November 8, 2012
Dear Cub Scout Leader:
What a beautiful fall!!! So many leaves turning brilliant colors all around us!
Hope you are all enjoying the great outdoors during this special time of year.
I’m sure many of you spent some quality time outdoors at the council
Calling all Cub Scouts—the VETERANS’ DAY PARADE is set for this Saturday,
November 10th at 3:00 p.m. Cub Scouts have been invited once again to be a part
of this special parade!!! If interested, please meet at the McMinn County
Courthouse Annex (the old Proffitt’s building) at 2:00 p.m., dressed in Class A
uniform. Cameron Balaban of Pack 74 is overseeing this special event, and asks
that every pack in the district be represented, and that the Cubs bring their
pack flags to display. Adults must ride/walk/stay with the boys at all times. I
think this would be a spectacular thing for the Cub Scouts to do to show their
patriotism!!! The military certainly supports Scouting; let’s show our support
Our next event, our CUB SCOUT BOWLING DAY is set for Saturday, November 17th
from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Classic Lanes in Athens. The cost is only $4.00 per
Cub Scout, which includes shoe rentals. Nikki Merriott and Pack 614 are in
charge of this fun event. This is their first time doing this event, but I am
sure they will do a fantastic job!!! Please note that ONLY CUB SCOUTS WILL BE
ALLOWED TO BOWL AGAIN THIS YEAR. It just works out much better that way………….
December is Good Turn Month, and participation in local Christmas parades,
rather than an organized event. 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!!!
Also, packs are encouraged to participate in local parades, whether walking,
being in a prize-winning float, or simply enjoying the view from a decorated
pick-up. Several packs have earned extra money doing floats, something the boys
really enjoy. I’m listing here the parades I have information about now, so that
you have time to at least consider doing this:
- Friday, November 30th--Sweetwater Parade, with no particular theme. Parade
starts at 7:00 p.m., judging at 5:00 p.m. Contact Harris Lovingood at 337-5088
or Charles Ridenour at 337-6123 for more information.
- Saturday, December 1st —Meigs County-Decatur Christmas Parade; parade
starts at 5:30 p.m.; contact the Decatur City Municipal Builiding at 334-5716
- Monday, December 3rd —Athens Parade; Parade starts at 7:00 p.m, with the
theme— “Through the Eyes of a Child”; contact the Athens Chamber of Commerce
at 745-0334 for entry forms and info.
- Thursday, December 6th—Etowah Parade; no particular theme, starts at 7:00
p.m.; contact the Etowah Chamber of Commerce at 263-2228 for entry forms and
- Friday, December 7th—Englewood Christmas Parade. I do not have details,
but I’m sure the Chamber of Commerce could answer your questions
There may be other parades, so be sure and check with the authorities in each
town for specific details and registration information right away. Christmas
will be here before we know it! Hope we have some winning floats this year—but,
at the very least, a lot of proud Cub Scouts walking or riding in them and
showing off their colors!!
Our December Roundtable will be Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. (PLEASE
NOTE THE TIME!) at Mars Hill Church. We will enjoy our usual potluck meal and
Yankee gift-swap. All paper products will be provided. Everyone is asked to
bring a drink and the dish of their choice, as well as a gift costing no more
than $5.00; handmade items are great!! Come for a lot of camaraderie and very
little business . . . It’s a FUN evening we can spend with each other!! YOU
DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!
Our January district event will be our CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN on Friday, January
25th (please note the date!!!) at the Athens YMCA. I’ll let you know final
details next month. The price will be about $10 per Scout and about $6 per
adult. We will not leave the Y for any outside activities, but ask the Packs to
have games and activities for boys during the night. Please know that I will
need to know what activity each Pack plans to provide by our December
Roundtable. I ALSO NEED TO KNOW NUMBERS ATTENDING BY OUR JANUARY ROUNDTABLE. You
can email me with those numbers at firstname.lastname@example.org or let me know at the
I need to let you know:
--that our District Popcorn Chairmen Brandi Jones of Pack 615 (contact her
at 865-414-2171 or email@example.com) wants to thank everyone who
participated in the popcorn sale this year, and hopes all packs make lots of
money for their efforts!!! Early numbers are looking good!! Pick-up of the
products will be at H. T. Hackney's in Athens on Thursday, November 15th or
Friday November 16th. Your pack’s popcorn chairman should be in contact with
Brandi or Chris re: the specific schedule for pick-up. All monies must be
turned in by December 6th-- NO EXCEPTIONS... If you ordered online and your
commission was not properly calculated do not fear...It will be reviewed and
corrected by Bruce by the end of next week. All online ordering MUST be
completed by Nov 29. That is the last day to have online orders completed. If
you have any questions about anything to do with popcorn, contact Brandi—she
has the answers!!!
--that SILVER BEAVER nominations are due to the council by December 3rd.
The Silver Beaver is the highest award at the Council level for a Scouter. If
you think someone is particularly deserving of this high honor, please see
Chris for details.
--that Bowater Goodfellows food basket program is Thursday, December 6.
6:30 pm at the Bowater Employees Credit Union in Calhoun. Help is needed to
pack food baskets for the needy in the community. Sounds like a great service
project to me!
--that Pack 114 from Englewood is having its first (and hopefully annual)
“Day of Giving” on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the
Englewood Church of God. Their plans are to provide a day that members of the
community can donate blood, clothes, coats, food, and toys. This will allow
the Scouts from Pack 114 the chance to earn their Donor Awareness patch. What
a great service project and learning opportunity for our boys!!!
--that there will be a Webelos Pin Day on January 5 in conjunction with the
Athens Merit Badge College. You need to register your Webelos NOW for either
the Scientist or the Aquanaut pin.
--that our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be
Thursday, February 7th at Allen Memorial Methodist Church, starting at 6:30
p.m. I will be asking each pack’s Cub Scouts to do their usual wonderful job
of making placemats and wall decorations. We’ll talk a lot about this at the
next few Roundtables. I love it when our Cub Scouts show off for this
Also, this is the night of the presentation of the District Award of Merit,
the highest award given at the district level. If you know of anyone deserving
of this award (who has gone above and beyond the call of duty on the district
level), you can nominate them by getting the award form off of this website
http://www.scouting.org/forms/33720.pdf , filling in the form with as much
information as possible, and getting it to me by our December Roundtable on
the 13th. 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—usually square knots
worn on the uniform-- for various duties and trainings completed. Phil
Seibert, our training chairman, must have your completed and signed paperwork
no later than January 15th in order for you to receive these knots at the
District Banquet. Please look up the necessary paperwork on our district
website (www.unakascouts.com) on the Training & Awards Page or the Links page.
--that if you have a great picture from any scouting event (like the Cub
Scout Olympics or Bowling Day!), please consider sending it to our Public
Relations Chairman, Josh Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org Unaka District Cub
Scouts are doing great things—we just need to let the community know about
--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 our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 9th, at the
Calhoun school gymnasium. Weigh-in and registration begins at 8:00 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
--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 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. SAVE THESE DATES AND BE THINKING
ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!!!
That’s all for now!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the ones you love