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October 11, 2012

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous fall weather!!! I love this time of year! There’s a crispness in the air and in the apples that makes it so very special……………..

Our next event is one sponsored by the council, the COUNCIL-WIDE CAMPOUT, called RENDEZVOUS. This weekend long event will start Friday, October 26th at 4:00 p.m. (and end after breakfast on the 28th), at the Furrow Farm off of exit 72 on I-75. Activities for Cub Scouts will abound, and include camping, shooting sports, field activities, battle reenactments, Indian lore, STEM activities, campfire entertaining, and more. The theme for the event is TENNESSEE HERITAGE. Please know that all Scouts should bring Class A uniforms for the ceremonies, but should wear Class B otherwise. No meals will be provided—you need to bring all of your own provisions. Cost for the entire event is now $25.00 for the weekend (which includes camping out). Cub Scouts may also now pay a Day Fee (no camping, but participation in all Saturday events) of $15.

Please know that WEBELOS can camp out at the Rendezvous and stay in their own tents without parents as long as they are using the buddy system. The 2-deep leadership rule applies at the camping location, but Webelos (the only Cub Scouts this applies to) can follow the 1:5 ratio (one adults with up to 5 Webelos) while participating in the events. You should have received information about Rendezvous in the mail with all details. If you have any further questions, please contact the Council or Chris Agee.

Calling all Cub Scouts—the VETERANS’ DAY PARADE is set for 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!!!

Also coming in November will be a very popular event, our CUB SCOUT BOWLING DAY set for Saturday, November 17th at Classic Lanes in Athens from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Nikki Merriott and Pack 614 are in charge of this much-loved event. The cost is $4.00 per person, which includes shoe rentals. 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. Each pack is asked to do a good turn of some kind in their community as a sort of Christmas gift to the community. We’ll discuss this more next month. As far as the parades, I encourage all packs to be involved, if only to march or decorate a pick-up truck and ride. 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

If you have details on other parades, please let me know as soon as possible and I will include them in our next newsletter.

I need to let you know:

--that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. Please plan to attend these very informative, helpful and FUN sessions led by our wonderful Roundtable Commissioner, Christy Seibert.

--that the district "Popcorn Sale" is in full swing, with order-taking or simply selling the products in progress! Blitz Program is almost over and some packs have already turned in their figures for rewards; if you have not turned those in yet, please don't forget they are due by October 15th! If you are in need of help, you may contact Brandi Jones at 865-414-2171 or brandi@djconline.net; she is doing another fabulous job of organizing this year’s sale!!!

Please note these important Popcorn date changes:
November 5th is the absolute deadline to turn in your show and sell totals. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you get to Chris Agee or Brandi Jones the totals of what you are returning. You can also do this online, BUT the totals still need to be sent to Chris or Brandi. The FINAL popcorn order is due November 6th; you may fax in your orders to the council at 865-588-3728 or order online (please see Brandi for details on this simple procedure). Please bring your return product to the next Roundtable on Thursday November 8th along with any show and sell monies that have been collected. Final Popcorn delivery will be at H. T. Hackney's in Athens on either Thursday, November 15th or Friday, November 16th. All monies must be turned in by December 6th, NO EXCEPTIONS!!! If you have any questions about anything to do with popcorn, contact Brandi—she has the answers!!!!

Please know that all Scouts who sell popcorn during this year’s Popcorn Sale will receive the new University of Tennessee Scout Day patch, and have the chance to earn 4 segment patches by participating in the four UT Scout Sports Days. The patches themselves are available now for pick-up at the Council office.

All Scouts that sell $650 (or fill up 2 forms) will receive:
1. Passes to the Sixth Annual University of Tennessee Sports Day, scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2013, with UT Athletes and Coaches. This day includes a tour of a UT sports facility, attendance at the UT Men’s Basketball game vs. Mississippi State, and the chance to meet and greet some of the players and coaches. All "families" of qualified Scouts are welcome!
2. A special edition Sports clinic hat.
3. One FREE Ticket to the Knoxville Ice Bears home game vs. the Mississippi River Kings, scheduled for November 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
4. Two FREE Regal Cinema Movie tickets for Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the 9:00 a.m. showing
5. One free admission to the Dixie Stampede Scout Day on Saturday, January 26, 2013!
Parents, Leaders, other scouts and family members will be able to purchase Scout Day Admission passes for $26.45 per person (a 40% discount!) (lap children ages 0-3 are free). Pre-show events will begin at 1:30 pm with show beginning at 3:30. The top 150 popcorn salesmen will be called to the center arena for an awards presentation. The top council and top district salesmen will have special recognition as well.

-that you need to contact me one week before any Roundtable if you would like something of interest to Scouters added to our monthly newsletter!!

--that 22 Cub Scout leaders were trained at the Unaka University on September 29th!!! Way to go leaders!!!

--that the next available training is the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills course on November 3rd – 4th. Sig-up sheets are on the district website. This course is designed for Boy Scout Leaders, but it’s so close to the Outdoor Webelos Leadership Skills course that Webelos Den Leaders and Cubmasters are encouraged to attend and receive that training.

--that Steve Neill with “Woodmen of the World” insurance agency will provide your pack with an American flag upon request. If you are interested, please call Steve at 745-5743 and simply request this service. Steve is most generous with these flags, and has been supportive of our efforts for many years!!

--that SILVER BEAVER nominations are due to the council next month. 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 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 our December Roundtable will be a potluck dinner with local Boy Scout leaders! This fun evening is set for Thursday, December 13th (note change of date from last newsletter) at 6:30 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. You don’t want to miss this fun one!!! Be prepared to bring a covered dish and a gift of no more than $5.00 to swap “Yankee style”. . .

---that I am working on details for our CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN in January (specific date TBA) at the Athens YMCA. I am in the process of gathering the necessary prices and working on the schedule. I I will have prices and final information at the November Roundtable.

--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 get to show off for this banquet!!!

Hope to see all of you at the council’s Rendezvous!!! This is a great way to spend a lovely fall afternoon with your family!!!

Connie Akers

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