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September 2009 Cub Leader Newsletter

September 10, 2009

 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 very first district event of the year is our BIKE RODEO, done with the help of the ever-wonderful Optimist Club of Athens.  This hands-on learning event is set for this Saturday, September 12th at (the back of) the Athens Junior High from 8:00 to approximately 11:30 a.m.     The Bike Rodeo will be similar to the one done last year, with an inspection station, safety/riding skills program, police officer present to discuss rules of the road, and a short street ride.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please know that several rank achievements can be completed at this event.  Also, please instruct your boys that they should bring their bikes and their helmets in order to participate.  Optimist Club members will be present to oversee all stations, but would appreciate assistance from any adults, especially at the inspection station.  If you can help that day, please let me know ASAP.

Our second major district event this year is our “CUB SCOUT SKATE NIGHT”, scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th.   Bill Crockett and his Pack 114 of Englewood is in charge of this event, which will be held at the Athens Skate Center from 5:30 – 8:00 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 or in-line skates or roller blades there will be an additional $3.00 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.  All Scouts should come in uniform.  Please know that the concession stand will be open for those late-night munchies.

Coming up soon after Skate Night, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to earn the Boy Scout 100th Anniversary Service Project patch.  The patch, shown here, can be earned by participating in the Great Smoky Mountain and Daniel Boone Councils’ service project for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—aptly being called “100 years, 100 miles”.


I have already arranged for all of our Unaka Cub Scout packs to participate in this worthwhile project. In order to do so, each person/pack participating will have to fill out a VIP Agreement; originally, youth participating required a parental signature, but I will let you know tonight or tomorrow through an email if that is still true.  The VIP Agreements need to be sent to Dana Soehn, Volunteer Coordinator, at 107 Park Headquarters Rd. Gatlinburg, TN 37738, prior to your project.  Each pack must also fill out a TOUR PERMIT through the council, at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

Our assignment is the CADES COVE AREA; a map of our actual area is included here.   We are asked to concentrate on making sign assessments of all trails near the road or within a mile of the road (very few), and doing clean-up of trails and the area around the sign at this time.  The assessment will include making inspections, filling out the inventory sheets (one per sign!), and taking photographs of all the trail signs in the park.  I have included a copy of the form that will be used by all packs and troops for this service project.  We decided at the last Roundtable to hold this on Saturday, October 10th.  We will meet at the Townsend Welcome Center at 9:30 a.m., as we cannot get into the Cades Cove loop until 10:00 a.m.  We will discuss how to divide this project up among the packs tonight.  Of course, the more people we have participating, the quicker we will be able to complete this wonderful and meaningful project!!!

Please be thinking about food for your boys that day.  It’s a great time to teach them about high-energy gorp and using a backpack to carry in food.  A cook-out at the end of the day’s work would be a memory-filled time for all!!

Next spring will be phase 2 of the project, when signs will actually be painted or replaced, depending on what this fall assessment shows.    

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 24th, 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.

Because that is national Good Turn Day, I am also asking each boy to bring one canned food item of his choice, to be donated to a local food pantry.

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 8th) 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 different activity stations and their responsible packs, if known at this time, are:

            1.  Scouting Skills Contest                            5.  Penny Toss

2.  Potato Relay (Pack 114)                          6.  Crab Relay (Pack 615)

3.  Timed Obstacle Course (Pack 616)        7.  Gorilla Relay (Pack 177)

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

***Please know that you do not have to do one of these; you may have a better idea!***

Two additional stations will be:

            9.  Registration                                  10.  Food preparation/Serving (trying to get Boy Scouts to do this)                       


I MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE AT EACH ACTIVITY STATION.  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 or Boy Scouts 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 (745-3100, 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 7th.  Dotty Herd and Pack 561, from Ten Mile, are in charge of this fun event.  This is their first ever, but hopefully not their last!!  Details re: time, place and cost will be shared at our October Roundtable.

I need to let you know:

 --that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, October 8th 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 wonderful Roundtable Commissioner (THANKS, CHRISTY!!!), and we look forward to her usual energetic and wonderful job!!!  Plus, you’ll get last minute details on our 100th anniversary service project!!!

--that the district "Popcorn Sale" begins September 21st!   Our very own Phil Seibert is Popcorn Chairman for McMinn County this year (THANKS SO MUCH, PHIL!!!); Shelley Calhoun is Chairman for Monroe County; and Brent Tucker is Chairman for Meigs County.   Each pack should select a "popcorn chairman" now to handle this fund raiser. Packets with all the pertinent information have been distributed; 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 Shelley at 423-351-3158 or Brent Tucker at 423-261-2595 (depending on where your pack is located).   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 17th—Show & Sell order deadline

                    September 21st—Popcorn Sale starts

October 2nd—Show & Sell popcorn delivered

October 3rd – 11th—Blitz Week

November 13th—Popcorn Distribution Day

 --that the Great Smoky Mountain Council’s Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, September 21st.  If you or some of your parents are interested in playing, please contact the council at 865-588-6514.

--that UNAKA UNIVERSITY, a training super day, is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  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 this training, preferably by September 19th.  There is a $10 charge, which includes the cost of lunch, as well as all other trainings.  Please wear your uniform and come with a smile and an open mind!!  Old and new leaders would benefit from these practical sessions!!  Let’s make this another great day for Unaka!!!

--that Friday, October 2nd – Sunday, October 4th are the dates for the Fall Camporee at Gee Creek.  Some Webelos might be interested in observing what a camporee is all about.  Check with the Scoutmaster of one of the troops for further details.

--that Friday, October 2nd – Sunday, the 4th is also Scout Maze Weekend at the Ocoee River Maze.  The cost is $6.00 for all Cub Scouts (ages 4 – 12) and $7.00 for adults (13 and older), and includes the maze,  bonfire, farm animals petting zoo, the Goat Walk, cow train ride,  and more.  If a Scout or adults brings a canned food item with that fee, they will get an extra cow train ride or corn cannon shot.   A group of 15 or more gets in for $5.50 each, with one free Scout Leader for each 15 boys.   Scouts will also receive a patch for attending that day!!!  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 are available for a fee, such as hay rides for the children.  For more information, visit www.therivermaze.com.or call Dianne Fetzer at 338-8314.

--that Sunday, October 4th from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. is SCOUT  DAY at Lake Winnepasauka!!!   All Scouts in their class A uniform receive  free admission and free unlimited ride pass!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Adults who just tag along with their Scout pay $5.00 to enter; another $21.00 ($26.00 total) lets you ride the rides.  Sounds like a real deal to me!!!!  Visit www.LakeWinnie.com for more information.

--that there will be two Cub Family Camping weekends at Camp Buck Toms, October 17th – 18th  and October 24th – 25th  dubbed the Fall Festival.   This is a family activity, for everyone in the family, ages 3 and older.  Fees paid by October 3rd are $30.00 per person, and $10.00 for children aged 3 to 5 years old; after October 3rd add a $10 per person or child late fee.   After October 3rd, the price is $40 per person; and after October 12th, $50 per person.  Price includes a full day of program activities, 3 meals, and a patch.  Remember, everyone must bring their own tents or make arrangements with the council.   Please contact the council website for details and applications forms!

 --that Day Camp was a wonderful experience for about 35 little Cub Scouts in Athens and Twilight Camp for 50 boys in Madisonville!!!   WAY TO GO!!!!    Be thinking now about next year’s camp and how you can help!!!

--that is looks like we will be having our Lock-In at the Athens YMCA again this year!!!   The tentative date is Friday, January 22nd from 10:00 p.m. To 6:00 a.m. Let's be sure to promote this special event

--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, I will be emailing them to everyone who provides me with their email address after each Roundtable (in case there are corrections or additions made at that meeting), or any time that you email and request it.  These letters will also be posted on our district website that can be found at www.unakascouts.comPer our agreement at the last gathering, all leaders agree to send these letters on to all their parents, so that parents can stay informed about upcoming events, as well as the leaders.    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 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 our upcoming events!!  Let's work hard to make this one fantastic year for our children!!!

Connie Akers



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