It’s that time of year again, the scout-run, non-profit Christmas tree lot—the only one in Greater Santa Barbara County—and the hometown tradition of Carpinteria’s Boy Scouts Troop 50 will open to the public the day after Thanksgiving, Saturday, Nov. 28.
The Troop 50 Christmas tree lot is an annual tradition for Carpinteria’s Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts intend to continue this tradition into future years as it is a vital fundraiser for the scouts’ yearly programs and activities.
This year, the scouts’ tree lot will be located at 1532 Linden Ave. in the field behind St. Joseph Catholic Church. Scouts will begin selling trees at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. The tree lot’s regular schedule will be weekdays, from 3 to 8:30 p.m.; and weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from tree sales cover most of Troop 50’s annual costs.
Carpinteria’s Troop 50 has been a protector of the community. In 2018, during a backpacking trip in the Emigrant Wilderness, the troop put out a fire that could have scorched the forest. And although in a pandemic, Troop 50 has continued to support the community by performing trail maintenance, planting indigenous plants along walkways in the city, and performing several Eagle Scout projects planned to further benefit the community.
To join Carpinteria’s Troop 50, contact Assistant Scout Master John Thomas at (805) 637-9744 or visit carptroop50.org. Youth must be between first grade and 18 years old to join the Boy Scouts.