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March 10, 2011

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

            Scouts have been in action this past month!!!  Scouting for Food reports that have been turned in show that some 5,809 food items were collected and donated to area food banks.  Congratulations to all groups that participated.  If you have not reported your collection, please know that it is not too late!  Please contact Phil Seibert to report your Pack’s contributions if you have not done so to this point!

Blue and Gold season has come and gone, and I am pleased to hear of your many wonderful banquets and celebrations!!!   It’s also Pinewood Derby time, with Pack derbies completed in time for the favorite DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY, which will be held this Saturday, March 12th, at the Calhoun school gymnasium.  Weigh-in and registration go from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.., with the derby set to begin around 9:30 a.m. and be completed by lunchtime.  Please know that racers must be in uniform to participate!!!   Also, cars must be ready to race when presented for registration, so get there earlier rather than later in case you have to work on your car!  There will be trophies for the ranks and extra prizes for the different artistic categories, including the “People’s Choice” award—as well as door prizes for some lucky boys.  Larry Hill Ford in Cleveland has once again agreed to sponsor the race so there will be no entry fee!  And Larry Hill Ford is buying you breakfast!  We will have sausage biscuits, milk and coffee FREE OF CHARGE for participants and guests (while supplies last and AFTER you register your car). 

          Pack 616 is in charge of the derby again this year—lucky us!!!--so we can all look forward to another well-organized event!!   Please remember that there will be a concession stand with snacks and hot dogs for sale.  Click here for a copy of the rules.

Coming up in only two days and then again in nine days are our annual CUB SCOUT CLEAN-UP ACTIVITY(IES).    Interfering with our aforementioned District Derby is the clean-up on the Tellico River, also set for the 12th.  Registration is at 8:00 a.m. at the Tellico Rangers' Station.   Long pants and shirts, sturdy shoes, and gloves, are recommended, as well as a sack lunch and drink.  Garbage bags and pick-up of those bags will be provided. For more information, please call our old friend Mary Jane Burnette at 423-253-8413.  

The next Saturday, March 19th is the annual clean up of the Hiwassee River.  The Hiwassee Ranger Station (423-338-5201) asks those working on the 19th to also wear long pants and shirts, gloves and good working shoes.   Plan to register at 8:00 a.m. at the State Park office off Spring Creek Road to pick up bags and an assignment.   As usual, a river-side hot dog lunch will be served afterward, provided by the Hiwassee Chapter of Trout Unlimited.   If you have any questions, please contact Don Denney with Trout Unlimited at dd37312@hotmail.com

Hope lots of Cub Scouts and families and leaders will join in on one of these worthwhile activities!!!   What a great opportunity for Cub Scouts to learn about our environment and how they can make a difference!!  It also helps them earn the “Leave no Trace” patch!!!

Unit leaders are asked to provide a list of current registered leaders and the status (date) of training for Youth Protection and Fast Start.   These are Scouting and Leader-specific courses.  This list is known as the unit's Training Inventory.  The District Training Committee uses those inventories to determine the needs for training courses in the district.  Please provide them to Stan Weslowski or Phil Seibert at your earliest convenience. 

Don't forget, all registered adult leaders must complete the required on-line courses: Youth Protection, Fast Start and This is Scouting.  Those courses in addition to others are available in the BSA On-Line Learning Center at www.myscouting.org.

Phil Seibert, our District Training Chairman, asks that I let you know about BALOO and OWLS trainings being offered on April 2 at Crown College, 2307 W. Beaver Creek Drive, Powell, TN.  The cost is $10 by Monday, March 28th; $13 after the 28th, and $20 for Walk-ons.   Lunch, snacks, handouts and goodies are included for all early registrants; walk-ons are not guaranteed any of these.   Registration forms are available on the council web site or by contacting Jennifer Williams at (Jennifer.Williams@scouting.org) .

The next big event, and if fall is any comparison, one of the most popular events of the year—our SPRING FAMILY CAMPOREE, is set for the weekend of Friday, April 1st (with set up starting at 5:00 p.m.) to Sunday April 3rd (with check-out at 10:00 a.m.) at Gee Creek Campground.  Gary Imlay and Pack 615 are in charge of this event, so I’m sure it will be very well organized!!!    There are lots of fun Scouting activities planned, from archery and BB guns to field activities and campfires.  Hope most of you will be able to attend this weekend long event!!!  Please contact Gary Imlay at 423-506-5976 with any questions…………..   PLEASE REGISTER WITH HIM BY MARCH 29th!!!  

Our April event is our DISTRICT CROSS-OVER CEREMONY, for Webelos crossing over into Boy Scouts, on Saturday, April 16th, beginning at dusk in Calhoun.  Packs with eligible Scouts really should consider participating in this special ceremony led by Troop 616—there is no fee for doing so!!!  Please know that participating Webelos and their Cubmasters MUST contact either Phil Seibert (423-336-9919) or Stan Weslowski (423-829-0651) no later than April 9th.  At that time they will need a complete list of participating Webelos as well as the individual troop number they plan to crossover to.  There will be a rehearsal on Saturday, April 9th at 2:00 p.m.  Each Cubmaster with crossing Webelos as well as each troop must be contacted ahead of time to have a representative present for the rehearsal as well as the ceremony itself.   Please know that Cubmasters and each Webelos’ parents will have a part in the ceremony.

Participants will meet at Calhoun Methodist Church no later than 7:30 p.m., and drive as a group to the site at the Stacey Crisp farm in Calhoun.  The event will commence upon arrival to the site. Spectators are welcomed and advised to bring lawn chairs to sit in.  Be sure and let Phil Seibert or Stan Weslowski know whether or not you plan to attend.

 I need to let you know:

 --that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Church.  Please plan to attend as we go over details of our district crossover, shooting sports event, and our TWILIGHT CAMP!!!

 --that E.G. Fisher Library in Athens is having a “Wetland Flower Planting Day” on Saturday, April 16th, starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending when the job is completed, about 3:00 p.m.   There are 5000 flowers to be planted in the wetland area beside the library, and they want volunteers—including Cub Scouts!!!  You will need to bring work gloves, small shovels, and/or hand spades; wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy; and bring a sack lunch or make other lunch plans.  Water will be provided.   Please know that Cub Scouts will need to have a waiver signed by his or her parent or guardian; I would suggest that you have a parent with each Cub Scout for safety reasons.

            They ask that everyone park across the street at the Lutheran Church or Ingleside Pool.  Please contact sanitation@cityofathenstn.com or call April at 744-2749 and let them know your plans and find out about the waiver forms; I would suggest that Cubmasters turn in numbers for their Packs.

            If your pack is working on the “Journey to Excellence” award, this would be a wonderful opportunity to complete a service project!!!

 --that our May event will be a FISHING DAY on Saturday, May 21st.    More details in the future.............

 --that our Unaka District Cub Scout Twilight Camp will be held June 20-24  from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Mayfield Diary Farm north of Athens.  The theme will be "Survivor".  Registration forms will be mailed to all registered scouts from the council office later this month.  Cost is $55 for early registration (before May 16), $60 after May 16 and $70 for walk-ons.  We're still looking for adults to help with the camp, so if you're available, please contact Christy Seibert, the camp director, at 336-9919 or at her email address hobbymaker@aol.com   

 --that Phil has also asked me to share some information concerning Wood Badge Training.  Wood Badge is the premier training program for adults involved in Scouting.  It teaches contemporary leadership and team development skills in an outdoor setting. Its purpose is to aid Scouters in providing a quality program that will enable Scouts to grow to their greatest potential. The course encompasses the key concepts of management from top leaders in the management field; therefore, this course can be helpful not only in your Scouting job but also in your career.

            The Wood Badge course will be conducted in the fall during two three-day weekends (Friday to Sunday).  The Wood Badge program consists of two parts: practical training and application.  Practical leadership experiences are gained in a camp setting where leadership and management skills can be learned and practiced as a member of a Wood Badge patrol.  At the conclusion of practical training, each participant has a minimum of four months and a maximum of eighteen months to complete the application phase (ticket) and meet all of the goals that have been agreed upon during the course. 

Registration form can be found at the following address: http://www.doubleknot.com/openrosters/DocDownload.aspx?id=88069 


That’s it for now!!  Thanks for reading this!  Be sure to wear green on SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!!  


Connie Akers
Program Chairman


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