September 13, 2007
Dear Cub Scout
Welcome to another
fantastic year in Cub Scouting!!! We have a year's worth of exciting events
planned--hope you and your Scouts will make every effort to participate in
Our first major
district event this year is our “CUB SCOUT SKATE NIGHT”, scheduled for
Monday, October 1st. Pack 275 of Niota is in charge of this event,
which will be held at the Athens Skate Center from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The cost is
only $3.00 per person, which includes the cost of skating and shoe rental.
Please note that if anyone wants to rent speed skates or roller blades there
will be an additional $2.50 charge; those wanting to bring their own specialty
skates may do so, but still must pay the $3.00 fee. Family members are invited
and encouraged to attend at the same price.
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 27th, 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.
guidelines for this event are:
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
Cub/Parent team must stay with their assigned group during all group
activities. Certain individual stations (such as the 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 11th) 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,
his uniform, and bring a poncho in case of rain.
We can teach our
boys valuable lessons in sportsmanship with a positive attitude throughout
stations are listed here, if known:
Scouting Skills Contest (Pack 74) 5. Penny Toss ( Pack 100)
2. Potato Relay
(Pack 114) 6. Sack Race (Pack 275)
3. Timed Obstacle
Course (Pack 616) 7. Water Balloon Toss (Pack 177)
Shooting Sports (Pack 614) 8. Ladder Golf (Pack 117)
stations will be:
Registration (Pack 177) 10. Food preparation/Serving
I MUST HAVE A
MINIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE AT EACH ACTIVITY STATION.
Each pack has
chosen their activity station, as listed above. Each pack should provide the
necessary staff and materials for their activity. I will assist you in every
way possible if you will let me know that you need help! 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. PLEASE BRING AT LEAST DOUBLE THE AMOUNT
OF CUPS YOU NEED. These items will be pooled together at mealtime, and the pack
responsible for food preparation will set up the food and cook the hot dogs. I
would suggest that you have every family bring a 2-liter drink, 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!!) in addition to
their cooler of ice water.
trophies will be awarded at the day's end!! Please let your people know that
this is a very long event lasting several hours. 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 10th . Pack 177 is in charge of this fun event.
Details re: time, place and cost will be shared at our our October Roundtable.
I need to
let you know:
--that our next
Roundtable will be Thursday, October 11th 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!!!) Christy Seibert is our new Roundtable Commissioner
(THANKS, CHRISTY!!!), and we look forward to her usual energetic and wonderful
district "Popcorn Sale" begins tonight!!!!!!! Our very own Phil Seibert is
our District Popcorn Chairman this year (THANKS SO MUCH, PHIL!!!) Each pack
should select a "popcorn chairman" now to handle this fund raiser. Packets
with all the pertinent information are being distributed at the Roundtable
tonight; if you are reading this and have not yet received yours, please get
in touch with Phil at 336-9919 (home), 309-8096 (cell) or
ASAP because there are lots of 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 up to 35% when certain criteria are 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
Phil or Mark about this!!! Also, visit the website:
note the following important dates:
20th—Show & Sell orders due
24th—Popcorn Sale starts
October 4th—Show & Sell starts
Scout Basic Leader Training was just completed this past Saturday, and will
take place again in November. Phil Seibert, our District Training Chairman,
wants me to remind you that you must complete Youth Protection Guidelines
(on-line or video), New Leader Essentials, and Rank-Specific Training to be
considered fully trained. You also MUST CALL AND SIGN UP with
Phil or Mark for any training. There is no charge for training, just wear
your uniform and come with a smile and an open mind!! Old and new leaders
would benefit from these practical sessions!!
don't want to wait until November, Phil suggests that you could attend a
training in any other area, such as Cleveland or Oak Ridge. Please check
with him on those specifics.
Day at the Tennessee Valley Fair is scheduled for this Saturday, September
15th. Scouts in uniform will only pay $3.00 for admission, and
that fee might include a patch (for the first 2500 Scouts). Adults with
Scouts will also pay only $3.00 with every 2 paying Scouts.
Saturday, September 15th is a busy day for Cub Scouts at Ijams
Nature Center as well!!! During the day, there will 2 workshops for Webelos
to work on pins, the first from 10:00 – 12:00, the second from 1:00 – 3:00.
Also that evening is Ijams Bug night, starting at 8:00 pm.
they are sponsoring a Bear Workshop on September 22nd, from 10:00 –
12:00. Please call Alison Brucks at 865-577-4717, extension 24 with any
questions or to make reservations for any of these very special and helpful
September 23rd is Scout Day at Lake Winnepasaukah in
Chattanooga. All Scouts in “class A” uniform (not T-shirts!) will have
free gate admission and unlimited rides!!! The park is open 12:00 noon –
8:00 p.m. Leaders, parents, and siblings are not included in the free offer.
Still sounds like a great deal to me!!!!!
September 29th the Oak Ridge Science Museum will host a Scout
workshop for Webelos. Boys in attendance will earn their Science pin.
October 6th is Scout Maze Day at the Ocoee River Maze. The
cost is $4.50 for all Cub Scouts (ages 4 – 12) and $5.50 for adults (13 and
older), and includes the maze, bonfire, farm animals petting zoo, the Goat
Walk and more. Packs are allowed to bring their own lunch and have a
pack-sized picnic, so you could plan to make it a full day!
events (for a fee) include hay rides and Cow Train rides for the children.
For more information, visit
www.therivermaze.com.or call Dianne Fetzer at 338-8314.
will be a Cub Family Camping weekend at Camp Buck Toms the weekend of October
20th – 21st, dubbed the “Fall Haunted Harvest”. This
is a family activity, for everyone in the family, ages 3 and older. Fees paid
by October 5th are $25.00 per person, and $15.00 for children aged
3 to 5 years old; after October 5th add a $5 per person or child
late fee. There is also a $5.00 charge to rent the camp's tents. Please
see Ron McCosh or Mark for details and applications forms!
--that there are
several trainings set for recharter information: October 11th and
18th are training sessions (Roundtable dates), while November 8th
is a recharter help session (also Cub Scout Roundtable date).
--that Day Camp
was a wonderful experience for about 45 little Cub Scouts in Athens and
Twilight Camp for 45 boys in Madisonville!!! WAY TO GO!!!! Be thinking
now about next year’s camp with the theme “NORTH TO ALASKA!” and
how you can help!!!
--that is looks
like we will be having our Lock-In at the Athens YMCA this year!!! The
tentative date is Friday, January 25th from 10:00 p.m. To 6:00 a.m.
Let's show everyone that we can have a great Lock-In like the days of
--that I will be
doing a monthly 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
district website that can be found at
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
or email me one week before the Roundtable if you would like something of
interest to Scouters added to this newsletter!!
will be available again this year at a cost of 35c apiece. The 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 our upcoming events!! Let's work hard to make this one fantastic year
for our children!!!
Bill France's family in your prayers! You and your boys can send a note
to “Miss Helen” France at 12226 North Nopone Valley Road, Decatur, TN 37322 with
condolences. Bill France will be sorely missed by all who knew him!!!