October 11, 2007
Dear Cub Scout Leader:
Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous fall weather!!! I love this time of year! Our CUB SCOUT SKATE NIGHT was a huge success with about 80 Cub Scouts and their families attending. Way to go, Melody Alexander and Pack 275, for promoting and overseeing this very popular and well-attended event!
Our next major district event is just around the corner!! Our "CUB SCOUT OLYMPICS" is set for Saturday, October 27th, beginning with registration ($1.00 per Scout!) at 12:00 noon, and the event itself at 12:30 p.m., at Ingleside School in Athens. Please don’t forget that each pack has an assigned duty, whether a station, registration, or food preparation; please, please make sure that you have enough staff ahead of time!!!!
The eight activity and 2 other stations, and the packs responsible for them, will be:
1. Scouting Skills Contest (Pack 74) 5. Penny Toss ( Pack 100)
2. Potato Relay (Pack 114) 6. Sack Race (Pack 275)
3. Timed Obstacle Course (Pack 616) 7. Water Balloon Toss (Pack 177)
4. Shooting Sports (Pack 614) 8. Ladder Golf (Pack 117)
Two additional stations will be:
9. Registration (Pack 177) 10. Food preparation/Serving
Don’t forget that stations should be set up and ready for play no later than 12:00 noon. Persons working registration should be present and ready for registration no later than 11:45 a.m. All registration materials will be provided.
PLEASE REVIEW ALL RULES FROM OUR LAST NEWSLETTER, especially the one about one adult for each boy, with everyone in your den or pack.
After all the preliminaries, there will be play-offs at each station for each rank, and for overall standings. When all competition is completed, we will have a family hot dog supper. Each pack is responsible for providing enough hot dogs, buns, condiments, chips, cookies, drinks, ICE WATER, cups, plates, napkins, and garbage bags for their numbers. These items will be pooled together at mealtime, and the pack responsible for food preparation will cook the hot dogs and generally prepare the food tables. Each pack is also asked to bring a large cooler of ice (not a bag of ice!!).
Medals and trophies will be awarded at the evening's end!! Please let your people know that this is a long event, sometimes lasting until dusk. Please plan to stay the entire time and remember that CLEAN-UP IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY!!! This is a really fun activity that makes for some great quality time for Scouts and their adult partners--and is one of the most popular of the entire Scouting year.
Don’t forget to call our INFOLINE number (745-3100, ext. 2470) in case of inclement or questionable weather on that day!! A little rain simply means that you don a poncho and enjoy the wet outdoors! A lot of rain or storms means the event is re-scheduled for Sunday, October 28th, starting at 1:00 p.m. Please don’t forget to wear Cub Scout T-shirts regardless of when this all takes place!!
Our November event is the ever-popular CUB SCOUT BOWLING DAY, set for Saturday, November 10th at Galaxy Bowling Lane from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. The price is $7.00, will includes shoe rental and all games that can be played during that 2 hour time-slot. Thanks to Stacy and Pack 177 for taking care of this event. Sounds like a fun afternoon to me.
Please know that the Boy Scouts of America are sponsoring a national “100th Anniversary Logo Contest”. Every registered Scout is eligible. Entries are due by November 30, 2007. Winners will be chosen in several categories. The overall winner's design will be used everywhere during our centennial celebration. Please go to the BSA 100th anniversary website: www.scouting.org/100years. Please let your Cub Scouts and adult leaders know about this contest, and encourage them to submit a design. Wouldn't it be great to have a Unaka District person win????
December is Good Turn month, and participation in local Christmas parades, rather than an organized event. Each pack is asked to do a good turn of some kind in their community as a sort of Christmas gift to the community. We’ll discuss this more next month. As far as the parades, I encourage all packs to be involved, if only to march or decorate a pick-up truck and ride. Several packs have earned extra money doing floats, something the boys really enjoy. I’m listing here the parades I have information about now, so that you have time to at least consider doing this:
Sunday, December 2nd —Decatur Parade; you will need to find out details
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 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.
If you have details on other parades, please let me know as soon as possible and I will include them in our next newsletter.
I need to let you know:
--that our Cub Scout Immediate Recognition Kits (item #01804) have been recalled due to lead in the paint on the pocket emblem that holds the beads. These items are to be removed from every Cub Scout's uniform and kept in a place which only adults will have access. Please call the Council Scout Shop at 865-588-1940 for information concerning exchanges once the new items become available. The beads are not being recalled, just the emblems themselves.
--that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF SITE!). Please plan to attend these very informative, helpful and FUN sessions led by our new Roundtable Commissioner, Christy Seibert.
--that the district "Popcorn Sale" is now underway, with order-taking or simply selling the products in progress. November 6th is the absolute deadline to turn in your show and sell money or return unsold popcorn, as well as to turn in your popcorn order forms and prize order forms. You may fax in your orders to the council at 865-588-3728. Pick-up of the products will be at H. T. Hackney's in Athens on Saturday, November 17th . Your pack’s popcorn chairman should be in contact with Phil Seibert re: the specific schedule for pick-up and delivery of the product. All monies must be turned in to Phil by December 13th, at our December Christmas Dinner Roundtable. Please be reminded that there are extra incentives for packs ordering in full cases only (an extra 15 cents to go into the pack’s council account!). Also, the Trail's End web site has TONS of information and help for keeping track of the orders, helping scouts do their best, and even promotional materials. Please check out www.trails-end.com
--that there will be a Cub Family Camping weekend at Camp Buck Toms the weekend of October 20th – 21st, dubbed the “Fall Haunted Harvest”. This is a family activity, for everyone in the family, ages 3 and older. Fees are now $30.00 per person, and $20.00 for children aged 3 to 5 years old. You must register by this Friday, October 12th in order to attend; you may fax your registration to 865-212--0076. Please know that there is a $5.00 charge to rent the camp's tents. Please see Ron McCosh or Mark for details and applications forms!
-that you need to contact me one week before any Roundtable if you would like something of interest to Scouters added to our monthly newsletter!!
--that ALL leaders MUST complete Youth Protection Training at least every 3 years. That's a BSA policy AND a Tennessee State Law. YPT is available on the internet at ww.olc.scouting.org.
Speaking of internet training, the new Cub Scout Leader award knots all require the completion of Fast Start Training in addition to the "in-person" Leader Specific training. That is also available on that same website.
--that Steve Neill with “Woodmen of the World” insurance agency will provide your pack with an American flag upon request. If you are interested, please call Steve at 745-5743 and simply request this service. Steve is most generous with these flags, and has been supportive of our efforts for many years!!
--that the Council Silver Beaver Banquet will be Tuesday, November 27th at Crown College in Knoxville, starting at 6:30 p.m.. This banquet is to honor the work of long-time local volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Our own long-time Boy Scout leader Tom Strickland will receive this honor for Unaka District. Way to go, Tom!!
--that our December Roundtable will be a potluck dinner with local Boy Scout leaders! This fun evening is set for Thursday, December 13th at the Allen Memorial Methodist Church fellowship hall. You don’t want to miss this fun one!!! Be prepared to bring a covered dish and a gift of no more than $5.00 to swap “Yankee style”. . . . . . . .
--that Phil Seibert, our District Training Chairman, will have a "makeup" New Leader Essentials & Cub Leader Specific Sessions on December 15, 2007. BOTH ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL CUB LEADERS. The NLE session will start at 9:00 am. The Cub Leader Specific Sessions will start at 1:00 pm. FOLKS MUST LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON ATTENDING THIS SESSION SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF TRAINERS AVAILABLE!!!!
---that I am working on details for our CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN on January 25th at the Athens YMCA. I am in the process of gathering the necessary prices and working on the schedule. Please give this date to your parents and know that the site will definitely be the Athens Y. I will have prices and final information at the November Roundtable.
--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 “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 2nd and 9th. This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. More details will come at each Roundtable.
--that our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be Thursday, February 7th at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, starting at 6:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s awards banquet will be announced at the November Roundtable. I will be asking each pack’s Cub Scouts to do their usual wonderful job of making placemats and wall decorations. We’ll talk a lot about this at the next few Roundtables
--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 the Tennessee Aquarium offers a “SLEEP IN THE DEEP” program for youth groups. Please look at their website for specific information. It is costly ($40 - $50 depending on what you do and what you eat) and limited to 6 year olds and above, but what a wonderful memory for your Scouts!! Maybe some Packs could get together and try this out. . . . . .
--that the Chattanooga Zoo also has overnights for Scouts. The cost is $30 per person, and includes two meals, a snack, arts & crafts, and full access to the Zoo. For information and reservations, please call Mark at 423-643-5780. Children must be at least 7 years old to attend.
--the the Knoxville Zoo has an event for children, called “Boo at the Zoo” the weekends of October 18th – 21st, and again the 25th – 28th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Children are $6.00, and can come in costume. Also know that there is a free admission day scheduled for Saturday, November 10th.
--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 AS WELL!!!
Hope to see all of you at the Olympics!! This is a great way to spend a lovely fall afternoon with your family!!! Get out your sneakers and start stretching those muscles!! Encourage everyone to wear Cub Scout-related T-shirts!!