Parents Outraged to Learn a Local Hooters Sponsored Cub Scout Camp

The Hooters employees also volunteered at the camp.

July 4, 2016, 2:40 PM

— -- Several parents in Denver were outraged after recently discovering photos of their young boys posing next to Hooters girls at a Cub Scout camp.

Parents told ABC's Denver affiliate KMGH-TV that they were shocked after seeing the photos on the local Hooters' Facebook page.

Though the photos appear to have been taken down, several parents said they were still upset after learning the restaurant had actually sponsored the Cub Scout camp.

The Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council confirmed that Hooters approached the council about working with the scouts and that the restaurant had given a financial contribution to the camp, KMGH reported.

A manager at the Hooters in Denver also told KMGH that the restaurant provided three of its employees each day as volunteers for the three-day Cub Scout camp.

Michelle Kettleborough, mom to a 7-year-old cub scout who attended the camp, told KMGH said she was in disbelief when she picked up her son and noticed him wearing a Hooters hat.

"I step back for a second, and I take a look and I'm like, 'Are they wearing Hooters visors? Wait a minute,'" Kettleborough said. "Quite honestly we're questioning whether we're going to keep him in the organization at all next year."

Marsha Corn, another concerned parent, told KMGH she thought that the "philosophies" of the Boys Scouts and Hooters were "polar opposites."

"We love the Scouts, [but] we think they made a very poor choice," Corn said. "And what I would like -- and what I think would go a long way, again -- is some accountability."

Corn said the local Boy Scouts chapter dismissed her concerns when she wrote an email asking about Hooters' sponsorship of the camp.

According to the email reply obtained by KMGH, a district executive with the Boy Scouts told Corn, "The restaurant assisted with the costs of putting on the camp, and 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."

A spokesperson for Boy Scouts of America in Denver told KMGH in a statement that a "group of trained volunteers mistakenly wore the wrong attire" to a local Cub Scout Day Camp. The spokesperson added that the issue "was addressed by our Council leadership" and that "[w]e extend our apologies for this mistake and look forward to continuing our mission of serving youth in the Denver area."

ABC News' calls to Hooters and the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council were not immediately returned.