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January 10, 2008

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Happy New Year to everyone!!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with the ones you love the most!! I was very pleased to see that Pack 275 from Niota won a trophy for their float in the Niota Christmas parade and that many Cub Scouts were represented in local parades. Thank you all for your efforts during the busy month of December. I’m sure there were many “good turns” performed by many Cub Scouts benefiting our wonderful communities!!!

Just thought everyone needs to know that the Great Smoky Mountain Council has been named a CENTENNIAL QUALITY COUNCIL by the National BSA Council. This award is in recognition of quality program being delivered to young people across East Tennessee by trained volunteer leaders. Pat yourselves on the back for a job well done!!!

Our January district event will be the long-awaited CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January 25th, 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 18th. Please encourage everyone’s participation in this super fun event--let's hope for a large crowd with this very central location!!!

Tuesday, February 5th is the date of our second Scout Skate Night at the Athens Skate Center, from 5:00 – 7:00 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.

Thursday, February 7th, is the date of our next big district event, 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 a picnic. Historically, the Cub Scouts have helped with decorations for this banquet by making placemats for all the adults. Please get your laminated placemats to me as soon as possible. If you cannot get them laminated yourself, please get them to me at least one week in advance so that I will have time to laminate them. I am also asking each pack to fix a small picnic basket for one table, with items you think Scouts might need for a picnic. Please don’t forget the theme and try to us it in a Cub Scout way. 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!!!  Click here for a copy of the invitation/RSVP form.

If you have not already received a banquet invitation, please let me know immediately!! As a sign of the times, I have emailed invitations out and have added it to the end of this newsletter. Also, PLEASE get your reservations made on time (no later than January 31st!) for a nice and rewarding evening with your fellow Scouters!!

Finally, Phil Seibert, District Training Chairman, requests that every pack submit to him in writing those adults who are deserving of training awards. “Progress cards” are available in your Cub Scout Leader’s Manual and on the district website (click here), and must be turned in to Phil ASAP in order to be ready to be presented at the District Leaders’ Banquet next month. If you have any questions, please contact Phil at 336-1925 or PhilSeib@concentric.net.

I need to let you know:

  • that there will not be a Roundtable in February; the District Banquet will be our gathering for that month. Our next Roundtable will be Thursday, March 13th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. Please plan to be there!!!
  • that I do need some people to help me with the decorations and setting up for the District Banquet, beginning at 3:30 p.m. that day. PLEASE CALL AND LET ME KNOW ASAP IF YOU CAN HELP. PLEASE HELP!!!
  • that Scout Day with the Mocs will be Saturday, January 12th. The Lady Mocs will play Elon at 12:30 p.m.; the men will play Western Carolina at 3:00 p.m. Free admission coupons for both games are available in the Chattanooga Scout Shop. Scouts must be in class A uniform to qualify.
  • that Mark has scheduled a re-chartering “help session” on Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian church. Don’t forget that these important forms are due by the end of this month!!!
  • that the next Trainer Development Conference is scheduled for Saturday, February 9th from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Council Service Center. This training is free to all adult leaders and lunch is provided. This Conference is designed to train adult volunteers to lead BSA training courses. To register for this course, please contact Brian Carl at 865-588-6514, ext. 30. Click here for flyer.
  • --that Wood Badge Training is coming up fast. If you have not sent in your deposit yet, now is the time to do so! Time is getting short and space is limited. Unaka District needs to have more people involved in this high-level training event!   Click here for flyer.
  • that The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Friday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for Scouts are $13.50 each (and include a patch), and must be pre-ordered by Monday, January 14th. Scouts attending may arrive at 5:30 for Globetrotter University. Please call 1-865-656-444 to reserve your tickets!!! These guys are always FUN!!!
  • that the next Boy Scout Hockey Night is set for Saturday, January 26th at 7:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Tickets are $7.00 for all youth (3 – 14), and $8.00 for adults. Call Michael Keeney at 865-525-PUCK for your tickets!!! This is always a fun night for the boys!!!
  • that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 2nd (for bag distribution) and 9th (for food pick-up and delivery). We will have bags again this year; they will be passed out tonight. This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. All units are encouraged to report their food collection totals to the Council office and to the National Good Turn for American website at http://www.goodturnforamerica.org/ You will need the Unit ID to register and create a user name/password. If you don't know your unit ID, contact our District Executive Mark Janeway. Click here for an instruction sheet and tally sheet to be sent to the Council.
  • that Boy Scout Lady Vols Night will be Sunday, February 3rd at 3:00 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tickets are $7.00 per person, and can be obtained online at the UT Sports website. Deadline for getting tickets is February 1st. Click here for flyer.
  • that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 10th. Everyone is encouraged to attend the church of his/her choice in uniform, to celebrate the 98th birthday of Boy Scouting and the 88th birthday of Cub Scouting in the USA. This is a day to have the boys in your pack or den recognized in church as a group. Please get with your pastor to help make this an extra special event in your church.. This is also the appropriate time for your pack to schedule your BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET to celebrate the birthday of Cub Scouting.

  • that Tuesday, February 5th is the date of our second Scout Skate Night at the Athens Skate Center, from 6:00 – 8:00 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, 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.
  • that the Freezoree for Boy Scouts is scheduled for the weekend of February 22nd. The Order of the Arrow is planning this event at Gee Creek. Webelos can attend if invited by a Boy Scout troop and accompanied by the correct adult ratio.
  • that Scout Day at The Dixie Stampede is scheduled Saturday, February 23rd at 4:00 p.m., with a special pre-show set for 3:00 p.m. The new show is “The Journey West”, and features cowboys, longhorns, and a wagon train. The special price is $22.81 per person. Call 1-800-356-1676 to make your reservations!!! This is always a very memorable event for Scouts!!! Click here for flyer.
  • that the University of Scouting will be held Saturday, March 1st, 2008 at Crown College in Knoxville. This is a fun learning experience and is the largest supplemental training opportunity offered by the Great Smoky Mountain Council to Scouting volunteers at all levels. We'll be discussing this more as the time draws near, but be sure and save the date!!! Click here for flyer and course descriptions.
  • that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 8th, 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 a well-organized event!! By the way, if you need pinewood derby kits (BSA KITS ONLY!!), you can find them now at Crafters’ Closet. Don’t wait until the week before the derby and try to find a kit.
  • that another March event will be Cub Scouts helping with the River Clean-up event on either Saturday March 8th on the Tellico River or March 15th on the Hiwassee River. Details will be forthcoming.
  • that there is yet another event that second weekend in March. March 8th - 9th are the dates for the first ever Webelos Jamboree, a Webelos-only event. There will be separate programs for 1st and 2nd year Webelos, with a Crossover Ceremony by the Order of the Arrow on Saturday night for all deserving Scouts. Applications will be available after the first of the year.  2/2/08- ADDENDUM --- THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED -- Click here for flyer.
  • that our April event will be our District Hike on Saturday, April 19th. Notorious long-distance hiker Stephen Cartwright of Pack 177 is in charge of this event; details will be announced later.
  • that Scout Night at Smokies Park is scheduled for 2 nights: Friday, April 25th when the Smokies will play the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx and will include the famous campout on the field) and Friday, August 15th, when they will play the Jacksonville Suns. Game times are both at 7:15 p.m., and gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available to Scouts at the discounted price of $7.00 per person in April, and $8.00 in August for the field level seats; or for $5.00 for bleacher seats for both dates. Tickets must be purchased 4 days before each event. Scouts and Leaders should wear their uniforms. A Scout in full uniform will be randomly chosen to throw out an opening pitch.  Click here for flyer.
  • that our May event will be a new one, a SHOOTING SPORTS EVENT, at the site of the spring camporee, if at all possible. More details in the future.............
  • that our theme for our twilight and day camps is “NORTH TO ALASKA!” The dates for twilight camp are June 16th – 20th in Madisonville, and for day camp June 23rd – 27th in Athens, with our wonderful directors back for more action this year. SAVE THESE DATES AND BE THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!!!
  • that you need to be thinking about the 2010 Centennial National Scout Jamboree. GSMC will take a contingent of 5 troops with 36 youth and 4 adult leaders in each group. If your son is a Webelo now, you might want to consider reserving him a place in the group attending with a $100 application deposit. Total estimated price should be $1,000 - $1,200, which includes pretty much everything. He will need to be at least 12 years of age by July 1, 2010 or not 18 by August 2, 2010, and have earned his First Class Rank. Something to think about and plan for! A Centennial comes but once, and no doubt this will be a spectacular event!  Click here for flyer.

That’s it for now!! Hope to see all of you at the district banquet on February 7th!!!

Connie Akers
Unaka District Cub Scout Program Chairman

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