Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: help with b&g
help with b&g
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 08:02:22 -0600
Toni Sabatini asked for help with b & g.
Being the CM, I have never been an official member of the B&G committee.
But having the pack meeting as part of the banquet, I have had a vested
interest in how the evening ran. Our pack of 80-100 boys typically ends up
with 300+ at B&G. We used to have serving lines with some food mass baked
by parents and some catered. This was not only more expensive, but also a
lot to ask of a few willing parents and took at least 20-25 minutes to get
everyone through the line. A couple years ago each den began providing its
own food. Some had pizza brought in, while others potlucked it. The only
thing the pack really provided was the drinks. Everybody now fills their
plates at the same time and are through filling plates within about 10
Some ideas while people finish eating: have a school group perform, do
leader recognition, have skits, do a CM minute, or even FOS. We have
everyone bring their pinewood derby cars to B&G for a paint and design
contest, so the winners could be announced before everyone is done eating.
You can always begin working into the main awards part of the pack meeting.
Just about anything that does not involve a lot of people getting up front
while people finish eating would be good.
If you do the serving line thing, you can always ask those who are done to
begin throwing away their trash so clean up at the end isn't so lengthy.
You could even have those boys who are done first bus(s?) the tables. If
there is any concern about people wandering throughout the facility, have
some of the older boys be door monitors so that no child leaves the room
without an adult with them.
Best of luck. Your pack should be very thankful you are taking this
responsibility for them.
Pack 15 CM