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September 8, 2005

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Welcome to another fantastic year in Cub Scouting!!! We have a year's worth of exciting events planned--hope you and your Scouts will participate in them!!! We have a new District Executive to help us achieve our success, William Martin. William can be reached at 368-5193 (home), 865-588-6514, extension 42 (work), or at unakadistrict@yahoo.com. Let’s give him a great Unaka welcome!!!

Our first major district event this year is our “CUB SCOUT BIKE RODEO”, scheduled for Saturday, September 24th. We have attended a bike rodeo put on by the local Optimist Club in the past, but are doing it ourselves this year!!! Roy Johnson and Pack 74 in Etowah are in charge of this event, which will be held at Athens Regional Park in the lower shelter (near the lake), from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. (We must be out of the shelter by 10:30 without exception!!!) Boys (Cub Scouts ONLY, please!!!) should bring their bikes, wear a helmet, and bring drink bottles (for themselves) to the event. After the bike rodeo, there will be 2 options of rides—those with mountain bikes could ride the mountain trail for a bit of a challenge, and the smaller boys can take a ride throughout the park. There is no fee, but I would like to request that Cub Scouts and their families consider making a donation of bottled water or non-perishable canned food items for hurricane relief efforts instead.

Pretty quickly after the Bike Rodeo we will have one of our semi-annual “CUB SCOUT SKATE NIGHT”s at Athens Skate Center in Athens on Monday, October 3rd, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Robin Anderson and Pack 177 are in charge of this always-well-attended event. The cost is only $3.00 per person, which includes the cost of skating and shoe rental. Family members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Our next major district event is one of the most popular events of the Cub Scout year!! Our "CUB SCOUT OLYMPICS", is set for Saturday, October 29th, beginning at 12:30 p.m. This family-oriented event is at Ingleside School in Athens. Please remind parents and Cub Scouts that they should eat lunch before the Olympics; the hot dogs and trimmings are for supper! Registration, which includes paying a $1.00 fee per boy, begins at 12:00 noon, with the Olympics beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m. Upon registration, each boy and his adult partner will be assigned a team number, which will be used for identification purposes throughout the event.

Some basic guidelines for this event are:

l. ONLY ONE BOY PER FATHER OR MOTHER OR 18 YEAR OLD OR OLDER SIGNIFICANT MALE OR FEMALE. If there are 2 or 3 boys in a family, each boy must have one adult. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.

2. There will be 8 groups (one group per station), each representing a different rank, depending on the numbers of boys present from each rank. We shall attempt to make groups equal in size as much as is possible. Latecomers will be evenly distributed.

3. Each Cub/Parent team must stay with their assigned group during all group activities. Certain individual stations (such as the hula hoop competition, obstacle course) may be done individually as time allows.

4. Olympic gold medals will be presented to ALL participants. (WE NEED EVERYONE TO DONATE FROZEN JUICE LIDS OR USED CANNING LIDS ASAP IN ORDER FOR THIS TO HAPPEN!! Ask your parents for help with this!! I NEED THESE BY OUR NEXT ROUNDTABLE ON OCTOBER 13th) First, second, and third place Olympic medals will be presented for each rank of each activity. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 winners of each rank, as well as the top 3 overall. The one dollar fee is to pay for all these awards, and should be remitted either before or the day of the Olympics PLEASE.

5. Every boy should wear a Cub Scout T-shirt of some kind, not necessarily his uniform, and bring a poncho in case of rain.

6. EVERYONE HAVE FUN!! We can teach our boys valuable lessons in sportsmanship with a positive attitude throughout this event.

The eight activity stations are listed with Packs responsible for them:

1. Tennis Ball Toss (Pack 613)
2. Hula Hoop Competition(Pack 177)
3. Timed Obstacle Course(Rob)
4. Egg Spoon Relay (Pack 527)
5. Nail-driving contest (Pack 614)
6. Penny Cup Toss (Pack 616)
7. Potato Relay Race (Pack 114)
8. Three-legged Race (Pack 117)

Two additional stations will be:

9. Registration (Pack 100)
10. Food preparation/Serving (Pack 74)

I MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE AT EACH ACTIVITY STATION. Each pack needs to choose one activity and provide the necessary staff and materials for it. PLEASE CALL ME ASAP (746-9132) AND LET ME KNOW WHAT STATION YOUR PACK WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR. I have a complete list of needed materials and workers; I will assist you in every way possible. Stations should be set up and ready for play no later than 12:00 noon. Persons working registration should be present no later than 11:45 a.m.

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. WE NEED 2 GAS GRILLS FOR COOKING; please call if you can help!!! 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. I would suggest that you have every family bring a 2-liter drink (REMEMBER HOW THIRSTY EVERYONE GETS DURING COMPETITION???), every other family a pack of hot dogs or hot dog buns, etc. 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 very long event, sometimes lasting until dusk. Please plan to stay the entire time and remember that CLEAN-UP IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY!!! Please let your parents and boys know about this event and encourage their participation. This is a really fun event, and one of the most popular of the entire year. Also don’t forget to call our INFOLINE number (744-3100, ext. 2470) in case of inclement or questionable weather!!

Coming up pretty fast will be our November event, our CUB SCOUT BOWLING DAY set for Saturday, November 19th. Final details will be shared at our October Roundtable.

I need to let you know:

--that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church.. Please plan to attend these very informative and helpful sessions. (AND PLEASE BRING YOUR JUICE CAN LIDS/CANNING LIDS TO THIS MEETING!!!) Leona Layman is our Roundtable Commissioner, and does a truly FANTASTIC job!!

--that the district "Popcorn Sale" begins October 3rd!!!!!!! Robin Anderson is our District Popcorn Chairman this year (THANKS SO MUCH, ROBIN!!!) Each pack should select a "popcorn chairman" now to handle this fundraiser. Packets with all the pertinent information were distributed at the Roundtable last week; if you have not received yours, please get in touch with Robin at 745-7935 (home) ASAP because there are lots of new incentives and sales venues. Please encourage everyone to approach all boys to see if they want to sell these items, whether or not the pack does. A pack can make a lot of money by participating in this sale—a basic 25% of sales, with even higher percentage with certain criteria met. In addition, each Scout can earn prizes or cash (5% of their sales), as well as a patch and a hatpin. There is much discussion about how the boys can work toward their advancements by participating in this sale. Be sure and talk to Robin or our new District Executive William about this!!!

--that Cub Scout Basic Leader Training is set for several dates—Saturday, September 10th (2 DAYS FROM TODAY!!!), with New Leader Essentials and Youth Protection Guidelines offered from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon, and Specific Trainings from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. On Thursday, September 29th from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Specific Training will again be offered. All trainings will be held at Mars Hill Church in Athens. Phil Seibert is our District Training Chairman (THANKS PHIL), and id doing a wonderful job! Training will be divided into 2 sessions. You must take the New Leader Essentials, and then choose one of the two dates for the Rank-Specific Training.. You also MUST CALL AND SIGN UP with Phil (336-9919), Leona (745-9307), or William. There is no charge for training; wear your uniform and come for a time of fun-filled learning!! Old and new leaders would benefit from these practical sessions!!   Click here to see the entire training schedule!

--that there will be two Cub Family Camping weekends at Camp Buck Toms the weekends of October 8th – 9th, and October 15th – 16th. This is a family activity, for everyone in the family, ages 3 and older. Fees are $25.00 per person, and $10.00 for children aged 3 to 5 years old. Please see William for details and applications forms!

--that Day Camp was a wonderful experience for 36 little Cub Scouts!!! Everyone who attended wants to go back next year! Be thinking now about next year’s camp “Boys and Bugs”!!!

--that I will be doing a periodic newsletter for Cubmasters, Den Leaders, and their assistants (and whoever else wants them!) to help keep you informed of upcoming district events. If you are interested in receiving these letters, you can do one of two things: (1) you can send me 6 OR MORE SELF-ADDRESSED AND STAMPED ENVELOPES as soon as possible. *OR* (2) you can log onto our new district website!!!!! Phil Seibert has worked hard to set up and maintain an area website for the dispensing of information. THANK YOU PHIL!!!!! That address is:


I will be putting my newsletter on this website AFTER our Roundtables (in case there are corrections or additions at the meeting). Also, please call one week before the Roundtable if you would like something of interest to Scouters added to this newsletter!!

--that segments will be available again this year at a cost of 35c apiece. The Bike Rodeo, Skate Night, and Olympics segments will be available for purchase the day of the events. These segments are meant to represent district events’ participation, and are used around our beautiful boy-designed district patch.

Hope to see all of you at the Olympics!! This is a great way to start our Scouting year, in the great outdoors with our wonderful children!!!

Connie Akers



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