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January 11, 2007

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 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!!!

Due to a lack of interest, the CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January 26th, has been cancelled. We’ll try again next year…………………..We are going to be working hard to revive Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in the area this spring, so that we will not have to cancel events in the future. Please note info later in this newsletter re: a spring recruitment event, the return of the “UNAKA DISTRICT SCOUT SHOW”!!

Thursday, February 8th, 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 medieval one. 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!!  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 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 ASAP. 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 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 thrilling activity!!!

--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 training event!   Click here 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 price.

--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 February 8th!!!

Connie Akers Unaka District Program Chairman 746-9132 connieakers@hotmail.com

January 8, 2007


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