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Local Scouts collect Christmas trees


Local Boy Scout troops in Arlington and Marysville will again collect Christmas trees to recycle this year in early January.


“Our troop does the tree collection as a service to the community every year,” said Rebecca Boylan, committee chair for local Boy Scout Troop 29.

Local Scouts will go through local neighborhoods on Jan. 8 and pick up any trees left on the curb. Neighborhoods that the Scouts are going to have been notified by flyers.

Trees must be free of all decorations and tinsel to be collected and donations can be left in an envelope on the tree.

At the Legion Park parking lot, from Jan. 5 to 8, the local Boy Scouts troop will also be collecting donations and the trees of anyone who comes by until 2 p.m.

Trees collected are given to the city of Arlington and other organizations to recycle.

“We take them to the city where they will get chipped up and put on their trails and other park areas,” said Boylan.

They also donate trees to local animal sanctuaries and centers in the area, like the New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary, among others, who need trees to improve animal habitats.

The tree collection helps local Scouts raise funds for some of their programs throughout the year.

“We like to send a couple of Scouts to Scout Leadership Training every year, and the funding for that comes partly from the tree collection money,” said Boylan.

Local Boy Scouts also participate in other fundraisers to help raise money to attend some of the Boy Scout summer camps.

“It’s a good growth and bonding opportunity,” said Boylan, who said that the local troops doesn’t want to leave anyone behind.

“Money from this helps ensure that all the Scouts that want to go to camp can,” said Boylan.


Local Marysville Boy Scout troops will also be collecting trees to recycle and collecting donations for their programs.

Marysville Scouts will be taking trees on Jan. 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the ball fields at Jennings Memorial Park.

The ball fields are located at the northeast end of Jennings Park with an entrance off of 55th Avenue.


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