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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 now!!!!! 

  • 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 denisem@dixiestampede.com 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 advance.

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 to follow………………

  • 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!!!

Connie Akers
Program Chairman

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