While the local schools offer multiple opportunities to participate in after-school activities or sports teams, on Mount Hood, the kids a little more outdoorsy in nature find their calling as scouts. For decades, the mountain communities have hosted Boy Scouts of America Troop 173 and Cub Scout Pack 173, which offer educational and recreational opportunities for boys and now, girls as well.
"I got involved so my family could meet other families," said Cub Scout girls' leader Jessica Day. "It's a community thing. It helps to bring together families. This also gives kids another option if they don't want to do sports."
As a scout you can spend time hiking, biking, camping, snowshoeing and participating in many other activities often within the scenic Mt. Hood National Forest.
"There are a lot of people who'd have to go to Sandy or Gresham to participate if we didn't offer a troop here," Day added. "This makes scouting available to those who want it."
However, the scouts often can't do these things without community support. So from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, the scouts will do the cooking for you and offer a pancake breakfast at the Mt. Hood Lions Club, 27430 E. Woodsey Way, Welches.
For one morning, scouts and their parents will flip flapjacks for funds, providing not only hotcakes but eggs to order, meat, coffee, juice and milk.
Breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11. All proceeds help scouts go to camps, purchase needed equipment and more.
"We feel less (pressed with this source of funds)," Day said. "This event is also great because it means seeing the community members I fail to see on a regular basis. This community really shows up for these kinds of events."
Those interested in joining the scouts or who'd like more information on the troop can contact Jessica Day at 503-622-1671 or visit www.cpcbsa.org.
The troops are always welcoming new members, and are particularly in search of more girls to start a complete girls troop. Kids of all ages are encouraged to register.
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