Ballard Scouts launch annual Christmas tree sale and fundraiser

The Ballard Scouts kicked off their 64th annual Christmas tree sale fundraiser over the weekend, selling trees as usual at the St. Alphonsus parking lot.

Scouts will be out selling trees Thursday through Friday, from 2pm to 8pm, and on weekends from 9am to 9pm. The sale goes through Sunday, Dec. 13.

The Scouts will be on site, helping customers find their trees, giving each tree a fresh cut, and using their Scouting skills to make sure trees are tied onto cars with proper knots.

This year’s trees include several varieties—Noble Fir, Nordmann Fir, Sheared Douglas Fir, and Natural Douglas Fir—ranging from 3- to 9-feet tall. The Scouts will also be selling fresh holiday greenery including wreaths and cedar garland.

“The tree lot has always been a great example of the patrol method in action—older Scouts stepping up to teach traditional scouting skills like teamwork, leadership, and knots,” Scout Master Patrick McCann said. “This year will be different due to COVID, but those scouting skills will continue to be passed on. I expect there to be an even larger feeling of tradition and community, as we get together to fundraise for the troop, support the community, and prepare for the holidays.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help send Scouts to summer camp and will help pay for to continue operating their “White Whale” bus.

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