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December 15, 2011

Dear Cub Scout Leader:

Merry Christmas to everyone!!! I’m sure you are all enjoying these most special days of the year, hectic and crazy as they may be!!!

Congratulations to Dotty Herd and Pack 561 for a super Bowling Day event. Thirty-nine Cub Scouts from all over the district enjoyed an afternoon of uninterrupted bowling, good fellowship, and prizes, prizes, prizes!!!! Thank you Dotty for another well-organized event!!!

I hope you haven’t forgotten that December is Good Turn Month. Please remember that each pack is asked to do a good turn of some kind in their community as a sort of Christmas gift to the community. By doing this, the boys will earn the good feeling of helping others, as well as the respect of our community. Be proud to be a Scout, and convey that to your boys!! Don’t forget to call about media coverage for your activities.

Our January district event will be CUB SCOUT LOCK-IN, set for Friday, January 27th, from 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., at the Athens YMCA. This will be an evening planned by all packs. If you have not informed me of the activity your Pack will provide that evening, please get in touch with me right away so I can come up with a schedule of all activities. The boys will need to bring their own basketballs clearly labeled with their names (we already know what a popular activity that is!!). The price for the event will be $10 per Scout and $5 per adult, which will include use of the Y, pizza and drinks, all activities, and the lock-in segment. Deadline for payment will be Friday, January 20th. We’ll have more details and be able to discuss this more at our January Roundtable. Please encourage everyone’s participation in this super fun event--let's hope for a large crowd and lots of great activities for that crowd to participate in!!!

I need to let you know:

--that our popcorn sale is now officially over! Don’t forget that all monies to the council are well overdue!!!!! .

--that our next Roundtable will be Thursday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m. at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. Final plans for our Lock-In will be discussed, as well as plans for our District Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet.

--that there will be a BALOO / OWLS training on Saturday, February 11th from 8:00am - 4:00pm at Seymour United Methodist Church. Please contact the council if you are interested in attending.

--that Boy Scout Night at the UT Men’s Basketball game vs. Auburn is Saturday, January 28th, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. All tickets will be $8.50 per person, and must be purchased at least 2 days before the game. The game will be played at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Please go to UTTIX.com, click on “VOLS TIX” at the top of the page, then on “group ticket window”, enter the username “scoutball” and password “basketball” and complete your order. Or, you can call Ashley Fincher at 865-974-9659 or Ashley.fincher@utk.edu. Please note that there is a $1.50 processing fee online. All Scouts attending should wear their Scout shirts.

--that our local Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Banquet will be Thursday, February 10th at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church starting at 6:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s awards banquet will be “THE HEART OF SCOUTING”. I will be asking each pack’s Cub Scouts to do their usual wonderful job of making placemats and wall decorations, and hope they will try to show off for the adults and Scouts present!! We’ll talk a lot about this at the next few Roundtables. Please encourage your boys to be as creative and colorful as possible with these original pieces of art!! Please don’t forget the theme and try to use it in a Cub Scout way. Everyone looks forward to seeing what our Cubs can come up with!!!!
Also, this is the night of the presentation of the District Award of Merit, the highest award given at the district level. Past recipients of this award determine the winners. Please call me if you have any questions about this award!

In addition to the prestigious awards listed above, this is a night for many leaders to also receive their deserved recognition for various duties and trainings completed. Phil Seibert, our training chairman, must have your information about training awards that have been earned no later than January 15th. Please look up the necessary paperwork on our website and get it to Phil as soon as possible!!!

--that “Scouting for Food” dates are set for Saturdays January 28th and February 4th. This is a very worthwhile activity for all Scouts, as they collect canned food items for local food pantries. More details will come at the next Roundtable. I know it’s the morning after the Lock-In…………..

--that there will be a Commissioners’ Training on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. This specialized training costs $12, which includes all materials, lunch and snacks, and will be held at the Council Office. Please pre-register by January 31st through the council office.

--that Scout Sunday is set for Sunday, February 5th. This is a day to have the boys in your pack or den recognized in church, in uniform, usually sitting in a group. Individual churches handle this day differently; you can make it as special as you want, just contact your pastor now and discuss your options and desires.

--that Cub Scouts annually celebrate the anniversary of Scouts in February with a Blue and Gold Banquet. You need to schedule and plan for that event soon—and then let Chris Agee know your plans!!! We’ll discuss this more at our January Roundtable.

--that this year’s Knoxville Ice Bears Scout Night is set for Friday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m. Please contact the council for further information.

--that Boy Scout Day at Dixie Stampede is set for Saturday, February 25, 2012, at the 6:00 p.m. show. Group price tickets (20 or more) are $26.45, which includes their fabulous one-of-a-kind show, a 4 course meal, the tax and gratuity. Normal prices are $42.99 for adults (12 & up) and $22.99 (under 12) plus gratuity. Please contact Denise Miller at 1-800-356-1676, ext. 3121 or denisem@dixiestampede.com at least one week prior to the event, and be sure and mention “Boy Scout Day” for this special pricing. Denise says there is also a 10% discount for the gift shop; souvenir boot mugs are $4.00 at the door--$3.00 in advance.  Please also know that you can have this special group rate at any time if you work through Denise.

--that it's not too early to start thinking about the University of Scouting, which will be held March 3rd , 2012 in Knoxville, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you register by January 13th, the cost is $15, half-price of the door price. If you register by February 17th, the cost is $20; if by February 29th, it’s $25. This is a very special event, offering training for all levels of adult Scouts.

--that our District Pinewood Derby will be Saturday, March 10th, at the Calhoun school gymnasium. Weigh-in and registration begins at 8:00 a.m., with the derby set to begin around 9:00 a.m. Please try to schedule your pack’s derby before this date to encourage more participation at the district level. Pack 616 is in charge of the derby, so we can all look forward to another very well-organized event!!

--that another March event will be Cub Scouts helping with the River Clean-up event on either Saturday March 10th on the Tellico River or March 17th on the Hiwassee River. Details will be forthcoming.

--that there are two special events in April!!! One will be our DISTRICT CROSS-OVER CEREMONY for Webelos crossing over into Boy Scouts, set for Saturday, April 15th in Calhoun. The other event will be our bi-annual SPRING FAMILY CAMPOREE , scheduled for the weekend of April 27th – 29th, and led by Cameron Balaban and Pack 74. Should be another great weekend!!! More details will follow……………

-that our May event will be a DISTRICT HIKE, on Saturday, May 12th. Indian Boundary was discussed as a possible site; more details in the future when a pack chooses to lead this event.............let me know if you are interested………………..

--that our summer Cub Scout camp’s dates are set. Our twilight camp will be June 25th – 29th at the Mayfield Farm & Nursery in Athens with our own Christy Seibert wearing the director’s cap again. SAVE THESE DATES AND BE THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!!! The great theme this year is “CSI”!!!

That’s all for now!! Have a wonderful Christmas with the ones you love most!!!

Connie Akers
Program Chairman

By the way, many very special thanks go to the Packs that responded to my email about the sock donation to tsunami victims in Japan. In part with your help, yesterday I mailed almost 700 pairs of socks, 25 sets of thermal underwear, and many other warm items such as gloves, toboggans, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc. that people felt led to get to me. If you would still like to help, monetary donations are still welcomed to help cover the high cost of postage. May God Bless You!!!

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