Ballard’s Scout Troops 100 and 8100 are wrapping up their final week of selling Christmas trees.
Scout Troop 100, which has been scouting in Ballard since 1941, has been running the annual tree lot since 1956 at the St. Alphonsus parking lot (15th Ave NW & NW 57th St).
“The tree lot teaches scouts about business and interacting with customers, and about giving back to the community, as we donate some of the tree lot proceeds to the Ballard Food Bank and donate trees to several of the neighborhood churches,” Tony Yuchasz, a scout parent and troop organizer tells My Ballard.
Yuchasz posted a video on the My Ballard Group Facebook page of a few scouts on the lot talking about what tree lot means to them.
Becca, one of the scouts selling trees at the lot, said being part of the scouts consistently encourages her to try new things.
“One of my favorite things about scouts is the community I’ve been able to build with the people around me and the limits I’ve been able to push by doing new things I haven’t tried before,” she said.
Another scout named Calvin said he likes learning business skills, like interacting with customers.
“I’m learning social skills by talking to customers, and a good work ethic,” Calvin said.
Funds from the Christmas trees help support the troops. Yuchasz said the majority of proceeds go to sending 50+ scouts to summer camp, “some of whom would not have the financial ability to attend if it weren’t for the tree lot proceeds.”
The tree lot has the following trees and holiday greenery:
- Fraser Fir
- Korean Fir
- Noble Fir
- Grand Fir
- Norway Spruce
- Sheared Douglas
- …and our famed “Charlie Brown” trees
- Mantle Runners
- Cedar Garland
The lot is open Wednesday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. They’ll be selling trees until Dec. 15.
Photo: Scout Troop 100 on Instagram