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September 13, 2007

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 make every effort to participate in them!!!  

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.

 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 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, 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 activity stations are listed here, if known:

            1.  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)

            4.  Shooting Sports (Pack 614)                      8.  Ladder Golf (Pack 117)

Two additional stations will be:

            9.  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. 

Medals and 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 job!!! 

 --that the 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 phil@safetyvet.com 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:  www.trailsend.com

            Please note the following important dates:

     September 20th—Show & Sell orders due

                       24th—Popcorn Sale starts

          October  4th—Show & Sell starts

                         8th—Blitz Week

 --that Cub 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!! 

 If you 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.

--that Scout 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.

 --that 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. 

 Finally, 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 events.

--that Sunday, 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!!!!!

--that Saturday, September 29th the Oak Ridge Science Museum will host a Scout workshop for Webelos.   Boys in attendance will earn their Science pin.

--that Saturday, 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! 

Additional 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.

--that there 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 yore...............

--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 www.unakascouts.com.    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!!

--that segments 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!!!

Connie Akers


Please remember 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!!!



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