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December 8, 2005

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Merry Christmas to everyone!!! Hope you are enjoying this wonderful holiday season with the ones you love most!!! Our Bowling Day was a big success, with 40 Scouts and a number of adults bowling the afternoon away. Thanks to Angie and Pack 613 for taking care of this event!!!

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!!!

Our January district event will be CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January 27th, from 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. at Hiwassee College in Madisonville. This will be a sports-centered night, with basketball, volleyball, baseball, karate and swimming going on (and maybe some others if anyone wants to help. . .) This kind of goes along with the theme of the Leaders’ Banquet in February. The price for the event is yet to be determined, but once set will include use of the pool and gym, and pizza. Deadline for payment will be Friday, January 20th. 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!!

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 Thursday, December 29th is the date of Boy Scout Night at the University of Tennessee Basketball Game!!! UT will play Lipscomb at 7:00 p.m. that night at the Thompson Boling Arena. Please call the council at 865-588-6514 for your free tickets or other information!!!
  • that Troop 315 at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church will begin Boating Safety classes on Monday, January 2nd starting at 7:00 p.m. The class will be taught by Joe Busch and will run for 3 or 4 successive Monday nights. All boys 11 years of age and up, and any Scout adults are invited to attend; you do not have to pre-register. Maybe a few of our Webelos would be interested.
  • that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, January 12th 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 Awards Banquet. We will also discover the winner of the patch design contest for the District Activity Patch to be worn on the Cub Scout red vests. Be sure and attend your Roundtable!!! Also remember that in order to just order the patches, we must have some money and the plan is to take pre-paid orders. What we are asking your pack to do is collect $2 from each of your Cub Scouts, Tigers to Webelos, by the next Roundtable in January, which would go toward the cost of a new district patch.. Depending on the final cost of the patches, they may be completely paid for with that amount, or they may owe a little more. I can’t wait to see what they will look like!!
  • that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 4th (for bag distribution) and 11th (for food pick-up and delivery). We will have bags again this year; they will be passed out at the January Roundtable. This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. More details will come at the next Roundtable.
  • that Monday, February 6th is the date of our second Scout Skate Night at the Athens Skate Center, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. All Scouts, from Tigers to Webelos, and their families are invited to participate in this fun event. The cost is only $3.00 per person.
  • that Thursday, February 9th, is the date of our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Athens, starting at 6:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s awards banquet will be one celebrating Scouts in Action in the World. Our speakers will be Eagle Scouts who have served in Iraq or other areas. I will be asking each pack’s Cub Scouts to do their usual wonderful job of making placemats and wall decorations. Historically, the Cub Scouts have helped with decorations for this banquet by making placemats for all the adults. Please encourage your boys to be as creative and colorful as possible with these original pieces of art!! Everyone looks forward to seeing what our Cubs can come up with!!!!
  • that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 12th. 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 the University of Scouting is scheduled for Saturday, March 4th at the Pellissippi State College campus. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend this information-packed, daylong council training, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more details, please call the council.
  • that our March event will be Cub Scouts helping with the River Clean-up event on either Saturday March 11th on the Tellico River or March 18th on the Hiwassee River. Details will be forthcoming.
  • that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, April 1st, at the Calhoun school gymnasium. Weigh-in and registration begin 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 a well-organized event!!
  • that our May event will be a Cub Scout Hike on Saturday, May 6th in conjunction with the Spring Camporee. More details to follow!!!
  • that our most-wonderful day camp will be the week of June 19th – 23rd, 2006!! The theme this year is “BOYS AND BUGS”. Please make your parents aware of this date NOW so that they can work and/or send their boys. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS FUN-FILLED WEEK!!!

That’s it for now! Please enjoy the holidays with the ones you cherish the most!! MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Connie Akers Unaka
Cub Scout Program Chairman


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