What Is a Blue & Gold Banquet?

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Blue and gold are the official Cub Scout colors.
Blue and gold are the official Cub Scout colors. (Image: sterne - background, image by manu from Fotolia.com)

The Blue and Gold Banquet is an important annual event for Cub Scout troops. It is held every February during Scouting Anniversary Week, and is the Cub Scout pack's birthday celebration.

Planning

To allow plenty of time to prepare for the banquet, the planning should begin six to eight weeks in advance. A special committee of adults is responsible for planning the banquet, with input from members of the pack.

Food

Packs may choose to make the Blue and Gold Banquet a potluck affair, or a special committee of parents can prepare the food. The attending families share the cost of the meal.

Food for a Blue and Gold Banquet can be potluck or store-bought.
Food for a Blue and Gold Banquet can be potluck or store-bought. (Image: some appetizing food at banquet table image by Aleksey Kondratyuk from Fotolia.com)

Decorations

Banquet decorations may be very simple, even prepared by the scouts, or they may be more elaborate. Even when adults prepare the decorations, the scouts should participate to some extent in their design and construction.

Cub Scouts and adult helpers prepare banquet decorations.
Cub Scouts and adult helpers prepare banquet decorations. (Image: Blue and yellow table before wedding in restaurant image by Alfonso d'Agostino from Fotolia.com)

Entertainment and Guests

Cub scout packs often invite community leaders and former pack members to attend the banquet. Sometimes the planning committee hires special entertainment for the evening, but entertainment supplied by the scouts is preferable.

Togetherness and Awards

During the banquet, families and pack members have an opportunity to bond with each other and develop a sense of community. Awards recognizing each pack member's achievements during the year are another important element of the Blue and Gold Banquet.

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