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April 11, 2008

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Hope everyone is having a glorious spring!!!   All the redbuds and daffodils and tulips are really showing off—I absolutely love this time of year!!

                        Our next event will be our DISTRICT HIKE, set for Saturday, April 19th.  Steven Cartwright of Pack 177 is in charge of this event, and has planned a great hike indeed!!!   We will be hiking the Falls Branch Trail (FS Trail 87) in the Tellico Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest.  The trail head is 8.4 miles past the turn-off to Indian Boundary on the Cherohala Skyway.  The trail is 1.3 miles long (round trip 2.6 miles) and passes through virgin forest (a rare unlogged section of woods) and terminates at the 80 foot Falls Branch Waterfall.  Steven says there is one steep section as you go down and up the falls, but that it is very do-able, even for the youngest Tiger Cubs.  

            His plan is to meet at the Cherohala Visitor's Center in Tellico Plains at 8:30 a.m., and depart from there by 9:00 a.m. to drive to the trail head.  He says there is a good-size parking area at the trail head, but that it would be good to car pool as much as possible. 

            All participants should plan to have lunch/snacks upon reaching the falls.  Steve is inviting members of the area hiking clubs to participate to give the boys some exposure to “experienced” hikers.  What a great learning experience this should turn out to be!!!

            By the way, our rain date is Sunday, April 20th at 1:30 p.m.  Please check the Infoline (744-3100, ext.2470) for information if the weather is questionable……………..

            Also in April, we will have our first ever DISTRICT CROSSOVER CEREMONY on Saturday, April 26th, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the bridge located on the entrance end of the pond at Athens Regional Park.  All qualifying 2nd year Webelos, their families, and leaders should plan to attend, but you need to let our Cub Scout Advancement Chairman Rodney Scarbrough know of those plans.  This is an event that must be coordinated with the Order of the Arrow members, the leaders of the troops the Webelos are crossing over into, as well as leaders of their current Pack.  This should become an annual tradition, much like the Tap-Out Ceremony.  Let’s try to make this first one the great event it should be!!!

Our May special district event will be a brand new one, a SHOOTING SPORTS EVENT, at the site of the spring camporee, which will be held at Kenny Davidson's farm off of Cedar Springs Road in Athens.  This event will be one all boys will love, an event complete with all the BB guns and bows and arrows they can handle.  The event will start at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3rd, and go until about 5:00 p.m.          

After the shooting is done, please plan to bring supper to cook and eat, and some activities to occupy your Cub Scouts.   We encourage as many Scouts as possible to stay for the inspiring Order of the Arrow Tap-Out Ceremony done by the Boy Scouts at their huge campfire after dark.  This is a beautiful ceremony, full of traditions handed down for many years.  I hope many of you will make a special effort to attend.  It’s well worth your time!!!

I need to let you know:

--that our final Roundtable of the year will be Thursday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Church.  Please plan to attend as we conduct our long-awaited fun auction with our hard-earned Cub Scout Bucks!!!  Don't forget that everyone should bring at least 3 items for the auction—as well as a dessert and drinks.  Your items could be ones you have bought, had donated by area businesses, or homemade items—but whatever, we must have things to auction or there can be no auction.  Please do your share and help us all reap the rewards of all our efforts this year!!  Come and see just how greedy we sweet leaders can be. . .

--that there is also a weekend event planned for all Cub Scouts, Tigers to Webelos, called “Cubs on Target” (Cub Scout Family Camp), at Camp Buck Toms on Saturday and Sunday  April 19th – 20th.   As indicated, this is a family event, for ages 3 and above.  The fee is $40 for ages 6 and up and $30 for ages 3 – 5, and includes Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast.  You are advised to bring your own tents or contact Doug Buchanan at the council if you cannot.  This is a great weekend filled with lots of outdoor activities, such as fishing, crafts, archery, BB guns, etc., or with opportunities to do nothing at all. 

--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 the 1st annual Camp Pellissippi motorcycle ride is set for May 3rd;   there is much information on the council website if you are interested.

--that Scout Night at Tennessee baseball game is set for Saturday, April 13th , May 4th, and May 11th at 6:00 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.  Tickets are free for Scouts 12 and under—parents and friends pay $1.00 each.   Kids also get free hot dogs and a drink, can run bases post game, and have an autograph session with the team.  Call 865-974-1059 for more information. 

--that our District Twilight Camp in Madisonville will be the week of June 16th – 20th   at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church (located behind 84 Lumber) from 5:00 – 9:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Please make your parents aware of these dates NOW so that they can work and/or send their boys. The theme for this year for this camp is “ADVENTURE ALASKA”!!

The price is $45 for registered Scouts; $60 for non-registered Scouts;  $30 if adult volunteers work all week; and $10 for tagalongs.  These fees include the official camp T-shirt, patch, materials, supplies, and insurance.  Activities planned include gold panning techniques by the Gold Panners Club, Knoxville Zoo, Chainsaw totem pole carving demonstration, and many more exciting activities. There will be lots of opportunity for earning rank achievements, belt loops and pins.

            Please call Melanie Carr at 423-295-4346 or Becky Webb at 423-420-1845 for more information. 

--that our District Day Camp is set for the week of June 23rd – 27th, 2007 at Knox Park in Athens with the theme “ADVENTURE TO ALASKA”!!   Please know that Leona still needs a Crafts Director, Unit Leaders,  and Activity Directors  Please be aware that boys can attend either or both camps. 

Fees for day camp are as follows:

$45 for Scouts before May 16                        $50 for Non-Scouts

$35 for workers’ children                                 $5 t-shirt fee for Staff and PeeWees

          *****THERE WILL ALSO BE A $10.00 LATE FEE AFTER MAY 16th*****

                Please call Leona Layman for more information.

Please know that there are camperships available for needy Scouts from the council as well as from our district (our Roundtable dues!).   Cubmasters should decide what boys receive the forms from the Council.   Cubmasters should also submit names to Melanie, Becky or Leona for consideration for local camperships as soon as possible.

--that Webelos who will be crossing over to a troop this spring are eligible for Boy Scout Resident camp in June.  If this is the first year in a Boy Scout troop, they are eligible for a one-time $40 discount on the cost of summer camp!  To get this discount, Scouts should contact their new Scoutmaster. 

Thanks for all your time and efforts this program year!  I look forward to working with you to offer our district Cub Scouts high quality events next year!!   See you at the Hike, Crossover Ceremony and Shooting Sports Event!!!!!!



                                                                                                Connie Akers

                                                                                                Program Chairman


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