Need help planning your Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet? Check out this roundup of 6 Blue and Gold Banquet planning guides!
Many packs celebrate BSA's anniversary with the Blue and Gold Banquet in February. According to the BSA website, “the purpose…is to celebrate the pack's anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and inspire the leaders, Scouts, and parents.”
There are many kinds of Blue and Gold Banquets. Some groups have a full catered meal while others have a potluck dinner and others only serve cake or have an ice cream sundae bar.
Packs may have special games that the boys play or have a fun entertainer such as a magician. Some packs have a Blue and Gold theme with elaborate decorations supporting the theme while others decorate with blue and gold balloons and centerpieces made by the boys.
Awards may be given at a Blue and Gold Banquet. Some hold their Arrow of Light ceremony or their Crossover for Webelos. Other packs just make this a fun party for the boys.
Regardless of how your pack celebrates, there is some planning involved. I've searched the internet and found 6 good planning guides that may help you as you prepare to celebrate the Boys Scouts of America's birthday!
The first guide comes from Kommissioner Karl with the Seneca District in the Buckeye Council. Kommissioner Karl's guide not only includes planning steps, it also gives you suggestions for meals, decorations, skits, ceremonies, games and fun awards.
The next Blue and Gold Guide came from the Many Waters District of the Northern Star Council. They give suggestions of sub-committees for your Blue & Gold banquet.
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Our third guide comes from the National Capital Area Council's 2001 Pow Wow. But don't let the date deter you from reading through it! Planning, themes, ideas, a timeline, a suggested program, decorating hints, recipes, prayers, skits, ceremonies, songs, fun awards, crafts and more are all found in this comprehensive 38-page document.
The fourth guide was actually compiled by an Orlando, Florida magician. From what I gather, Lyndel has performed at many Blue and Gold Banquets in his area. His guide gives you a good overview and complements many of the topics we've seen in the other guides.
The folks from the Heart of America Council put together our fifth guide. It has a great list of types of banquets that can help you decide what your pack can do.
The final guide is courtesy of the Orange County Council. It covers a plethora of topics similar to those in the National Capital Area Council guide. I love the final comment, “DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN.”
Yours in Scouting,
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