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
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 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
- 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