For the last 48 years on Mother’s Day, the boys of have been serving their moms a pancake breakfast, prepared by their dads, at the . The annual event is not just for scout families and is very popular in the community, according to Geoff Gunn, Scout Master.
For $5, you receive an all-you-can eat breakfast, consisting of pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, bagels, coffee, juice, and milk.
“My husband has been flipping pancakes at this breakfast for the last five years,” said Lori Fitzpatrick, who has two sons in the troop. “It’s great, because I have a lovely brunch with my girlfriends while our husbands do the cooking and our sons serve us. I love coming to this breakfast every year.”
This is the only fundraiser the troop does, other than the national fundraiser of selling popcorn, said Gunn. “My father and a few other scout fathers started this breakfast in 1963 at Malibou Lake, and it’s been here ever since,” he said.
In total, they make somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000 with breakfast ticket sales and raffle ticket sales, said Gunn. “Our wonderful community donates almost everything we use for the breakfast,” he said. “We use the money to buy camping equipment for our troop and for helping support boys who want to participate in scouts but cannot afford it.”
Some of the biggest community sponsors are Malibou Lake Mountain Club, Agoura Equipment Rentals, Albertsons, , Western Bagel, Trader Joe’s, Carl’s Jr., and , according to Gunn.
In addition, , , Wades Wines, and many local day spas, shops, and restaurants donate gift cards or items for gift baskets that are raffled off. Tickets are sold for $2 or $5, depending on the value of the basket. Some of the popular baskets included an exclusive spa package, VIP tickets to Universal Studios, X-Box Games, restaurant gift cards and wine.
According to den mother Julie King, approximately 1300 breakfast tickets were sold at the pre-sale and about 200 tickets were purchased at the door.
kindergarten teacher Sandra Perrin was in attendance at the brunch. “I had all three King boys in my class. They have all graduated out of Yerba Buena, but I come to this breakfast every year. It’s so nice to see so many people from the community and see so many of my former students. I look forward to coming every year.”
“It’s a wonderful community event,” said Gunn. “Once people come they always seem to want to come back.”