There were a few challenges with this year’s Blue and Gold Banquet. I am grateful for awesome leaders that helped pull the food together. Eight hours before the festivities began, I found out there was a conflict in the building schedule. Nothing a little rearranging and getting cozy couldn’t fix. All’s well that ends well!
I know some Packs have longer, more elaborate banquets, but I prefer to keep it simple and let families enjoy a good meal and good company. The Bears employed some crazy basket weaving skills to make a Native American game that we used to decorate our tables.
Our gathering activity was also part of our decorations. Previously, I cut the bottoms out of a bunch of paper bags and then cut them in half to make place-mats. The kids and I crumpled them up for that authentic leather look. At the Blue & Gold we placed them on the tables with crayons so families could decorate them with Indian designs.
During dinner families enjoyed a slide show of our Cub Scout events from the previous year. Dinner was the real reason we chose a Native American theme – we wanted to have Navajo Taco. Not only did it taste good, it was fairly easy to get the food prepped ahead of time. This came in handy because we needed every family to contribute to pull it off.
As dinner finished up, I went over some Pack business like the upcoming Pinewood Derby. The Pack shared their really cool cheer they practiced for Day Camp. Then they helped me teach parents why Cub Scouts is so important. We finished up with awards for the boys and the leaders, before we closed with a prayer and dessert. A big thanks to the mom who brought Nutella Cupcakes!
What was the theme for your Pack’s Blue and Gold?