Boy Scout Troop 31
Rochester, New York
The Troop's only fund raiser is our annual Christmas Tree Sale, generally held starting the first Saturday in December and continuing until Christmas Eve in the Third Presbyterian Church parking lot. Funds raised are used for Troop equipment, weekend and summer camping subsidies and other worthwhile Scouting projects. A Scout's 100 percent participation will subsidize nearly the entire cost of summer camp. The Tree Sale is organized by the Troop Committee. Scouts and parents fulfill staffing duties at the Tree Lot. Scouts serve from seven to ten three-hour shifts depending on the size of the Troop while parents are asked generally to serve two three-hour shifts. Scout shifts are assigned randomly, but there are opportunities to swap shifts with other scouts. at a mandatory parents meeting after the Fall COH, parents are asked to sign up for their shifts times based on their personal schedules. Aside from raising money, staffing the Tree Lot provides the Scouts with excellent experience in salesmanship and dealing with the public. From the parent's point of view, staffing the lot provides an opportunity to spend some time with their son and work toward a common goal.
SECOND YEAR WEBELOS:
Second year Webelos considering joining Troop 31 may participate in our Christmas Tree Sale and qualify for a two-week campership to Camp Massawepie. This is a great opportunity for rapid advancement in Scouting, not to mention a substantial financial savings.