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Boy Scouts Continue Christmas Tree Tradition

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The Boy Scouts have been selling Christmas trees at Moana Nursery for more than four decades, which is continuing this year.  800-900 trees were delivered to the Lakeside & Moana location last week, offering a variety to its customers.  It's a good thing, since customers have very different opinions.

"Longer needles versus shorter needles, a lot of space, no space, really full, a hugable tree, one that's soft that you can hug," Patti Mudd, Charter Organizational Rep for Coral Academy of Science and Troop 35 said. "They ask for so many different ways of looking at a tree."

Moana Nursery donates the parking lot to the Boy Scouts. Many of the shoppers are repeat customers because the money raised goes to the Boy Scouts.

"I want to do a tree," Yolanda McLean said. "I want the smell to smell Christmasy and I have a million ornaments, so this will probably fill up not even a third of what I have but it's something and it's Christmasy."

Customers have a choice of three types of trees. Silver Tips cost $9 per foot, while a Douglas Fir or Noble costs $10 per foot.  The Boy Scouts are responsible for cleaning the lot, unloading, organizing, and trimming the trees.  It also gives them a chance to interact with customers.

"We have to get everything set up for everything that you see here, and then scouts need to come in," Trevor Carter, Eagle Scout and Volunteer said. "They need to clean the lot, they need to make sure that the trees are there. We need to provide happy, helpful service to the customers, to make sure that they're enjoying their time."

"They learn a lot of things here," Mudd said. "They have a lot of physical labor but they seem to love it."

Many of the customers recognize that.  Some come back, simply to pick up some boughs, which many leave donations for.

"I use them for wreaths and hang up on the door and around the house sometimes, just for decoration," Lynda Morris said.

The sales and donations from Christmas trees is one of the biggest fund-raisers for the Boy Scouts.  Some of it pays for scholarships for kids that cannot afford to join the Boy Scouts, among other things.

"It gets them resources to go camping, just creates a better youth in the boys and it provides a service to the community, too," Carter said. "People want Christmas trees. It's Christmas time."

Christmas trees will be available at Moana Nursery until December 23, or until they sell out.

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