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November 9, 2006

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

            Thanks to 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!!!     

            Our November 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!!

            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:

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 3rdMeigs 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 EARTH”.

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 more information.

Thursday, December7th—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 “A CHRISTMAS STORY”    

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 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 connieakers@hotmail.com.  or let me know at the Roundtable 

 I need to let you know:

  • 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 here).

  • 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 knoxgroups@aol.com.   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 site (click 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 at PhilSeib@concentric.net. or bring it to the roundtable meetings.

  • 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. Click here 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 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 our district website (click here) and getting it to me by our December Roundtable.  Please call me if you have any questions about this award!

  • 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.

  • that the 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!!!

Connie Akers
Unaka Program Chairman

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