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January 10, 2013

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—some even winning ribbons for their hard work. 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!!!

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!!). They will also need to bring their swimming trunks and a towel, as we will have use of the pool for several hours that night. 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. 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 in!!!

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 7th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. Please plan to be there!!!

--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.fincher@utk.edu. 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!! 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.
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!!!

Click here for invitations.  Please pass the invitation on to the appropriate adults in your pack. Please observe the deadline to turn in your reservation!!!

--that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 2nd and 9th in our district. This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. Cub Scout Packs may deliver them anywhere in their community that they desire after turning in your can/food count. We'll discuss "territories" for packs and troops again as we did last year. Let's make this one bigger than last year because of the greater need for help this year!

--that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 10th. Everyone is encouraged to attend the church of his/her choice in uniform, to celebrate the 103rd birthday of Boy Scouting and the 93rdbirthday 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 Chris know your plans!!!

--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 Scouts!

--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 information.

--that the Freezoree for Boy Scouts is set for February 22nd – 24th at Mayfield Farm. Webelos can attend as spectators if invited by a Boy Scout Troop and accompanied by the correct adult ratio. Please check with the troop your boys are interested in about this great event……

--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 denisem@dixiestampede.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 Click Here for rules.  Pinewood Derby rules will be the same as last year. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE WORD GETS OUT THAT SCOUTS MUST BE IN CLASS A UNIFORM TO PARTICIPATE--NOT T-SHIRTS! The last couple of years we had a couple of boys show up without uniforms because the leaders didn't get the word out........... and they were unable to participate..............
Also, concessions will be available for those wanting food that day………….

--that another March event will be Cub Scouts helping with the River Clean-up event on either Saturday March 9th on the Tellico River or March 16th on the Hiwassee River. Details will be forthcoming.

--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. There will be a short "walk-through" for the LEADERS ONLY (no crossover Scouts) on Saturday April 6th at 2:00 p.m. Each pack and troop with boys participating must send a representative (preferably the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster or Webelos Den Leader).

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 follow………………..

--that our summer Cub Scout camp’s dates and theme are set. Our twilight camp will be June 10th – 14th 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 HELP!!!

That’s all for now!!

Connie Akers
Program Chairman

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