Unaka District


December 16, 2010

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Merry Christmas to everyone!!! I’m sure you are all enjoying these most special days of the year, hectic and crazy as they may be!!!

Congratulations to Dotty Herd and Pack 561 for a super Bowling Day event. Fifty-nine Cub Scouts from all over the district—and one from out of the district!—enjoyed an afternoon of uninterrupted bowling, good fellowship, and prizes, prizes, prizes!!!! Thank you Dotty for another well-organized event!!!

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 if you wonder how to do it, contact the best-in-the-business-at- this, Dotty Herd)!!!

Our January district event will be CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January 21st, 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 14th. 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 great central 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 Boy Scout Night at the UT Men’s Basketball game vs. Alabama is Saturday, February 5th, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. All tickets will be $7.00 per person, and must be purchased at least 2 days before either game. Both games are played at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Please go to UTTIX.com, click on “VOLS TIX” or “LADY VOLS TIX” at the top of the page, then on “group ticket window”, enter the username “boy” and password “scouts” and complete your order. Or, you can call the UT Marketing office at 865-974-1059. Please note that there is a $1.50 processing fee online. All Scouts attending should wear their Scout shirts.

--that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, January 13th 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 our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be Thursday, February 10th at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church starting at 6:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s awards banquet will be “SCOUTS--CHAMPIONS IN THE 21st CENTURY”. I will be asking each pack’s Cub Scouts to do their usual wonderful job of making placemats and wall decorations, and hope they will try to show off for the adults and Scouts present!! We’ll talk a lot about this at the next few Roundtables. Please encourage your boys to be as creative and colorful as possible with these original pieces of art!! 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!!!! Also, this is the night of the presentation of the District Award of Merit, the highest award given at the district level. Past recipients of this award determine the winners. Please call me if you have any questions about this award! In addition to the prestigious awards listed above, this is a night for many leaders to also receive their deserved recognition for various duties and trainings completed. Phil Seibert, our training chairman, must have your information about training awards that have been earned no later than January 15th. Please look up the necessary paperwork on our website and get it to Phil as soon as possible!!!

--that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 5th and February 12th. On the 5th, bags are placed at people’s homes; on the 12th the hopefully-filled-bags are picked up. This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries.

--that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 6th. 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 now and discuss your options and desires.

--that Cub Scouts annually celebrate the anniversary of Scouts in February with a Blue and Gold Banquet. You need to schedule and plan for that event soon—and then let Melissa Williams know your plans!!! We’ll discuss this more at our January Roundtable.

--that Boy Scout Day at Dixie Stampede is set for Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the 3:30 p.m. show. Group price tickets (20 or more) are $26.17, which includes their fabulous one-of-a-kind show, a 4 course meal, the tax and gratuity. Normal prices are $42.99 for adults (12 & up) and $22.99 (under 12) plus gratuity. Please contact Denise Miller at 1-800-356-1676, ext. 3121 or denisem@dixiestampede.com at least one week prior to the event. Denise says there is also a 10% discount for the gift shop; souvenir boot mugs are $4.00 at the door--$3.00 in advance. Please also know that you can have this special group rate at any time if you work through Denise.

--that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 12th, at the Calhoun school gymnasium. Weigh-in and registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the derby set to begin around 9:00 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 very well-organized event!!

--that another March event will be Cub Scouts helping with the River Clean-up event on either Saturday March 12th on the Tellico River or March 19th on the Hiwassee River. Details will be forthcoming.

--that it's not too early to start thinking about the University of Scouting, which will be held March 5th, 2011 in Knoxville. We'll be discussing this more as the time draws near, but be sure and save the date!!!

--that there are two special events in April!!! One will be our SPRING FAMILY CAMPOREE the weekend of April 2nd - 4th at a site to be determined. The other event will be a DISTRICT CROSS-OVER CEREMONY for Webelos crossing over into Boy Scouts. This is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th in Calhoun. More details will follow………………..

--that our May event will be a FISHING DAY on Saturday, May 21st. More details in the future.............

--that our summer Cub Scout camp’s dates are set. Our day or twilight camp will be June 13th – 17th in Athens with our own Christy Seibert wearing the director’s cap again. SAVE THESE DATES AND BE THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!!!

That’s all for now!! Have a wonderful Christmas with the ones you love most!!!

Connie Akers Program Chairman 746-9132 connieakers@hotmail.com

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