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 September 14, 2006

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Welcome to another fantastic year in Cub Scouting!!!  We have a year's worth of exciting events planned--hope you and your Scouts will participate in them!!!   We have Mark Janeway, our new District Executive to help us achieve success.  Mark can be reached at 745-4944 (home), 865-588-6514, extension 42 (Knoxville—rarely used!), or at sparkytsi@yahoo.com.   I think he’s going to be a great asset to our district!!!

Our first major district event this year is our “CUB SCOUT BIKE RODEO”, scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd.   Tonya Frerichs and Pack 114 in Englewood are in charge of this event, which will be held at McMinn Central High School starting at 10:00 a.m. and lasting about 1 ½ - 2 hours.   Tonya has lined up several individuals with a vast knowledge of biking to help with the event—but will still need more help!!!   Please call her on her cell phone (572-2008) and let her know if you can help, please!!!   Cub Scouts ONLY should bring their bikes, a bike helmet (required!) and elbow pads (if desired) to the event.   After the bike rodeo, there will be a police-escorted one mile-ride around Central, ending with drinks and snacks at the school.  There is no fee for this even.   Hope you will make an effort to come and help the boys learn more about the safest way to ride their beloved bikes!!!

 The last weekend of September is the Council Fall Camporee at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area in Knoxville, site of the last such camporee a few years ago.  This huge event for all ages of Scouts has set aside Saturday, September 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for the Cub Scout activities celebrating  “Everything Scouting”.  The cost for the day’s activities is $10.00 per Cub Scout paid (postmarked) no later than September 21st, or $15.00 after that date.  The fee covers all program costs as well as an official Camporee patch.  Siblings may participate, paying the same registration fee; those 3 – 5 will pay $5.00.  Included in the activities are archery, BB guns, crafts, games, outdoor skills, and service projects.  This should be a fantastic event with lots of things to do for everyone!!!

 Pretty quickly after the Camporee we will have one of our semi-annual “CUB SCOUT SKATE NIGHT” at Athens Skate Center in Athens on Tuesday (NOTE THE CHANGE IN DAYS), October 3rd, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Tonya  Moore and Pack 275 of Niota are in charge of this always-well-attended event.  The cost is only $3.00 per person, which includes the cost of skating and shoe rental.  Please note that if anyone wants to rent speed skates or roller blades there will be an additional $2.50 charge; those wanting to bring their own specialty skates may do so, but still must pay the $3.00 fee.   Family members are invited and encouraged to attend at the same price.

 Our next major district event is one of the most popular events of the Cub Scout year!!  Our "CUB SCOUT OLYMPICS", is set for Saturday, October 28th, beginning at 12:30 p.m.  This family-oriented event is at Ingleside School in Athens.  Please remind parents and Cub Scouts that they should eat lunch before the Olympics; the hot dogs and trimmings are for supper!  Registration, which includes paying a $1.00 fee per boy, begins at 12:00 noon, with the Olympics beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m.  Upon registration, each boy and his adult partner will be assigned a team number, which will be used for identification purposes throughout the event. Click here to see some pictures from last year's Olympics!

 Some basic guidelines for this event are:

l.  ONLY ONE BOY PER FATHER OR MOTHER OR 18 YEAR OLD OR OLDER SIGNIFICANT MALE OR FEMALE.  If there are 2 or 3 boys in a family, each boy must have one adult.  There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.

2.  There will be 8 groups (one group per station), each representing a different rank, depending on the numbers of boys present from each rank.  We shall attempt to make groups equal in size as much as is possible.  Latecomers will be evenly distributed.

3.  Each Cub/Parent team must stay with their assigned group during all group activities.  Certain individual stations (such as the hula hoop competition, obstacle course) may be done individually as time allows.

4. Olympic gold medals will be presented to ALL participants.  (WE NEED EVERYONE TO DONATE FROZEN JUICE LIDS OR USED CANNING LIDS ASAP IN ORDER FOR THIS TO HAPPEN!!  Ask your parents for help with this!! I NEED THESE BY OUR NEXT ROUNDTABLE ON OCTOBER 12th) First, second, and third place Olympic medals will be presented for each rank of each activity.  Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 winners of each rank, as well as the top 3 overall.  The one dollar fee is to pay for all these awards, and should be remitted either before or the day of the Olympics PLEASE.

5.  Every boy should wear a Cub Scout T-shirt of some kind, not necessarily his uniform, and bring a poncho in case of rain.

6.  EVERYONE HAVE FUN!!  We can teach our boys valuable lessons in sportsmanship with a positive attitude throughout this event.

The eight activity stations are listed, some never before tried:

            1.  Water Balloon or Egg Toss (pack 115)   5.  Frisbee Throw ( Pack 100)

2.  Hula Hoop Competition (Pack 114)         6.  Ladder Golf Game (Pack 616)

3.  Timed Obstacle Course (Pack 614)         7.  Clamming for Marbles Competition  (275)

            4.  Snow Cone Relay  (Mark)                       8.  Three-legged Race (Pack 117)

 Two additional stations will be:

            9.  Registration  (Pack 613)                           10.  Food preparation/Serving (Pack 74)

WE MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE AT EACH ACTIVITY STATION.  Each pack has chosen their activity station, as listed above.   Each pack should provide the necessary staff and materials for their activity.  I have a complete list of needed materials; I will assist you in every way possible.  Stations should be set up and ready for play no later than 12:00 noon.  Persons working registration should be present no later than 11:45 a.m.

After all the preliminaries, there will be play-offs at each station for each rank, and for overall standings.  When all competition is completed, we will have a family hot dog supper.  WE NEED 2 GAS GRILLS FOR COOKING; please call if you can help!!!  Each pack is responsible for providing enough hot dogs, buns, condiments, chips, cookies, drinks, ICE WATER, cups, plates, napkins and garbage bags for their numbers.  These items will be pooled together at mealtime, and the pack responsible for food preparation will set up the food and cook the hot dogs.  I would suggest that you have every family bring a 2-liter drink (REMEMBER HOW THIRSTY EVERYONE GETS DURING COMPETITION???), every other family a pack of hot dogs or hot dog buns, etc.  Each pack is also asked to bring a large cooler of ice (not a bag of ice!!) in addition to their cooler of ice water. 

 Medals and trophies will be awarded at the day's end!!  Please let your people know that this is a very long event, sometimes lasting until dusk.  Please plan to stay the entire time and remember that CLEAN-UP IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY!!!  Please let your parents and boys know about this event and encourage their participation.  This is a really fun event, and one of the most popular of the entire year. Also don’t forget to call our INFOLINE number (744-3100, ext. 2470) in case of inclement or questionable weather!! 

Coming up pretty fast will be our November event, our CUB SCOUT BOWLING DAY set for Saturday, November 11th from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. at Classic Lanes in Athens.  The cost will be $5.50 per bowling Scout and per adult.  Final details will be shared at our October Roundtable.

I need to let you know:

--that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, October 12th  at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church.  Please plan to attend these very informative and helpful sessions.  (AND PLEASE BRING YOUR JUICE CAN LIDS/CANNING LIDS TO THIS MEETING!!!)      

 --that the district "Popcorn Sale" begins tonight!!!!!!!   Tonya Moore is our District Popcorn Chairman this year (THANKS SO MUCH, TONYA!!!)  Each pack should select a "popcorn chairman" now to handle this fundraiser.  Packets with all the pertinent information are being distributed at the Roundtable tonight; if you have not received yours, please get in touch with Tonya at 568-2219 (home) or 506-3125 (cell) ASAP because there are lots of new incentives and sales venues.   Please encourage everyone to approach all boys to see if they want to sell these items, whether or not the pack does.  A pack can make a lot of money by participating in this sale—a basic 25% of sales, with even higher percentage with certain criteria met.   In addition, each Scout can earn prizes or cash (5% of their sales), as well as a patch and a hatpin.   There is much discussion about how the boys can work toward their advancements by participating in this sale.  Be sure and talk to Tonya or Mark about this!!!

 --that Cub Scout Basic Leader Training is set for this Saturday, September 16th (2 DAYS FROM TODAY!!!), with Youth Protection Guidelines and New Leader Essentials offered at 9:30 a.m., and Specific Trainings at 1:30 p.m.   Phil Seibert is our District Training Chairman (THANKS, PHIL) You must complete Youth Protection Guidelines (on-line or video), New Leader Essentials, and Rank-Specific Training to be considered fully trained.    You also MUST CALL AND SIGN UP with Phil  (336-9919), or Mark.  There is no charge for training; wear your uniform and come for a time of fun-filled learning!!  Old and new leaders would benefit from these practical sessions!! 

Also, there will be Basic Adult Leader Orientation (BALOO) training on Saturday, November 11th.  This is an all-day training required for any pack wanting to have overnight camping events (one trained person per pack).  The cost if $10 per person and does include lunch.  This date does coincide with our Bowling Day, but surely one adult out of your pack could go. . .

Finally, Wood Badge Training for the 21st Century is scheduled for the weekends of March 23rd – 25th and April 13th – 15th, 2007 (both are required).  This intensive training is the ultimate leadership training available in Scouting.  Those interested should contact Phil for more information.

 --that Saturday, September 23rd is Scout Night with the Chattanooga Mocs.  The Mocs will be playing Georgia Southern.  Scouts and Leaders in uniform get in free, but you must have a coupon for free admission.  Coupons are available from the Cherokee Area Council at 423-892-8323.

--that Sunday, September 24th is Scout Day at Lake Winnepasauka in Chattanooga.   All Scouts in uniform will have free gate admission and unlimited rides!!!   Sounds like a great deal to me!!!!!

--that Saturday, October 7th is Scout Maze Day at the Ocoee River Maze.  The cost is $4.50 for all Cub Scouts, and includes several mazes, hayrides, bonfires, farm animals and more.  For more information, visit www.therivermaze.com or refer to the flyer about this.

--that there will be a Cub Family Camping weekend at Camp Buck Toms the weekend of October 14th – 15th.  This is a family activity, for everyone in the family, ages 3 and older.  Fees paid by October 5th are $25.00 per person, and $10.00 for children aged 3 to 5 years old; after October 5th add a $5 per person or child late fee.    Please see Mark for details and applications forms!

 --that Day Camp was a wonderful experience for 48 little Cub Scouts in Athens and 36 in Madisonville!!!   WAY TO GO!!!!    Be thinking now about next year’s camp and how you can help!!!

 --that I will be doing a monthly newsletter for Cubmasters,  Den Leaders, and their assistants (and whoever else wants them!) to help keep you informed of upcoming district events.  If you are interested in receiving these letters, you can do one of two things:  (1) you can send me 6 OR MORE SELF-ADDRESSED AND STAMPED ENVELOPES  as soon as possible  *OR*  (2) you can log onto our  district website!!!!!   Phil Seibert has worked hard to set up and maintain an area website for the dispensing of information.    THANK YOU PHIL!!!!!   That new, easier to find address is: 


 I will be putting my newsletter on this website AFTER our Roundtables (in case there are corrections or additions at the meeting).  Also, please call or email me one week before the Roundtable if you would like something of interest to Scouters added to this newsletter!!

 --that segments will be available again this year at a cost of 35c apiece.  The Bike Rodeo, Skate Night, and  Olympics segments will be available for purchase the day of the events.  These segments are meant to represent district events’ participation, and are used around our beautiful boy-designed district patch.    Speaking of that patch, we should have them in hand within the month.  I had hoped to have them in time for the Bike Rodeo, but in order to see a sample patch and make necessary changes, that date will more than likely be in time for the Olympics.  Sorry!!!

Hope to see all of you at the Bike Rodeo!!  This is a great way to start our Scouting year, in the great outdoors with our wonderful children!!!

Connie Akers

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