Updated February 24, 2014
2014 Annual Recognition Dinner
When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 • Social Gathering - 6:00 p.m. • Dinner - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 S. Grand Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
You, Your Family, Friends and Members of Your Unit are Cordially Invited to the Abraham Lincoln Council 2014 Annual Recognition Dinner.
Thank you for all that you do on behalf of young people here on Mr. Lincoln’s Prairie. Because of you, and hundreds of other volunteers, we continue to deliver a quality program through Scouting. While everything that we do is about the kids, once a year we stop to thank volunteers through the Council Recognition Dinner.
At the dinner, we will recognize many, including recipients of training awards, bronze, silver and gold units from the Journey to Excellence, and much more. We’ll top off the evening with the presentation of the District Awards of Merit and the Silver Beaver Awards. As you know, while we would love to present these coveted awards to every volunteer, strict quotas from national limit the number each year.
If you have received one of these awards in the past, you know how special it is. If not, perhaps this is the year. Either way, come out and help us celebrate the successes of our council and the work of our volunteers.
We’ll be having the dinner on March 11th at Laurel United Methodist Church. It is located on South Grand and Walnut in Springfield. The starting time is 6:00 p.m. We need to place the food order, so please let us know by March 4th if you can make it. The cost for dinner is $20 per person and will be catered by Hamilton’s… and you know that they’ve never served a bad meal.
Register by March 4th by clicking here
Honest Abe District Pinewood Derby March 29th!
Racing season is upon us again. I hope you are planning fun racing activities for the upcoming months leading up to the Honest Abe District Race for unit winners. We will be having the District Derby at the First Christian Church in Jacksonville on March 29th with check in starting at 8:30am and racing beginning around 9am. We will be offering a car check in on Friday night to smooth the check in process Saturday morning. More details on this will be sent to your Cub leaders. Good Luck during the racing season.
Summer Camp Planning
Summer will be fast approaching and now is the time to start preparing for camping opportunities. For the Cub Scouts we have Day Camps and Resident Camps around the council. Day camps are held all over the district and council where the resident camps are held at Camp Illinek in Springfield. These camps offer loads of fun for a very affordable price. If you would like a presentation at your pack meeting please let us know and we would be more than happy to come out and talk about camp to your scouts.
For the Boy Scouts we have Camp Bunn in Hettick, Illinois to provide programming for your scouts. It is a week long program with some unique programming such as our sailing and personal watercraft programs. Bunn also offers high adventure programs such as the climbing tower and C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) Mixed with other merit badge classes, your scout will have plenty to do during his week at camp. We also have a lone scout program where we can place a scout in with another troop if he would like to come to Camp Bunn without his troop (e.g. his troop is going elsewhere and he can’t go that week).
We hope to see you and your scout at one of our camping facilities this summer. If you have any questions please feel free to ask us.
Scouting For Food
Scouting for Food is just around the corner! Last year, the we collected over 7,000 pounds of food that was donated to 8 different food pantries for families in need. We are once again calling on all Scouts to help in this year’s drive to make an even bigger impact in our local communities!
This year’s Scouting for Food will take place in March. DISTRIBUTION of bags will take place SATURDAY, MARCH 15TH through THURSDAY, MARCH 20TH with Scouts canvassing pre-assigned neighborhoods. Pick-up of filled bags will be on SATURDAY, MARCH 22ND, between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM (ONE DAY ONLY!!!). You may want to recheck your assigned area later in the day, as sometimes generous residents do not have their bag out early enough for pick-up.
Registration for Scouting for Food will be available online at http://www.alincolnbsa.org. Please complete and send the online form by February 28, 2014. Each unit will receive a confirmation mailing with your area assignments listed. PLEASE HONOR ASSIGNED AREAS!!! This avoids units covering an area that another unit may have already visited. Don’t assume you have the same area as in the past. Check your confirmation mailing to be sure.
Please also include information on which food pantry you plan to bring your donations. Enclosed is a list of options. The Central Illinois Foodbank at 1937 East Cook Street is an option as well. Their website, www.centralilfoodbank.org, lists other area food pantries. Check with your charter organization, too. Many charter organizations may be collecting food throughout the year and Scouting for Food is a great way to support them.
Finally, don’t forget that Scouting for Food can help with your unit’s Journey to Excellence award as well as on the Good Turn for America website, www.goodturnforamerica.org. “Doing a Good Turn Daily” is one of Scouting’s fundamental ideals. Please considered joining the effort to make a difference here in our own communities!
Click here to sign up now!