The March - April Trailblazer is available now.

Other documents listed in the Trailblazer:

  • Council Dinner Flier
  • Railsplitter Scouting for Food Flier
  • Railsplitter Pinewood Derby FlierRedhawk District Banquet Flier
  • Redhawk District Recognition Flier
  • Eagle Project of the Year Flier
  • District Award of Merit Form
  • Railsplitter Recognition Dinner Flier
  • A Sample Youth Protection Training Requirments Letter
  • My Scouting Tools Functionality

    Work Day at Rhodes France and Camp Kickapoo

    There will be a work day at Rhodes France On March 21. There are several projects is the works, so please come out and support the camp.

    Do you know where Camp Kickapoo is? It is located on beautiful Lake Sarah, near Effingham. Come out and see the facility and help improve it as well. The work day there will be held on March 28.

    See the Kickapoo flier for more details.

    10th Annual Spring Rendezvous

    The 10th Annual Spring Rendezvous is set to be held on May 15-17 at Wolf Creek State Park, near Sullivan. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the annual spring camporee, the Spring Rendezvous committee is taking a step back to the past and will be bringing back many of the popular activities for our scouts along with bringing in a few new favorites.

    The camporee will be held once again in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Links to the Future Youth Festival. With this partnership, our scouts will have the opportunity to learn about the great outdoors and the many hobbies available to the outdoorsman such as trap shooting, BB gun shooting, archery, and fishing just to name a few.

    The highlight entertainment for the weekend will be the Kinsella’s. Larry Kinsella is an avocational archaeologist and will demonstrate the use of primitive tools – a stone axe, atlatls, banner stones, flint knives, and arrow points. The scouts will be able to participate in several hands on activities with Larry. Larry’s wife, Marilyn will come as “Taleypo” – a wordsmith from the deep dark bluffs overlooking the humid Mississippi River Valley. Marilyn will weave yarns that are sure to entertain, surprise or possibly frighten our scouts but in the end will make everyone smile. At the end of the day on Saturday, the Kinsella’s will come together to present “Stones and Stories.” This program will combine their talents to bring an educational and entertaining program to conclude the day. More information can be found on the Kinsella’s at

    Boy Scouts will have an opportunity to complete requirements for the Cooking Merit Badge during the weekend by participating in event to be held at the Kamp Kitchen with Rick Tucker. Interested scouts should contact their Scoutmaster for more details or go to to download the Dutch Oven Cook-off flier to view pre-requisites for the merit badge session.

    The registration fee is $25 per person and is due on or before March 16th. A $5 late fee will be imposed per person if received after the registration deadline. T-shirts are available for pre-order and will be delivered to units if order is placed and paid in full on or before the registration deadline. The cost per shirt is $12 for all sizes up to XL, $15 for 2X and above (tall sizes not available).

    For more information please contact Melanie Byers, Spring Rendezvous Chairman, at 217-454-0797 or or Ellen Watkins, Staff Advisor, at 217-620-7205 or

    Here is the flier and related forms.

    Summer Camp

    Cub Scout and Boy Scout Summer Camp Leaders Guides are available now:

    Click here for the Cub Scout Leader Guide.

    Click here for the Boy Scout Leader Guide.

    Wood Badge Training

    Wood Badge Training for adults will be offered this year by the Abraham Lincoln Council. Dates for the course are Aug 27-29 and Sept 24-26

    Click here for the flier.


    An outside funding source has been ssecured for this year's camperships. Assistance will again be available to help with camp fees for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to attend Summer Camp.

    Click here for the Cub Scout application.

    Click here for the Boy Scout application.

    Outdoor Sportsman Competition Leagues

    In order to meet the growing need for Venturing and Varsity activities, Lincoln Trails Council developed competitive leagues for older teens age 14-20. Registered Scouts can compete in year-round tournaments and matches for fishing, rifle, shotgun or archery.

    Here is a flier.

    2015 Council Calendar UPDATE

    An updated council calendar is online here and in the menu system above.

    Boy Scout Competition Announced

    The Bill of Rights Institute is excited to announce its third annual Boy Scout competition, with the chance for Scouts to win up to $1,000 plus $500 for their BSA units!

    Deadline: January 30, 2015

    The competition is structured around one short essay (800 words or fewer) related to the Constitution and the founding principles:

    Abraham Lincoln described the Declaration of Independence as an ‘apple of gold’ and the Constitution as the ‘frame of silver,’ which encases it. For Lincoln, the Declaration asserts the moral and philosophical standard which the Constitution aims to implement.

    The Bill of Rights Institute is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to educate young people on the ideas of the Constitution and the rights it protects. The Institute develops curricula and provides professional development opportunities for educators. It also provides high school students with opportunities to develop their understanding of the founding documents through essay contests, Constitution clubs, online games, resources, and summer programs. For more information on the Bill of Rights Institute’s programs, visit

    Physical Forms

    A new simplified Physical Form is available now from National or from the Camp Leaders Guides in the Resources Menu above. It becomes the required form as of March 1, 2014

    2015 Philmont Contingent

    Lincoln Trails Council announces a 2015 high adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico! The council has 2 crews (12 people per crew) that will travel to Philmont in Cimarron, NM July 11th - 25th, 2015. The cost of this trek will be $1,400 per person which includes train fare to and from Philmont, 2 T-shirts, all Philmont fees and all but one lunch upon arrival on July 12th. This is the first council Philmont Contingent since 2008 so get signed up early. To reserve a spot today, send in the form below along with at least $150 (deposits must be received by March 31st, 2014).
    This trip is open to Boy Scouts, Venturers, and registered adults. Youth must be at least 14 years old or be at least 13 years old and have completed the 8th grade by June, 2015. Participants must be physically capable to complete a backcountry trek in the mountainous regions of Philmont Scout Ranch (6,000 to 12,441 feet in elevation). All participants must meet the health and medical requirements set by Philmont. Read the flier here.

    Health Requirments page

    Risk Management Guide for Units

    The purpose of this guide is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. Policies and guidelines have been established because of the need to protect members from risk and hazards that have been identified through one hundred-plus years of Scouting experience. This guide provides adult leaders with information on:
  • Council Emergency Procedures / Press Relations
  • Incident Reporting
  • Youth Protection Procedures
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Tour and Activity Plans
  • Volunteer Background Checks
  • BSA Training Courses for Health & Safety
    Read the guide here.

    Eagle Recomendation Form

    There is a new Eagle Scout Recomendation Form for people to use writing references for Eagle candidates. The form is avalable here or from the resources menu above.


    This document contains answers to many of the frequently asked questions on unit financial procedures.
  • Should our unit have a checking or savings account?
  • Does a pack or troop need its own tax identification number?
  • Who is responsible for the finances of the unit?
  • Should our unit consider insuring our unit equipment?
  • Can our unit deposit funds with the local council?
  • What happens to the unit funds and equipment should the unit dissolve?
  • When should our unit submit a BSA Unit Money-Earning Application?
  • Is our pack or troop considered tax-exempt by the IRS?
  • What is the IRS Form 990-N and does our unit need to file annually with the IRS a electronic postcard 990-N?
  • Can our pack or troop be covered under the BSA’s group exemption?
  • Form SS-4 asks us for a “GEN.” What is that – and do we have one?
  • A volunteer suggested that our unit apply for its own tax-exempt status. Can we?
  • We can’t solicit gifts for our unit?
  • Does that mean people can’t make gifts to our troop?
  • Can gifts go to the local council to benefit our unit, then “pass through” the council to us?
  • My local company has employee volunteerism grants and they will contribute to charities where I volunteer my time. Can these gifts go to our unit?
    Read the answers.

    Camp Usage Form

    The Camp Usage Form has been revised to reflect changes made at Rhodes-France. If your unit wants to request the use of any of the camp facilities please use the new form found in the resources menu above.

    View the form here

    Youth Protection

    Recently, the Boy Scouts of America announced important changes to its Youth Protection policies. The purpose of these changes is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting.

  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
    To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to online.

    To take the training online go to

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