Scouts serve up 35th annual breakfast

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2003

The pancakes were hot, the sausage was steaming, the fruit was fresh and the Boy Scouts were busy during the annual Mother's Day breakfast Sunday at the Kenai Elks Lodge.

The scouts have a long tradition of providing service to the community, and this year's breakfast marked the 35th anniversary of their Mother's Day event.

"It can get pretty busy," said Dan Castimore, scoutmaster for Troop 357. "In years past, we've had as many as 1,400 people in a day."

Castimore watched over several scouts as they waited tables, served the food, cleaned up when people were through and reset the tables for the next round of hungry customers.

"The kids work hard and they learn a lot," Castimore said.

The scouts didn't mind all the hard work, though.

"It's a lot of fun," said Gabriel Strickland. "It's nice to give back to the community that gives to us."

Proceeds from the breakfast go toward funding Boy Scout summer camp programs.

Strickland had plenty to say about his arrow of light badge, a highly prestigious honor. He also mentioned how his dad was an Eagle Scout and said he hoped to be one day, too.

But Strickland knew the day was about moms, and that was one of the most important reasons he worked so diligently.

"My favorite part of the day will be when my mom shows up and I get to serve her," he said.

Dillon Smith also was enjoying serving the community.

"I like it, but it can get tiring," Smith said. "It keeps going back and forth between really busy and really slow."

Smith only had one complaint about the day: not being able to do more work.

"It's really boring after they are done eating and they just sit around and talk," he said.

Smith said although this was only his first time participating in the breakfast, he hoped to do it again next year.

Smith's mother, Michele Dozier, was one of the people he waited on. She said she enjoyed the hearty breakfast, hot coffee and complimentary carnation all the mother's received, but said she also enjoyed seeing her son get so much out of it.

"I think the breakfast is a good thing. Dillon's learning a lot about responsibility, memory and communication."

Joanne Phillips attended the breakfast with her husband and said the service was great.

"The kids are doing a good job," she said.

"It's nice to see," added her husband, Bill. "And it saved dad from having to cook."

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