Help some hard-working Boy Scouts fulfill their goals by eating pancakes at Applebee’s on Saturday morning.
Boy Scout Troop 309 is holding a pancake breakfast this Saturday, May 16, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5 per person and all the proceeds will go toward helping troop members with their activities.
Nathan Bailey, 14, says he and four other scouts want to go to Philmont Scout Ranch, a Boy Scouts of America premier high adventure base that challenges Scouts and Venturers, which is a co-ed group, with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness.
“We are trying to raise money to go,” said Bailey. “We want to go to Philmont. This will probably be the one and only time any of us will get to go. I’ve been told it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip and that it changes you. I would like to have the chance to go.”
Per person, the cost is $870 and does not include airfare. The Philmont trip will have seven individuals going, five scouts and two chaperones. The trip is scheduled for July 2016.
While the ranch offers different experiences, the boys want to go on the 12-day package that includes backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs that promise to be high-adventure based and push the scouts’ endurance to the limit. Scouts are encouraged to train for the trip.
Bailey says they are training for the trip, while attempting to raise money.
“We are training for this,” he said. “We hope we get to go.”
More than 1 million Scouts, Venturers, and leaders have experienced the adventure of Philmont since the first camping season in 1939.
Proceeds from the pancake breakfast will also be used to send some members of Boy Scout Troop 309 to attend summer camp at the Boxwell Scout Reservation in Nashville, another activity of the troop. Boxwell costs $225-$275 per scout.
If you do not want to attend the pancake breakfast but you would like to make a donation for the Philmont trip, please contact Christie Bailey at 743-4825 or Melonie Turner at 273-2616.