Flapjack Frenzy: Scouts offer pancake breakfast during Elburn Days

By on August 9, 2014

ELBURN—Elburn Eagle Scout Jacob Sheehan and Boy Scout Jake Grisch will be working at the Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on the Saturday of Elburn Days, Aug.16, from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

This year’s Elburn Days event will take place at the American Legion, 112 N. Main St. in Elburn. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the door or from any Troop 7 Boy Scout. Kids ages 4 and under eat free.

Sheehan invites the public to come to the breakfast, which he describes as a really good deal, with pancakes, sausage links from Ream’s Elburn Market, juice and coffee.

“They make some darn good pancakes,” he said.

The pancake breakfast is Troop 7’s primary fundraiser, with all proceeds helping to provide opportunities for local Scouts to attend camp and participate in other activities throughout the year.

Grisch, who will soon enter sixth grade at Kaneland Harter Middle School, recently returned from summer camp in Napowan, Wis., where he earned badges in swimming and rifle shooting and safety, and worked on a badge in archery.

Grisch said the six-day camp experience teaches Scouts to take more responsibility for themselves. He’s not sure what task he will be given during the breakfast, but he stands ready to help in any way he is needed.

“This will be my first (pancake breakfast),” Grisch said

Sheehan, who at 18 is a senior at Kaneland High School, has been a Scout since he joined the Cub Scouts in first grade. He is considered a leader in the troop, and said that much of Boy Scouts is really run by the boys.

He said he has had a lot of opportunities for leadership in the Scouts, and his experiences have helped him to gain confidence in speaking in front of groups, as well. The friendships he has made are also a major part of his Scouting experience, and he also has found that having his Eagle Scout experience on applications for schools has been a big plus for him.

Elburn Troop 7 is a very active troop, with monthly camp-outs through the year. Sheehan, along with other older Scouts, has participated in a number of week-long, high-adventure treks to places such as the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, where they spent two weeks backpacking, and the Quetico Boundary Waters along the Minnesota and Canadian border, where their time is spent in canoes.

Kent Roethemeier, Troop 7 parent and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Coordinator, who organizes the breakfast, said the past year’s activities also included rock climbing, biking, hiking and swimming. STEM outings, such as the August Airfest in Joliet, give the boys an opportunity to learn about aviation and weather.

The troop participates in a number of local community service projects, for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Elburn American Legion, St. Gall’s Church, Marklund, the village of Wasco, the Elburn & Countryside Fire Department, as well as roadside clean-up along Hughes Road.

Elburn Troop 7 was established in 1924 and is celebrating 90 years of continuous service to the Elburn community. Roethemeier said the troop would like to invite any boy who might be interested in joining Boy Scouts to attend the Monday, Aug.11, meeting at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.

The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m.