The iconic Boy Scout helping a little old lady across the street portrays the organization’s dedication to service, and Homewood area Scouts were living up to that ideal Saturday at the 61st annual Pancake Breakfast at St. Paul Community Church in Homewood.
The event raised money for Troop 342 and Cub Scout Pack 304, and Scouts from each were hustling to take care of patrons during the big 10 a.m. rush.
Martia Morgan and Ian Wallace were posted at the door, directing patrons to the service line and doing a little promotional work.
“Best pancakes in the universe — probably,” Morgan told new arrivals. And as people left, the two inquired whether they were pleased with the breakfast they received.
Inside, Scouts busily bussed tables while parent volunteers made pancakes as fast as they could.
“Initially it was slow, but now it’s really rolling,” said Margarita Wilson, one of the pancake producers.
Megan Millen, in her fourth year as chair of the event, said the Scouts are so enthusiastic about service that she sometimes had to apply a gentle brake.
Some patrons were having their syrup containers refilled three or four times while they ate, she said.
But that just shows how seriously the Scouts take service, she said, and how hard they will work to earn their way to summer camp, which is the primary use of the money raised at the event.
Millen and Troop 342 Scoutmaster Bill Solorio noted there were Scouts from kindergarten through high school and beyond working the event. Some former Scouts and their families continue to help long after they’ve passed the organization’s age limit.
The event also gets good support from the community, Millen said.
About 1,100 to 1,200 people typically are served at the event, and it appeared the 2015 edition was on pace to match that. Local businesses also provide help with the costs of the event, with 40 businesses and organizations recognized as sponsors on paper placemats.