September 13, 2012
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!!!
The district POPCORN SALE begins September 17th!! We will be selling Campmasters Popcorn again this year. You can check out their website @ www.campmasters.org. for further information about the company. We had a VERY successful sale with them last year, and hope to do even better this year!!! Our very own Brandi Jones of Pack 615 is Popcorn Chairman for Unaka District again this year (THANKS SO MUCH, BRANDI!!!). Each pack should have already selected a "popcorn chairman" to handle this fund raiser and distributed packets with all of the pertinent information to your boys and parents. If you are reading this and have not yet held your kickoff or need additional materials/supplies, please get in touch with Brandi at 865-414-2171 or email@example.com. Please encourage everyone in your pack to SELL SELL SELL!!! 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 other things. There is much discussion about how the boys can work toward their advancements by participating in this sale. Be sure and talk to Brandi or Chris about this!!! Please note the following important dates:
UNAKA UNIVERSITY is fast approaching!!! This super-training day is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Registration 8:00 – 8:45, Opening 8:45; classes start at 9:00 a.m.) at a cost of $12, which includes the cost of lunch as well as all trainings. 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 Chris for this training, preferably by September 22nd. Please wear your Class A uniform (required) and come with a smile and an open mind!! Old and new leaders would benefit from these practical sessions, particularly involving the new Cub Scout program!! Let’s make this another great day for Unaka District!!!
Our first event of the year is coming up very fast!!! The ever-popular CUB SCOUT OLYMPICS is set for Saturday, September 22nd, 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 late afternoon 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:
The different activity stations and their assigned packs are:
1. Hula Hoop Competition (Pack 117) 5. Punkin Chunkin (Pack 114)
2. Potato Relay (Pack 613) 6. Bag Toss Revelry (Pack 615)
3. Tire Race Relay (Pack 614) 7. Plinko (Pack 74)
4. Shooting Sports (Pack 616) 8. Ladder Golf (Pack 100)
I ASK THAT EACH PACK PROVIDE SOMEONE TO HELP WITH REGISTRATION, which should begin about 12:00 or so!!!
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. 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 Boy Scouts or persons 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. In addition, people may want to bring lawn chairs for use during the awards ceremony, which can get lengthy because of pictures, etc………………
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!!
The October district event is the third annual FALL FAMILY CAMPOREE FOR CUB SCOUTS!!! This weekend-long event done by Pack 117 of Sweetwater will be held at the Mayfield Farm, starting on Friday October 5th any time after 4:00 p.m., and going until Sunday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m. Cost for the event is $8.00 for Cub Scouts and $5.00 for Adults and siblings. Please remember that all packs do not have to be BALOO trained to attend; however, untrained packs must hook up with a trained pack for the weekend—and they must indicate that they are teaming up with Pack ___ on the tour permit that is required for this event. Also you should know that each Cub Scout should have a medical form—parts A and C (which do not require a doctor)—to be filled out and returned to you, as they have to be turned in for this camporee.
Lots of activities are available for the weekend, including shooting sports, hayrides, pig races, etc. which are included in the $8.00 fee. If you would like to go to the Corn Maze, that will be $1.50 extra, paid AT the event. (Regular tickets are $9.00—big savings!!!) There are 3 other events with a $1.00 each fee payable that day—the Corn Cannon, Cow Train, and Pedal Cars. I hope you will encourage your Cub Scouts and their families to participate in this wonderful activity. As with any Cub Scout camping activity, each Cub must be accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcomed, but may not participate in the planned activities. You will need to provide your tents, food and other gear. If you have any questions about the camporee, please contact Cubmaster Veronica Vineyard at 423-836-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or our District Executive, Chris Agee.
Cub Scout Packs may also earn their way to this Camporee by selling tickets to the Mayfield Corn Maze for $9.00 and reaping half of that amount in profit for their Pack. All remaining profits from the Corn Maze itself will go to “Wounded Warriors”, which provides assistance to our wounded veterans and is given in honor of a veteran who drove the hayride at the Mayfield farm until his recent death. Tickets were handed out at our Roundtable last night; if you are interested in selling and did not make it to the meeting, please contact Michael Mayfield for more information.
The reason we moved the Olympics up to September is that the council is planning a COUNCIL-WIDE CAMPOUT, called RENDEZVOUS. This weekend long event will start Friday, October 26th at 4:00 p.m. (and end after breakfast on the 28th), at the Furrow Farm off of exit 72 on I-75. Activities for Cub Scouts will abound, and include camping, shooting sports, field activities, battle reenactments, Indian lore, STEM activities, campfire entertaining, and more. The theme for the event is TENNESSEE HERITAGE. Please know that all Scouts should bring Class A uniforms for the ceremonies, but should wear Class B otherwise. No meals will be provided—you need to bring all of your own provisions. Cost for the entire event is $15.00 for the weekend (which includes camping out) if paid by October 1st; the fee will be $25 after that date. Cub Scouts may also pay a Day Fee (no camping, but participation in all Saturday events) of $10.00 by October 1st or $15.00 after that date.
You should receive information about Rendezvous in the mail with all details. If you have any questions, please contact the Council or Chris Agee.
Calling all Cub Scouts—The VETERANS’ DAY PARADE is set for Saturday, November 10th at 3:00 p.m. Cub Scouts have been invited once again to be a part of this special parade!!! If interested, please meet at the McMinn County Courthouse Annex (the old Proffitt’s building) at 2:00 p.m. dressed in Class A uniform. Cameron Balaban of Pack 74 is overseeing this special event, and asks that every pack in the district be represented, and that the Cubs bring their pack flags to display. Adults must ride/walk/stay with the boys at all times. I think this would be a spectacular thing for the Cub Scouts to do to show their patriotism!!! The military certainly supports Scouting; let’s show our support for them!!!
Also coming in November will be a very popular event, our CUB SCOUT BOWLING DAY set for Saturday, November 19th. Pack 614 is in charge of this fun event. This much-loved event is at Classic Lanes in Athens from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The cost is $4.00 per person, which includes shoe rentals. Please note that ONLY CUB SCOUTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO BOWL AGAIN THIS YEAR. It just works out much better that way………….
I need to let you know:
Hope to see all of you at our upcoming events!! Let's work hard to make this one fantastic year for our children!!!
THE CUB SCOUT YEAR AT A GLANCE
5 – 7—FALL CUB FAMILY CAMP (Pack 117)
26 - 28—COUNCIL RENDEZVOUS
10—VETERANS’ DAY PARADE (Cameron Balaban)
17—BOWLING DAY (Pack ???)
GOOD TURN MONTH
PARTICIPATION IN AREA CHRISTMAS PARADES
18—CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN (Connie)
PACK PINEWOOD DERBY MONTH
2—SCOUTING FOR FOOD BAG DISTRIBUTION DAY
7—DISTRICT LEADERS’ AND EAGLE SCOUT BANQUET
9—SCOUTING FOR FOOD COLLECTION DAY
BLUE AND GOLD MONTH
9—DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY (Pack 616)
6—BIKE RODEO (Optimist Club)
13—CROSSOVER CEREMONY (Pack 616)
26 - 28—SPRING CUB FAMILY CAMP (Pack???)
3 – 5—FISHING DERBY, SCOUT SHOW, CAMPOREE
25—FLAG PLACEMENT AT CHATTANOOGA CEMETERY (Cameron)