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October 10, 2008

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

            Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous fall weather!!!   I love this time of year!     Our recent CUB SCOUT SKATE NIGHT was a big success!!!   Thanks to all who attended, and to Tonya Frerichs and Pack 114 for hosting this much-loved event!!   Also kudos to Phil Seibert for coordinating our district’s first-ever Unaka University, a recent all-day training event for Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders.  It was well-attended and well-done from what I could tell……………..    

Our next major district event is just around the corner!!  Our "CUB SCOUT OLYMPICS" is set for Saturday, October 25th, 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.  Crab Relay (Pack 615)

3.  Timed Obstacle Course (Pack 616)         7.  Gorilla Relay (Pack 177)

            4.  Shooting Sports (Pack 614)                      8.  Ladder Golf (Pack 117)

Two additional stations will be:

            9.  Registration (Packs 615 & 117)               10.  Food preparation/Serving (trying to get

                                                                                                Boy Scouts to do this)                         

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 persons 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 a storm means the event is re-scheduled for Sunday, October 26th, 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 8th at Galaxy Bowling Lane from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  The price is $6.00 (a dollar less than last year!), which includes shoe rental and all games that can be played during that 2 hour time-slot.  Thanks to Pam and Pack 74 for taking care of this event.  Sounds like a fun afternoon to me!

            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:

            Monday, December 1st—Athens Parade; Parade starts at 7:00 p.m.; contact the Athens

                        Chamber of Commerce at 745-0334 for entry forms and info.  .

Tuesday, December 2nd--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 4th—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 11th—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         

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 next Roundtable will be Thursday, November 13th 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 wonderful Roundtable Commissioner, Christy Seibert.

--that the district "Popcorn Sale" is in full progress, with order-taking or simply selling the products in progress! November 5th 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 15th .   Your pack’s popcorn chairman should be in contact with your county’s district popcorn chairman re: the specific schedule for pick-up and delivery of the product.  All monies must be turned in by December 11th, 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!).    Remember, Phil Seibert is popcorn chairman for Minn County; Shelley Calhoun is Chairman for Monroe County; and Brent Tucker is  Chairman for Meigs County.   You can reach your chairmen thusly:  Phil at 336-9919 (home), 309-8096 (cell) or phil@safetyvet.com ; or Shelley at 423-351-3158 or shelleycalhoun@hotmail.com; or Brent Tucker at 423-261-2595 or cherokeescout@gmail.com (depending on where your pack is located).   Also, visit the website www.trailsend.com for lots of information and sale ideas. 

--that there will be a Cub Family Camping weekend at Camp Buck Toms the weekend of October 18th – 19th, dubbed the “Haunted Harvest”.   This is a family activity, for everyone in the family, ages 3 and older.  Fees paid until the 10th will still be $10 less, so are still $30.00 per person, and $20.00 for children aged 3 to 5 years old; prices go up after the 10th.   Also, this year, everyone must bring their own tents.   Please see Ron McCosh or Mark for details and applications forms, or visit the council’s website!

-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 www.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 Scout Nights with the Knoxville Ice Bears are set for Fridays November 14th and February 6th.  The February 6th date will also be a Scouting for Food turn-in night, if you so choose.  More details to come……………….

--that there will be a council-wide Webelos Order of the Arrow Pow-Wow the weekend of November 15th – 16th  from Saturday morning to Sunday morning.   This special event will be held at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore.   Webelos should take a tent, uniform and a parent.  What a great introduction to Boy Scouts this should be!!!  

--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, December 2nd 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.

--that there will be a Native American Seminar at Powell Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 6th, starting at 8:30 a.m. and going throughout the day.  Pre-registration (by 11/28) is $10; late registration (11/29 – 12/5) is $15, and walk-ons will be $20.  The beautiful part is that Cub Scouts aged 10 and younger are $5.00, 5 years old and younger are free!!!   They will have classes all day; lunch for $3.00 a plate; dinner for $5.00 a plate; and a PowWow that night at 7:30 p.m..  Anyone may participate in this powwow, but you must have  regalia to do so. 

--that our December Roundtable will be a potluck dinner with local Boy Scout leaders!  This fun evening is set for Thursday, December 11th 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 Scout Night at the UT Men’s Basketball game vs. Belmont is Saturday, December 19th, at either 1:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.  Scout Night at the UT Women’s Basketball game vs. South Carolina is Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.  All tickets will be $7.00 per person.  Also more details to come………………….

---that I am working on details for our CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN on January 23rd 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.

--that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays January 31st and February 7th.  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.   Also, please know that Scout Sunday is set for February 8th.

--that our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be Thursday, February 12th 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 7th, 2009 at Crown College in Knoxville.  We'll be discussing this more as the time draws near, but be sure and save the date!!! 

            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!

                                                                                                Connie Akers               



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