Blue & Gold Banquet

AN OLD TRADITION TO CELEBRATE THE YEARS OF SCOUTING

>> In the 1930s … father / son ‘bean dinners’ and ‘Cub family dinners’ began to become commonplace.

>> In 1933 … “Cub Leaders’ Round Table” suggested Parent / Cub dinners. Soon thereafter, Pack 1 of Michigan City started a tradition of pot-lucks where the dads were to bring utensils made of wood; whittled by the Cub with his dad.

>> Finally, in 1943  … the name “Blue and Gold Banquet” first appeared in BSA literature, and became synonymous with “celebrating the birthday of Scouting.”

TODAY… the Blue and Gold banquet is one of the highlights of the program year. It brings together your Pack’s families for a dinner and an evening of fun. The meal is important, but even more important is the warm, congenial atmosphere created as families enjoy each other’s company.

Most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week in February with a “birthday party” called the blue and gold banquet. In nearly all packs, the blue and gold banquet is the highlight of the year. It brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer. It’s often the pack meeting for February.

The banquet can be like a regular pack meeting, with songs, skits, stunts, and awards. Or it can be something different and a little more special. A good banquet needs lots of planning. Most packs begin to plan at least two months ahead of time. Sometimes it’s catered, and sometimes it’s pot-luck. That’s always decided at a Parents Meeting. A theme is chosen and decorations are generally created by all the Dens. Guests and families are always invited, as well as local Boy Scout representatives. Entertainment is almost always present, either from within or without the Pack.

Our Blue & Gold Banquets are also the time we hold our Arrow of Light (AOL) and Bridging Ceremonies. The AOL is the highest award a scout can earn in Cubs and so should be something special. At the end of the evening, those boys continuing on to Boy Scouts “bridge” over into their new Troops.

2015’s Blue & Gold Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 28th. This year’s theme is: Space, the Final Frontier.

Our past B&G themes have included >>>>

  • Aloha Hawaiian
  • Chinese New Year (“Red & Gold Banquet”)
  • Happy 100th B-day BSA
  • United Nations of San Pedro
  • Under the Sea/Shipwrecked
  • How to Train Your Cub Scout …er … Dragon
  • Camping in the Great Outdoors

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