11th Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa Success for Scouts

December 15, 2007 - Posted at 5:02 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Saturday morning Santa made an early stop in Region 8...at the 11th Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.  It was a chance for kids to get their Christmas lists in early to the big man and to help out those who are "always prepared."

A little rainy weather didn't stop Saint Nick from posing for pictures with boys and girls during the 11th Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa.

"This is our 11th annual year so we are starting to get the hang of it, but it takes a lot of preparation. We have a lot of great sponsors of it that help us get things together," said Scout Master Tave Baker.

The event is the primary fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 6...money the boys use on scouting adventures.

"We take the boys on monthly trips. They go backpacking, canoeing, spelunking, rock climbing and repelling and we also go across the country to different scouting jamborees and different high adventure basis," said Baker.

"This program, as far as breakfast with Santa has helped me demonstrate leadership and helped me react to things in the real world," said Senior Patrol Scot Clint Jackson.

And if having a reason to help out Boy Scouts isn't enough, then maybe pancakes, bacon and sausage will tide Santa over this year.

"We have great turn outs over the years. We start at 7:00 in the morning and go through Noon. And we stay busy through that whole time," said Baker.

Troop 6 has been leading boys through the scouting program in Jonesboro for 70 years.