After needing to reschedule a handful of times, we finally pulled off our Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet last week. Hurrah! The dens made flags to display, and my husband whipped up some little stands for them. In future pack meetings, we plan to have the boys sit with their dens with the flags designating the Wolf, Bear, and Webelos dens.
I had donated fabric to cut up and give each den leader, plus a bit of purchased craft felt. I think they turned out so cute, and were really, really inexpensive.
I’ve decided I need a designated photographer, because I just end up running around all night. I tried hard to get a few shots taken before the event started, but this is how great I did, I lopped off the top of our super cute wooden campfires!
Augh! They were so cute! I hemmed squares of navy and white gingham for the center of each table. We just had vinyl tablecloths provided by the church. Big huge thanks to Tracy for helping me glue everything together and paint the marshmallows late Wednesday night.
I also used the gingham to make some buntings. I was shocked at how expensive gingham was in local shops, so I ordered yardage online from Warehouse Fabrics. The bunting triangles are sewed to bias tape I ordered from Create for Less for easy hanging.
The star of the whole show was the dessert table. My friend Missy is a talented cake maker and just look what she made for us!
Someone else took a photo of the inside of the cake, but it was checkered with yellow and blue squares! I have no idea how she did it, it was so beautiful! Check out Missy’s Cake Studio on Facebook and Blogspot.
Here’s a close up of that adorable cake (the boys fought over who got to sample the boy in the tent, I think the scout whose birthday it was ended up getting it):
Here’s a shot my husband got of the whole room, with me up there having my monthly panic attack with the microphone.
I don’t have a good picture of what I did for the awards. I printed off these cute campfires on cardstock. Leaders helped me cut out the circles, then we simply pinned the badges and stapled any patches right to the circle. They were cute!
I’m missing another photo — for our gathering activity, I had a jar full of skittles and slips of paper for everyone to make a guess at how many were in there. My oldest son, J. helped me count them out and determine the winner. The winner, of course, received the jar of skittles as a prize.
Our other activities included a sleeping bag sack race, wherein I had several heart attacks; I was so afraid the boys were going to slip and fall on their faces. Nobody needs broken teeth at a Cub Scout event! But everyone did fine. I hope Paula’s sleeping bags went home unscathed:
I need to bake Paula a pie, she and Rachelle handled all the games, which is always quite a feat. Here’s Paula demonstrating our fisherman’s relay race:
And here she is trying out our new Pack Megaphone:
The relay race was pretty hilarious. Leaders ended up carrying / helping the boys quite a lot. It’s hard to run in giant hiking boots!
For the food, we provided hot dogs, buns, and condiments (I cooked the hot dogs in a crockpot! It worked really well; I’m told they tasted like Truck Stop hot dogs that are cooked on those rollers? Much better than boiled, and easier to cook a huge amount for a crowd. I got the idea from Stephanie.) Dens had food assignments so parents brought side dishes and chips. We were a little short on things like green salads, and heavy on potato chips, but I think that made the kids pretty happy, and we were well within our paltry budget, yay!
All in all, it was a fun night. The set up and take down wasn’t too bad, and I think it was a nice departure from the birthday theme we’ve done in the past. Hugs and ponies and rainbows to my wonderful leaders who pitched in and brought piles of decorations and camping gear for our theme! Oh, and my daughter for donating her pinecone collection! I couldn’t have done it without them.