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December 13, 2007

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

            Merry Christmas to everyone!!!  Hope you are enjoying this wonderful holiday season with the ones you love most!!!   Our Bowling Day was a big success, with lots of  Scouts and a number of adults bowling the afternoon away.   It was such a success that some people would like to make this a bi-annual event like the skating event...............let me know what you think.

 I hope you haven’t forgotten that December is Good Turn Month.   Please remember that each pack is asked to do a good turn of some kind in their community as a sort of Christmas gift to the community.  By doing this, the boys will earn the good feeling of helping others, as well as the respect of our community.  Be proud to be a Scout, and convey that to your boys!!   Don’t forget to call about media coverage for your activities—and talk to Jeremy Belk, our district Public Relations Chairman!!!

If your Pack does not have a service project in place already, there is great need for help with lighting candles at McMinn Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, December 18th.  Anyone interested in helping with this beautiful project should be at the gardens at 3:00 p.m., or right after school. 

Our January district event will be CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January 25th, from 9:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., at the Athens YMCA.  This will be an evening planned by all packs.  If you have not informed  me of the activity your Pack will provide that evening, please get in touch with me right away so I can come up with a schedule of all activities.   The boys will need to bring their own basketballs, clearly labeled with their names (we already know what a popular activity that is!!).   The price for the event will be $10 per Scout and $5 per adult, which will include use of the Y,  pizza and drinks, all activities, and the lock-in segment.  Deadline for payment will be Friday, January 18th.  We’ll have more details and be able to discuss this more at our January Roundtable.  Please encourage everyone’s participation in this super fun event--let's hope for a large crowd with this wonderful location!!!

            I need to let you know:

--that our popcorn sale is now officially over!   Don’t forget that all monies to the council are due now!!!!! 

--that Mark wants you to know that he is off Christmas week, and gone to a conference January 9th - 11th .  Any questions during that time that cannot be answered by a local volunteer should be directed to the council office.

--that our next Roundtable will be Thursday,  January 10th at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church.  Final plans for our Lock-In will be discussed, as well as plans for our District Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet.  

--that re-charters are due the end of January.  Please take care of these as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with Mark at 745-4944.....

----that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 2nd  and 9th.   We will have bags again this year; they will be passed out at the January Roundtable.   This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries.  More details will come at the next  Roundtable.

--that the next BALOO and Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL) are on February 2, 2008, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration starts at 8:30 am).  This training will be held at Farragut Presbyterian Church on  Jamestown Road (off of Campbell Station Road).  This training is required in order to take your Cub Scouts camping...

--that there will also be a Lady Vols Scout Game on Sunday, February 3rd, starting at 3:00.  The Lady Vols will play Kentucky in a sure to be thriller!  Tickets are also $7.00; see instructions on the boys' game to order tickets, except go to “utladyvols.com” instead.  The deadline is February 1st.

--that Tuesday, February 5th is the date of our second Scout Skate Night at the Athens Skate Center, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  All Scouts, from Tigers to Webelos, and their families are invited to participate in this fun event.  The cost is only $3.00 per person.

--that Thursday, February 7th, is the date of our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Athens, starting at 6:30 p.m.   The theme of this year’s awards banquet will be based on a picnic.  Historically, the Cub Scouts have helped with decorations for this banquet by making placemats for all the adults.  Please encourage your boys to be as creative and colorful as possible with these original pieces of art!!   An additional request is fixing a picnic basket for one table, with items you think Scouts might need for their picnic.    Please don’t forget the theme and try to use it in a Cub Scout way.   Everyone looks forward to seeing what our Cubs can come up with!!!! 

--that the next Trainer Development Conference is scheduled for February 9th from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Council Service Center.  This training is free to all adult leaders and lunch is provided.  This Conference is designed to train adult volunteers to lead BSA training courses.  To register for this course, please contact Brian Carl at 865-588-6514, ext. 30.   

 --that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 10th.  This is a day to have the boys in your pack or den recognized in church, in uniform, usually sitting in a group.  Individual churches handle this day differently; you can make it as special as you want, just contact your pastor early.

--that it's not too early to start thinking about the University of Scouting, which will be held  March 1st, 2008 at Crown College in Knoxville.  This is a fun learning experience and is the largest supplemental training opportunity offered by the Great Smoky Mountain Council to Scouting volunteers at all levels.  We'll be discussing this more as the time draws near, but be sure and save the date!!!

--that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 8th,  at the Calhoun school gymnasium.  Weigh-in and registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the derby set to begin around 9:30 a.m.  Please try to schedule your pack’s derby before this date to encourage more participation at the district level.  Pack 616 is in charge of the derby, so we can all look forward to another well-organized event!

--that another March event will be Cub Scouts helping with the River Clean-up event on either Saturday March 8th on the Tellico River or March 15th on the Hiwassee River.  Details will be forthcoming.

--that there is yet another event that second weekend in March.  March 8th - 9th are the dates for the first ever Webelos Jamboree, a Webelos-only event.  There will be separate programs for 1st and 2nd year webelos, with a Crossover Ceremony by the Order of the Arrow on Saturday night for all deserving Scouts.  Applications will be available after the first of the year.

--that our April event will be our District Hike on Saturday, April 19th.   Notorious long-distance hiker Stephen Cartwright of Pack 177 is in charge of this event; details will be announced later.

--that Scout Night at Smokies Park is scheduled for 2 nights:  Friday, April 25th   when the Smokies will play the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx and will include the famous campout on the field) and Friday, August 15th;when they will play the Jacksonville Suns.  Game times are both at 7:15 p.m., and gates opening at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are available to Scouts at the discounted price of $7.00 per person in April, and $8.00 in August for the field level seats; or for $5.00 for bleacher seats for both dates.  Tickets must be purchased 4 days before each event.   Scouts and Leaders should wear their uniforms.  A Scout in full uniform will be randomly chosen to throw out an opening pitch.

--that our May event will be a new one, a SHOOTING SPORTS EVENT, at the site of the spring camporee, if at all possible.  More details in the future.............

--that our theme for our twilight and day camps is “NORTH TO ALASKA!”  The dates for twilight camp are June 16th – 20th   in Madisonville, and for day camp June 23rd – 27th  in Athens, with our wonderful directors back for more action this year. SAVE THESE DATES AND BE THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!!!

--that you need to be thinking about the 2010 Centennial National Scout Jamboree.  GSMC will take a contingent of 5 troops with 36 youth and 4 adult leaders in each group.  If your son is a Webelo now, you might want to consider reserving him a place in the group attending with a $100 application deposit.   Total estimated price should be $1,000 - $1,200, which includes pretty much everything.   He will need to be at least 12 years of age by July 1, 2010 or not 18 by August 2, 2010, and have earned his First Class Rank.  Something to think about and plan for!   A Centennial comes but once, and no doubt this will be a spectacular event!

            That’s it for now!   Please enjoy the holidays with the ones you cherish the most!!    MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!      

Connie Akers
Unaka Cub Program Chairman

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