Dear Cub Scout
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 email@example.com. I think he’s going to be a great asset to
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
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!
guidelines for this event are:
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.
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.
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.
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
5. Every boy
should wear a Cub Scout T-shirt of some kind,
necessarily his uniform, and bring a poncho in case of rain.
We can teach
our boys valuable lessons in sportsmanship with a positive attitude
throughout this event.
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)
Obstacle Course (Pack 614) 7. Clamming for Marbles Competition (275)
Snow Cone Relay (Mark) 8. Three-legged Race (Pack 117)
stations will be:
9. Registration (Pack 613) 10. Food
preparation/Serving (Pack 74)
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.
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
--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!!!)
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!!!
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
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. . .
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
Saturday, September 23rd is Scout Night with the
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
Cherokee Area Council at 423-892-8323.
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!!!!!
October 7th is
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
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!
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!!
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!!!