WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Amid the ongoing litigation involving the Boy Scouts of America at the national level, that isn't stopping local chapters from keeping to the Boy Scout oath.
Saturday was the 40th year for the Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast in Waterloo. More than 800 people stopped through top support the local Boy Scout troops and their mission.
The national organization filed bankruptcy Tuesday in order to work out compensation for sexual abuse victims and to put lawsuits on hold. This is a similar scenario to that of more than two dozen U.S. Catholic dioceses and USA Gymnastics in recent years. All three face countless allegations of abuse of young children.
The trouble on the national level were nowhere to be found during the breakfast. “The bankruptcy is totally on the national level, and does not affect the local councils. I really can't say anything other than that,” said Stan Weaver, a man who has been involved with the Boy Scouts for 40 years.
Local troops are expected to press on as normal. Proceeds from the pancake breakfast will support scout membership expenses.
“I got to look up to the older scouts in my troop and them I got to teach some of the young scouts, you know, what I've accomplished and what they can accomplish as well,” said Savoy Hiesterman, a scout.