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Cub Scouts treat their moms to special 'prom'

SNELLVILLE - For decades proud dads have been able to take their little girls to father-daughter dances. Now proud moms finally have their day to dance.

The Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its first-ever "Mom Prom" on Saturday night at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Snell-ville.

"I thought this was a cute idea," said Pepper Christie, who was attending the event with her 9-year-old son, Andrew. "They always have the father-daughter dances. Lots of things are geared for the girls, and there's not a lot for mom and son."

But that changed Saturday when 130 people showed up for a night of dancing, refreshments, corsage making, pictures and even some etiquette lessons.

The "Mom Prom" was a chance to better prepare local Cub Scouts for experiences later on in life, said Carter Wood, council commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America.

"The thought is to grow a generation of boys who go to middle school or high school dances and aren't too shy to dance because they had a good first experience," Wood said.

It looked like many were having a good experience as they danced to "YMCA," "Play that Funky Music" and other such prom dance classics.

Some of the Cub Scouts were so excited about the event that they even took the time to help their mothers prepare for it.

"We both got our hair cut and he picked out my dress," Valerie Wharton said of her 7-year-old son, Kaleb.

And then there were others who were a little less than enthusiastic about being there.

El Freeman was having trouble getting her 9-year-old son, Zackary, out on the dance floor.

"At this age I guess that's what you'd expect," El Freeman said. "They're not even thinking about girls let alone dancing with their mom."

Many of the mothers at the event said the "Mom Prom" was an improvement over their last prom experience.

"Actually, this is a lot more fun," said Jennifer Donnan, who was at the dance with her 8-year-old son, Ricky. "I like my date better. I think I'll keep this one."

Many seemed so pleased with how the "Mom Prom" was going that organizers felt like it would probably return next year.

"With this being the first year, we're very gratified at being at max capacity," Wood said. "It bodes well for continuing the event."