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January 19, 2011

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Happy New Year to everyone!!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with the ones you love the most!! I was very pleased to know that many Cub Scouts were represented in local Christmas parades. Thank you all for your efforts during the busy month of December. I’m sure there were many “good turns” performed by many Cub Scouts benefiting our wonderful communities!!!

Please know that our January district event, the CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for this Friday, has been cancelled.

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!! 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!

Click here for an invitation and RSVP form for the 2011 Leaders' and  Eagle Scout Banquet.

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 District Training Chairman, must have your information about training awards that have been earned no later than tonight, January 20th (336-9919 or PhilSeib@concentric.net.) Click here for the necessary paperwork and get it to Phil as soon as possible!!! As a sign of the times, I have emailed invitations out and have added it to the end of this newsletter as well. Please observe the deadline to turn in your reservation!!!

I need to let you know:

--that there will not be a Roundtable in February; the Leaders’ Banquet will be our gathering for that month. Our next Roundtable will be Thursday, March 10th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. Please plan to be there!!!

--that Scout Night at the UT Women’s Basketball game vs. Vanderbilt is Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. All tickets will be $7.00 per person and must be purchased by tomorrow, January 15th; the game will be played at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Please go to UTTIX.com, click on “Lady Vols Tix” at the top of the page, then on “group ticket window”; enter the sign-in and password (“boy” and “scouts”) and complete your order. Or, you can call the UT Marketing office at 865-974-1059. All Scouts attending should wear their Scout shirts.

--that January 29th is Scout Day at WonderWorks. WonderWorks is a one of a kind adventure destination that allows you to “let your imagination run wild.” From encountering 65 mph hurricane force winds to moving objects with your mind, WonderWorks challenges your mind as well as your body. All ages will enjoy scaling our rock wall or climbing 50 feet in the air to take on the challenges of our all new indoor black-light ropes course! The more adventurous can pedal a bike that will take you on a 360 degree ride or design and ride your very own virtual roller coaster! Whether you are lying on a bed of nails, trying to land a space shuttle, or flying a jet, WonderWorks will keep you “wondering” what will happen next.! For more details, contact the Council office.

--that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 5th (for bag distribution) and February 12th (for food pick-up and delivery). This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. All units are encouraged to report their food collection totals to the Council office and to the National Good Turn for American website at http://www.goodturnforamerica.org/ You will need the Unit ID to register and create a user name/password. If you don't know your unit ID, contact Melissa...

--that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 6th. Everyone is encouraged to attend the church of his/her choice in uniform, to celebrate the 101st birthday of Boy Scouting and the 91st birthday of Cub Scouting in the USA. This is a day to have the boys in your pack or den recognized in church as a group. Please get with your pastor to help make this an extra special event in your church.. This is also the appropriate time for your pack to schedule your BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET to celebrate the birthday of Cub Scouting. You need to schedule and plan for that event soon—and then let Melissa know your plans!!!

--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 Unaka District’s Friends of Scouting dinner will be Thursday February 24th at the Springbrook Country Club. Our guest speaker/honoree is General B.B. Bell. He is a 4 star general from Ooltewah. Invitations will be mailed within the next 2 weeks. Please make a point to attend and support Scouting in our area!!!

--that the Freezoree for Boy Scouts is scheduled for the weekend of February 26th – 28th, at Gee Creek. Webelos can attend if invited by a Boy Scout troop and accompanied by the correct adult ratio. Check with your associated troop if interested…… The cost for the Freezoree is $6.00 for Boy Scouts, $4.00 for adults.

--that it's time to really be thinking about the University of Scouting, “Dawn of a New Century”, which will be held March 5th, 2011 at Crown College in Knoxville. Information about this wonderful training is available online on the council website; please know that the earlier you register, the cheaper is the event. We'll be discussing this more as the time draws near, but be sure and save the date and register soon!!!

---that Scout Night with the Knoxville Ice Bears (vs. the Fayetteville FireAntz) is set for Saturday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.00 for all youth (3 – 14), and $8.00 for adults. Call Michael Keeney at 865-525-PUCK for your tickets!!! This is always a fun night for the boys!!!

--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 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. Pack 614 is in charge of this event—I can’t wait to see what they have planned!!! 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!! Stay warm!!! Hope to see you at the Banquet!!!

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

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