Pack 471 Families,
Every year Cub Scouts celebrate the Blue and Gold Banquet. It is a celebration to honor the pack’s anniversary and the birthday of Cub Scouts. In nearly all packs, the blue and gold banquet is the highlight of the year. It brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer. The event is packed with special events and entertainment to thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack and inspire the leaders, Scouts and parents.
This year the highlights will include:
- Father and son cake competition
- Voting on “Best in Show” Pinewood Derby cars
- Den Table Centerpiece competition
- Recognition and awards
- Photo Opportunities
As with most banquets there is also an opportunity to raise money for a good cause. Each Pack is given a goal to raise money for Friends of Scouting. Friends of Scouting helps secure the operating funds needed by the Atlanta Area Council to provide the many services offered to support unit programs, such as training, insurance, program materials, advancement materials, camping facilities and programs, Council and district activities, and much more. While there is a push and celebrating as we reach our goal, it is a voluntary gift. It is tax deductable and provides first class programs and facilities for our scouts to use.
I want to encourage all families to contribute to Friends of Scouting. Other foundations and grants often contribute based on the % of members (registered scouts & leaders) who contribute so the more families that contribute (even a little bit), the more that the Atlanta Area Council can leverage. Recognizing that times are tough, give what you can afford. If you have been blessed, give what your heart dictates. Other than directly volunteer with our pack, giving boys a chance to participate in a quality scouting program is one of the biggest returns on investment for philanthropy you can contribute to. There are many levels of giving. For gifts above $300 there are special recognition mementos (usually a special patch to say thank you). For a glimpse of what Friends of Scouting is, please visit the Friends of Scouting site on the Atlanta Area Council Website: http://www.atlantabsa.org/openrosters/view_homepage.asp?orgkey=1455 . Our Pack will have a goal to reach based on the number of registered scouts in our Pack (for the past couple of years it has been $3,000) so please give at the Blue and Gold Banquet to be sure your donation is counted with our Pack.
So come for the cake, entertainment and fun. Make sure you bring your cameras and enjoy the celebration.
Yours in Scouting
Dan Betts, Cubmaster