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deserve. If the Webelos Scout crossover is a standalone event, for example, you might invite the dance team from your Order of the Arrow lodge to participate. And by holding off on activities such as leader recognition, you avoid sending the message that the Cub Scout year is ending.


Emphasize Efficiency For step three, make sure you don’t waste time during the banquet. That process starts at the beginning: “If you say you’re going to start at 6:30, start at 6:30. That really does help


us keep it on schedule,” Gaidos says. Encourage families to arrive early. Her pack begins a slideshow of the year’s highlights about 15 minutes before the start time. Since everyone wants to see the photos, they’re usually in their seats when the banquet begins. Efficiency continues when the


meal is served. By having multiple serving lines and setting up separate drink and dessert stations, Hebenthal’s pack seats people more quickly. You can also use eating time strategically. One pack in her district, recognizing that boys scarf down their food and


then get antsy, schedules den skits during dinner. Other packs use the last part of dinner for leader recognition. Both Hebenthal and Gaidos rec-


ommend keeping announcements to a minimum, referring families to newsletters and Web sites instead. “Announcements just take too long, and boys don’t care,” Gaidos says. What they do care about is having


a good time. By keeping your banquet simple, making it fun, and watching the clock, you can ensure that your banquet is remembered for something besides its record-breaking length. ¿


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