Christmas tree lot sales benefit youth |

Christmas tree lot sales benefit youth

Boy Scout Troop 267 members Josh Smith, left, and Hayden Ruttenberg top a car with a Christmas tree Nov. 29. Smith and his twin brother Zach (in second photo) are both Life Scouts. Ruttenberg is a 12-year-old student at Alder Creek Middle School.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Boy Scout Troop 267’s annual Christmas Tree is open, with freshly cut silver and red fir trees. The scouts cut down, hauled, stored and set up the trees and will man the booth next to Mountain Hardware in Truckee, just west of the Gateway Shopping Center (Safeway).

According to three-year Star Scout Jack Walterscheid, Boy Scout Troop 267 cut 320 trees, permitted by the Tahoe National Forest, Plumas County. Walterscheid said the tree cutting was much easier this year since there was no snow, and the process went lickety split — departing Truckee at 7 a.m., arriving in the cutting area at 8:30 a.m., and departing for Truckee at 2 p.m. The Scouts then unloaded the trees at a Truckee Tahoe Airport hangar for storage.

The tree lot proceeds help the troop go camping, pay for gear, produce special events like the twice-yearly Court of Honor, and pay for a week-long summer camp. The Scouts also work the lot, trimming and loading the trees for customers.

“The Scouts have taught me survival things, if we’re stuck out in the woods we can find food and shelter, and how to respect people. We learn a lot of common courtesies,” said Walterscheid.

Boy Scout Troop 267 is seeking members, visit for more information.


Tahoe City Boy Scout Troop 266: The annual Christmas tree sales lot is a special event bringing together Venture Scouts, Boy Scouts, old Scouts, new Scouts, their families and friends, community members and businesses. The Boy Scout Christmas tree lot is located in the Lighthouse Center, 840 North Lake Blvd., (Safeway) Tahoe City. The Scouts trees are up to 12 feet tall, priced at $5 per foot, and are all natural with no pesticides or fertilizers. The Scouts cut the trees as a forest health improvement program. The tree lot is open all the time with tree sales on an honor program. Measure your tree, figure out how much it should be (pricing is posted along with instructions) and make a deposit in the money slot. Visit

Truckee Optimist: The Truckee Optimist Club has a nice selection of locally cut red firs (silver tips) as well as noble and grand fir trees shipped from the club’s grower in Oregon. The lot is at the Crossroads Shopping Center at the corner of Highway 89 and Deerfield Drive through Monday, Dec. 23 (or once the last tree is sold). The tree lot is manned by Truckee Optimist Club members, youth from area schools and teams that benefit from the proceeds and other community volunteers.

Boys & Girls Club: BGCNLT is partnering with Winterwood Farms, to man the Christmas tree lot in Kings Beach for the second year. Club members will work at the lot, gaining job experience, a paycheck and references. A portion of tree sale proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club. BGCNLT is grateful for this incredible partnership! Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 8680 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach. Visit

Rotary Christmas: The Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline is selling Christmas trees in Incline Village. The tree lot is located in the Raley’s parking lot next to Rookies, and will be open until Dec. 23 (unless all trees are sold before then). It is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon-5:30 p.m. The lot is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

MacAvoy Lane had a the honor of attending an Eagle Scout ceremony, the club’s highest rank, and had this to say.

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