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Local Boy Scouts help recycle Christmas trees


Christopher Andersson

Arlington Boy Scout Justin Speicher carries a tree left out for his troop to the back of a truck in the Crown Ridge neighborhood on Jan. 8 as part of the troop's annual recycling effort.

Local Boy Scout troops from Marysville and Arlington recently helped to recycle used Christmas trees.

On Jan. 7 and 8 troops in the local cities collected trees and donations to chip up and donate to various sources.

"We're out here recycling our Christmas trees. We go collect them and bring them here, and the City of Marysville chips them up and we spread them throughout the parks to keep the weeds and the dust out," said Wanda McKinney, committee chair for Boy Scouts Troop 84 in Marysville. "It's a great use of our Christmas trees," she said.

The tree collection is a good project for the troop.

"The kids really like the camaraderie, getting together and running through the neighborhoods, burning off some energy and picking up the trees," said Arlington Scoutmaster Shane Korthuis.

The annual event is also a good way for Boy Scouts to meet the people in the community they are from, said McKinney.

"It's a lot of fun, we have a good time," she said, "and we see a lot of people every year."

The event also serves as a way to be seen in the community and to interact with community members.

"It's a great way for our boys to give back and get out into the community. It's also a great way for our boys to be seen by the community doing a good job," said McKinney.

"It is a fun way to get out and it's really fun meeting the neighbors, and you get to hang out and talk," said Kirstyn Taylor, a pathfinder and part of Venture Girls, a Boy Scouts program for girls.

Trees are chipped up and recycled at city parks or given to other local organizations.

"It is a fun activity to do and we also know that a lot of people are getting some use out of it," said Michael Wegemann, an Eagle Scout in Marysville.

It also serves as a way for local troops to help the community.

Christopher Andersson

Arlington Boy Scouts gather at Legion Park on Jan. 8 to help collect Christmas trees to recycle.

"We like giving back to the community. We do this for cheerful service for the betterment of the troop," said Arlington Scout leader Jacob Speicher.

This is one of the many service projects that local Boy Scouts participate in throughout the year.

"We're lucky, we have a great group of boys. They're very active and do a lot of service work," said McKinney.

Troops also collected donations throughout the day while gathering trees which help put on some of their programs and fund summer camp trips.

"The donations we receive are put back into our troop and it allows them to do different activities like summer camp and trips we take throughout the year," said McKinney.

"It's fundraising for the kids to pay for their camp and their badges and their activities, and it helps pay for the community service they do throughout the year," said Korthuis.


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