Carmel Troop 1898 only Girl Scouts to fundraise by selling Christmas trees


By Raiha Zainab

For the third consecutive year, Girl Scout Troop 1898 will sell Christmas trees to support its programs. It is the only Girl Scout Troop in the state to fundraise by selling Christmas trees.

The Scouts receive the trees from Frasier Tree Farm in North Carolina. They will sell them from Nov. 23 to Dec. 9 at the Carmel Lions Club, 141 E. Main St. Most trees cost between $55 and $90.

Last year, proceeds from the sales allowed the Troop to travel 2,000 miles and visit five national parks, including the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. This year, the Scouts are hoping to use the funds for a summer expedition to Savannah, Ga., which is known as the “birthplace of Girl Scouts.” They hope to use any remaining funds for a trip to Europe the following summer.

“Most likely we’re trying to get on a bigger scale each year, trying to sell more and raise our profits,” said Caroline Desormiers, a member of Troop 189. “This summer, we’re going to Savannah, and the following year we’re thinking about going to either Switzerland or London because they have the Girl Scout world centers.”

The Scouts also are hoping to use their Christmas tree sales to further their journeys toward the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. Troop leader Denisse Jensen said to earn the award, each Scout must complete her own service project during the course of high school.

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