Boy Scout Troop hosts Christmas tree sale to raise funds

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MANCHESTER — Manchester's Boy Scout Troop 332 will be selling Christmas trees starting on Nov. 24 in a fundraising effort to send scouts to a 2018 summer camp.

The troop will be selling balsam fir trees starting on "Black Friday" at the Depot Station lot in Manchester, immediately adjacent to R.K.Miles on Depot St.

Funds raised from the sale will assist the troop in sending members to a "High Adventure" camp, taking place at West Virginia's Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve this June.

While in West Virginia, scouts will be performing various community service projects for the local townships and schools in addition to activities like hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting.

"The cost for such an adventure will approach $1,000 per scout, which is more than double what it costs to attend a `local' Boy Scout camp," said Scoutmaster Gary Saunders."It has been a very long time since our Troop has gone on a long-distance adventure."

The sale is supported by both the Manchester Designer Outlets and R.K. Miles, with the balsalm and canaan firs donated by a private, local Christmas tree farm. The scouts themselves will be challenged to hand-cut each tree, carry them uphill, load them onto a trailer for transport to Depot Street, and then carefully off-load and set up the trees in a sales corral (which they will also help to build.)

"Our group of scouts has worked incredibly hard to learn to be `model citizens' — they are always volunteering and helping out in their local communities here in Vermont — so they deserve a chance to spread their wings and explore a different part of the U.S.," Saunders said. "I promised them they could go to the West Virginia camp, as long as they were willing to put forth the extra time and energy to raise money for the adventure, and `voila' they came up with the Christmas trees fundraiser."

The scouts will be selling their Christmas trees for $45 each between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. over two weekends: Nov. 24 to Nov. 26, and Dec. 2 to Dec. 3.

According to Saunders, it is the Scouts' desire that they might add a little extra delight to everyone's Christmas this year, while simultaneously earning the money they need to go to camp.

For more information, Saunders can be reached at 802-724-9113, or gmoosevt@gmail.com.

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