Blue and Gold Banquet
Hey everyone, the annual PACK 81 Blue and Gold Banquet is just around the corner.
The Time and Place for the Blue and Gold Banquet is still being worked out.
However, the date is set for February 23.
This year, not only will we recognize the achievements of or Senior Webelos, but we have some special Den level entertainment in store.
Don't miss out on your chance to participate, talk to your den leader and get a registration for filled out for you and your family.
What is a Blue and Gold Banquet?
A blue and gold banquet is a birthday dinner for the Cub Scouting program, held during February.
The anniversary month of the Boy Scouts of America, which was organized in February 1910. The Cub Scouts was organized 20 years later in 1930.
May packs hold this as a potluck affair, with each family brining food, or many packs prefer buying the food, having it prepared by a mother's committee, and still other packs prefer to have it catered. The plan of feeding is not important; it is the Cub Scouting that takes place during the preparation and dinner that really counts.
Dens should sit together. Guests may be invited and seated either at a head table or seated with the dens.
Decorations may be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. Attractive menu cards or dinner programs can be made, place cards, centerpieces, place mats, nut cups and favors are all suggestions of things which might be used. Cubs can take part in making decorations.
The dinner program should include entertainment from within the pack, but outside entertainment is okay. Also don't forget the importance of recognizing advancement of the boys and leaders of the pack.
Important Things to Remember
It is important that the boys, leaders, and parents know that the banquet is Cub Scouting's birthday celebration.
Begin planning at least two months ahead. KISMIF - Keep it Simple, Make it Fun.
Involve leaders and parents. Sharing responsibilities makes it easier and fun for everyone.
Let the boys help plan and make the decorations, but keep the cutting and pasting to a minimum. Do let them help make each item. (Then watch their eyes glow with pride the night of the banquet.)
For many packs, the Blue and Gold Banquet is one of the highlights of the program year. It is a family affair that brings the entire group together in a way that regular pack meetings don't. It is an evening of fun, which involves more planning than the regular pack meeting.
The dinner may be held in a restaurant, catered, potluck, as an indoor picnic, or buffet style. The meal is important, but even more important is the friendly atmosphere as your Cub Scouts and their families mingle together in fun.
For the banquet to be successful, planning must begin early; at least two to three months in advance.
Your attendance will be greater than your usual meetings so you may need to locate a different place to hold your banquet. A planning committee made up of parents and even some of the older boys will be able to coordinate and plan a memorable activity. Reservations are made, meal arrangements are taken care of, invitations are sent out and the program is developed to involve as many of the boys as possible -- all by the planning committee.
Involve as many people as possible on various committees to make the work easier.
Den leaders should NOT be overloaded by having to plan and execute this activity.
If, for economic reasons, your pack wants to simplify it, a Birthday Party could replace the banquet for Scouting. This can be run like a birthday party for one of your children with balloons, games, etc. Refreshments could then be cake and ice cream. This is also an excellent time to do a Father-Son cake baking contest and auction off the cakes as a fund raiser for your pack.
Cub Scout Leader How To Book
Cub Scout Fun Book
Cub Scout Song Book
Current, and past, Pow-Wow Books.
Monthly Leader Roundtable meetings.
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