October 14, 2010 Dear Cub Scout Leader:
Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous fall weather!!! I love this time of year! Our recent CUB SCOUT CAMPOREE was a huge success!!! Sixty Cub Scouts, 22 tagalongs and 83 adults enjoyed a beautiful fall weekend together. Thanks to all who attended and to Stan and Deb Weslowski and Pack 616 for another wonderful event!!
The second October event is the CORN MAZE AT MAYFIELD FARMS celebrating Scouting’s 100th anniversary!!! Michael Mayfield, Eagle from Troop 118, has created a maze at his family farm using our centennial as its theme. To help Cub and Boy Scouts in the area have a second fund-raiser (after popcorn!), he is allowing Scouts to sell tickets to the Corn Maze for the cost of $8 each; troop profit will be $2.00 per ticket. In addition, he is having SCOUT DAY AT THE MAZE on Saturday, October 16th. Scouts will pay only $4.00 to enjoy the maze and all other Cub Scout and Boy Scout activities—including the world-wide ham radio event (the JAMBOREE ON THE AIR). Should be a great day of fun!!! Be sure and call Mayfield’s ahead of time if you are coming as a group!
Our "CUB SCOUT OLYMPICS" is set for Saturday, October 30th, 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:
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 will be re-scheduled for a later date to be determined. Please don’t forget to wear Cub Scout T-shirts regardless of when this all takes place!!
Calling all Cub Scouts and their bikes (and helmets!)—The VETERANS’ DAY PARADE is set for Saturday, November 6th at 3:00 p.m. Cub Scouts have been invited to decorate themselves and their bikes in red, white and blue and be a part of the parade!!! If interested, please meet at the McMinn County Courthouse Annex (the old Proffitt’s building) at 2:00 p.m. Adults must ride/walk/stay with the boys, and are welcome to decorate themselves as well. I think this would be a spectacular thing for the Cub Scouts to do to show their patriotism!!!
Coming up pretty fast will be our November event, our CUB SCOUT BOWLING DAY set for Saturday, November 20th. Dotty Herd and Pack 561, from Ten Mile, are in charge of this fun event. They did a fantastic job last year, and I’m sure we are in for a repeat!!! This much-loved event is at Classic Lanes in Athens from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The cost is $4.00 per person, which includes shoe rentals. Please note that ONLY CUB SCOUTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO BOWL THIS YEAR. We had such a huge turnout last year, and with adults and siblings bowling it was just too much.
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:
Tuesday, November 30th--Sweetwater Parade, with no particular theme. Parade starts at . 7:00 p.m., judging at 5:00 p.m. Contact Harris Lovingood at 337-5088 or Charles Ridenour at 337-6123 for more information. Thursday, December 2nd—Etowah Parade; parade starts at 7:00 p.m.; contact the Etowah Chamber of Commerce at 263-2228 for entry forms and info. Monday, December 6th—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 for this year’s parade is “What Christmas Means to Me”
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 I am working on details for our CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN on January 21st at the Athens YMCA, from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. 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 our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be Thursday, February 11th at Allen Memorial Methodist Church, starting at 6:30 p.m. 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. I love it when our Cub Scouts to show off for this banquet!!!
--that the next Athens Day or Twilight Camp is set for the week of June 13th – 17th. Please give this date to your parents and let them know that workers are needed!!!
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!!
DON’T FORGET TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PACK COMMISSIONERS!!! If you have not been contacted by your commissioner, please take the time to contact them yourselves. They are your “go to person” for lots of helpful information and answers to your questions about Cub Scouting. Please utilize them!!!