Fall Fellowship

The 2015 Woapink Lodge Fall Fellowship & Ordeal Weekend will be held at Rhodes Frace Scout Reservation on August 14 - 16.
Make plans now to attend the 2015 Woapink Lodge Fall Fellowship and Ordeal Weekend. This promises to be a great event, so mark your calendars now!

  • Games & Prizes!!
  • HODAG Cracker Barrel - Music & More!!
  • 100th Anniversary Activities!!
    Tell all of your friends who are Arrowmen to attend this fun-filled event.
    Click here for the flier.

    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.

    Trades Day

    All Boy Scouts and male Venturers are invited to take part in the 2nd Annual Trades Day at Rhodes France Scout Reservation on August 29 & 30. This is a unique experience for Scouts to learn valuable skills related to various skilled trades and possible career opportunities all while earning a merit badge. Scouts will work on one merit badge throughout the weekend. These courses will be in-depth and very hands-on and include some off-site trips to local businesses.
    Merit Badges offered include:
  • Electricity
  • Farm Mechanics
  • Home Repair
  • Surveying
  • Truck Transportation
  • Welding
    Click here for the flier.

    Illini Football - Boy Scout Day

    On Saturday, September 12th the Fighting Illini will take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks. Boy Scout tickets for this game include an Official Liinios Scout Patch and an invitation to a Post-Game Sleepover on the field.
    Click here for the flier.

    Section Conclave

    The Order of the Arrow 2015 Section C-3B Colclave will be on September 18-20 at Rhodes France Scout Reservation. Sign up now for the 2015 Section C-3B Conclave! Don’t miss out on all of the FUN! We are the host lodge this year and want to have a good showing for all in attendance! This is our Lodge’s official Order of the Arrow 100th Anniversary Event!
    Click here for the flier.

    Bobcat Bootcamp

    Lincoln Trails Council invites NEW Cub Scouts to attend a FREE Rookie Camp this fall!
    Due to the success of previous camps, there will be two 1-day sessions of Bobcat Bootcamp offered this year, October 3rd and 4th. Be sure to mark 1st and 2nd choice on the “Day Attending” section of the Registration Form before submitting back to the Council Office.
    Deadline for Registration is September 25th!!
    Click here for the flier.

    Camp Inferno

    Camp Inferno - The Third Alarm returns to Rhodes France Scout Reservation for our Fall Camporee on October 9 - 11. We will once again be burnin' stuff and blowin' stuff up! New this time will be a High Voltage Safety Demo and a Sunken Boat Rescue. Registration will be limited to the first 500 participants! This event is NOT for Cub Scouts or Webelos.
    All participants registered by September 18th will receive a T-shirt.
    For an additional fee you may also pre-order a Camp Inferno hoodie.

    Click here for the flier and registration form.

    The Popcorn is Coming!

    The annual Lincoln Trails Council Popcorn Sales is fast approaching. This year's sale will run from September 19th through October 16th. NEW this year: individual scouts can sell popcorn even if their unit chooses not to participate.
    Click here for the flier.

    Aquatics Extravaganza:

    The Aquatics Extravaganza scheduled for August 21-23 has been cancelled. Please contact Ellen Watkins (217-620-2446) if you have any questions.

    2015 Council Calendar UPDATE

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

    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

    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
    www.scouting.org/Training online.

    To take the training online go to https://myscouting.scouting.org

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