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December 3, 2012

Flipping pancakes, raising dough

DUNCAN — The Boy Scouts of Troop 4434 started early Saturday to begin serving the community. The line to get pancakes was long, pushing outside the entrance to the building by 9:15 a.m.

The annual pancake breakfast, included pancakes, sausage, bacon and eggs. The events ran from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each of the scouts had responsibilities, from serving the food, to washing dishes or busing tables.

This is the biggest fundraiser the non-profit organization does each year. Despite getting funding from the United Way of Stephens County and a few other fundraising efforts, the money made from the annual pancake breakfast helps with expenses, including purchasing tents and other camping supplies, and helping to fund the scouts’ travel to various camping activities.

“We wouldn’t’ be able to have Boy Scouts without it,” Boy Scout Levi Peck said. “It’s where we get most of the funds for the year.”

Despite having to work throughout the day, the scouts said they enjoy participating in the pancake breakfast. Not only do they get to see having a good time, they get to see people supporting the youth-based program.

Peck said the pancake breakfast is a fun way to raise money.

“(I enjoy) the rush and everything,” he said.

Caleb Cronk, Boy Scout, had similar thoughts.

“It’s fun,” Cronk said. “And it’s nice to raise the money we need.”

He said some of the money helps pay for the High Adrenaline trips some of the older scouts take during the summer. For instance, some of the scouts will serve as a crew on a ship in the Florida Keys.

Cronk said being a member of Boy Scouts is fun, but wouldn’t be as enjoyable if the scouts didn’t have the money for the activities they usually participate in.

“We have High Adrenaline trips in the summer and we have funds in the troop that we need to pay,” he said.

Peck said the Boy Scouts organization has been important in the lives of its members. He said they learn numerous life lessons and various ways to take care of themselves. He said much of what his peers and he have learned will serve them well throughout their lives.

“It teaches us discipline and respect,” Peck said.

But there’s more to the Boy Scouts than just earning merit badges and serving pancakes. Peck and Cronk said one of their favorite parts of Boy Scouts is going camping.

Peck said he has made a lot of friends in the three years he has been a member of Troop 4434. That only adds to his enjoyment of the Boy Scouts, he said.

“We get to go camping and hang out with friends,” Peck said.

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