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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!
Senior Patrol Leaders Recognized at Camp Launch
The Camp Program Committee of the Prairielands Council will happily present gift cards to all the Senior Patrol Leaders attending the Camp Drake launch on December 9th. These special gift cards will be good for merchandise from the Camp Drake Trading Post.
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.
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.
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.
2018 National Youth Leadership Training
This is the premier youth leadership training session for Boy Scouts and Venturers. The course will be run over two weekends on February 23 - 25 2018 & March 9 - 11 2018 at Camp Robert Drake. This is a superb management experience for problem solving, communications improvement and decision making skills.
Leave No Trace Training
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 set for March 2-3, 2018. Check out the Conservation page for more details.
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.