December 16, 2009
Dear Cub Scout Leader:
Merry Christmas to everyone!!! I’m
sure you are all enjoying these most special days of the year!!!
I hope you haven’t forgotten that
December is Good Turn Month. 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—and talk to Jeremy Belk, our district Public Relations Chairman!
Our January district event will be
CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January 22nd, from 9:30 p.m. –
6:00 a.m., at the Athens YMCA. This will be an evening planned by all packs.
If you have not informed me of the activity your Pack will provide that evening,
please get in touch with me right away so I can come up with a schedule of all
activities. The boys will need to bring their own basketballs clearly
labeled with their names (we already know what a popular activity that is!!).
The price for the event will be $10 per Scout and $5 per adult, which will
include use of the Y, pizza and drinks, all activities, and the lock-in segment.
Deadline for payment will be Friday, January 15th. We’ll
have more details and be able to discuss this more at our January Roundtable.
Please encourage everyone’s participation in this super fun event--let's hope
for a large crowd with this great central location!!!
I need to let you know:
that our popcorn sale is now
officially over! Don’t forget that all monies to the council are due
that Cub Scout Leader Specific Training for
Cubmasters or Den Leaders will be offered in conjunction with the Unaka Merit
Badge College in Athens on Saturday, January 9, 2010. If you are a new leader
and want more information about your job in Cub Scouts, please plan to
attend. You must make reservations soon………………..
that Scout Night at the UT Women’s
Basketball game vs. Vanderbilt is Sunday, January 17th, 2010 at
6:00 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. All tickets will be $7.00 per person, and
must be purchased at least 2 days before either game.
Please go to UTTIX.com, click on “LADY VOLS TIX” at
the top of the page, then on “group ticket window”, enter the username “boy”
and password “scouts” and complete your order. Or, you can call the UT
Marketing office at 865-974-1059. Please note that there is a $1.00
processing fee online. All Scouts attending should wear their Scout shirts.
that our next Roundtable will be
Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian
Church. Final plans for our Lock-In will be discussed, as well as plans for
our District Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition/Friends of Scouting
Banquet, in honor of the 100th anniversary of BSA.
that re-charters are due the end of January.
Please take care of these as soon as possible. If you have any questions,
please get in touch with Mark at 745-4944.....
that our local Eagle Scout and
Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be Monday, February 8th
at the Tennessee Wesleyan Dining Hall in Athens, starting at 6:30
p.m. This date has been formally recognized by the United States Senate as
“Boy Scouts of America Day” in celebration of the 100th
anniversary of Boy Scouts in America. The theme of this year’s awards
banquet will, of course, coincide with the 100th Anniversary
Celebration. 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. This is an especially important
banquet, as we are inviting every Eagle from our Unaka troops to attend, and
are hoping for a huge crowd. We really need our Cub Scouts to show off for
this one!!! Please encourage your boys to be as creative and colorful as
possible with these original pieces of art!! Please don’t forget the theme
and try to use it in a Cub Scout way. Everyone looks forward to seeing what
our Cubs can come up with!!!!
Also, this is the night of the
presentation of the District Award of Merit, the highest award given at the
district level. 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 for various duties and trainings completed. Phil Seibert, our
training chairman, must have your information about training awards that have
been earned no later than January 15th. Please look up the necessary
paperwork on our website and get it to Phil as soon as possible!!!
Finally, Phil and I would like to put
together a power-point presentation to show at this special banquet. I have
lots of pictures of leaders at the banquets and at different events, but we’d
like to get some pictures of our Cub Scouts in action. If you have
any pictures like that and would like to share them, please email them to Phil
Seibert. He’s the computer expert!!!
that “Scouting for Food” dates are set
for Saturdays January 30th and February 6th. 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 7th. 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 Cub Scouts annually celebrate the
anniversary of Scouts in February with a Blue and Gold Banquet. You need to
schedule and plan for that event soon—and then let Mark Janeway know your
plans!!! We’ll discuss this more at our January Roundtable.
that Scout Night with the
Knoxville Ice Bears (vs. the Fayetteville FireAntz) is set for Friday,
February 19th at 7:30 p.m. More details to come……………….
that it's not too early to start
thinking about the University of Scouting, which will be held March 7th, 2010
at Crown College in Knoxville. We'll be discussing this more as the time
draws near, but be sure and save the date!!
that our District Pinewood Derby will
be Saturday, March 13th, at the Calhoun school gymnasium. Weigh-in
and registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the derby set to begin around 9:30
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 another March event will be Cub
Scouts helping with the River Clean-up event on either Saturday March 6th
on the Tellico River or March 13th on the Hiwassee River.
Details will be forthcoming.
that Boy Scout Day at Dixie
Stampede is set for Sunday, March 14, 2010, at either the 6:00 p.m. or
8:30 p.m. show. Group price tickets (20 or more) are $26.17, which includes
their fabulous one-of-a-kind show, a 4 course meal, the tax and gratuity.
Normal prices are $42.99 for adults (12 & up) and $22.99 (under 12) plus
gratuity. Please contact Denise Miller at 1-800-356-1676, ext. 3121 or
at least one week prior to the event. Denise says there is also a 10%
discount for the gift shop; souvenir boot mugs are $4.00 at the door--$3.00 in
Please also know that you can have this
special group rate at any time if you work through Denise.
that there are two special events in
April!!! One will be our District Hike on a Saturday that month. Notorious
long-distance hiker Steven Cartwright of Pack 117 is in charge of this event;
details will be announced later. The other event will be a District
Cross-over Ceremony for Webelos crossing over into Boy Scouts. More details
that our May event will be our
SHOOTING SPORTS EVENT, at the site of the spring camporee, the Cherokee
Christian Camp in Tellico. More details in the future.............
that our summer Cub Scout camps’ dates
are set. Our twilight camp will be June 14th – 18th
in Madisonville at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, and for day camp
June 21st – 25th in Athens, with our wonderful
Madisonville directors (Melanie Carr and Becky Webb) back for more action, and
a new director for Athens, our own Christy Seibert. (YAY, Christy!!!). SAVE
THESE DATES AND BE THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!!!
That’s all for now!! Have a wonderful
Christmas with the ones you love most!!!