The Blue and Gold Banquet,
the birthday dinner for the Cub Scout Program, is held during February,
the anniversary month for the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America was organized in February 1910, and
the Cub Scout program was organized 20 years later, in 1930.
February is also the birth month of Lord Baden-Powell, the
founder of Scouting. The
packs big celebration gets its name from the Cub Scout colors.
Blue and Gold banquets are held throughout the month of February
by packs all across the country.
NOTE TO OLD LEADERS:
Be sure that the first year pack leaders know just what a
Blue and Gold Banquet is and what traditions your pack follows.
Some packs make the dinner a
potluck affair with each family bringing a covered dish; other packs
prefer having the dinner catered; and some packs choose to buy the food
and have it prepared by a committee, and then divide the cost amongst
those attending the dinner. The
plan of feeding is not important; it is the Cub Scouting that takes
place during the preparation and at the dinner that really counts.
Dens should sit together.
Guests may be invited and are seated either at a head table or
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 suggested
things that might be used at the banquet.
Cub Scouts should take part
in making decorations; however, please be sure that what the boys do are