Denver parents are up in arms after they saw their son with Hooters servers, who sponsored an event for his Cub Scout campground.
When a mother picked her 7-year-old son up from the Frontier District Day Cap she saw the women in tight Hooters camp shirts and short shorts traditionally worn by women serving at the restaurant.
“…And I step back for a second and I take a look and I’m like, ‘are they wearing Hooters visors? Wait a minute,” Michelle Kettleborough told Denver7.
Hooters Colorado has since removed the photos they had posted on Facebook about their sponsorship when Denver7 began asking questions about the event.
A spokesperson for Boy Scouts of America mentioned the women’s outfits in a statement to the press but didn’t allude to the sponsorship from Hooters. When Hooters servers volunteer for events they typically wear jackets and t-shirts with the restaurant’s logo, not the tank-tops and short shorts, photos show, but didn’t do so this time.
“A restaurant extended support to help make a local Cub Scout Day Camp possible and provided volunteers for the camp,” The Boy Scouts of America said in the statement. “The group of trained volunteers mistakenly wore the wrong attire and it was addressed by our Council leadership. The Boy Scouts of America relies on millions of dedicated volunteers and we are very appreciative of their commitment. We extend our apologies for this mistake and look forward to continuing our mission of serving youth in the Denver area.”
“It’s just the philosophies of the two organizations are polar opposites and I just don’t think they should be together,” Marsha Corn, a parent said.
“We love the Scouts, we think they made a very poor choice and what I would like and what I think would go a long way again is some accountability,” said Corn.
A district executive wrote back to Corn, who sent an irate email demanding answers. “The restaurant assisted with the costs of putting on the camp,” the executive wrote back “Through their community volunteering several of their waitresses donated their time to help staff the camp. Glad to hear your son had such a good time.”
“Quite honestly we’re questioning whether we’re going to keep him in the organization at all next year,” said Kettleborough about the scouts’ leaders.
Hooters provided three employees each day of the 3-day camp and provided a financial contribution to the camp.
See the full report from Denver 7 below: