Fun, Adventure, Values… You've found it all with Scouting, the most proven and successful youth program in America. Founded in 1920, Lincoln Trails Council currently serves 3,600 youth in central Illinois. We provide the necessary support services to ensure success of our districts and the units they support. Furthermore, the council provides year-round camping programs, youth and adult training opportunities and a council service center.
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***TRADES DAY RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 10 @ RFSR - REGISTER BY SEPT. 6****
The Trades Day Merit Badge Fair originally scheduled for Aug. 27 has been rescheduled for Sept. 10th at 10am due to circumstances beyond the council's control. All Boy Scouts and male Venturers are invited to take part in the 3rd Annual Trades Day at Rhodes France Scout Reservation. Welding is currently full but a waiting list is available. There are still openings in Home Repair, Surveying and Truck Transportation. Submit the registration form and payment to the Council Service Center by Sept. 6th. Download the registration form here...
LAUNCH INTO SCOUTING - SEPTEMBER 24TH FROM 1-5PM IN EACH DISTRICT
Lincoln Trails Council is encouraging boys in 1st-5th grades to "Launch Into Scouting" this fall! Each new scout that joins (and the current scout who recruits him) will receive a rocket when they attend one of three Launch Events. Rocket launches will be taking place at Fletcher Park (Mt. Zion), Lakeland College (Mattoon) and Evergreen Park (Effingham) from1-5pm on Sat., Sept. 24. Invite boys to "Launch Into Scouting" and help change a boy's life for the better this fall!
CUB SCOUT LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING
Calling all parents involved in Cub Scouts! LTC will be hosting a Cub Scout Leader Specific Training on Saturday, September 10th from 9am until Noon. This training will satisfy the requirements for leader specific training for Cubmasters, Den Leaders and Pack Committee Members. No experience is necessary and ALL leaders (or potential leaders) are encouraged to attend. Registration is only $5 and includes all training materials and snacks. Download the registration form and submit to the Council Service Center as soon as possible.
JOIN US FOR OUR "OUT OF THIS WORLD" SPOOKOREE – EARLY FEE DEADLINE AUG. 26!
Cub Scouts and their families are invited to attend this year’s “Out of this World” Spookoree Family Campout being held October 14-16 at Rhodes-France Scout Reservation. Early Bird Registration is open now through August 26 for only $30 per person! Regular registration will be open until September 23 for $35 per person. Final registration deadline is September 29th and cost would be $45 per person until that date. No walk-ins will be allowed! Visit the Spookoree website for more information or contact your pack leadership to register!
POPCORN TIME IN LTC!! POPCORN KICK-OFF SET FOR AUG. 25TH!
If your unit missed the Effingham Popcorn Kick-off on Tues., Aug. 9th it is not too late to join us for the Decatur Kick-off on Thurs, Aug. 25th at St. John’s Lutheran Church (2727 N. Union Blvd, Decatur) at 7:00pm. Each unit needs to have at least one representative, including your unit popcorn chairman, in attendance to receive the most up to date information about this year’s sale. Bring as many others as you need to make your sale a success! Click here for more Popcorn Info...
ORDER OF THE ARROW SECTION CONCLAVE TAKING PLACE IN SEPTEMBER! - REGISTER BY SEPT. 5TH
Sign up now for the 2016 Section C-3B Conclave taking place Fri., Sept. 16 – Sun, Sept. 18, 2016 at Saukenauk Scout Reservation, Mendon, IL! Don’t miss out on all of the FUN! There will be Excellent Training Opportunies, Memorabilia Displays & Patch Trading, Ceremonies Competitions, Lodge Ball and Much, Much More! The cost is $35 per person if registered on or before September 5th, $45 after September 5th. REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE AT WWW.TENTAROO.COM/SECTIONC3B! Download the flyer for more information…
FALL CAMPOREE - STEM BASED WITH MOUSETRAP STEM PROJECT - OCT. 21-23 - REGISTER BY OCT. 13TH!
The Lincoln Trails Council 2016 Fall Camporee event will be held October 21-23 at Rhodes France Scout Reservation. Both Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews are invited to attend this event. All activities will be STEM based and will include a Rube Goldberg Project! Register by October 13th! Visit the Camporee page for more information including the downloadable registration form and details on the competition...
BOBCAT BOOTCAMP - **NEW SCOUT EVENT** - OCTOBER 1-2 @ RFSR
Lincoln Trails Council invites NEW Cub Scouts to attend a FREE Rookie Camp on Saturday, October 1 or Sunday, October 2 at Rhodes-France Scout Reservation in Pana, IL. The boys will work to earn their first Scout Badge (Bobcat Rank) as well as get toparticipate in shooting BB Guns and Archery, playing games and taking a hike. Lunch is provided during this one day event being held from 8am-5pm each day. Register through your units! Unit leaders can download the registration form here...
LEAVE NO TRACE TRAINING
Abraham Lincoln Council (Springfield, IL) is offering a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer Course in Springfield from September 30-October 2. LNT is one tier of the three pillars of what we now in the BSA call "Outdoor Ethics" - Leave No Trace (and Tread Lightly!), Outdoor Code, and the Land Ethic. All three areas will be taught during the course - AND – attendees will be taught how to train others and promote Scouts and Adults to earn the various outdoor ethics awards. Click here to download a flyer or here to download the registration form...
ILLINOIS HEARTLAND COMMISSIONER COLLEGE
Lincoln Trails Council, W.D. Boyce Council and Prairielands Council will be presenting the 2016 College of Commissioner Science on November 12 at Schroeder Hall, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. All Council, Roundtable and Unit commissioners are encouraged to attend to experience further training to help with their positions. Visit the Commissioner College homepage on the W.D. Boyce website for more information!
2016 NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING -
POSTPONED TO SPRING 2017
The National Youth Leadership Training Course originally scheduled for this fall has been rescheduled for early 2017. As in the past this will be conducted on a two-week end format. The date of the first weekend is April 21-23; the second weekend is April 28-30, 2017. The cost of the course is still being finalized, but a lower cost is in the works which would still include food and class materials. Please visit the NYLT Page for more information.
2017 NATIONAL JAMBOREE CONTINGENT
The LTC contingent for the 2017 National Jamboree has a few remaining spots for scouts interested in attending. Please visit the LTC 2017 National Jamboree page or contact the Scout Service Center (217-429-2326) for more information.
STAFFING CHANGES AT COUNCIL SERVICE CENTER
Lincoln Trails Council would like to welcome two new council employees to the Council Service Center. Misty Curl has stepped into the Registrar position and Brendan Angel has accepted the Accounting Specialist position.
Misty Curl has been a dedicated volunteer with the Two Rivers District and Council committees as well as associated with Pack and Troop 78 in Cowden. All registration and advancement, including Eagle Applications, will be handled through Misty. She can be reached at Misty.Curl@scouting.org. Thank you to Trena Freeman who stepped into the Registrar role as a temporary position and has now moved on.
Brendan Angel joins the staff to replace Ruby Mathews upon her retirement from the Accouting Specialist position. Brendan is associated with Pack and Troop 91 (Niantic-Harristown) as well as a volunteer for Council Cub Camps. He will be working at the Service Center with billing, accounts payable and all things finance related. Brendan can be reached at Brendan.Angel@scouting.org. Thank you to Ruby Mathews for her dedication to the Lincoln Trails Council!
WEBELOS WOODS SERVICE PROJECT
Thank you to the boys who attended Webelos Woods and built benches for Friendship Circle. As part of the Webelos Warriors Conservation Project all 21 packs participated and completed 6 benches for camp. Have a seat next time you visit Rhodes-France and enjoy their handiwork!
SHARED SERVICES INFORMATION
On Monday, May 23, 2016 the Executive Boards of the Lincoln Trails Council (Decatur) and Prairielands Council (Champaign) held separate meetings to vote on proceeding with consolidation talks between the two councils. While Lincoln Trails Council approved the consolidation, Prairielands Council voted to end consolidation talks. Lincoln Trails Council, BSA will move forward from this discussion with new insights and a renewed sense of maintaining our goal of serving as many youth as possible with a great Scouting program! Thank you to everyone who was involved in this process. If you have questions please contact Scout Executive Chris Long at the Scout Service Center (217-429-2326).
NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN SCOUTS!!!
Scouting is a year-round program, so anytime is a great time to join scouts. Visit http://www.beascout.org to find a unit near you or contact the Council Service Center at 217-429-2326 for information about Joining Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or a Venturing Crew!
Next 90 Days
Spookoree Early Fee Registration Due ($30)
Labor Day - Office Closed
OA Vigil Reunion
Trades Day Merit Badge Fair @ RFSR
Cub Scout Leader Training, Decatur
OA Section Conclave
Work Day @ RFSR
LTC Scout Shop Saturday Hours
September 17, 9a-1p
Popcorn Sale Begins
Spookoree Registration Deadline - $35 each
Launch Into Scouting
LTC Scout Shop Saturday Hours
September 24, 9a-1p
Last Day to Register for Spookoree - $45 each September 29
LTC Scout Shop Saturday Hours
October 1, 9a-1p
LTC Scout Shop Saturday Hours
October 8, 9a-1p
Popcorn Sale Ends
Boy Scout STEM Camporee
Popcorn & Prize Orders due to Council
Veteran's Day -
Council Service Center Closed
Illinois Heartland Commissioner College
Popcorn Money due to Council Service Center