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Prairielands Council

Sponsored by St. Matthew Lutheran Church since 1961

Troop 104 meets every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 8:30 in the Fellowship Hall of St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 2200 S. Philo Rd. in Urbana. Boy Scouts is open to any boy who is 11 years old or who has completed 5th grade, and who has not reached his 18th birthday.

Overnight at Camp Drake

Trip Date: 
3 Nov 2012

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In November 2012, we camped at Camp Drake. It got pretty cold at night, but we all survived.

We did a 5-mile hike on the Onaquispassip Trail, and Mr. Harden showed us how to make a delicious dutch-oven cobbler.

Colorado High Agventure Trip

Trip Date: 
15 Jun 2012
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The Colorado High Adventure Trip took place last summer, with 7 Scouts and 4 adult leaders. The Scouts included: Tyler David, Nathan Wright, Corwin Carroll, Zach Berg, Calvin Gatewood, and Levi Gatewood.  The adult leaders that went on the trip were Mark Berg, Todd David, Derek Gatewood, and Rebecca Gatewood.

Food Bank Repacking

Trip Date: 
29 May 2012

Scouts and friends spent the evening at the Eastern Illinois Food Bank repacking bulk cookies into family-sized bags. I don't think I've ever seen so many cookies in one place at one time.

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Overnight and Trail Tromp

Trip Date: 
30 Mar 2012

We spent Friday night at Locust Bend camp at Camp Drake. It was a great night for camping. Cool, but not cold, and clear.  We got some star gazing in. The moon was bright enough that some of the "find directions during the day" using sticks and shadows worked at night.

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Klondike Derby, 2012

Trip Date: 
28 Jan 2012

Every year Troop 104 gathers its cold weather gear and gumption to camp at infamous Camp Drake for the Klondike Derby games.

The weather cooperated this year with milder temperatures, but the sled race was especially challenging considering there was no snow on the ground.

Day of Service

Trip Date: 
12 Nov 2011

Today was a double service project for Troop 104.

Last week, the scouts went thru the Edgewood and Beringer Commons neighborhoods and left bags and notes, saying that we'd be picking up food for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Today we went back to pick up the food people left out for us. We filled up our troop trailer and the back of the Scoutmaster's pickup truck! We collected 1,181 lb of food, 469 more than last Spring!

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Forest Glen Backpack Trip

Trip Date: 
28 Oct 2011

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An elite crew from Troop 104 spent three days hiking the River Ridge Backpack Trail at Forest Glen County Forest Preserve. We had perfect fall weather. It was chilly at night and cool during the day, but it was sunny, and perfect for hiking.

Illini Jamboree

Trip Date: 
10 Sep 2011

Troop 104 attended the 2011 Ilini Jamboree. The troop camped Friday and Saturday nights at Illini Grove on the University of Illinois Campus. There were lots of interesting exhibits and activities on Friday night.  On Saturday there was a Grand March of scouts from the campsite to the UofI's Memorial Stadium, where the scouts attended an Illini football game.

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Camp Drake 2011

Trip Date: 
10 Jul 2011

One of our newest scouts, Micheal M. had his first year experience at Camp Drake this year with Troop 104 and was good enough to share his experience for the newsletter.

Trip Report by Micheal M.

I liked seeing the creatures in Poncho Pond, doing the Open Shoot and meeting other people from other troops. I liked doing the merit badges because I learned new things. The staff that worked at Camp Drake was really nice, but I didn’t like the food. I earned the Totin’ Chit, Firem’n Chit, and took the Ecology and Rifle Merit Badge classes.

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