Big turnout for Troop 7 pancake fundraiser

By on February 14, 2014
Photo by Kimberly Anderson

Photo: Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 had a good turnout for its annual pancake breakfast Sunday morning at the Elburn American Legion, in downtown Elburn. AJ Smith, 4, of Oswego went out to breakfast with his grandpa Ray Smith of Elburn at the Legion. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

ELBURN—Despite below-freezing temperatures, the surrounding community poured some of its time and money into the Boy Scout Troop 7 pancake breakfast on Saturday morning at the American Legion in Elburn.

This year, Troop 7 welcomed a great turnout for its winter fundraiser. The Scouts served over 250 people, and 100 percent of the profits will remain with the troop.

“This was a very good turnout for February,” said Troop 7 volunteer Kent Roethemeier. “Last year we didn’t have as many people come out.”

There are several other fundraisers Troop 7 hosts throughout the year, including an August pancake fundraiser on the Saturday of Elburn Days, where the Scouts usually receive a turnout of 400 guests. Troop 7 also helps out other groups with cooking and serving duties for other fundraiser activities.

For example, in June the Boy Scouts will participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life by serving pancakes to the participants.

The Troop 7 Saturday pancake fundraisers, along with its other events, are all in an effort to support the Boy Scouts. The Scouts operate on donations throughout the year to pay for certain things such as the rental fee for their storage unit, deposits at multiple campsites, equipment, utensils for cooking, tent repairs and funding for the boys in Troop 7.

Much of the funds the Scouts raise help pay for the 12 camping trips that they embark on each year. They will travel to Shawnee National Forest in March for a short backpacking trip, where they will learn how to survive in the elements. That smaller trip will prepare them for a week-long survival back packing experience in Philmont, New Mexico, in 2015.

“Our goal when we are out camping is to get the boys outdoors and away from their everyday lives,” Scout Master Matt Linden said. “We want them to experience how to survive in the wilderness. They also learn CPR and first aid. These camping trips give them a break from things like video games.”