The Duncan Banner

February 14, 2013

Plating pancakes builds leaders

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Pancakes could shape the future for a group of area boys.

During the 6 1/2 hours of last year’s pancake day for Boy Scout Troop 417, the scouts served more than 1,100 people.

This year’s feast takes place 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. The pancake breakfast is the main fundraiser for the troop and helps the scouts by providing them with funds for scholarships, camping supplies and to cover annual expenses for the troop.

“The scouts have been selling tickets,” Barbara Braught, mother of scout Grant Braught, said. “They earn commission off the tickets they sell. That money goes into a fund for them.”

The Boy Scout organization isn’t just about teaching youths have to fend for themselves and to live through God. The organization also provides service to the community.

Troop 417 scouts have been involved in various community projects, including helping the Duncan High School Band Boosters with the long running annual Dehydrator bike race. The scouts have also had a booth at Fiesta in Fuqua and have helped with flag retiring ceremonies.

“Part of their advancement in rank is getting all these service projects,” Braught said.

Last year, one of the troop’s scouts became an Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank in the organization. While that scout has since moved, there are three scouts who are just a level below in the Life Rank.

“We had nine other scouts advance in ranks last year,” Braught said.

She said fundraisers, such as the pancake feast and popcorn sales, help scouts move through the ranks by teaching them to be better leaders in the troop and the community.

In all, there are about 20 active scouts in the troop. Those attending to support the scouts and enjoy good pancakes this Saturday can meet the young men who will be serving breakfast, busing tables and cleaning plates during the feast.