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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:

  • 1. Nail-Driving Contest (Pack 614)
  • 2. Potato Relay (Pack 116)
  • 3. Timed Obstacle Course (Pack 616) 
  • 4. Shooting Sports (Pack )
  • 5. Penny Toss (Pack 177) 
  • 6. Wheelbarrow Race (Pack )
  • 7. Gorilla Relay (Pack )
  • 8. Ladder Golf (Pack 74)
  • Two additional stations will be: 9. Registration 10. Food preparation—O.A. Scouts

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 our next Roundtable will be Thursday, November 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. 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 2nd 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. Our district popcorn chairman is Brandi Jones of Pack 615 (contact her at 865-414-2171 or brandi@djconline.net); she is doing a fabulous job or organizing this year’s sale!!! Pick-up of the products will be at H. T. Hackney's in Athens on Friday, November 12th. Your pack’s popcorn chairman should be in contact with Brandi re: the specific schedule for pick-up and delivery of the product, as well as any dates or times to set up booth sales in front of the Wal-Marts in Athens and Madisonville. All monies must be turned in by December 11th, at our December Christmas Dinner Roundtable. If you have any questions about anything to do with popcorn, contact Brandi—she has the answers!!!!.

-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 every 2 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 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 SILVER BEAVER nominations are due to the council by November 16th. The Silver Beaver is the highest award at the Council level for a Scouter. If you think someone is particularly deserving of this high honor, please see Melissa for details.

--that UT FOOTBALL SCOUT DAY vs. Kentucky is Saturday, November 27th. Tickets to the event are $50, and include an $8 concession voucher, a “We Can Beat you Blindfolded” handkerchief, and a 2010 UT Football Fact Sheet. To order tickets, go to UTTIX.com; choose “Vols’ Tixs” at the top of the page; click on “group tickets”; enter sign in: boy and password scouts (both case sensitive); and then complete your order. If you have any questions, please call 865-974-1059.

--that our December Roundtable will be a potluck dinner with local Boy Scout leaders! This fun evening is set for either Thursday, December 9th or the 16th (so that more leaders, including the ones doing Bowater baskets, can be present) at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. 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 the flyers that went out about the Winter Camp at Camp Buck Toms inadvertently went out o Cubmasters as well as Scoutmasters. This event is for Boy Scouts only!!!

---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!!

Connie Akers

746-9132 connieakers@hotmail.com

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!!!

  • Packs 74 & 410 Christy Seibert 423-336-9919 email hobbymaker@aol.com
  • Pack 100 & 116 Shelley Calhoun
  • Pack 114 Either Jim McCutcheon or Robert Randolph
  • Pack 115, 561 & 614 Connie Akers 423-746-9132 email connieakers@hotmail.com
  • Pack 117 Charlie Coffey 423-8874344 email coff5196@hotmail.com
  • Pack 177 Jim McCutcheon 423-745-7032 email madojabe@comcast.net
  • Pack 275 Chase Hensley 423-8361449 email chensle6@gmail.com
  • Pack 615 Joanne Ewing 423-334-5344
  • Pack 616 & 617 Jim McCutcheon or Robert Randolph
  • LDS Commissioner to be named

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