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Blue And Gold Banquet

The Blue and Gold Banquet is probably the most exciting event of the whole year because it is a birthday party for Cub Scouting in which all pack families can take part.  The banquet is held in February, the anniversary month of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Boy Scouts were organized in February of 1910 and the Cub Scouts were organized 20 years later in 1930.

This year Cub Scouts are celebrating their 64th birthday.  Lord Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting, birthday is the 22nd of February.  The pack's big celebration gets its name from the Cub Scout colors, blue and gold.

Some packs have a dinner.  This can be a potluck affair, with each family bringing food, or many packs prefer buying the food and having it prepared by a mother's committee, and still other packs prefer having the dinner 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 so that den spirit and family relationships are strengthened.  Guests may be invited and are seated either at the head table or with the dens.

The dinner program should include entertainment from within the pack but outside entertainment is okay.  It is very important that advancement is recognized during the program and don't forget your adult leaders.

Important Things To Remember

1.Be sure that pack leaders, boys and parents know that the Blue and Gold banquet is Cub Scouting's birthday celebration.

2.Begin planning at least 2 months ahead of time and no later than January 1.  Some packs begin to plan earlier.

3.KISMIF - (to borrow an oldie but goodie) "Keep It Simple, Make It Fun."

4.Involve leaders and parents.  Sharing responsibilities make it easier and fun for everyone.

5.Let the boy's help plan and make the decorations, but keep the cutting and pasting to a minimum.  Do let them make each item.

Banquet Planning

To be successful, the banquet must be well planned in advance.  A banquet chairman is selected by the pack committee.  That person recruits helpers to carry out the responsibilities listed on the following pages.  This general outline will help make your planning a little easier.  Try to involve as many people as possible, and avoid giving Den Leaders too may additional responsibilities - they will be working with their dens.  The following are steps to

planning a Blue and Gold banquet.  The banquet often takes the place of the February pack meeting, although it is not necessarily held on the regular meeting night.

The following committees and arrangements for them to consider are helpful in planning a successful Blue and Gold Banquet:

1.Physical Arrangements Committee

a.ÊSecures adequate room for banquet and exhibits.

1) Fellowship halls in churches

2) School Cafeterias

3) Banquet Rooms in Hotels or Restaurants

b. Develop seating plan

1) Head-table?  Who will sit there?

2) Lay-out plan for seating

a.)  Square

b.)  U-shape

c.)  Parallel tables

d.)  Fan-shaped facing stage

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