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October 12, 2006

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous fall weather!!!   I love this time of year!     Our first Cub Scout district event, the Bike Rodeo, regrettably had to be canceled at the last minute.  Thanks to Tonya Frerichs and Pack 114 for attempting to do their first big event!   Maybe next time. . .    Our CUB SCOUT SKATE NIGHT was a huge success with 99 Cub Scouts and their families attending.   Way to go, Tonya Moore 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 28th, 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.  Water Balloon or Egg Toss (Pack 115)

2.  Hula Hoop Competition (Pack 114)

3.  Timed Obstacle Course (Pack 614)

4. .Clamming for Marbles Competition (275)

5. Nail-Driving Competition(Pack100)

6.  Ladder Golf Game (Pack 616)

7.  Snow Cone Relay (Mark)

8.  Three-legged Race (Pack 117)

Two additional stations will be:

 9.  Registration (Pack 100)

10.  Food preparation/Serving (Pack 74)

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 29th, 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 11th at Galaxy Bowling Alley (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES!!) in Athens, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  The cost is still $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!

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 3rdDecatur Parade; you will need to find out details

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, December78th—Etowah Parade; parade starts at 7:00 p.m.; contact the Etowah Chamber of Commerce at 263-2228 for entry forms and 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 9th  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!!!

--that the district "Popcorn Sale" is now underway, with order-taking or simply selling the products in progress.  Of special interest is “Blitz Week”, going on this week, when all popcorn sellers can earn a lapel pin in addition to their other prizes.   November 7th 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 one of two places, depending on the size of the order.  If it is a very large order, pick-up will be at Citizens National Bank, in the back beyond the drive-through windows; if it is a medium order, it will be at Crafters Closet.  Either way, it will be ready for pick up November 17th and 18th.    Your pack’s popcorn chairman should be in contact with Tonya Moore (568-2219) re: the specific schedule for pick-up and delivery of the product.  All monies must be turned in to Tonya by December 14th, 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!). 

 -that you need to call me one week before any Roundtable if you would like something of interest to Scouters added to our monthly newsletter!!

 --that BALOO training is being offered locally by our District Training Chairman, Phil Seibert.  This training is mandatory if you would like to do overnight camping trips with Cub Scouts.  It is set for Saturday, November 11th (yes, the same day as Bowling Day, but work that out amongst the adults in your pack!) at Gee Creek Campground near Benton, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch, snacks, and all materials.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 1st.  The training will be canceled if there are less than 10 registrants by November 1st.  Please call Phil at 336-9919 for further information, or visit our website at www.unakascouts.com  for registration forms.

--Also, New Leader Essential Training will be offered Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church.  There is no cost for this training, but you must register with Phil by October 30th.  New leaders should know that this is indeed essential training!!!

Wood Badge Training for the 21st Century is scheduled for the weekends of March 23rd – 25th and April 13th – 15th, 2007 (both are required).  This intensive training is the ultimate leadership training available in Scouting.  Those interested should contact Phil for more information.

--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 7th at Farragut First United Methodist Church, starting at 6:30.  The cost is $25.00 per person.   This banquet is to honor the work of long-time local volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.   Our own Rob Davis will receive this honor for Unaka District.  Way to go, Rob!!

 --that our December Roundtable will be a potluck dinner with local Boy Scout leaders!  This fun evening is set for Thursday, December 14th 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 “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays February 3rd and 10th.  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 8th at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, starting at 6:30 p.m.  The theme of this year’s awards banquet will be a medieval one.    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 I am working on details for our CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN on January 26th.   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 Athens.   I will have prices and final information at the November Roundtable.

 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!!

                                                                                                                                connieakers@hotmail.com


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