By Daniella Mohazab, Piedmont Scouts
The Piedmont Scout Christmas Tree Lot opened for business on Nov. 23 at Coaches Playfield, 890 Moraga Ave. The tree lot will stay open until approximately Dec. 21.
The lot has Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, and Silvertips from renewable tree farms in Oregon. Trees range from the smallest 3’ Noble Fir at about $20 up to 11’ Silvertip trees at about $170. The trees are cut and delivered directly to the lot by vendors.
Many stores offer cheaper trees that have been mechanically shaped to give them their form, said Tree Lot Committee member and Unit Commissioner with Piedmont BSA Christopher Lee.
“There is a long tradition of Scouting in Piedmont dating back to 1910, and it is one that has and continues to be cherished by families and youth,” Lee said. “It is a focal point during the holidays for the community, both Scouting families and the general populace, to visit the tree lot, see neighbors and fellow scouts, and to see the Scouts serve the customers as they shop for their trees, wreaths and garlands.”
The Piedmont Community Service Crew is volunteering at the tree lot this year.
Crew member Sophie Reynolds helped at the tree lot by stacking wreaths and putting their price tags on. Reynolds said the Piedmont Scout Christmas Tree Lot strengthens the community.
“I like working at the tree lot because I get to work with my friends, and the trees smell really good. It gets me excited for the holidays,” Reynolds said. “The tree lot makes the community stronger by bringing together motivated scouts, kids, and parents to work together and help our community raise money during the holidays.”