Tonight is our Blue & Gold Banquet. This is the first year in several that I am NOT in charge of doing all the food– hurray!! The lady doing the food is having a baked potato bar (our budget is really measly this year, and this fit the price). For dessert, we’re having each Cub Scout bring a cake he has decorated to be entered into a contest, and then to be eaten for dessert!
So the Blue & Gold Banquet is a glorified Pack Meeting, where families are invited to enjoy dinner and celebrate the birthday of Cub Scouting.
My plan for tonight coincides very closely with the Western-themed Cub Scout Pack Meeting Plan from June 2012. I cannot take credit because most of the below information is quoted directly from this plan.
(1) Hand out the program/ gathering activity to each Cub Scout/family as they enter. Also, hand out 3 dry beans to each person (to be placed in small cups to vote in the cake decorating contest).
Here is the program I made (I personally don’t like going to events when I have no idea what the plan is. I like to see where we’re at, and where we’re going…):
And here is a bigger version of the word search (courtesy of BSA):
(2) Opening flag ceremony. When the Cub Scouts holding the flags reach the front of the room, the Cub Scout leading the ceremony will say:
“Our frontier forefathers helped start our great land, With courage and bravery they took their true stand. Let‘s pause a moment to pay them tribute today, Grim hardships and setbacks they had in their way. Remembering how they were put to the test,
In history books ’tis said, they always DID THEIR BEST. May we ever be thankful for their perseverance so grand, So we can proudly salute the great ag of our land. Please stand and join us in the Pledge of Allegiance.”
(3) Opening Prayer
(4) Introduction to the evening; Audience Participation
Have the audience say the associated expression when the tickler phrases below are read by the narrator. These instances are indicated in bold in the story.
Wagon Train: “Head ’em up!”
Challenge: “Circle the wagons!”
Challenges/Persevere/Perseverance: “Keep trying!”
Chuck Wagon: “Come and get it!”
Horse/Horses: “Clippety clop! Clippety clop!”
Once there was a young man who wanted to go west to the frontier lands. This man knew there would be Challenges along the way, but he was prepared to Persevere. So he bought a Horse and joined a Wagon Train.
Now this was a very special Wagon Train because it had seven Chuck Wagons, each with a team of seven Horses. Each Chuck Wagon had a cook named Cookie, and each Horse was named Perseverance. Now the young man knew to expect Challenges as he traveled with the Wagon Train, but he was stumped as to why all of the Horses for the Chuck Wagons were named Perseverance. So he asked the man in charge of the Wagon Train, “Why are all of the Chuck Wagon Horses named Perseverance?” The man in charge of the Wagon Train replied, “Well, on this Wagon Train the biggest Challenge most people face is the food from the Chuck Wagon. But we all know we must eat to keep up our strength, so we named the Horses Perseverance to remind us that even when we face the most difficult Challenges we must stick with it and not give up. Just as with any other Challenge we face, we must Persevere to succeed.”
“The Oldest Settler in the West”
CUB SCOUT 1: Who’s the oldest settler in the west? CUB SCOUT 2: Death Valley Scout?
CUB SCOUT 1: Nope.
CUB SCOUT 3: Buffalo Bill?
CUB SCOUT 1: Nope.
CUB SCOUT 4: Lucien Maxwell?
CUB SCOUT 1: Nope.
CUB SCOUTS 2, 3, and 4: We give up. Who is the oldest settler in the west? CUB SCOUT 1: The sun!
BEAR + WEBELOS DENS
A narrator tells the story of the harsh frontier life out on the prairie. Cub Scouts perform various actions cued by the narrator, including a large group to act as a thundering herd of buffalo and three Cub Scouts to act as “volunteers.” The narrator begins by asking for three volunteers from the audience (preselected and cued). They are asked to come forward and lay down on their stomachs next to each other.
NARRATOR: Now to begin. Frontier life out on the prairie was very harsh. First, the wind swept across the prairie. (A Cub Scout comes out with a broom and sweeps the backs of the three volunteers while making wind noises.)
NARRATOR: The sun beat down. (Another Cub Scout shines a ashlight on the heads and backs of the volunteers.)
NARRATOR: And the rain came down. (Another Cub Scout sprinkles water on them.)
NARRATOR: Life was hard on the prairie, but the pioneers persevered. Sometimes when they planted crops, the sun shone too long and bright without any rain and the crops failed. (Cub Scouts run out and shine their ashlights on the backs of the volunteers.) The pioneers just planted more crops.
NARRATOR: If they planted their crops and the rain lasted too long and ooded their elds, they replanted. (A Cub Scout runs out and sprinkles water on the backs of the volunteers.)
NARRATOR: If the wind blew down their barns, they rebuilt. (A Cub Scout comes out with a broom and sweeps the backs of the three volunteers while making wind noises.)
NARRATOR: Worse than the wind, sun, and rain was the constant fear of a buffalo stampede. (On that cue, a large group of Scouts charges across the stage toward the volunteers, who get up and run offstage in fear.)
SKIT BY CUBMASTER + CUB COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON
(6) EAT!! Call tables one at a time, while encouraging a different table to place their votes at the cake decorating table.
(7) Hand out awards– Cake Decorating contest, Cub Scout awards, AND Den Leader “thank you”.
I found some awards for the cake decorating contest here
I used a cute picture I found on google and played with it to fit our purpose tonight for the Den Leader “thank you”. I will print them out and tape them on bags of popcorn. Den Leaders don’t get nearly enough appreciation!
If you know Cub Scouts, you know that their fun cheers are the highlight of any Pack Meeting. Here are some fun Western cheer ideas given by the BSA:
Chuck Wagon Cheer: “Come and get it!”
Horse Applause: Gallop in place, saying, “Clippety clop! Clippety clop!”
Bandanna Applause: Throw a bandanna into the air. Everyone applauds until the bandanna reaches the oor. Repeat, catching the bandanna at different points during the drop.
Wagon Train Cheer: Make a circle with one arm above your head and say, “Head ’em up!” Point straight ahead and say, “Move ’em out!”
Coyote Applause: Lift up your head, as if howling at the moon, and say, “Aw Woo, Aw Woo, Aw Woo, Woo!”
Westward Ho Cheer: The Cubmaster says “Westward” and the audience answers, “Ho!”
(8) Retire the colors
(9) Closing Prayer