Most years, February is filled with the winter blues. People get tired of being snow bound. The joy of the Christmas season is long gone and the thrill of summer has yet to arrive.
However each February brings a celebration for a select group of people, Cub Scouts. February marks the anniversary month of the birth of the Boy Scouts of America, which was formed on Feb. 8, 1910, and to celebrate this each February the Cub Scouts gather for a Blue and Gold Banquet. Cub Scout Pack 417, chartered to the First United Methodist Church in Park Hills, recently held its annual Blue and Gold Banquet and it was attended by close to seventy-five Cub Scouts, parents, Adult Leaders, and honored guests.
After several years of father/cub scout dinners and family style pot luck dinners, in 1943, the term Blue and Gold Banquet first appeared in literature distributed by the Boy Scouts of America and since then the term has become synonymous with celebrating the birth of Scouting in the United States. A time to celebrate the efforts of adult leaders and to inspire parents and Cub Scouts alike, the Blue and Gold Banquet is filled with fun, food, and friendship.
This year, members of each Den within the Cub Scout Pack were awarded their badges of rank. Members of the Tiger Den recognized included Kobe Barton, Tanden Burns, Joshua Camden, and Jason ‘Brock’ Thomas. Members of the Wolf Den recognized were Bobby Hambrick, Robert Shawn Hulsey, Austin Northcutt, Ethan Wells, and Caleb Williford. The sole member of the Bear Den, Jonathan Camden, was also presented with his new rank that night. The only member of the Webelos Den, Kwinton Burnett, received two additional activity pins; engineer and sportsman, along with a Compass Point Emblem and Compass Point. The members of Cub Scout Pack 417 were also presented with patches for their participation in parades, food drives, and Scout Sunday services at First United Methodist Church.
Two adult leaders, Amy Bretz and Natasha Moore Hulsey, were also recognized and given special ‘Silver Bullet’ awards for their dedication and hard work. Cub Scout Pack 417 was also recognized for their 100% Boys’ Life participation, Scouting for Food participation, and Friends of Scouting participation.