Boy Scouts collect Christmas trees this season

ARLINGTON Boy Scouts of America Troop 29 will be collecting Christmas trees within the Arlington city limits Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 to be recycled.
Troop 29 Assistant Scoutmaster Rick Van Arman asked those giving trees to have them on the curb by 8 a.m., or to drop them off in the City Hall parking lot on those days.
He noted that envelopes will be distributed throughout the city, to provide opportunities to make donations to their troop, and added that the envelopes can be attached to the trees or mailed in.
Last holiday season, Troop 29 Scoutmaster Bob Fletcher estimated that the scouts collected approximately 250 trees, about a third of our usual haul, and approximately 120 of them from their final collection at Legion Park Jan. 6.
We figure that more people are being environmentally conscious and buying reusable artificial trees, said Fletcher, who acknowledged that his own wife had purchased an artificial tree that season, before joking, We may have to compete with the Girl Scouts in selling cookies to make up our fundraising quota for the year.
In truth, even though the Boy Scouts collected a third as many Christmas trees as usual this season, Fletcher emphasized that they still received $1,500, at least half as many financial donations as usual, which means that their donors were actually more generous than usual last season.
Fletcher recalled that the scouts have been collecting Christmas trees since 1990 or earlier, while adding that such collections are among the many activities that the scouting program offers youngsters.
We provide these boys with much-needed structure, so that they wont be smoking behind the 7-11 or getting in trouble with the law, Fletcher said. From first-grade through 21 years old, we consistently produce some fantastic young men.
Boy Scouts of America Troop 29 meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Arlington First United Church, and both they and Tiger Cub Pack 29 are always looking for boys to volunteer.

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