The Blue and Gold Banquet and the Friends of Scouting Campaign Sunday, February 22, from 5-7pm

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 (so remember to bring your pinewood derby cars)
Den Table Centerpiece competition
Photo Opportunities

This year we have special prizes from the generous people at Yogli Mogli for the winners of the Cake Competition and for the Best in Show Competition!

Shanes Rib Shack is going to cater the dinner again at the Garrison Mill Cafeteria.  We are asking for $5.00 per person attending for adults, scouts and siblings, while those 5 and under attend for free.  You can pay via the pack website or at the door.

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: Friends of Scouting .

So come for the cake, entertainment and fun. Make sure you bring your cameras and enjoy the celebration.

Yours in Scouting

Pack 471 Leaders