2017 Blue and Gold Banquet

Date: Friday, February 10, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Lake Washington United Methodist Church, 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA (map)
Room: Fellowship Hall

*The Blue and Gold Dinner is in place of our monthly pack meeting!  Please note date and location are different than usual. http://www.lwumc.com/be/find-us/

The Blue & Gold Dinner celebrates the birthday of scouting and gives us an opportunity to give back to this wonderful organization.  Please mark your calendars for our annual Blue and Gold Dinner!  We will enjoy a meal provided by our very own Saffron Hodgson and served by the Webelos 1 den and then we will celebrate the Crossover Ceremony of our Webelo 2 scouts as they move on to become Boy Scouts!  This is a very meaningful night, recognizing the hard work of our Webelos 2 scouts and their leaders.  Please make every effort to attend!

Please Sign Up here! Cost is $5 per person payable at the door.

The Blue and Gold Event is a fundraiser for Friends of Scouting. The suggested donation is $50 per family which goes to Scouting at the district and national level. For more information, please read the details below.

Friends of Scouting (Annual BSA Fundraiser):  Each Pack is required to participate in this worthwhile fundraiser that allows the Boy Scouts of America to keep running and provides our boys with such an excellent program.  The district sets a fundraising goal for us and we do our best to meet it each year.  Matching donations from Microsoft have helped us a great deal in the past, so please consider this option if you work for Microsoft or another employer who matches fundraising dollars.  Read on for more details:

At the Blue & Gold Dinner, we will be presenting BSA’s annual “Friends of Scouting” campaign.  This is the annual fundraiser for Boy Scouts.  Unlike the Wreath fundraiser that provides money to support our Pack activities, money collected from the “Friends of Scouting”  campaign goes directly to the Seattle Council of BSA and provides the money necessary for the council to maintain Camps Edwards, Parsons, Pigott and Sheppard; provides liability insurance for all registered youth and leaders; provides full-time executive staff and office support; provides training; offers council and district activities such as camporees, day camps and recognition dinners; and many other ‘behind the scenes’ programs and expenses.

Each Troop and Pack in the Council is asked to raise funds toward the Friends of Scouting campaign to support these important programs.   The council estimates that the cost of sustaining one youth in the Chief Seattle Council is $124 per year, and they would appreciate a $50 donation from each family.  However any amount that you are able to donate is greatly appreciated.  Every contribution, both big and small, makes a difference!

Please take some time to consider the benefits scouting offers your boy(s) and consider what your family might be able to donate toward our pack’s Friends of Scouting Campaign at the Blue & Gold Dinner on Tuesday, February 17th.  We will be collecting donations that evening – cash, check and major credit cards are accepted.  Any donation that you make is tax deductible since BSA is a 501(c) 3 organization.  Receipts will be immediately available at the meeting.  Also, many companies offer matching donations that would double your contribution.  In the past we have been able to reach our fundraising goal (set for us by the BSA council) and we received our pinewood derby cars for free as a reward.