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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 Rendezvous…………………

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 for them!!!

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 to register.
  • 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 info
  • 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 connieakers@hotmail.com or let me know at the Roundtable.

I need to let you know:

--that our District Popcorn Chairmen Brandi Jones of Pack 615 (contact her at 865-414-2171 or brandi@djconline.net) 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 banquet!!!

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 josh@encoregardengroup.com Unaka District Cub Scouts are doing great things—we just need to let the community know about them!!!

--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 Scouts!

--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 well-organized event!!

--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 follow………………..

--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 most!!!

Connie Akers
Program Chairman

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