For more than fifty years Davis Scouts have sold trees at Christmas time to support the local Boy Scout and Venture Crew programs. The tradition continues in 2014 at the corner of Mace and Covell Boulevards. The first shipment of trees arrives on the morning of Friday, November 28th, and the lot opens for business that afternoon. It will be open, rain or shine, every day until Christmas Eve or until the trees are all sold. The lot opens at 1 pm each day except Saturday, when it opens at 9 am and Sunday, when it opens at 10am. It closes at 9 pm each day, except Sunday, when it closes at 7 pm.
This year the organizing committee worked hard to schedule deliveries to maximize freshness, and provide a wider selection than available in most retail stores. The most popular trees from the Davis Boy Scout Christmas Lot are 6-8 foot Noble Firs. Native to the Cascade & Coastal ranges of Oregon & Washington, Nobles grow tall and beautifully symmetrical, taking 7-10 years to mature. They have a “natural appearance” with one inch long, bluish-green needles and a silvery cast. Their short, stiff branches, with an open arrangement, are great for highlighting ornaments, while providing support for heavier decorations. In general, Noble firs are considered excellent Christmas trees because they are not only beautiful but they also keep well. The boughs are also widely used to make wreaths, door swags and garland.
Celebrating the Holiday Season with a real Christmas tree is a long-standing American tradition. Christmas tree enthusiasts believe the aroma of a real tree is a strong reminder of life, family traditions and the innocence of childhood itself. The Davis Boy Scouts buy trees wholesale from a family farm in Oregon, dedicated to growing Christmas trees for more than 40 years.
Five local Boy Scout troops and one crew operate the Christmas Tree Lot. Responsibilities of the lot are shared among the groups, and the income from the effort distributed according to time spent working at the lot. As in past years, Boy Scouts will be on duty to assist our many loyal supporters with the selection of their trees, and secure them to buyer’s vehicles. If desired, at no charge the scouts will cheerfully freshen the cut at the bottom of the tree to improve its “drinking” ability, and trim boughs as directed. Tree stands and mistletoe will also be available for purchase.
The Christmas tree sale contributes more than any other activity to the annual operating income of the groups. The proceeds go directly to the troops and crews, so that 100% of the net sales remain in the community. Typical uses include activity fees such as camping permits, event registration, membership dues, and replacement equipment. In particular, full-time summer camps are quite expensive. Once-in-a-lifetime wilderness experiences such as the Philmont & Sea Base National BSA High Adventure Camps would be financially out of reach for many boys without the Christmas tree fundraiser.
The Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot remains a long-standing tradition in Davis, and vital part of our community. Every year it donates trees, or makes them available for temporary use, to a range of local civic, non-profit, or religious organizations. When the Davis city-wide Boy Scouts canned food drive was moved to March, the Christmas tree lot became the Scout’s primary holiday project. The tree purchases work toward building character and citizenship in the young men and women of Davis, and for generations, the Davis community has embraced this tradition. We hope to see you at the lot!