Submitted by Boy Scouts Troop 19

For more than 30 years the Boy Scouts of Troop 19 and the Cub Scouts of Pack 19 have been active in the community by conducting an annual service project picking up and disposing of thousands of Christmas trees throughout the Sudden Valley, Geneva and Silver Beach areas.

Troop 19 and Pack 19 are Sudden Valley’s local Scouts. The Pack meets at Geneva Elementary. Today, the Cub Pack counts girls among its members. The Troop meets at a cabin on Fremont Street, built by the Penfields who owned most of the Geneva area. In 1925 the cabin was donated to the Scouts of Geneva who raise money to maintain this little slice of Geneva history year after year. The Scouts raise money to keep it in good repair and pay for insurance and utilities. 

The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are responsible for a number of service projects in and around the Sudden Valley and Geneva community each year including cleaning trails and the woods around Geneva Elementary and on Veterans Day they clean the headstones of veterans at Bayview Cemetery.

The Christmas Tree Pickup project has traditionally been the primary source of funding for the Scouts of Troop and Pack 19. All money that is needed to support the Scouts is money that is raised or that is donated. The Scouts collect the trees to be chipped and recycled.

In Sudden Valley you may drop off your tree at the Sudden Valley Mall next to RE/MAX ONLY on Friday, Jan. 6, from 4-7 p.m .or on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. RE/MAX and the mall owners ask you please not drop off Christmas trees at other times. (Please note, RE/MAX is not affiliated with the pick up.)

A donation box will be available at the drop location. You may also donate via  https://boy-scout-troop-4019.square.site/  Donations are tax exempt under IRS Code section 501(c)(3).

As a reminder, donations from this service event greatly assist the operation of the Scouting program in our community. Without these donations, Troop 19 and Pack 19 could not provide the quality experience your boys and girls deserve.  For more information on the Christmas tree pickup and disposal please contact Brett Nelson at 360-739-0367.

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