November 8, 2007
Dear Cub Scout Leader,
Thanks to everyone for a great Cub Scout Olympics!!! Approximately 50 Cub Scouts and their family members enjoyed a gorgeous fall afternoon running obstacle courses, shooting BB guns, working on Scouting skills, and all the other fun activities. Thanks for everyone’s great sportsmanship and to all packs for showing up with their activities—WELL DONE, LEADERS!! And CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners, especially Joshua and Nancy Matthews from Pack 114, 3rd place overall; Cass and Rhonda Turner from Pack 614, 2nd place overall; and Bryce and Mark Frerichs from Pack 114, Grand Champions for the second year in a row. Those Frerichs men really know how to win at the Olympics!!! 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 10th at Galaxy Bowling Alley in Athens, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. The cost is $7.00 per person bowling (Cub Scout or Adult or registered den chiefs only—no siblings!), which includes shoe rental and all games that can be played during that 2-hour time-slot. Thanks to Stacy and Pack 117 for taking care of this event. 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:
Sunday, December 2nd —Decatur Parade; parade starts at 3:00 p.m.; contact Jim Jones at 334-5539 for information. The theme is “Peace on Earth”.
Monday, December 3rd—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 “Light and Truth”, in honor of TWC's 150th anniversary.
Tuesday, December 4th--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.
Thursday, December 6th—Etowah Parade; parade starts at 7:00 p.m.; contact the Etowah Chamber of Commerce at 263-2228 for entry forms and info.
Saturday, December 8th—Madisonville Parade, with the theme “The Christmas Star”. Parade starts at 5:00 p.m. Contact Kim Ogle at 442-9416 or Glen Moser at 442-1961 for more information or registration.
Saturday, December 15th—Niota Christmas Parade; parade starts at 11:00 a.m.; contact Mayor Martha Walden at 568-3195 or Sonya Walden at 568-2117 for further info. The theme is “Old Time Country Christmas”; the entry fee is being waived for all Scout groups, but they must know by October 19th is you plan to attend.
There may be other parades, so 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 and showing off their colors!!
The annual council Silver Beaver Award Banquet (now called the Volunteer Recognition Banquet) is set for Tuesday, November 27th at Crown College in North Knoxville. The Silver Beaver is the highest award an individual can receive on the Council level. Unaka's own Tom Strickland is this year's recipient of this prestigious award. If you are interested in attending, the cost is $25.00 per person, and is due no later than November 16th ; please contact the council for further information. Many congratulations to Tom, a well-deserved and long overdue honor!
Our December Roundtable will be Thursday, December 13th 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 can spend with each other!! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!
Leaders, please be aware of the 2007 Cub Scout Leader Recognition Award. If you are proud of your den's progress this fall, you can be recognized for your service and enthusiasm. The award is a canvas briefcase with a special embroidered logo to let everyone know that your den offers a quality
program! Den Leaders qualify for the award if they meet the following by November 1, 2007; Cubmasters qualify when three or more den leaders meet these requirements.
1. Den must have at least SIX active boys participating in den meetings.
2. Den Leader must complete Basic Leader Training, including Youth Protection Training.
3. Den must participate in a council or district activity (i.e. Olympics, Fall Family Camp, etc.)
4. Each scout must earn a rank advancement, activity pin, or other recognition.
5. Den must participate in the Trails End Popcorn Sale.
Please contact Greg Leitch at the Council office for scorecards; these must be submitted by Dec. 15 to qualify. Leaders need recognition too!!!
Our January district event will be a Lock-In on Friday, January 25th in Athens. I’ll let you know final details next month. The price will be about $10 per Scout and about $5 per adult. Don't forget that everyone decided that we should not leave the Y, but have the Packs do games and activities for boys during the night. Please know that I will need to know what activity each Pack plans to provide by our December Roundtable. I NEED TO KNOW APPROXIMATE NUMBERS ATTENDING BY OUR DECEMBER 13th ROUNDTABLE; please poll your pack’s Cub Scouts in the next few weeks. You can email me with those numbers at firstname.lastname@example.org. or let me know at the Roundtable.
I need to let you know:
--that our District Popcorn Chairman, Phil Seibert, wants to thank everyone who is participating in the popcorn sale this year, and hopes all packs make lots of money for their efforts! Pick-up date is Friday, November 16th from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. at H. T. Hackney’s; packs are signing up now for specific pickup times. If you absolutely, positively cannot get to Hackney's that day, please get in touch with Mark or Phil right away. Don’t forget that all monies owed to the council must be turned in no later than December 13th, the date of our Christmas Roundtable.
--that UT Basketball Scout Night is set for Friday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m. Tennessee will play Louisiana-Lafayette at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Also, this year Scouts will pay $7.00 each . Please go to utsports.com, click on “tickets” at the top of the page, then on “buy tickets online”, then on “group ticket window”; enter the council ID and password (“smokeymountain” and “council”) and complete your order. Or, you can call the UT Marketing office at 865-974-1059. The deadline for these discounted tickets is November 28th. All Scouts attending should wear their Scout shirts.
--that the next Cub Scout Leader Training will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at Mars Hill Church. New Leader Essentials will start at 9:00 am. Cub Leader Specific will start at 1:00 pm. There will be a break for lunch on your own. There is no fee for this course, but PLEASE let Phil know in advance if you plan to attend either session so he can have enough handouts and the appropriate instructors for the Cub Leader Break-out sessions.
-- Please know that New Leader Essentials is required for ALL Scouting leaders, whether Cub or Boy Scouts. It covers the overall policy and procedures of BSA and how the unit, the district, the chartered organization and the council all interact. Cub Leader Training is specific to EACH rank/position in Cub Scouts. Leaders MUST attend the session for the position they are filling presently, even if they were a Cub leader in another rank in the past. Once trained, you only have to attend this once if you don't change your position.
--Also Phil wants to remind you to be working on your Leader Training Award cards if you are eligible for a training knot. Forms must be turned in to Phil by the January Roundtable (January 10th) if they are going to be awarded at the February Leaders' Banquet. Those forms can be found in your Cub Scout Leader Handbook and online at our web site (unakascouts.com)
--Finally, Phil wants to remind you to start thinking about taking the Wood Badge training next year. The dates are October 10th - 11th and October 31st – November 2nd, 2008. See Phil for more information or reservation forms, which will be available in January.
--that if you have a great picture from any scouting event (like the Cub Scout Olympics!), please consider sharing it with our Unaka District Public Relations Chairman Jeremy Belk at the DPA. He has informed me that if we will email him pictures at email@example.com and put “Cub Scouts” in the subject line of the email, he will use them in the DPA if at all possible. Would someone please send him some pictures from the Olympics and from Bowling Day this Saturday???
--that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 2nd and 9th. 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 the next BALOO and Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL) are on February 2, 2008, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration starts at 8:30 am). This training will be held at Farragut Presbyterian Church on Jamestown Road (off of Campbell Station Road). This training is required in order to take your Cub Scouts camping...
--that there will also be a Lady Vols Scout Game on Sunday, February 3rd, starting at 3:00. The Lady Vols will play Kentucky in a sure to be thriller! Tickets are also $7.00; see instructions on the boys' game to order tickets, except go to “utladyvols.com” instead. The deadline is February 1st.
--that Tuesday, February 5th 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. The cost is only $3.00 per person.
--that Thursday, February 7th, 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 based on a picnic. 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!! Some lovely wall decorations would be extra nice. . . . . Please don’t forget the theme and try to use it in a Cub Scout way. Everyone looks forward to seeing what our Cubs can come up with!!!!
Also, this is the night of the presentation of the District Award of Merit, the highest award given at the district level. If you know of anyone deserving of this award (who has gone above and beyond the call of duty on the district level), you can nominate them by getting the award form off of this website http://www.scouting.org/forms/33720.pdf , filling in the form with as much information as possible, and getting it to me by our December Roundtable on the 13th. Past recipients of this award determine the winners. Please call me if you have any questions about this award!
--that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 10th. 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 it's not too early to start thinking about the University of Scouting, which will be held March 2, 2008 at Crown College in Knoxville. We'll be discussing this more as the time draws near, but be sure and save the date!!!
--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 another well-organized event!
--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 our April event will be our District Hike on Saturday, April 19th. Notorious long-distance hiker Steven Cartwright of Pack 117 is in charge of this event; details will be announced later.
--that Scout Night at Smokies Park is scheduled for 2 nights: Friday, April 25th when the Smokies will play the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx and will include the famous campout on the field) and Friday, August 15th;when they will play the Jacksonville Suns. Game times are both at 7:15 p.m., and gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available to Scouts at the discounted price of $7.00 per person in April, and $8.00 in August for the field level seats; or for $5.00 for bleacher seats for both dates. Tickets must be purchased 4 days before each event. Scouts and Leaders should wear their uniforms. A Scout in full uniform will be randomly chosen to throw out an opening pitch.
--that our May event will be a new one, a SHOOTING SPORTS EVENT, at the site of the spring camporee, if at all possible. More details in the future.............
--that our theme for our twilight and day camps is “NORTH TO ALASKA!” The dates for twilight camp are June 16th – 20th in Madisonville, and for day camp June 23rd – 27th in Athens, with our wonderful directors back for more action this year. SAVE THESE DATES AND BE THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!!!
--that you need to be thinking about the 2010 Centennial National Scout Jamboree. GSMC will take a contingent of 5 troops with 36 youth and 4 adult leaders in each group. If your son is a Webelo now, you might want to consider reserving him a place in the group attending with a $100 application deposit. Total estimated price should be $1,000 - $1,200, which includes pretty much everything. He will need to be at least 12 years of age by July 1, 2010 or not 18 by August 2, 2010, and have earned his First Class Rank. Something to think about and plan for! A Centennial comes but once, and no doubt this will be a spectacular event!
That’s all for now!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the ones you love most!!!