The members of Cub Scout Pack 106 will hold their annual Blue & Gold Banquet, Saturday, February 22 at Teed Elementary School in Kuna. The purpose of the event is to thank adult den leaders and committee members, and to honor the scouts for their achievements. One of the highlights of the banquet is the rank advancement ceremony for the boys.
“It’s an exciting part of the banquet, because the boys are rewarded for all the work they have done to advance to the next level in their scouting journey,” says incoming Cubmaster Zach Olds.
Outgoing Cubmaster Brendan Brazee, along with his wife Jen who serves as an assistant den leader and committee member, will also be recognized for their years of service. More than two dozen adults serve as den leaders and on various committees for Pack 106. “Den leaders, assistants, and committee members put in a lot of time that the boys and families don’t see,” says Olds. “The banquet is a great way to say thank you.”
Along with the awards ceremony, the banquet will include both live and silent auctions to benefit Friends of Scouting. Money raised from the auctions will go toward affordable youth camps, special scouting events, and training for pack leaders. Olds says, “It takes a lot to keep the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) in good working order. Donations help alleviate some of the pressure from the pack and parents.”
Cub Scout packs throughout the country hold Blue & Gold Banquets every February to celebrate the anniversary of the Cub Scout program, which began in 1930. Locally, Pack 106 was started in 1980. During the early years, as many as 90 boys were enrolled. Today Pack 106 has 60 members, making it the largest community pack in the Ore-Ida Council, which serves thirteen counties in Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
Through the Cub Scout program, boys in the first through fifth grades learn about their community, family understanding, character development, citizenship, and personal fitness. Pack 106, which is chartered by the Kuna United Methodist Church, welcomes boys from all walks of life in the community. For more information, visit www.pack106.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.