Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Luau Blue & Gold Banquet

This year the Banquet responsibilities were assigned according to what could pass off rank requirements or electives:

A12f  Make a poster for a Cub Scout project or a pack meeting
E9a    Help with a party: Planning the party, scenery, decorate/setup the room, serve the food, and clean up.

BEAR: (details below)
9a,b,c Make cookies, snack, and a dinner side dish
15b,c  Play two organized games with your den and select a game that your den has never played. Explain the rules. Tell them how to play it, and then play it with them.
18d  Write an invitation to someone
24d   Tell two people they have done a good job (make a thank you note)

Craftsman - to make 4 useful things (non-wood) each out of different material: Centerpieces for the tables (*volcano centerpiece, *tiki hut centerpiece, *big feather palm tree centerpiece, *paper palm tree centerpiece, *totems by decorating cereal and oatmeal boxes with faces, *coconut boats by halving coconuts and make a sail by gluing a construction paper triangle to a bamboo skewer, *turn a pineapple into a candle holder, palm tree, or flower vase)  and to make paper leis that they can place around the necks as people arrive with an "aloha"... in other words our greeters.

As a SKIT: All cubs will perform the Haka. (Can be found under the "Songs" tag.)

BEARS, Continuted from above:

I was looking for an invitation for Polynesia that looked masculine for the boys to make.  What I came up with was a Tiki Totem (made with an empty toilet paper roll).

1. I drew out the size rectangle on a piece of paper that would be needed to wrap around an empty t.p. roll, 5 1/2 inches by about 4 1/4 inches.  Two fit on one 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Then I searched Tiki Totem patterns.  Once I found a pattern I liked, I clicked on the picture to make it big on my screen, then I traced it onto typing paper inside the designated rectangle and filled in the pattern to the ends of the rectangle.

2. I traced over my lines with a black sharpie to make the lines crisp and easily seen.  Then I photocopied onto tan paper, since the totems were made out of wood.  When the boys cut out the rectangles, they left a 1/2 inch to the side so that they could overlap the paper when they wrapped it around the t.p. roll to glue it.

3.  I made a 1 1/2 inch slit in the mouths for the tongue.  I typed all the invitation information onto paper to fit within the 1 1/2 inch wide tongue, and printed it on pink paper.  The boys glued the tongue into the mouth before wrapping the rectangle around the t.p. roll.

For the activities:

Surfing: a surf board with a dad on each end to hold while boys attempt "surfing" with dads moving the surf board around... mattress underneath of course.

Tititorea: Click Maori stick game and Tititoria (the game starts at 0:37) to watch - a rhythm game challenge with a partner from New Zealand. To keep the sticks light-ish, we will use lenths of PVC pipe.

'Ulumaika: Similar to bowling, this game (pictured above) used to be played with slices of green breadfruit called ulu or round disc rocks rolled between wooden stakes outdoors in the grass, but it can be played indoors by rolling a tennis ball between two 2-liter soda bottles full of water.

Limbo: We just happen to have 6-ft bamboo sticks at our house, so I'll use them, but you could use a length of wide ribbon or a broomstick or PVC pipe.

Your Hawaiian Name:  The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters: five vowels (long and short: A, E, I, O, U) and eight consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W, and one being a glottal stop shown as ' (called 'okina in Hawaiian).  All Hawaiian word end with a vowel.  Write your first name as close as you can with only these letters and ending with a vowel, then wear it on your name tag.

CookiesPolynesian Cookies  (one recipe suggested the nuts are optional)
 OR         Crispy Coconut-Oatmeal Cookies
SnacksPolynesian Snack Mix
 OR        Tiki Snack Mix
Side DishesHawaiian Baked Beans
 OR        Pineapple Fried Rice with Ham

CUBMASTER:   I will give each boy receiving any award a lei with the awards attached and say "Ho'omaika'i", which is "Congratulations" in Hawaiian. I'll have the mother's pin on a lei also, and have the boys put the lei on their mom.  Click Polynesian Cub Scout Rank Advancement Ceremonies for the ceremonies I actually plan on carrying out. Here are some more Hawaiian words if you'd like to find ways in your ceremonies or evening to use them.  This is My Aloha Ceremonies that I am actually going to use tonight at our Blue & Gold, if you want a peak and it can help you in some way.
     For ceremonial decorations:  I will use cardboard tubes from the middle of new carpet rolls (from Home Depot, Lowes, and Ogden Carpet or any carpet company) to make the posts for a hut, and I'll make big palm or banana leaves out of green butcher paper (or maybe I'll get light tan and cut it in strips for a grass hut) for the lean-to-type one-slant roof. [I ended up renting two green grass table skirts from Royal R Rentals in Lehi for $1 each, folded them, and laid them and taped them across the roofing, which was a cardboard frame and plastic covering.] Of course, the leaves or grass will need to have plastic or a frame structure for it to be tacked to. It's still a thought in process. I have a plastic bamboo-print table cloth.  I will put this on the ground, covering a folded blanket used for padding, and have the cub scouts kneel on it.


  1. I love your ideas! We are doing a Luau this year for our Blue and Gold. Thanks for posting.

  2. Heart throbbing photographs! This event sounds so fun. Well, I am also going to be a part of a local event at one of best party Chicago venues. My other friends will also come over there. I am getting so excited to attend this event with my friends!