November 9, 2006
Dear Cub Scout Leader:
everyone for a well-attended Cub Scout Olympics!!! Approximately 60 Cub Scouts
and their family members enjoyed a gorgeous fall afternoon throwing rescue
ropes, running obstacle courses, digging in bright Cub Scout blue sand, and all
the other fun activities. Thanks for everyone’s great sportsmanship and to all
packs for showing up with their activities—a first in quite a few years!! And
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners, especially Devin and Chris Pritchett
from Pack 614, 3rd place overall; Scott Swafford and Dusty McKinney
from Pack 616, 2nd place overall; and Bryce and Mark Frerichs from
Pack 114, Grand Champions. 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!!!
event is the ever-popular CUB SCOUT BOWLING DAY, set for Saturday,
November 11th at Galaxy Bowling Alley in Athens, from 12:30 – 2:30
p.m. The cost is $5.50 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 Angie and Pack 613 for taking
care of this event. Sounds like a fun afternoon to me! Be sure and pay your
fees to the bowling alley!!
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:
Saturday, December 2nd—Madisonville
Parade; parade starts at 5:00 p.m.; contact City Hall for more information.
There is no particular theme.
Sunday, December 3rd—Meigs
County Parade; parade starts at 3:00 p.m.; contact Lions Club Financial Advisor
Jim Jones at 334-5539 for more information. The theme this year is “PEACE ON
Monday, December 4th—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 CHRISTMAS NIGHT OF LIGHTS”.
Tuesday, December 5th--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
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 “A CHRISTMAS
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!
Roundtable will be Thursday, December 14th 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 be a Lock-In on Friday, January 26th
in Athens. I’ll let you know final details next month. The price will be
about $10 per Scout and about $5 per adult (that is not firm at all). I NEED
TO KNOW APPROXIMATE NUMBERS ATTENDING BY OUR DECEMBER 14th ROUNDTABLE;
please poll your pack’s Cub Scouts in the next few weeks. You can email me with
those numbers at
email@example.com. or let me know at the Roundtable
I need to let you
that BALOO training is this
Saturday, November 11th. We have extended the deadline for sign up,
but you MUST PAY AND REGISTER BY TONIGHT! Please see Christy Seibert
for these forms
that our District Popcorn
Chairman, Tonya Moore, 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 dates are November 17th and 18th at
H. T. Hackney’s; Tonya will contact you about specific times. Don’t forget
that all monies owed to the council must be turned in no later than December
14th, the date of our Christmas Roundtable.
that our District Training
Chairman, Phil Seibert, 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 11th) if they
are going to be awarded at the February Leader Banquet. Forms can be found in
your Cub Scout Leader Handbook and online at our web site (click
that Boy Scout Hockey Night
is set for Saturday, December 9th 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!!!
By the way, the next Boy Scout Hockey Night will be Friday, February 2rd.
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 UT Basketball Scout
Night is set for Saturday, December 16th at 4:00 p.m.
Tennessee will play Western Kentucky at the Thompson-Boling Arena with all
Scouts as their guests!! Please call the council office (865-588-6514) for
your FREE tickets. All Scouts attending should wear their Scout shirts; extra
parents and friends are $5.00 each.
that the Harlem Globetrotters
are coming to the Knoxville Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday, January 12th
at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for Scouts are $12.50 each, and include a Scout patch.
Tickets can be ordered by mail, phone or email to: Thompson-Boling Arena
Ticket Office 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Suite 202, Knoxville, TN 37996;
865-656-444 or 877-995-9961; or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for
orders is Monday, January 8, 2007.
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 Seibert or the district web
here) for a registration form.
that if you have a great picture
from any scouting event (like the Cub Scout Olympics!), please consider
letting us put it on the district web site and maybe even using it in a press
release to the newspaper. E-mail the pictures, the scout's name and a
description of the action in the picture to Phil Seibert
PhilSeib@concentric.net. or bring it to the
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.
for information and registration form.
that “Scouting for Food”
dates are set for Saturdays February 3rd and 10th. 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 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. The cost is only $3.00 per person.
that Thursday, February 8th,
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 a medieval one. 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
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 our district website
(click here) and getting it to me by our
December Roundtable. Please call me if you have any questions about this
that Scout Sunday is set
for Sunday, February 11th. 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.
University of Scouting is scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd at
Pellissippi State College campus. Please put this date on your calendar and
plan to attend this information-packed council training.
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!!
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 21st. Pack 117 is in
charge of this event; details are to be announced later.
that our May event will
be our fun-filled Gold Rush (and Fishing Derby, if possible!), at the site of
the Spring Camporee, 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!! Please make your parents aware of these date NOW so that they can
work and/or send their boys. Please know that boys can attend either or both
camps. What a way to spend their summer days!!!!!!!!!!
That’s all for now!! Have
a wonderful Thanksgiving with the ones you love most!!!
Unaka Program Chairman