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’s BX Scouts collect trees, bottles

Funds go toward group initiatives

Beairsto Elementary was a festive sight Saturday afternoon as the 1st BX Scouting Group held its annual bottle drive and Christmas tree drop off.

Doug Kitching, 1st BX Scout Group commissioner, said it’s the fifth annual edition of the drive.

“What we’re doing is we’re picking up trees for a $10 donation and taking them to be mulched,” Kitching said. “We’re also doing bottle donations, can donations, anything refundable and recyclable, and taking it in.”

Calls were placed into the group and scouts went to retrieve trees fro people’s homes.

“We’ll come to your house and take away your tree so you don’t have to make the trip,” said Venturer Scout Kris Creighton.

Funds raised through the drive and drop off support the group’s outings, field trips, camping and the Pacific Jamboree on Vancouver Island in July.

“We’re sending a contingent, three patrols and 25 youth,” Kitching said of the jamboree.

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

“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.”

Donations can also be made through the 1st BX Scout Group’s website, www.1stbx.com, or through their Facebook page.



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