Boy Scouts collect nearly 250 Christmas trees
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:31 PM
ARLINGTON Boy Scouts of America Troop 29 will still be accepting donations of Christmas trees throughout the year, but Troop Scoutmaster Bob Fletcher expects that his two-dozen strong membership of scouts has collected their last round of Christmas trees for the season.
Fletcher estimated that the scouts collected approximately 250 trees this season, 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 this 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, from at least half as many financial donations as usual, which means that their donors were actually more generous than usual this year.
While the scouts waited in Legion Park for city employees to mulch the trees on the spot, 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 the recently reestablished Tiger Cub Pack 29 are always looking for boys to volunteer.