Scouts circling Cranbrook for Christmas trees Jan. 12

Is it time to rid your home of the Christmas tree and get things back to normal? Cranbrook's Scout are here to help yet again this year.

Is it time to rid your home of the Christmas tree and get things back to normal? Well Cranbrook’s Scout groups are here to help yet again this year.

The Scouts will be doing their annual Christmas tree pick up on January 12 this year starting at 9 a.m.

Susan Rad, group administrator for 4th Cranbrook Scouts, said trees should be placed outside by 9 a.m., and pick up is by donation. She suggests leaving an envelope with Scouts written on it on the tree or in the mailbox.

“The kids will check the mailbox so that’s probably the easiest,” Rad said.

Both of Cranbrook’s Scouting groups will be out touring the city and picking up trees. The donations go to running the much-loved program. Rad said all three age groups from five to 14 will be participating in the pick up.

“It usually takes us most of the day,” she said.

The Scouts have been doing the tree pick up for many years in the community to help home owners clear out the tree after the holidays.

“I think it’s a good community service that we do,” Rad said.

The job wouldn’t get done without the generous support of parent volunteers and some local businesses that contribute vehicles and hours to the pick up. All trees are transported to the Regional District of East Kootenay Transfer Station where they are chipped.

Rad said anyone interested in getting involved with Scouts can contact Carson Damm at (250) 489-4636. The local Scouts are always looking for new recruits whether they be adults to help with programming, or kids to join.