Responsibility and leadership and duty to others are some of the lessons that the Boy and Cub Scouts of Troop 434 stand for. The Scouts are putting these lessons into practice as they work on different service projects.
Boy Scout Troop 434 are working on preparations for their annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday.
“The event will be from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m., giving everyone enough time to eat and attend the Christmas parade,” Eric Davis, Boy Scout Assistant Scout Master, said.
The pancake breakfast will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 704 W. Ash Ave. Tickets can be purchased in advanced from the Boy Scout Troop members for $5 and day of the fundraiser for $6. Eggs will be available for an extra $1.
“They started preparing for this the day after last year’s breakfast was finished,” Davis said. “The chairmen and the committee meet to start organizing that day.”
The expected attendance for the pancake breakfast is estimated to be about 1,500 to 1,600 people, based on previous numbers from the last couple of years.
Each Boy Scout will earn a certain percentage of the presale tickets they sell put into their scout account; helping them pay for camping equipment, summer camp fees and other costs. The rest of the money raised will go to the Troop, to help purchase awards and other equipment and to help out some Scouts afford summer camp.
“This event shows off what the boys are learning in Scouts,” Trent Cronk, Cub Scout committee chairman, said. “They gain confidence from planning the event, organizing the work schedule and approaching businesses for donations.”
While adults of the Troop advise and guide them along with cooking the pancakes, the rest of the responsibility falls upon the boys to earn their way.
“The boys wash dishes, wait on tables and work the food line,” Davis said. “They are learning responsibility and leadership, this event wouldn’t happen with out them.”
Cub Scout Pack 434 will be starting on Scouting For Food today. The Cubs will be traveling through the neighborhoods of Duncan, going door to door, placing plastic bags on their door handles. The bags will be used to accept non-perishable food donations from these houses.
The Troop will travel back through the neighborhoods, picking up the donations left on door steps per the instructions on the bag, around Dec. 2. The Cubs then reunite on the morning of the Pancake Breakfast to eat and pull all their donations.
“This is time for the kids to learn about giving back to the community,” Reggie Pennypacker, Cub Master, said. “This teaches the Scouts about the fundamentals of scouting, our nature of giving back to others.”
The food donated will be given to Christian Concerned. Donations for Scouting for Food will also be brought to the Pancake Breakfast.
— Joshua Kellogg is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 142, or via e-mail at email@example.com.