The force is strong with this Star Wars-themed blue and gold

Star-Wars-blue-and-gold-dessertsPrincess Leia (real identity: Cubmaster Nancy Burke) addresses the crowd at the Pack 19 Blue and Gold Banquet.

Star Wars and Scouting are a perfect combination,” Leia/Burke says. “Both Jedis and Cub Scouts share similar values. They each follow a code of honor and oath, try to live in peace and harmony with their environment, and take their stewardship to conservation, citizenship and their communities seriously.”

Impressively detailed costumes, a Star Wars dessert-making contest and “the Scouting Force” combined to make this Star Wars-themed blue and gold an out-of-this-world event.

Scouting magazine has written about Star Wars-themed blue and golds before. But seeing ideas put into action takes this to another level.

Pack 19, of the Dallas-based Circle Ten Council, teamed up with the Star Garrison of the 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars fan club that contributes to the local community through volunteer appearances to celebrate the galaxy’s favorite sci-fi universe.

So Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, a Biker Scout, an Imperial Gunner, a member of the Royal Guard and other fan favorites were on hand to honor the Cub Scouts as they advanced to the next rank of Scouting.

“It was glorious to see the amazement on the faces of our Scouts when they saw these Star Wars characters in real life,’ said Denise Brame, the pack’s advancement chairwoman. “It was especially fun to watch them learn lightsaber dueling techniques from Darth Vader.”

The event was made even sweeter by a Star Wars-themed dessert contest. Tiger Mason Perry won with his marshmallow dessert made to look like Princess Leia’s iconic hair buns.

Take a look at some more photos of this blue and gold banquet from a galaxy far, far away.

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Plan your Star Wars blue and gold

I almost forgot the best part. Cubmaster Nancy Burke has agreed to share resources and planning tips with anyone looking to plan their own Star Wars-themed blue and gold.

Just send an email to nancyhburke (at) icloud (dot) com.

Intellectual property note

Update appended June 17 | Some readers have rightfully pointed out that the use of any other person’s copyrighted material requires their advance permission.

In the case of inviting volunteers from the 501st Legion, as was done above, you’re covered.

The 501st Legion includes this info on its site: “The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.”

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  1. Our district is a small town that is a bit of a travel distance to council day camps, so we hold our own each year. This year’s theme was Star Wars, and we even had members of the 501st Legion appear and demonstrate light saber combat.

  2. When my was in Cub Scouts several years ago we used to do an annual summer camp out. It tended to be a one-night overnighter with not much of an agenda (show up, set up camp, pot luck dinner, cold breakfast and go home). It wasn’t well attended, maybe 10 of 35 families would attend. Mainly because there wasn’t a whole lot of leadership to do much more. When I became CC and started actively recruiting more adult leaders, we decided to start doing a two-night event that was at least partially scheduled with activities, and that worked out pretty well. A couple years later we decided to start making them themed and the attendance kept growing. The best year we had was Camp Hook Jedi Academy 2011, with around 100 people attending. Just goes to show that kids love Star Wars. Not that this is anything new, it was true for my generation when I was growing up in the 1980’s.

    We broke the boys up into small groups of padawans. On Friday evening after the families checked in and were assigned to their campsites and got their tents set up, they had a snack and then an activity where they determined their Star Wars name and made nametags they wore the rest of the weekend. Since it was a nice clear night and the timing was right, we also were able to have a short night hike where we could do some stargazing and they were able to watch the ISS cross the sky.

    The next morning after we fed them breakfast, their groups spent the day rotating around between different areas we had set up where each area was another “Jedi skill” they learned (as they hiked around a trail from station to station). There was a craft station where they “authentic Dagobah pencil holders,” a shooting sports station where they threw water balloons at targets of TIE Fighters and Death Stars, a “Kim’s Game” station where we used Star Wars toys, a diplomacy station where they learned a couple camp songs and picked and practiced a skit for the campfire that night, and a couple others that I can’t recall offhand. There was a nice nap period after lunch and after dinner was a span of freetime as well. Then we all gathered together around the Jedi Council’s fire where we had a couple cosplayers (one Jedi, one Vader) come in and have an epic lightsaber battle that started our campfire with the help of a little pyrotechnics and the vanquishing of Vader. We had skits and songs and then the Jedi Masters on the council congratulated the padawans on their hard work.

    Then we had ice cream sandwiches which was nice since it was a 90+ degree weekend!

    Next morning we served them breakfast and they left with a custom patch we had made (link: http://www.campimages.com/4image/details.php?image_id=24538).

    It was one of the best cub camp outs I can recall being a part of!

  3. middletownscouter, that sounds like an awesome event! I will definitely share this article and your idea with our Pack!

  4. Our Pack had a Star Wars themed Blue & Gold as well two years ago. We were also lucky enough to be able to have the great people with the 501st come pay us a surprise visit at it. Our B&G is combined with the Cross-0ver ceremony for the Webelos II den. During the Cross-Over the Padawans (Webelos II) had to demonstrate their ability to live by the Scout Law as well as demonstrate their use of the “Force”. Imagine their surprise when they faced their last task on the fog-filled stage and the Imperial Death March started playing only to have Darth Vader, a couple of Storm Troopers and a Scout Trooper come on-stage for the Padawans to face down evil!!

    As part of this day of excitement, our Pack was able to get about $2000 of Star Wars themed toys donated to the cause of the 501st Legion, which is to bring some happiness to children in local hospitals. This was the first year that we incorporated a charity component into our Blue & Gold. The next year we had several hundred books donated to the Little Library as part of the B&G events.

    Check out the photos of the Star Wars B&G at Pack 104 Erie, PAs facebook page.

  5. Great idea except that Stars Wars, all related characters, etc are intellectual property of Lucasfilm and you need their permission to use any of that in a Scouting event. We sought permission to use some of their intellectual property for a camporee in our district and we’re given an emphatic No. They asserted property rights on the name, all characters, costumes, music, etc. As Scouts we are bound by the Oath and Law to respect their property rights.

    • In the case of the event I blogged about here, the 501st Legion is authorized to use the costumes. This from their website: “The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.”

  6. Pack 7 Sherman, Texas hosted a Star Wars themed Blue & Gold event last year and it was AWESOME! Members of the 501st visited and if you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan you know how cool that was for the kids and the parents! As Cub Master I had been trying to impress on the kiddos at flag pole announcements that a uniform inspection *might* be held in the near future. So when we planned for the B&G event the Cub Scouts were told to either dress in their best Star Wars gear or wear their uniform. They had no idea what was happening, only that the theme was Star Wars. So they came into the event area with their families and sat at the tables decorated with foam lightsabers, Starfighters, character themed treats, etc.

    Then I announced that it was time for that inspection we had talked about. (“I have a bad feeling about this.”) The Scouts came to the front of the room where the Den Leaders lined their dens up ready for the surprise inspection. The Cub Scouts were all smiling, but visibly a little nervous … would they make the cut (of course they would). Then when anticipation was high, with the scouts looking their best and looking sharp… we introduced the guest inspectors… A Jedi Master and TK Sandtrooper from the 501st! WHATTTTT!? The door on the partition opened, fog rolled out, the Star Wars music was cued and the kids had a blast! Each one of the kiddos stood at attention as the 501st members came by to inspect costumes and uniforms.

    As the inspection was taking place the leaders pulled back the partition to expose a photo backdrop area that looked like the Deathstar’s interior paneling and on each side of the photo area were XboxOnes projecting Star Wars Battlefront on opposite walls (theatre size). This created three stations the dens were rotated through so they could play the games as Starfighter pilots, then rotate after several minutes to take their photos and talk to the Star Wars characters. Each Cub Scout was given 1 minute or three turns to play and then pass the controller to the next in line. This kept things moving, excitement level high and produced some fun competition. It was an awesome time and admittedly as a kiddo that watched the original A New Hope I geeked-out just a little bit too J

    The 501st is a great organization. Their gear is screen accurate (sometimes even better) and expensive, this is not a cheap endeavor for them. They donate their time and are very supportive of positive events in communities as well as children’s related charities and services. They will not ask for donations, but be aware that it would be conscientious to make a donation in support of a charity they support in return for their service (such as children’s hospitals). BTW, we are blessed with great leaders and parents in Pack 7 that were very supportive of the idea, planning and carrying out of the plan. Responsibilities were divided so that backdrop, games, tables & decorations, food, 501st contact were all handled by members of the group that brought it all together the night of the event.
    May the Force be with YOU!

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