Newcastle Boy Scouts to collect Christmas trees for fundraiser

December 19, 2011

By Staff

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NEW — 3:50 p.m. Dec. 19, 2011

Newcastle’s Boy Scout Troop 499 will begin circulating through local neighborhoods at 9 a.m. Jan. 7 to collect Christmas trees from homes for disposal.

The group will go through the neighborhoods several times until 2 p.m. for its annual fundraiser.

Homeowners may place their tree at the curb of their home for pickup. Donations for the scouts are accepted by placing a Ziplock bag and envelope addressed to Troop 499 at 8042 116th Ave. S.E., Newcastle, WA 98056 on the tree. Donations can also be mailed to that address.

If the troop misses a tree, homeowners can call 206-579-7732 or 206-817-8323 for pickup.

It is not uncommon for trees to be picked up a week after the official date, and each year, the troop collects about 500 trees that get chipped and recycled.

Donations are used to support the scouts for camping activities. Individual scouts earned up to $100 in camping funds during the 2011 Tree Recycling Program, and several scholarships for Summer Camp 2011 were donated for families hit hard by the economy.

Donations to the Troop Scholarship Fund can also be made at HomeStreet Bank anytime during the year. Camping equipment donations for the growing troop.

The troop had 35 scouts in 2006 and will likely go well over 50 scouts this spring.

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