BSA Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 8 Dec 1994 23:06:37 -0500
If you like a little light-hearted show-biz, games and a good feed, here's
a thought - bear with me for a bit.
This idea calls for a partial pot-luck and partially catered meal. Each
family is asked to bring a salad or favorite desert. Pack announces that
it will provide beverages and a surprise main course. During the set-up
let it leak that you could only afford hot dogs and buns - lean year. Show
a few bags of buns or even cook a few up in view for effect. Not what
anyone had in mind - yetch. Stay with me though.
Arrange the room so that there is a very long serving table and see that
things are laid out so that center of the tables stay empty (important!).
You'll need at least one foot of continous open space down the length of
the table. It'll cause curiosity and that's good. Its also important
that one end of this long table be within six feet of a kitchen or side
door for the next step.
Once everyone is seated and opening formalities, etc. are completed
announce that the den leaders have a skit. . . the enlarging machine. .
most old-timers will think they know how it goes. Boo. Hiss.
Do the standard stuff. Introduce the great Scout enlarging machine. Den
Leaders frame the space between the table and the door with a decorated
sheet and make appropriate whirrs and other noises. Roll in a marble -
out pops a soccer ball. Toss in a match box size car and out pops a radio
controlled car or tonka toy. Do a few of these gimics. (While attention
is distracted place a few supports on the table like the things you use to
hold a PC in a tower position. Make sure they're lined up). This done
and the gimics done. Grab one of the aforementioned hotdogs wrapped in
foil. Open it and make sure its overcooked to death with burned buns.
Throw the whole thing by accident into the machine.
Out pops guess what? About 20 feet of submarine sandwich (you can take
six foot subs and cut diagonally into individual slices, removing butt
ends and joining into a longer one) all supported on top of a piece of
aluminum or plastic guttering. The guttering (with judicious help is able
to slide down the table until the entire production is visible). Instant
main course arriving by a bit of surprise. You may want the gutter to be
lined with plastic wrap and the sandwich tilted up for effect.
After all have been served, the remenants of the sandwich and plastic wrap
are removed while the boys get busy on deserts. Fill the gutter and now
you're ready for instant raingutter regatta. Of course you will have
planned to have each den make various decorations that turn out to be
small craft ready for sailing - they just didn't know why they were making
them or for when.
Hand out various awards after whatever contests you like and move on to
Warning - this takes planning and staging! And because the banquet is for
the Scouts, I think a few parents could help out here and there slipping
quietly to the right places at the right time. Planning.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F Bowman
Used to be a Beaver, National Capital Area Council, B.S.A.
mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG after 12/13/94)
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