Venturer Scouts Jessica Bader and Mac Clark are ready to collect Christmas trees as part of the fifth annual 1st BX Scouts tree pickup and bottle drive Saturday, Jan. 5. (Submitted Photo)

Venturer Scouts Jessica Bader and Mac Clark are ready to collect Christmas trees as part of the fifth annual 1st BX Scouts tree pickup and bottle drive Saturday, Jan. 5. (Submitted Photo)

Vernon Scouts collecting Christmas trees

1st BX group’s 5th annual tree pickup and bottle drive

Once the presents have been exchanged and the feasts have returned to average-sized meals, call on the 1st BX Scouts to dispose of your tree.

“It’s our 5th Annual Christmas Tree Pickup and Bottle Drive scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9-4,” said Venturer Scout Kris Creighton. “We’ll come to your house and take away your tree so you don’t have to make the trip!”

“We’ll gratefully take away your Christmas tree for a donation and any holiday empties too,” said Brooke Francescutti, a second-year Venturer Scout. “My big goal this year is to raise money to help get to Pacific Jamboree in the summer.”

The 1st BX Scouting Group currently has about 40 boys and girls aged five to 16 in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturer Scouts.

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“Our focus is in experiencing the outdoors and building relationships, away from the electronics,” said Scouter Brad Clark, whose two teenagers enjoy Scouting. “Our program is built on the youth working to raise funds for various adventures such as camps which we do several times a year, even in the winter!”

Prepared with trucks and trailers, volunteer leaders will drive the oldest scouts around the Vernon and Coldstream areas for tree and bottle pickups.

The youngest kids, Beavers and Cubs, will be stationed at Beairsto Elementary’s parking lot where you can also drop off your empties for sorting.

“Our kids learn to work for what they earn, and all the proceeds go directly to our youth camps and programs,” said Scouter Kevin Bader.

To arrange for your tree and/or bottle pickup on Jan. 5, call Scouter Shawna 250-558-5688 or Scouter Amanda 778-475-1135.

For more info visit, www.1stBX.com, or connect via the 1st BX Scouting Facebook page.