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January 10, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Logan Korthuis, senior patrol leader of Arlington Boy Scout Troop 29, carries a tree at the Legion Park parking lot during his troop's Christmas tree recycling event on Jan. 6.

Now that the holiday season is over, many of Arlington's Christmas trees were gathered and recycled by Arlington Boy Scout Troop 29 on Jan. 6.

The local troop gathers the trees to be recycled. This year they were taken to Twin Rivers Park where Arlington city officials helped to mulch them to create wood chips for local parks.

"We're taking the trees out of the cars so we can recycle them," said Logan Korthuis, senior patrol leader of the troop.

"It's a community service," said Andrew Chase, assistant senior patrol leader of the troop. "It's nice because we're out and we're doing work for the community."

Kids in the local troop also get to provide help to many who would have more trouble properly disposing of their Christmas trees.

"I think they get a sense of pride in helping out in their town. I know they get a sense of pride in their town and so they like helping everyone who lives there," said Jenny Speicher, assistant scout master for the troop.

The project is a lot of work for the troop.

"Before Christmas we printed out a bunch of envelopes and put paper in them to say we're collecting Christmas trees and we'll be recycling them," said Chase.

On Jan. 6, many members of the Scouts drive around various Arlington neighborhoods to pick up the trees while some at Legion Park are available for those dropping off trees.

The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the troop as well, as those dropping off their trees can give a donation to support their activities.

"We do this to support our troop so that people can donate money," said Chase.

"It's usually like a $5 donation, but it's what keeps our group running and it funds our activities," he said.

Those activities include things like "the canoes we use for the Duck Dash, and our summer camp," said Korthuis.

The Fire Mountain Scout Camp is a fun week for the troop, he said.

"It's a week-long camp and it's pretty fun," said Chase, who said that it typically includes working on merit badges and activities like a zip line and leatherworking.

"It costs money to register and to rent out a camp site, and the money we get goes toward that so that each person doesn't have to pay as much money," he said.

Arlington Boy Scout Troop 29 typically does their tree recycling annually at the beginning of the new year.


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