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November 10, 2005

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Thanks to everyone for a well-attended Cub Scout Olympics!!! Approximately 50 Cub Scouts and their family members enjoyed a gorgeous fall afternoon throwing tennis balls and pennies, obstacle coursing, and all the other fun activities. Thanks for everyone’s great sportsmanship and help!!

And CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners, especially:

  • Bryce and Mark Frerichs, 3rd place overall from Pack 114;
  • Mason and John Seavey, 2nd place overall from Pack 614; and
  • Duston and Dewayne Taylor, Grand Champions from Pack 613.

We had pretty good representation from most of the district packs!!! Let’s go for 100% participation next year!!! By the way, if any of your Cub Scouts did not get participation medals, please let me know and I will see that they get them. DON’T FORGET TO BE SAVING THOSE FROZEN ORANGE JUICE LIDS AND USED CANNING LIDS FOR NEXT YEAR’S AWARDS!!!

Our November event is the ever-popular CUB SCOUT BOWLING DAY, set for Saturday, November 19th at Classic Lanes in Athens, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Pack 613 is in charge of this event. (Thanks, Angie!) The cost is $5.00 per person bowling (Cub Scout or Adult or registered den chiefs only—no siblings!), which includes shoe rental and all games. Sounds like a fun afternoon to me! Be sure and pay your fees to the bowling alley!!

December is Good Turn Month, and participation in local Christmas parades, rather than an organized event. Please remember that each pack is asked to do a good turn of some kind in their community as a sort of Christmas gift to the community. By doing this, the boys will earn the good feeling of helping others, as well as the respect of our community. Be proud to be a Scout, and convey that to your boys!! Don’t forget to call about media coverage for your activities!!!

Also, packs are asked to participate in local parades, whether walking, being in a prize-winning float, or simply enjoying the view from a decorated pick-up. Here are more details and info about area parades:

  • Thursday, December 1st—Etowah Parade; parade starts at 7:00 p.m.; contact the Etowah Chamber of Commerce at 263-2228 for entry forms and info. The theme this
    year is “SANTA EXPRESS”.
  • Sunday, December 4th—Decatur Parade; parade starts at 3:00 p.m.; contact Lions Club Financial Advisor Jim Jones at 334-5539 for more information. The theme this
  • Monday, December 5th—Athens Parade; Parade starts at 7:00 p.m.; contact the Athens Chamber of Commerce at 745-0334 for entry forms and info. The theme this year is “A SEASON OF HOPE”.
  • Tuesday, December 6th--Sweetwater Parade, with no particular theme. Parade starts at . 7:00 p.m., judging at 5:00 p.m. Contact Harris Lovingood at 337-3740 or Charles Ridenour at 337-6123 for more information.

There may be other parades that I do not know about! Be sure and check with the authorities in each town for specific details and registration information right away. Christmas will be here before we know it! Hope we have some winning floats this year—but, at the very least, a lot of proud Cub Scouts walking or riding in them!!

Our December Roundtable will be Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall (PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION!!) We will enjoy our usual potluck meal and Yankee gift-swap. All paper products will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a drink and the dish of their choice, as well as a gift costing no more than $5.00; handmade items are great!! Come for a lot of camaraderie and very little business . . . It’s a FUN evening we spend with the fun Boy Scout leaders!! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!

Our January district event will possibly be a lock-in on Friday, January 27th. I’ll let you know more details next month.

I need to let you know:

  • --that our District Executive, William Martin, wants to thank everyone who is participating in the popcorn sale this year, and hopes all packs make lots of money for their efforts! William can be reached at 368-5193 (cell) or the council office (865-588-6514, ext. 42 on Fridays only) or any time at unakadistrict@yahoo.com if you ever have questions about the sale or anything else in the Scouting realm. You can also call the chairman, Leona, at 745-9307 (Crafters Closet) during the day, or 462-4064 (cell). Pick-up dates are November 18th and 19th; Leona will contact you about specific times. Don’t forget that all monies owed to the council must be turned in no later than December 8th, the date of our Christmas Roundtable.
  • --Scouting Pro Hockey Night is Friday, Dec. 2nd, 2005, 7:30pm @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum Tickets are $6.00 for Youth (3-14) $7.00 for Adults. Contact Todd Dixon (865) 525-PUCK Deadline is November 30, 2005.  Click here for a printable flyer.

  • --that Pack 613 is spearheading a trip to the Lost Sea this Friday, November 11th. Cost will be $22 per person if there are 19 or less participating, $20 per person if there are 20 or more. Please talk to Angie at 745-9307 if you have not already!
  • --that we are having a patch design contest for a new district patch!! This is the patch around which we place the segments you buy for the different events. Rules for the contest are:
  1. Only Cub Scouts may submit a design. THE DESIGN MUST BE BOY-DRAWN, and obviously so.
  2. The design must be submitted on a sheet of paper no larger than 8 ½” X 11”.
  3. The design must contain the words “Unaka District Cub Scout Activities” somewhere.
  4. The design must no use more than 7 colors.
  5. Deadline for entries is December 8th. No entries will be accepted after that date.

In order to just order the patches, 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, 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. Please encourage your Cubs to work hard to have another nice district patch!!

  • --that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 4th and 11th. We will have bags again this year; they will be passed out at the January Roundtable. This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. More details will come at the next two Roundtables.
  • --that Monday, February 6th is the date of our second Scout Skate Night at the Athens Skate Center, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. All Scouts, from Tigers to Webelos, and their families are invited to participate in this fun event. The cost is only $3.00 per person.

  • --that Thursday, February 9th, is the date of 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 speakers will be Eagle Scouts who have served in Iraq or other areas. I will be 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 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!!!!
  • --that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 12th. This is a day to have the boys in your pack or den recognized in church, in uniform, usually sitting in a group. Individual churches handle this day differently; you can make it as special as you want, just contact your pastor early.
  • --that the University of Scouting is scheduled for Saturday, March 4th at Pellissippi State College campus. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend this information-packed council training.
  • --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.
  • --that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, April 1st, 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!!
  • --that our May event will be a Cub Scout Hike on Saturday, May 6th in conjunction with the Spring Camporee. More details to follow!!!
  • --that our 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 all for now!! Let’s hope for good weather this weekend!!! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the ones you love most!!!

Connie Akers
Unaka Cub Scout Program Director


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