January 12, 2006
Dear Cub Scout
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
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you will let your boys know about this
very fun event!!!
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!!
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
I need to let you
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!!
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
--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!!!
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.
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
--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
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.
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,
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
--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.
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!!!
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!!!
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
Unaka Program Chairman