Laurel Bay, S.C. --
The leaders, Scouts and families of Cub Scout Pack 283 held their annual Blue and Gold celebration aboard Laurel Bay, Feb. 7.
The annual Blue and Gold Banquet is held as a "birthday celebration" for the Boy Scouts of America, established in 1910. The event recognizes what Scouting is all about, boys gaining confidence and skills through achieving goals with the help of their leaders and families and the importance of getting involved in their local community. During the event, the scouts were able to enjoy free food and games with their families and scout leaders.
“Just like we celebrate the Marine Corps’ Birthday every year, scouts need to celebrate theirs as well,” said Sgt. Daniel Haberman, a flight equipment technician for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31, and the committee chair for Pack 283. “It’s important for them to know and celebrate the history of Scouting, their accomplishments and the support of their families and friends.”
The colors blue and gold have special significance in Scouting. The blue is a reminder of the sky above and stands for truth, spirituality and steadfast loyalty. The gold stands for sunlight, warmth, good cheer and happiness.
“I think it’s important to celebrate the anniversary of Boy Scouts because it taught me, and many other scouts before me, how to be a better citizen,” said Fernando Sotelo, a nine-year-old cub scout with Pack 283. “I’ve learned how to give back to society, and even got to see how through teamwork and hard work I can make a big difference.”
At the end of the ceremony, scout leaders handed out awards to the scouts and thanked them for their continued hard work that year.
"We are so proud of all of your hard work," said Haberman. "You have all been great examples of everything Cub Scouts stand for. You have all progressed so much and I wish you luck as we continue another year."
Caden Day, a seven-year-old cub scout with Cub Scout Pack 283, recites the Cub Scout Promise during the Blue and Gold Ceremony aboard Laurel Bay, Feb. 7. This promise helps cub scouts develop a sense of spiritual awareness, loyalty, unselfishness, self-discipline, and service to others.