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On the first Sunday in March, Pack 311 celebrates Scouting's anniversary with a "birthday party" called the Blue and Gold Banquet -- a highlight of the year that brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the Pack's anniversary, award the Cub Scouts their badges of rank, thank Pack leaders and other adults who have helped the Pack, and inspire the leaders, Scouts, and parents.

We often like to invite former members and other Scouting or community leaders to take part, and usually have a theme for the evening which gives every Den an opportunity to contribute a presentation.


For the 2015 Pack 311 Blue & Gold Banquet, we celebrated these famous scientists and inventors:

Alexander Graham Bell: An eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator, Bell is credited with inventing the first practical telephone in 1876.

Thomas Edison: Edison developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

Henry Ford: The founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford developed of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Benjamin Franklin: As a scientist, Ben Franklin was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.

Robert H. Goddard: An engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor, Goddard is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully launched on March 16, 1926.

Charles Goodyear: A self-taught chemist and manufacturing engineer, Goodyear developed vulcanized rubber, for which he received patent number 3633 from the United States Patent Office on June 15, 1844

Edwin Hubble: An astronomer who played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy, Hubble is generally regarded as one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century.

Samuel Morse: After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system and most famously, the Morse code.

Jonas Salk: A medical researcher and virologist, Salk discovered and developed the first successful polio vaccine.

Wright Brothers: Aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.