Prairielands Council

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Prairielands Council
Prairielands Council CSP.png
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Headquarters Champaign, Illinois
Location central Illinois and western Indiana
Country United States
Founded 1991
Website
http://www.prairielandsbsa.org
 Scouting portal

Prairielands Council (previously Illiana Council) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America formed in 1991 by the merger of Arrowhead and Piankeshaw Councils. The council serves Scouts in east central Illinois and western Indiana. The headquarters is located in Champaign, Illinois; an auxiliary office is located in Danville, Illinois.

History[edit]

At the time the Champaign-Urbana Council was formed in 1919, the Council used a small facility at Weldon Springs called Camp Hatetokwitit, for a majority of its Scout camping. A tract of land outside Oakwood was acquired for the new council camp with financial assistance from the Rotary Club. The camp was founded in 1932 and is named for Robert J. Drake, Champaign-Urbana Council's Scout executive, who oversaw the purchase of the property but died of scarlet fever in 1929 before the camp was opened. Robert Drake is buried with his parents outside of Chicago, Illinois [1]

The camp opened for the inaugural camping season on June 13, 1932. Camp Drake is one of the oldest council-owned and operated Scout camps in the nation.[2] The camp celebrated its 75th continuous year of operation in 2007.[3]

Organization[edit]

The council is divided into two districts:

  • Many Trails District
  • Prairie Fire District

Camps[edit]

Camp Robert Drake
Location Oakwood, Illinois
Founded 1932
Website
http://campdrake.com

Prairielands Council currently owns and operates Camp Robert Drake, a Boy Scout camp facility located near Oakwood, Illinois (although the property is addressed in Fairmount, Illinois and it is in the school district of Catlin, Illinois). The facility is used primarily during the summer as a resident camp for Boy Scout and Cub Scout units, and a half-week Venturing camp.

The camp facility is in use year-round by Scout units of all types, and is available for rental by other non-profit groups.

The programs at Camp Robert Drake are annually accredited by the National Camping School of the Boy Scouts of America. The camp runs five weeks of camp aimed for Boy Scouts, three half-week camps designed for Cub Scouts and Webelos, and one half-week session designed for Venturing.

Order of the Arrow[edit]

Illini Lodge 55
Founded 1994
Website
http://illinilodge55.com

Illini Lodge 55, formed by the merger of Waukheon Lodge 55 (Piankeshaw Council) and Illini Lodge 92 (Arrowhead Council) in 1994, is the council's Order of the Arrow lodge.

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