choices for adventure. For older Scouts who choose, trexxers can still attend the outdoor excitement, depending on the size of the activity. In addition to the activities, there are still opportunities for advancement and merit badges.
Service with Scout Style
The Camp Drake improvement days are set for March 17th , April 14th , & May 12th, 2018. Each Tool Time Work Day will begin with job assignments at 9:00 am at the Tin Shed maintenance building area next to the Ranger’s House. Each Tool Time Saturday, a terrific lunch will be provided at 12:15 pm. Workers are encouraged to bring their own tools and equipment if possible, to help ensure that all of the volunteers will have proper supplies. The most helpful tools include wood chopping and brush clearing equipment.
New Program Director for Camp Drake in 2018
For the summer of 2018, Bobby Butler of Troop 25 in Mahomet will serve as he Program Director. Bobby has served on the Camp Drake staff for several years, focusing primary in the role of Archery Director. As an Eagle Scout, he has an exceptional Scouting experience. In his role as Program Director, Bobby will manage the 25-person program staff to provide a diverse merit badge schedule, exciting evening options, and a wide variety of specialty programs for Cub Scouts and Boys Scouts on the banks of the Salt Fork River.
Summer Camp Fee Update
The change in the calendar to the new year means a “heads-up” are in order for your Scouting schedule! Please note the new shift into the summer camp pricing! 2018 Pricing is below (in council):
Now to March 11: $257 (early) March 12 to April 22: $267 (base) April 23 to May 21: $282 (late)
To ensure a Scout gets the early rate, a complete payment of $257 must be made before March 11. The system calculates fee’s based on when the payment was made. Please note that all fees must be paid by May 31, 2018 and NO BALANCE may be had upon arrival to camp.
CAMP PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMS
Special commemorative EAR BUDS are available to all Scouts planning to attend Camp Robert Drake during the summer of 2018. Each troops registered to attend a week of camp can pick up their promotional packet from their OA Camp Promotions Team or see Susan at the Raymond Lee Scout Service Center in Champaign. These fabulous EAR BUDS will sound the call of the Scouting spirit from the banks of the Salt Fork. Make arrangement to have a troop celebration for summer soon.
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.