Members of Houston’s Cub Scout Pack 62 gather last Saturday during the pack’s inaugural Blue & Gold Banquet.

Member of Houston’s Cub Scout pack 62 gathered last Saturday at Houston Elementary School for the pack’s inaugural Blue & Gold Banquet.

The event is a celebration honoring the birthday of the Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8, 1910, and is used for recognizing Cub Scouts for their achievements and efforts along the scouting trail.

Representatives of the City of Houston Fire Department kicked the evening off, surprising the boys by raising the American flag over the school entrance.

During the proceedings, scouts received badges, certificates, and pins for accomplishments in several categories, including community service, Do a Good turn for America, color guard, sports and fitness, citizenship, heritage, and outdoor activities.

The night was also a reunion for former Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, Den Mothers, and Scout Masters living in the community. Texas County associate commissioner John Casey was the guest speaker for the occasion, and with his Den Mother and family in attendance, he was presented with his original Arrow Point award he earned as a Cub Scout in 1961.

At one point, Pack 62 Cub Master Dixie Yingling asked the scouts to take a moment and reflect on how the banquet room was filled with people, impressing on them the fact the all those people were there for them. She asked that each scout commit the night to their memory to give them strength if they should ever find themselves in need of inspiration.

“These are people of your community who care about you, and who care about your future” Yingling said.

Yingling said many people were involved in making the event happen.

“The leaders and Scouts of Pack 62 would like to graciously thank everyone who helped make this banquet possible, and those who came out to support the Cub Scouts and the scouting program here in Houston,” she said.


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