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 Nikki Merriott and Pack 614 for a super Bowling Day event.
Seventy-eight (!!!) Cub Scouts from all over the district enjoyed an afternoon
of uninterrupted bowling and good clean fun!!!! Thanks to Nikki for a
well-organized event!!! And speaking of Pack 614, they deserve another pat on
the back for winning second place in the Athens Christmas Parade!! Way to go!!!
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.
It's that time of year again! All recharters are due to the Council by the
end of January. If you need additional help completing your recharter please
contact Chris Agee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Robert Randolph
(email@example.com). Some words of advice: If there are any Webelos
ready for crossover in your Pack, please be sure that they end up on a Unit
roster. Either recharter them with the Pack and transfer them into a Troop in
the spring, or drop them at recharter and BE CERTAIN they recharter with their
Our January district event will be CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January
25th, from 10:00 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 $6 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 and lots of great activities for that crowd to participate
- that our popcorn sale is now officially over! Please don't forget that
all Popcorn monies are due to the Council by 5pm on Friday, December 14th
(tomorrow!); after that date, your commission drops by 10%. The Unaka District
was incredibly successful in Popcorn sales this year with over $58,000 sold!
That's over $17,000 straight into the Units accounts! Thanks to all units who
sold popcorn this year! Please be sure to thank our District Popcorn Chair
Brandi Jones of Pack 615 for her continued dedication to our District's
Popcorn sale. In the four years that she has lead this effort, the Unaka
District has increased sales EACH YEAR! Way to go Brandi!!!
--that there will be a Webelos Pin Day on January 5 in conjunction with the
Athens Merit Badge College at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. You need to
register your Webelos NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 15th if they are interested in
working on the Scientist pin. (the Aquanaut pin is not being offered due to
lack of interest). This should be a great day for Webelos participating in the
first ever Unaka Pin Day!!! The event starts that day with registration
between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m., and ends about 3:00 p.m. Cost for the day is $12
for our Unaka Webelos, and includes lunch and a patch………
--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
--that Boy Scout Night at the UT Men’s Basketball game vs. Mississippi
State is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. All tickets
will be $8.50 per person, and must be purchased at least 2 days before the
game. The game will be played at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Please go to
UTTIX.com, click on “VOLS TIX” at the top of the page, then on “group ticket
window”, enter the username “scoutball” and password “basketball” and complete
your order. Or, you can call Ashley Fincher at 865-974-9659 or Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that there is a $1.50 processing fee online. All Scouts attending
should wear their Scout shirts.
--that our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be
Thursday, February 7th at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church starting at
6:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s awards banquet will be “STARS AND STRIPES
FOREVER!”. 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
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 2nd and
9th. This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned
food items for local food pantries. More details will come at each Roundtable.
--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 we do not have a district event in February so that all packs can
participate in the national service project Scouting for Food Drive, Scout
Sunday, and their own Blue and Gold Banquet. February is a very busy month for
--that this year’s Knoxville Ice Bears Scout Night is set for Friday,
February 2nd at 7:30 p.m.; this is also Star Wars Night, so you need to
register early if you plan to attend. Please contact the council for further
--that Boy Scout Awards Day at Dixie Stampede is set for Saturday, February
26, 2013, at the 3:30 p.m. show; there are activities from ticket pick-up time
of 1:00 p.m. until the actual show at 3:30. Special price tickets that day are
$26.48 per person, which includes their fabulous one-of-a-kind show, a 4
course meal, the tax and gratuity. Please contact Denise Miller at
1-800-356-1676, ext. 3121 or
email@example.com at least one week prior to the event, and be
sure and mention “Boy Scout Awards Day” for this special pricing. Denise says
there is also a 10% discount for the gift shop; souvenir boot mugs are $4.00
at the door--$3.50 in advance. Please also know that you can have this
special group rate at any time if you work through Denise.
--that it’s not too early to start thinking about the University of
Scouting, scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd at Crown College in Powell, TN
from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.! The University of Scouting is a fun learning
experience, and the largest supplemental training course offered by the Great
Smoky Mountain Council for Scouting volunteers at all levels. Courses will be
offered for all Scout leaders from Tigers to Venture Crews to help broaden
understanding and knowledge of the Scouting program; you decide which courses
to attend in the college (s) of your choice. Over 30 courses will be offered,
from “Basic Outdoor Cooking” to “Games Cub Scouts Play” and all in-between and
beyond. You can choose up to 6 exciting classes! Registration is going on NOW.
Super Early Bird registration is $15 and ends January 11th.
--that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 9th, at the
Calhoun school gymnasium. Weigh-in and registration begins at 1:00 – 1:45
p.m., with the derby set to begin around 2:00, and awards to be presented at
about 5:00. 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!! The
rules packet is on the web site at:
--that there are three special events in April!!! First will be a BIKE
RODEO sponsored by the local Optimist Club, set for Saturday April 6th.
Details will come later, but we want to support one of the great supporters of
youth in our area! Second will be our DISTRICT CROSS-OVER CEREMONY for Webelos
crossing over into Boy Scouts, set for Saturday, April 13th in Calhoun. The
other event will be our bi-annual SPRING FAMILY CAMPOREE , scheduled for the
weekend of April 26th – 28th, and led by a pack TBA. More details will
--that our summer Cub Scout camp’s dates and theme are set. Our twilight
camp will be June 24th – 28th at the Mayfield Farm & Nursery in Athens with
our own Christy Seibert wearing the director’s cap again. The theme this year
is “TENNESSEE PIONEERING”. SAVE THESE DATES AND BE THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN
That’s all for now!! Have a wonderful and MERRY CHRISTMAS with the ones you