The September - October Trailblazer is available now.
2014-2015 Council Calendar
The new council calendar is online here and in the menu system above.
Corporate Pinewood Derby
Test drive a vehicle at Decatur’s Jackson Ford on Saturday, September 13 from 3-5pm
to help raise funds for the Lincoln Trails Council!
Growth Incentives for Units
FREE Space Derby kits available for packs who meet requirements for growth through new
recruits. Boy Scout Troops earn access to attend a Shooting Day when they reach
requirements for their growth incentives!
All Boy Scouts and male Venturers are invited to take part in the 1st Annual Trades Day at Rhodes France Scout Reservation on September 6 - 7. 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.
The Merit Badges offered include:
Click here for the flier.
Bobcat Boot Camp
All new Cub Scouts are invited to Rhodes-France Scout Reservation on Saturday, October 1 for Bobcat Boot Camp. At this FREE one-day event, Cub Scouts will complete all of the requirements for their Bobcat badge except for requirement 8. Requirement 8 must be completed with either a parent or guardian at home and can be completed at any time after joining.
Cubs will also have the opportunity to explore the camp, shoot BB guns and bows, and enjoy lunch with their recruiter and families. Preregistration is recommended but walk-ins will be accepted. Please contact JR Owens, Event Chair, at 314-440-4556 / firstname.lastname@example.org OR Ellen Watkins, Staff Advisor, at 217-620-7205 / email@example.com
Click here for the flier.
2014 Fall Boy Scout Camporee
The Lincoln Trails Council, BSA, Council Activities Committee is happy to announce the 2014 Fall Boy Scout Camporee will be held at the Coles County Fairgrounds in Charleston on the weekend of October 10-12. The theme for the camporee is urban survival with the tagline of “Z14.” This camporee will challenge your Scouts (and unit leadership) in many aspects of survival in the urban setting. Youth will compete in challenges throughout the weekend that will earn them their ingredients for supper on Saturday night along with the title of top patrol in many categories. Please be aware that the BS Fall Camporee Committee is suggesting that the Scouts and leaders bring with them supplies to build improvised shelters as they would like to make this event as realistic as possible. Units will be sent a confirmation letter upon registering with detail instructions for the weekend so that unit leaders will be prepared for the event. The fee for the weekend is $25 per participant by September 19th. A $5 late fee will be added after September 19. Event t-shirts can ordered for an additional cost of $15 per t-shirt. For more information, please contact the Lincoln Trails Council Service Center at 800-416-2328.
Click here for the flier.
NEW 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
Youth Protection Procedures
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.
FISCAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR BSA UNITS
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
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
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
To take the training online go to https://myscouting.scouting.org