Blue and Gold affair celebrates Scouting
“Most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting’s anniversary week in February with a birthday party called the Blue and Gold Banquet. It brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer,” according to Mary Spieker, of Cub Pack 94, which meets at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.
This yearly event was held Feb. 17 in the fellowship hall of the church.
“It is a time to celebrate all of our Cub Scouts and their achievements that they have been working on all year,” Spieker said. “For the most part, the majority of the Cubs earn their rank that they had been working for. The kindergarten kids are the Lions; the first grade are the Tigers; Wolves are second; Bears are third; and Webelos are typically fourth-graders.
“The Arrow of Light are the fifth-graders, and this is their last year. They will have a special celebration later and be awarded their rank as they move on to Boy Scouts at a bridging ceremony,” Spieker said.
The evening began with a potluck supper, where families bring a covered dish to share.
After the meal, Tiffany Visgaitis, of DaVinci Science Center, started the group on some fun learning activities. They mastered measuring and stirring lessons as they created slime in various colors. They also did some investigative work, examining wild animals’ scat and deciding which animal it belonged to.
The results were surprising, the Scouts agreed.
When the fun and games were done, achievements were recognized. Each den leader announced the names of their Scout members, who came forward to receive badges, pins and other accommodations for their efforts.
“It was a proud time for each of them and their families,” Spieker said.
The grand finale of the evening was the announcement of top sellers in the Boy Scout popcorn fundraiser. Those who sold $600 or more were given the opportunity to throw a whipped cream pie in the face of one of the leaders. Den leader Karen Krum was a good sport, as seven boys lined up with their full pans of whipped cream.
This year’s banquet theme was super heroes.
“We selected this theme to align with this year’s theme for Akelaland Camp,” den leader Shawn Regits said. “Akelaland (in Kunkletown) is a resident camp that Scouts in our region attend over the summer.”
Regits said the Blue and Gold Banquet is one of the largest pack events of the year.
Cubmaster Shaun F. Dunn agreed.
“As any good Cub Scout leader will tell you, it is all about the boys,” he said. “And the event is a chance to celebrate, recognize and showcase the boys’ accomplishments.”