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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 brandi@djconline.net.   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: 

September 4th—Show & Sell order deadline

                 17th—Popcorn Sale starts

                  19th --Oct 6th BLITZ WEEKS (report due by October 8th)

                         29th--Show & Sell popcorn delivered-Appointments will be scheduled for this day

October   10th--BLITZ WEEK Results turned in

27th--Show & Sell Return Time to be announced @later date.  (PLEASE BRING ANY     MONIES YOU HAVE COLLECTED WHEN YOU RETURN UNSOLD PRODUCT)

November 5th—All Show & Sell money due to the council

                   6th —FINAL popcorn/prize order deadline

                 14th or 15th --Popcorn Distribution Day; Appointments will be scheduled for this day


Please don’t forget that Brandi has reserved dates and times for sales for the Athens and Madisonville Wal-Marts, and for Lowe’s. You will need to contact Brandi to reserve your date. You cannot just go to the store yourself without securing a date and time!!!  However, if you have another regular location at which you sell popcorn (besides Wal-Mart!), you do not need to contact Brandi.

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:

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 may be done individually as time allows.

4. Olympic gold medals will be presented to ALL participants.  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 help 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 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 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 vbrown1979@yahoo.com , 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:

--that this weekend (September 15th and 16th) is SCOUT WEEKEND AT ROCK CITY AND RUBY FALLS.  All uniformed Cub Scout receive free gate admission!  Leaders pay a fee of $18.95 for Rock City and $17.95 for Ruby Falls; children 3-12 (non-Scouts) pay $10.95 at Rock City and $9.95 at Ruby Falls.  What a great deal!!!  If you have questions, please call 1-800-825-8366.

--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. Christy Seibert is our wonderful Roundtable Commissioner (THANKS, CHRISTY!!!), and we look forward to her usual energetic and wonderful job!!!

 --that there will be BALOO and IOLS/OWLS training courses on October 13 at Seymour United Methodist Church. Please contact the Council office to register for those classes.

--that this year’s Merit Badge College will be held on Saturday, January 5th at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church.   There is a list of all available classes on the website (unakascouts.com)—but for  very first time, two Webelos Pins classes will be held (Aquanaut and Scientist)!!!  These classes will be limited to 20 participants each, on a first-come basis.  Sign-ups will be opened at the October Roundtable for Unaka units; then any unfilled openings will be released to out-of-district units on November 1st.   I hope this is the beginning of a new tradition for the Merit Badge College in Unaka District!!!

--that the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) in Oak Ridge has a WEBELOS program available to obtain the Scientist Pin Requirements. The program is offered on Saturdays @ 10:00 am only with ADVANCED Reservations. There is a minimum of 10 boys and a maximum of 25 per class. The cost is a minimum of $50.00 based on 10 boys (each additional over 10 is $5.00) ALL adults are $5.00. Pack 615 has a reservation on Sept 22nd and needs additional WEBELOS!! If you are interested in "tagging" along to obtain this difficult requirement at an AWESOME location please contact Brandi at 865-414-2171. There is also a belt loop program available for Cubs...it is in intense program, so your boys need to be advanced 3rd grade and above to gain full benefit. AMSE is discussing discontinuing this program due to lack of participation from the WEBELOS. Now would be a good time to obtain this requirement before it is gone.......

--that Twilight Camp was a wonderful experience for Cub Scouts in Unaka!!!   About 35 little boys had a great time with the CSI theme.  WAY TO GO!!!!    Thanks to Christy and her staff for making this memorable week possible!  Be thinking now about next year’s camp and how you can help!!!  The theme is “Tennessee Pioneering.”

--that is looks like we will be having our Lock-In at the Athens YMCA again this year!!!   The tentative date is Friday, January 18th from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Let's be sure to promote this special event!!!

--that the next Jamboree is scheduled for the summer of 2013 at the new site in West Virginia.  If you have 2nd year Webelos now, those Scouts might want to consider putting in a down payment of $100  to reserve a place in the group going from the council.  There are a very limited number of spots available.  Ask our District Executive Chris Agee about this possibility right away!

--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.com Per 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 Olympics, Cub Family Camp and Bowling Day 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                








            22—OLYMPICS (Connie)

            29—UNAKA UNIVERSITY



            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





            18—CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN (Connie)







            10—SCOUT SUNDAY




            9—DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY (Pack 616)




            6—BIKE RODEO (Optimist Club)


            13—CROSSOVER CEREMONY (Pack 616)

            26 - 28—SPRING CUB FAMILY CAMP (Pack???)






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