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 January 12, 2006 

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 613 won a trophy for their float in the Athens Christmas parade, Pack 100 won $50 in the Madisonville 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!!!


Coming up this month is our CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January 27th, from 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. based at Hiwassee College in Madisonville. This will be a sports-centered night, with basketball, volleyball, baseball, karate, and swimming going on.  (This kind of goes along with the theme of the Leaders’ Banquet in February).  The price for the event will be $10.00, which includes use of all facilities, segments for Cub Scouts, and pizza; adults will be $5.00.  Deadline for payment will be Friday, January 20th.    Please have accurate numbers when you let me know no later than the 20th; you can give me your collected money the night of the lock-in.   PLEASE INSTRUCT YOUR SCOUTS NOT TO ARRIVE BEFORE 9:45 P.M. THAT NIGHT, and be sure to have a ride to pick them up no later than 6:00 a.m.


We will start the night at Hiwassee College gym, where there will be karate demonstrations, sports instructions and skills (including baseball, basketball, volleyball, maybe more) by Hiwassee College students, and swimming.  Please know that neither the pool nor the room it is in is heated; but due to requests, we will still have swimming for the daring.   We will have open swim for one hour, and thereafter whatever time is needed to work on rank requirements (no more than an hour).   We will have qualified persons in the pool to supervise swimming requirements for all ranks, including some requirements for the Aquanaut pin for Webelos.  After swimming, we will have pizza and drinks beginning at approximately 12:00 midnight.   After that time, we will travel during scheduled times to “The Cue Room”, a local game room, for air hockey and billiards.   Because of this travel, each pack must provide enough vehicles with one seat belt per person to travel from Hiwassee College to “The Cue Room” (on Highway 411, about a 3 minute drive).


Please ask all persons involved in the lock-in to wear Cub Scout t-shirts to this event.  Remember to take a nap before the lock-in, and be ready to have some fun!     If anyone would like to supervise an extra activity, please let me know as soon as possible.   Also, if anyone would like to bring a TV/VCR and/or movies for the boys/adults to watch, please let me know.   My phone number is 746-9132, or my email address is connieakers@hotmail.com.    Hope you will let your boys know about this very fun event!!!


Thursday, February 9th, 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 one celebrating Scouts in Action in the World.  Our speaker will be a young Boy Scout and Eagle Scouts who have served in Iraq or other areas.  I am 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 get your laminated placemats to me at least one week in advance. If you cannot get them laminated yourself, please get them to me ASAP so that I will have time to do them.  Anyone who would like to help with wall decorations of any kind could also send those with the placemats.  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!!!

If you have not already received a banquet invitation, please let me know immediately!!  Also, PLEASE get your reservations made on time (no later than February 2nd!) 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.    If you have any questions, please contact Phil at 336-1925 or PhilSeib@concentric.net.  


I need to let you know:

--that Wolf Brodie Miller from Pack 614 in Athens was the winner of our district patch design contest.  His beautiful design will become our next Unaka District Cub Scout patch to be worn on the red vests.   In order to have the patches made, 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 ASAP (ask your parents for their son’s patch money if your pack is low on money) 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 the final product!!

--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 9th, 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 night at the Knoxville Ice Bears Hockey Arena (Knoxville Civic Coliseum) will be held Friday, February 3rd at 7:30 p.m.  The team is requesting that those attending bring canned goods for the Second Harvest Food Bank.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for Scouts, and must be ordered by February 1st.    Please call Todd Dixon at 865-525-7825 for reservations and more information.     Webelos and Boy Scouts are invited to camp on the ice after the game and earn their Polar Bear Patch (Sound worse than jumping in an unheated pool to me. . . )  If interested, be sure and let Todd know when you call.  Space is limited, so call early!!!

--that Cub Scout Skate Day #2 for the Unaka District is planned for Monday, February 6th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Skate Center on Decatur Pike.  Total cost for the event is $3.00, which pays for skates and all skating.  Scouts are encouraged to come and bring their entire families!  This was a HUGE event last fall and last year—hope we can repeat that success!!  Our brand new pack in Niota, Pack 275, will be in charge of this event.  Please welcome them to our district!

--that Scouting Sunday is set for February 12th.  Everyone is encouraged to attend the church of their choice in uniform, to celebrate the 96th birthday of Boy Scouting and the 86th birthday of Cub Scouting in the USA.  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 Scouts.

--that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 4th (for bag distribution) and 11th (for food pick-up and delivery).   We do have bags again this year; be sure and let me know if you have not received them yet.  This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. 

--that there are a number of Scout programs at the Knoxville Zoo.   Coming up are programs on Saturdays February 25th, March 25th and April 29th.    In February Webelos can earn some of the requirements for the Scientist Pin; in March, the Naturalist Pin; in April the Scientist Pin.   Other Cub Scout ranks can earn different achievements.    Tigers/Wolves/Bears go from 11:00 – 11:45a.m; Webelos from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  The cost is $8.00 per scout and $10 per adult.   For more information, please call Chad Fifer at 865-637-5331, ext. 331. 

--that the annual Dixie Stampede show for Great Smoky Council Scouts is set for Saturday, February 18th at 6:00 p.m.  The cost per Scout and adult is $21.50; you need to call 1-800-356-1676 for reservations, which will be held with a credit card.   Doors open at 4:30 p.m., the pre-show at 5:15, main show and meal at 6:00, and exit at 7:30.   This is a great Cub Scout activity!!!!!   If you’ve never experienced Dixie Stampede, this is your big chance!!!

--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 registration 7:30 – 8:15 a.m., to 4:15 p.m.    Until February 24th, registration is $16.00; after that date, the cost is $20.00.    Lunch is included in the price.  Please note that this is an adult-only training; please no children!

--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 the Harlem Globetrotters will be at Thompson/Boling Arena on Wednesday, March 22nd .    There is a special pre-game session of Globetrotter University starting at 5:30 p.m.; the game starts at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $12.50 for Scouts and adults by credit card, $12.00 by money order or cashier’s check (written to “University of Tennessee”).   Reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 1st to Cyndee Young, 1703 Rosewood Drive, Wooster, OH  44691.   Looks like a fun evening to me!!!

--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!!    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 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!!    Hope to see all of you at our lock-in—Cub Scouts always LOVE this event!!!

Connie Akers
Unaka Program Chairman

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