Star Wars Blue and Gold Banquet Idea
Preparing for a Star Wars Blue and Gold Banquet
Some cub scout packs fall into the trap of having a staid, unexciting Blue and Gold Banquet. Adding a theme to the Blue and Gold dinner and Webelos crossing-over event is exciting for the children and also helps them understand the Scout Law and Scout Oath in a way they can understand. Training as young Jedi allows cub scouts to engage their imaginations to defy the Dark Side and use the Scout Force!
This banquet theme takes approximately 2 hours to complete. The actual time will vary depending on the number of cubs in your pack. The Jedi Training requires the most time as each boy individually engages with a character from the Dark Side. The general timeline for this banquet theme is as follows:
Opening Skit and Instructions
Pre-printed card stock
Arrow of Light Ceremony
Blue, white, yellow and green light sabers
Light sabers for the scouts and an adult to play a character from the Dark Side
Death Star and fishing line.
Dinner and Socializing
Food for the banquet
Crossing Over to Boy Scouts
Before the banquet, be sure to do the following:
- Mark an X on the floor for each scout, using masking tape. This provides a spot for each boy during Jedi Training.
- Tie fishing line to the Death Star and have it sit on a table. An adult will pull on the string when the Cub Scouts use the Force, so it looks like they are lifting it with their minds. This occurs just before the crossing over ceremony.
- Prepare the Star Wars skit cardstock (instructions below).
- Make light sabers out of pool noodles or purchase inexpensive inflatable light sabers.
The following additional items are also recommended:
- Character from the Dark Side (an adult volunteer in a mask).
- Fog machine (optional).
- Yoda (an adult volunteer).
- Jedi Master (Cub Master)
While our pack used parent volunteers to act as Yoda, the Jedi Master, and Darth Maul (our Dark Side character), it is also possible to contact a volunteer organization to provide characters. The 501st Legion, a volunteer organization to promote interest in Star Wars and to contribute to the community in a positive way, will provide characters in costume to scouting events free of charge. If the 501st Legion is used, light saber combat will not be permitted. Substitute an alternate activity for this portion of the program if using this organization.
Flag Ceremony and Instructions
said by the entire audience. This portion of the program is not themed.
Once the flag ceremony is complete, have the scouts sit according to their den levels. Tell the children they are young Padawans learning to use the Cub Scout Force. As light sabers will be handed out during the program, be sure to tell the scouts they will return to their parents and lose their light saber if they do not follow the rules. To help the kids understand the rules, use the following repeat-after-me statement:
Scout leader: "I will follow the rules that I now know."
Scouts: “I will follow the rules that I now know.”
Scout leader: "Or back to my parents I will go."
Scouts: “Or back to my parents I will go.”
Star Wars Scout Skit
For the opening skit that sets the theme, eight large pieces of card stock will be required. Print a letter from the words STAR WARS on each sheet of paper. On the back of each sheet, print the words each scout should say (see script below). Eight volunteers will be required. Hand each scout a Star Wars letter and have them stand facing the audience. Each scout will stand and read from his letter in a loud voice:
S is for Strong. A scout is brave and fit!
T is for Trustworthy. You can trust a scout!
A is for Attitude. A scout is cheerful!
R is for Respect. We respect ourselves and others
W is for Working Together. Scouts are helpful!
A is for Aware. A scout is observant and prepared!
R is for Responsibility. We make wise choices!
S is for Scout. We like to explore!
Arrow of Light Award Presentation
Prior to the meeting, place an X on the floor with masking tape for each boy in your pack. When the Star Wars skit has ended, instruct each of the boys to sit on an X. Call the Arrow of Light scouts forward and turn the fog machine on. Print scripted lines on paper for the adult volunteers to read.
Yoda: “Come, it has, the time to test these young Jedi. Cub scouts they are not. Boy scouts they will be.”
“[States name of each graduating cub scout] – are you Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent?”
Arrow of Light Scouts: “We are.”
Jedi Master: “Are you ready to cross over the bridge to become boy scouts?”
Arrow of Light Scouts: “We are.“
Jedi Master: “I present you with this arrow of light patch, the final award in cub scouting. Present each boy with the arrow of light patch.“
Parents with blue, white, yellow, and green light sabers approach the boys:
Parent 1: Knights each boy with the blue light saber:
“Blue represents the spirit of Cub Scouting, the spirit of giving goodwill and doing your best.”
Parent 2: knights each boy with a white light saber.
“White represents the Scout Law. You will be forever Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”
Parent 3: Knights each boy with a yellow light saber.
“Yellow represents the Arrow of Light. Its shaft is straight and narrow, as is the path that scouts should follow throughout their life.
Parent 4: Holds Green Light Saber, but does not knight the boys with it. Holds it up and shows the boys.
“You are not ready to be knighted with this one yet. Green represents boy scouting and the adventures that are to come.”
Ensure there is time for the boys to hand over their new patches to their parents before returning to their X on the floor.
Cub Scouts Defeat the Dark Side
Cub Scout Jedi Training
Have the Dark Side character burst into the room! Yoda will announce his entrance and tell the boys:
Yoda: “Before crossing over, display your use of the scouting force you must. “
Have boys come up according to den and hand out the inflatable or pool-noodle light sabers. The Jedi Master will tell the boys to practice the following moves: “Jump. Duck. Strike up. Strike down.” It is important the boys only practice these moves, as these are the moves that will defeat the Dark Side. By keeping the moves limited to four per boy, this also helps quickly move the Jedi Training along to keep within time limits.
Have several adults ready to help the boys with light sabers as they are invited one-by-one to fight the Dark Side character. After each scout battles Dark Side with the four moves, they will return to their X on the floor. If any scout begins to use their light saber inappropriately, it is important to immediately take the saber away and have the child sit with his or her parents. The character from the Dark Side will move to stand in front of the crossing-over bridge at this point in time.
Use the Force on the Death Star
This is the Death Star we used for our demonstration of the Cub Scout Force. Tie fishing line around the valve and have an adult stand in the back of the room. When the cub scouts use the Force, have the adult raise the Death Star into the air. It appears it is floating in mid air!
Crossing Over Ceremony
After each scout has battled the Dark Side and is sitting on the floor, use the cub scout sign and ensure silence.
Jedi Master: “You are strong with the force! The Dark Side has moved in front of the bridge to keep our Arrow of Light cubs from crossing over! We must move him using the Cub Scout Force! First we must practice by lifting this death star. “
The death star will be tied with the fishing line and an adult will surreptitiously lift it into the air once the boys “use the force.”
Jedi Master: “now we must use the force to move the Dark Side away from the bridge! We will need all of the cub scouts for this!“
Have all of the scouts in the room use the force, causing the Dark Side character to fall away from the bridge.
Jedi Master: “We have defeated the Dark Side of the Force!” The scout force is strong with all of you! “
Have the cub scouts line up with their light sabers. They will cross the light sabers to form an arch for the Arrow of Light recipients to cross under, one at a time. Then they will walk over the bridge and join their new Boy Scout troop.
Upon concluding this part of the program, have the boys eat dinner and socialize. Our pack hired a DJ to play music for the boys during the program and had a dance party after dinner.