What better way to start Super Sunday than with a super breakfast courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 298.
The troop held its fundraising annual pancake breakfast Sunday morning at Marcus Christ Hall. The event is largely organized by the troop's 'parents club' and proceeds go towards uniforms, equipment, and troop outings throughout the year.
"We serve a whole different variety of pancakes; it's a whole big gathering for the town of New Hyde Park," said troop member Matt Cherson.
Local suppliers provide everything needed to serve up breakfast from pancakes, to sausage to juice.
Along with a nominal admission fee, money is raised through raffles. Local sponsors such as Best Buy provided gift certificates and iPods to be won; some other prizes included an autographed poster of Eli Manning as well as and Nets tickets.
More than just pancakes and prizes, the event is part of what being a Boy Scout is all about and the lessons that can be learned from running an event like this.
"They're continuously building leadership skills," Assistant Scoutmaster Howard Leeds said. "The older boys are teaching the younger boys the ropes...they need organization in their school life and in their adult life, and this is one small step on how to get that."
Scoutmaster Neil Duggan says the pancake breakfast is a way for New Hyde Park residents to put faces to the names of Troop 298 and that it's important the boys stay active in the community.
"It's them being able to work with the community and the community giving back to the boys, the boys giving to them...it's a reciprocal thing," Duggan said.
Troop member Jacob Leeds said he was excited to meet new people at the breakfast. "[We] just get to meet some of the people around New Hyde Park we haven't met before, and hopefully see them again," he said.