For most packs, the annual Blue and Gold banquet is less than a month away. Now is the time for packs to put plans together, so Cub Scouts and families get the most out of this annual celebration of the founding of the BSA in 1910 and the Cub Scouts in 1930.
Successful banquets may take as much as two to three months to plan to ensure that all families are involved and that both Cub Scouts and their leaders will be recognized. Most packs hold this event as their February pack meeting, but because it is so much more, planning also must include out-of-the-ordinary details, such as date, location, time, decorations, menus and serving arrangements, engaging activities and programs, and special guests—especially those from the pack’s charter organization.
Whether held in lieu of or in addition to the regular monthly pack meeting, the Blue and Gold banquet should not be overlooked as a special opportunity to help motivate and encourage Cub Scout advancement. While planning a Blue and Gold celebration, it is important to look at the needs of the individual Scout in the pack.
Pack leaders should look at the individual Cub Scout adventures when planning their banquet to see if the activity could promote advancement. For example, Tigers could put on a magic show, celebrate their cultural heritage, or perform a puppet show. Bears could put on a carnival and help with leader recognition. Wolves and Webelos could celebrate their hometown heroes, while an Arrow of Light den might share information on the World Friendship Fund and Scouting in other countries.
Thus, the Blue and Gold committee should actively seek input from the Cubmaster and den leaders as they put together the plan for this event. Den leaders, especially, will be valuable resources concerning what events will not only help the Cub Scouts have fun but will also accomplish tasks towards advancement. The Cubmaster also will be more aware of what adventures require activities to be accomplished or shared with members of the pack. Scout families are busy, but well-planned, well-run Blue and Gold banquets that offer advancement opportunities at the same time will benefit everyone involved with the pack.
(Article from November-December 2016 Advancement News)