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March 9, 2006

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Many thanks to all the Cub Scouts and their parents who made it to the Cub Scout Lock-In at Hiwassee College and beyond! Many, many thanks to Terry Hooper for all her time and hard work on this event!!!

Coming up in only two days and then again in 9 days is our annual CUB SCOUT CLEAN-UP ACTIVITY. This event is scheduled in conjunction with the Cherokee National Forest annual clean up of Tellico River on Saturday, March 11th, and of the Hiwassee River on Saturday, March 18th. I have talked with Mary Jane Burnette of the Tellico Ranger Station, and she assures me that there is work for Cub Scouts, especially in the Indian Boundary area, and the area closest to the ranger station itself on Wildcat Road. She asks that everyone come to the ranger station between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. before they begin to register and to get their assignment and equipment. She also asks that the boys bring work gloves (they have work gloves provided by TVA but they are adult sizes) and TVA will provide the garbage bags. Individual packs or dens could decide to have a cookout or picnic afterward Bo Reynolds of the Hiwassee Ranger Station (423-338-5201) asks those working on the 18th also bring gloves and good working shoes, and plan to register at 9:00 a.m. at the State Park office at Gee Creek to pick up bags and an assignment. Hope lots of Cub Scouts and families and leaders will join in on this worthwhile activity!!!

Our next event will be the DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY, set for Saturday, April 1st at Calhoun School gymnasium. Weigh-in and registration begin at 7:30 a.m., with the derby set to begin around 9:30 a.m. I hope everyone has already had or scheduled their pack’s derby before this date! 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 at Crafters’ Closet. Pinewood Derby 2006

Our May event, our CUB SCOUT HIKE is set for Saturday, May 6th beginning at 2:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Spring Camporee. This family-oriented event, for everyone from young children to senior citizens, is possibly set at Layman Farm outside of Sweetwater. I will have to let you know next month for sure. Pack 616 has volunteered to take charge of this event.

Knowing that a hike is our next scheduled event, please use this opportunity to teach your boys the basics of being prepared for a hike: --wear good shoes or boots (NOT brand-new ones!) --long pants are best (to avoid poison ivy and briars) --carry trail mix or Gorp to munch along the way --carry water or juice to stay well-hydrated --backpacks might come in handy!

Each pack should decide what they want to do after the hike, whether a cookout or sack lunches. I encourage you to stay for the evening and experience the Order of the Arrow Tap-Out Ceremony. Regardless of what you do, your Scouts can fulfill a lot of achievements requirements on an outdoor family activity such as this.

Please don’t forget to have your boys wear a Cub Scout T-shirt, and bring a poncho in case of rain!! The event will only be canceled in case of severe weather; if in doubt, you may call our INFOLINE number at 744-3l00, extension 2470. I sincerely hope a lot of you will plan on attending this true Scouting event! By the way, our rain date will be Sunday, May 7th, starting at 2:00 p.m.

I need to let you know:

--that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Church. Please plan to attend as we go over our District Hike and talk DAY CAMP!!! That will also be a good opportunity for you to bring items for our May auction that you won’t want to miss!!

--that Webelos Camporee, formerly known as Webelos Woods, will be Saturday April 8th - Sunday April 9th at Camp Buck Toms. The cost is $25.00 per Scout. Registration for all council camping events will be 15 days before the event.

--that there is a weekend event planned for all Cub Scouts, Tigers to Webelos, called “Cub Family Camp”, at Camp Buck Toms, on Saturday and Sunday April 29th – 30th. As indicated, this is a family event, for ages 3 and above. The fee is $25 per person, ($10 for 3, 4 and 5 year olds), and includes the Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast. Tents and cots will be available, as well as opportunities to do nothing at all, or lots of outdoor activities, such as fishing, crafts, archery, BB guns, etc. The deadline for registration is April 14th; there may be late fees added after that time. If for some reason you cannot attend this particular weekend, please be aware that there will be another Family Camping weekend in the fall, August 26th – 27th and October 14th – 15th.

--that Webelos Resident Camp is scheduled for 2 different sessions, the first Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd --or--Thursday, July 27th – Sunday, July 30th. . The cost is $85 per boy and $50 per adult. There is a required adult to boy ratio of 1 to 4. This event is for all present Bears (rising Webelos) and 1st year Webelos (rising 2nd year Webelos).

--that you can obtain registration forms for all of the council camping activities listed at the following address: www.bsa-gsmc.org/events/2006_gsmc_camping_v3.pdf. I promise it works—even I could bring up this information!!!!!

--that Dollywood is sponsoring Scout Days on Friday, June 9th and September 10th !!! Tickets must be pre-ordered by May 26th and are $25 plus tax ($27.90); you can pay extra for breakfast and for lunch, as well as for special activities. Please call 1-888-428-6789 or visit their website at http://www.dollywood.com/groups/scouts/ for more specific information and order forms.

--that there will be a twilight camp in Madisonville June 19th – 23rd from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. each evening. Melanie Carr (YAY, Melanie!!!) is directing this “CUBS AND BUGS” adventure. Please give your parents this date and begin soliciting day camp supplies!! A lot of work has to take place between now and June 19th!! Please know that we still need leaders, as well as snacks and action activities.

Fees for day camp are as follows $45 for Scouts (includes t-shirt) $50 for Non-Scouts $35 for workers’ children $5 t-shirt fee for Staff and PeeWees ***THERE WILL ALSO BE A $5.00 LATE FEE THIS YEAR AFTER JUNE 1st***

Please know that there are camperships available for needy Scouts from the council as well as from our district (our Roundtable dues!). Cubmasters should decide what boys receive the forms from the Council. Cubmasters should also submit names to Melanie for consideration for local camperships as soon as possible. There may also POSSIBLY be a day camp in Athens at Knox Park that same week. Look for flyers and more information at our April Roundtable!

--that the Chattanooga Lookouts are planning a SCOUT DAY AT BELLSOUTH PARK on Sunday, July 16th. All Scouts and leaders in uniform will receive discounted tickets for $1.00; family members and friends for $4.00, and group fees (25 or more) for $2.00 each. Please know that Packs registering before July 1st will receive a patch commemorating Scout Day! For more information, please call Karrie Ward at 423-267-2208.

That’s it for now!! Thanks for reading this! And, by the way wear green and have a HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!!!

Connie Akers Unaka Program Chairman 746-9132

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