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 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!!!
If you have not already received a banquet invitation, please let me know
immediately!! CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE
INVITATION. 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 February 1st!) for a nice and rewarding evening with your
Finally, Phil Seibert, District Training Chairman, requests that every pack
submit to him in writing those adults who are deserving of training awards ASAP.
If you have any questions, please contact Phil at 336-1925 or
--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 8th, 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 the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Knoxville Thompson-Boling
Arena on Friday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m. Hope you are included in this
--that there will be a Trainer Development Course at the Council on January
27, 2007. If you are interested in being a trainer for any BSA courses, this
BSA Trainer Development Conference is for you! You will learn of the latest
training methods, principles and technologies that are necessary to conduct an
effective training program. There is no cost, but you must register no later
than Monday, January 22, 2007. Again, contact Phil or
Click here for a registration form..
--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
for an information and registration form
--that the next Boy Scout Hockey Night is set for Friday, February 2nd 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!!!
All Scouts and families are welcome, but Boy Scouts 11 and up are invited
to experience winter camping on the ice and earn a Polar Bear Patch. Again,
contact the above number for more details.
--that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 3rd (for
bag distribution) and 10th (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.
--that Sunday, February 4th at 11:00 a.m., there will be an Arrow of Light
and Eagle Ceremony at St. Paul’s Church in Etowah. All Scouts are invited to
attend this wonderful ceremony.
--that Tuesday, February 6th 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.
Tonya Moore and Pack 275 of Niota are again in charge of this
always-well-attended 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
--that Scouting Sunday is set for February 11th. Everyone is encouraged to
attend the church of their choice in uniform, to celebrate the 97th birthday
of Boy Scouting and the 87th 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 the University of Scouting is scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd 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.
Click here for a preliminary registration form.
--that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 10th, 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 10th on the Tellico River or March
17th on the Hiwassee River. Details will be forthcoming.
--that a newly-decided-upon district event is the return of the “SCOUT
SHOW”, set for Saturday, April 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the pavilion
by the duck pond at Athens Regional Park. This event is to showcase the
activities of Scouting, from Tiger Cubs through Boy Scouts. Every Pack and
Troop is asked to create a pictorial display of their activities, and an
activity for others to enjoy. Pack 114 will be doing their Bike Rodeo there,
and Pack 117 will be conducting their hike there as well (THERE WILL BE NO
EVENT ON THE 21st AS PREVIOUSLY PLANNED!) We will be discussing this at length
at the March Roundtable.
--that our May event will be our fun-filled Gold Rush, at the site of the
Spring Camporee, the Healy Farm on County Road 312 near Riceville, on Saturday
May 5th. Pack 614 will once again take care of this much-loved event.
--that our District Twilight Camp in Madisonville will be the week of June
18th – 22nd, and our District Day Camp, the week of June 25th – 29th, 2007 at
Knox Park in Athens!! Please make your parents aware of these dates NOW so
that they can work and/or send their boys. Please know that boys can attend
either or both camps. The theme this year is “Survivor Down Under”!! What a
way to spend their summer days!!!!!!!!!!
That’s it for now!! Hope to see all of you at the district banquet on