Boy Scout Christmas tree sales way down this year

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - It’s just a week until Christmas, but instead of being decorated with lights and ornaments, many Christmas trees are being left out in the cold.

Boy Scouts with Troop 303 prep a tree for sale at their annual Christmas tree lot. Sales from the trees are used to pay for each Scout's registration fees and other dues.

Jim Stevast, assistant Scout Leader, says, "(It) pays for their summer camp their badges, and all the other troop activities, the camp outs."

It’s their only fundraiser of the year and usually it goes off without a hitch but with just three days left to sell, 130 trees are still standing on the lot. Stevast says, "Typically we sell out by now. I think we've seen more people looking for smaller trees and cheaper trees."

Last year Troop 303 traveled to Salida for their main camp, this year they are going a bit further.

"The main camp this year is Hawaii, we are going to spend two weeks out there," says Scout Cody Arnold. Arnold hopes to finish in the Boy Scouts as an Eagle. He says, "Get into a good college; get into one of the academies."

It's camps like these that will help him accomplish that goal but if tree sales continue to slow down the trip could cost more than he expected.

Assistant Scout Leader Jim Stevast says besides the slow economy, the cold weather also played a big role in slow sales. Stevast says, "I worked a few of those nights it was extremely cold."

In the last stretch the Scouts have dropped their prices in hopes of enticing more people to keep it real this Christmas.

The Boy Scout's last day will be this Saturday, the lot opens at 9 a.m. It’s located across the street from Gene Taylor's Sporting Goods.

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