Scouts recycle Christmas trees as fundraiser

KRISTINA IODICE Updated: January 5, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: January 5, 2013

Boy Scout Troop 78 turns past-their-prime Christmas trees into camping.

It’s the 12th year for the troop’s annual Christmas tree recycling program. The northern Colorado Spring troop will pick up trees, or unload them at four drop-off locations.

Saturday was the first of four fundraising days for the troop. Scouts — supervised by adults — rushed to unload needle-shedding trees every time a new customer pulled into the parking lot at Eagleview Middle School.

The money raised through the $10 to $15 donations helps cover costs for the boys’ camping trips, said Russell Weeks, project coordinator.

There are a few changes this year. Instead of renting huge bins for the trees, trailers are loaded and hauled to the Air Force Academy where trees are turned into wood chips. That resulting mulch will be used to rehabilitate campgrounds.

“That will be really nice to see,” said scout Nathan Swaim, 16. “There’s a little more work involved.”

Work and fun.

“We get to build tree forts,” said scout Ben Upton, 16.

As for the worst part, several of the scouts said weather, although Saturday was relatively mild.

“Last year it was snowing on us,” Nathan said.

Shrinking Christmas tree sales does hit fundraising.

Numbers took a big drop when pre-lit artificial trees dropped in price, said Brad Upton, the leader of Troop 78. Yet the project remains a good fundraiser.

“Some people won’t ever give it up — it’s a tradition,” Weeks said.

The key thing to remember when recycling a Christmas tree is to remove all the ornaments.

It’s heartbreaking to find one like “Baby’s First Christmas,” Upton said.

The scouts hang on to ornaments to return them to their owners.

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Tree recycling
Boy Scout Troop 78 offers its annual Christmas tree recycling program Sunday and Jan. 12-13.
Trees may be dropped off 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or a pick-up may be scheduled for residents in the Academy School District 20 area.
• Eagleview Middle School: 1325 Vindicator Drive
• Rampart High School: 8250 Lexington Drive
• Western Museum of Mining and Industry: 225 Northgate Blvd.
• Air Force Academy: North Gate B-52 Scout Camp
To schedule a pick-up or to ask questions, please visit sites.google.com/site/usafatroop78 or call: 719-428-5402 or end and email to usafatroop78@gmail.com.
Sunday is the final day for the city-run Treecycle program. For details and drop-off locations, visit www.TreecycleCOS.org.
Rocky Top Resources will operate as an extended Treecycle site from until Jan. 31.

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