Wreaths, garlands and door swags — you name it, Boy Scout Troop 342 is selling it.
With their 68th Annual Greenery Fundraiser underway, the South Pas scouts will head door-to-door for a second weekend in a row on Sept. 28 and 29. They will be selling hand-crafted decorative items for the holidays throughout South Pasadena, nearby parts of Pasadena and Los Angeles.
“This is the troop’s only fundraiser, and allows the troop not to charge its scout families dues, while supporting the programs and activities we do throughout the year,” said Troop Committee Chair Dean Serwin.
Sourced from freshly cut, sustainably harvested aromatic noble fir, cedar and pine, the products are made by Sherwood Forest Farms in the Pacific Northwest. During the week following Thanksgiving, the scouts will hand-deliver the items just in time for the holiday season. Prices range from $22 to $45 for the various greenery.
Luis Muench is Troop 342’s new Greenery Chair and has helped revamp the program so that scouts have the opportunity to participate in more than just sales this year.
“We have multiple entry points for scouts to participate in the decision-making and running of the program,” said Muench.
“We have broken down activities into five departments and assigned one parent adviser and a senior scout as manager for each.
“Among their responsibilities is to recruit a junior scout (and parent) as apprentice, ensuring the program maintains continuity. The role of the parent adviser is to provide guidance to the managing scout in the finer points of the particular department, such as bookkeeping or inventory management.’’