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Council Service Center & Scout Shop
262 W. Prairie Ave.
Decatur, IL 62523
217-429-2326
217-429-3326 (fax)

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8:30am - 5:00pm

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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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HolidayLTC SCOUT SHOP AND RFSR TRADING POST SPECIAL HOURS - Dec. 10, 9am-1pm
Visit the LTC Scout Shop or RFSR Trading Post during their special Saturday hours on Saturday, December 10th from 9am-1pm. Purchases will be 10% off during this special holiday event! Download a flyer for your pack, troop, friends and family today!

BlazeBLAZE HOCKEY NIGHT SET FOR SAT., DEC. 3
Join the Decatur Blaze Hockey team for Scout Night on Saturday, December 3rd. Watch the Decatur Blaze team take on the Motor City Hawks in this family-fun event! All scouts in uniform will be admitted free with a paid adult. Puck drops at 7:30pm. No registration needed. Download a flyer to help promote the event here...

 

MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR TRAINING TO BE HELD SAT, DEC. 3
Mark your calendars now for the Lincoln Trails Council Training Committee's Merit Badge Counselor Training on Saturday, December 3rd at Mound Chapel Church in Decatur. This course is designed to help new and experienced counselors become better counselors for the Scouts. Be prepared early by reviewing the Merit Badge Counselor Guide. Download the registration form here...

DECEMBER SPECIAL FOR PACKS AND TROOPS AT THE LTC SCOUBasketsT SHOP
For every $25 purchase in made December 1-December 22 your pack or troop will be entered to win one of two great prize baskets! Troops have the opportunity to win a basket containing a 6-quart BSA Dutch Oven with cookbook and recipe cards. Packs have the opportunity to stock up for the upcoming Pinewoood Derby with a basket filled with derby tools and accessories including books, wheels, skins, stickers and tools! Download the flyer for more details and encourage families to make purchases in December!

SILVER BEAVER NOMINATIONS
cid:image005.jpg@01D15506.68652980The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is the highest council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. Lincoln Trails Council is full of successful volunteers worthy of this award.  Nominations for the 2016 Silver Beaver Recipients should be submitted by January 20, 2017! Download the nomination form here… Contact the office if you need help completing the information requested on the form.

INTRO TO LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR TROOPS TO BE HELD SAT., DEC. 10
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is a course designed to help train the youth leadership of a unit to take care of the many tasks necessary for troop and patrol meetings and to make activities to run smoothly. LTC will be offering the course on Saturday, December 10th at Rhodes-France Scout Reservation for all youth leadership seeking to be "Trained". Download the registration form here...

NESA OUTSTANDING EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
The Council NESA Committee is looking to recognize deserving Eagle Scouts with the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award for 2016. This award is presented to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. Eagle Scouts interested in applying for this recognition can obtain more information and the application at the NESA website.

GLENN A AND MELINDA W ADAMS NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD
In 2009, the National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project. Each year, local councils select a council-level winner and from that pool, each region selects a region-level winner. A national winner is then selected from the four regional finalists. To obtain more information or download the application visit the NESA page.

WBPatchWOOD BADGE SCHOLARSHIP CAMPAIGN STARTED IN LTC
Lincoln Trails Council has started a Wood Badge Scholarship Support Campaign. The objective of the funds raised would be to make Wood Badge training available to individuals who may otherwise not be able to attend due to financial reasons. The fund will be used solely for providing scholarships, and any excess funds will be carried over to help future recipients. Gifts of $100 or more will receive onoe of 100 limited edition Lincoln Trails Council Wood Badge Scholarship patches! Download the form below to help support this new initiative!

NYLT2016 NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING -
APRIL 2017

The National Youth Leadership Training Course is scheduled for April 21-23 and April 28-30, 2017. The cost has been set for a reduced fee of $150 which includes food and class materials. Please visit the NYLT Page for more information.
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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.

2017 WOOD BADGE COURSE SET FOR LTC
Take part in Scouting’s most advanced training course, focusing on Leadership and Team Development. Lincoln Trails Council is pleased to announce the dates for the 2017 Wood Badge Course set to take place August 25-27 and September 22-24. Inspired by Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Wood Badge has provided the ultimate training for hundreds of thousands of leaders around the world. Download the brochure and register today!

2017 COUNCIL CAMP KICK-OFF SET FOR THURS., JAN. 19
The 2017 Camp Kickoff meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19th at 6:30pm. This year’s Kickoff will take place at the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon (10 Charleston Ave). Learn all about the 2017 Lincoln Trails Council Camping Events: Boy Scout Summer Camp, Webelos Woods, Cub Scout Summer Camp, and Cub Scout Day Camps. The kickoff meeting is for all Scouters-Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmaster, Assistants, Outdoor Chairs and more! New or veteran leaders will gain valuable insight to changes in the programs for the upcoming year!

2017 CAMP STAFFS BEING FORMED! SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TODAY!
Both the 2017 Boy Scout Summer Camp and Cub Scout Camps are beginning to form their camp staffs for this coming summer. Download the application (Boy Scout / Cub Scout) and submit it to the Council Service Center to be considered for the team!

NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN SCOUTS!!!JoinScouting
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

Decatur Blaze Hockey Scout Night
December 3

Merit Badge Counselor Training
December 3

District Roundtables
Recharters Due
December 8

Intro to Leader Skills for Troops
December 10

Scout Shop
Holiday Sale
Decatur Scout Shop & RFSR Trading Post

December 10
9am-1pm

Christmas
Council Service Center Closed
December 23-26

Council Service Center Inventory Office Closed
December 29-January 2

OA Winter Banquet
January 7

Klondike Derby
January 14

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Council Service Center Closed
January 16

2017 Camp Kick-off Meeting
January 20