Those interested in supporting Troop 97's cause will find the corral located on Lake Street at the plaza entrance, open for business from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 15 or until all the trees are sold.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mount Shasta this week, and the familiar sight of Boy Scout Troop 97’s Christmas tree corral is right on time for the festivities. Their setup day on Friday, Nov. 29, marked the official opening of the stand to the community.

Present as a tradition for nearly four decades, the Christmas tree sale serves as the Troop’s largest annual fundraiser. Most of the money made goes to providing the opportunity for all of the scouts to attend summer camp in July: a week-long program that allows scouts to learn new skills and participate in fun activities while also working hard to earn merit badges. “When people buy from us, they’re supporting an organization that not only does a lot of good in the community, but is also good for the community’s youth,” said Hud Oates – one of five adult leaders present during the setup – on the topic of the fundraiser’s significance. “It gives them a chance to have experiences that allow them to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally, as they learn skills that will help them become better citizens.”

On Friday, the scouts and adults shoveled out the snow-covered lot and set up their corral space, before hauling in approximately 75 of the 240 evergreens obtained earlier in the month. These trees are donated yearly by Sierra Pacific Industries for this particular purpose, and are cut down by the scouts over a single day of hard work in early November. The trees are then transported to another location to be preserved until the setup day, when they are arranged neatly within the corral for selling. Going forward, the stand will be operated in four-hour shifts with at least two scouts and two adults present during each shift.

Those interested in supporting Troop 97’s cause will find the corral located on Lake Street at the plaza entrance, open for business from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 15 or until all the trees are sold. Trees are available in a variety of sizes at $7 per foot.

Adult leaders will be present on site to assist with any potential questions or concerns.