Troop 2 Christmas Tree Lot
The Christmas Tree Lot is run by the scouts under the supervision of parent volunteers. It is the main source of income for Troop 2 and has been so for 47 years. This is the time when parents and scouts are called upon to help the Troop.
Cashier Training: Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:30pm, Cafeteria, Parents only
Setup: Saturday, November 24, 2018, 2923 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Stanford), 9am
Cashier Training: Monday, November 26, 2018, 7:30pm, Cafeteria, Parents only
Tree Delivery: Thursday, November 29, 2018, approx. 4pm
Tree Delivery 2: Thursday, December 6, 2018, approx. 4pm
Tree Lot Take Down: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Tree Lot PATROL and PARENT SCHEDULE >> - Coming soon!
Tree Lot STAFF SCHEDULE >> - Coming soon!
Tree Lot Parent Chair - Marvin Lai
The Christmas Tree Lot is located at 2923 Wilshire Blvd. (and Stanford). All Scout parents are asked to work at the lot. When Scouts are working, they do the selling, and parents are there to ring up the sales and act as a back-up. When the boys are in school, it’s the parents who do the selling of trees, wreaths, garlands, etc. Patrol Leaders are responsible for staffing the lot on specific days that they are assigned. They, in turn, contact the parents of Scouts in their patrols and schedule an agreeable day and time for the parents to work. You will most likely be scheduled to work at least 2 days during the time the lot is open, unless you enjoy it so much you want to return more often -- yes, this happens! The tree lot is open from the Thursday after Thanksgiving until all trees are sold (December 20 last year). You can always stop by for an hour or two to help.
There are 6 schedules available for parents 7 days a week:
8:00 AM to Noon -- Noon to 4:00 PM -- 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM -- 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM -- 9:00 PM to 8:00 AM
The lot is open for business daily from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Staffing the Lot:
Patrol Leaders and Troop Staff are responsible for staffing the lot with both adults and Scouts. Patrol Leaders and Staff members will be calling parents to recruit them for the time slots listed above, but adults are welcome at any time (we’ll need you!) Scouts are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours at the tree lot, but they traditionally put in more than that. Patrol leaders usually put in even more time. Last year the record by one Scout was 67 hours. Each patrol earns points based not only on the number of hours worked by its patrol members, but also by the quality of their work.
Scouts in patrols are assigned to work on the days for which their Patrol Leader is responsible. Again, many Scouts work more than that both because they enjoy working there, and they want to gain points for their patrol. They may work days that are not assigned to them by their Patrol Leader in addition to the days that are, but they are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours. In order to keep track of hours worked, Scouts sign in when they arrive at the lot and sign out when they leave. This happens even if the Scout is just going on a break and plans to return soon.
Staff members (Scouts who are out of a patrol) oversee the Patrol Leaders, and they are scheduled weekdays at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m. for 2-hour shifts and weekends at 9:00, 1:00, and 5:00 p.m. for 4-hour shifts. Each staff member is assigned two weekday shifts plus two weekend shifts, staff members will need to work more hours than this to meet the 20-hour minimum.
** Scouts should bring some money for a drink and snacks when they work!!
All Scouts who complete their minimum 20-hour requirement are given a discount of $100 off the price of the Ski Trip in February or Summer Camp.
While working at the tree lot, scouts:
unload trees when the truck arrives with a shipment
carry trees to the checkout
deliver trees to customers who live within walking distance
attach tree stands
keep the grounds tidy
get tree sap on their uniform
have a good time and get to know one another better
SCOUT DRESS CODE:
Scouts MUST wear Uniform Shirt, Neckerchief, & Slide at the Tree Lot - any pants are OK
WORK GLOVES ARE ESSENTIAL (with name inside)
Bring a T-Shirt to change into on days trees are being delivered.
Parents are encouraged to attend one of the cashier training sessions on Monday, November 5, or Monday, November 26. Additional training is provided by the person you are relieving on the schedule. The trees are labeled by size and type. In the office (so to speak), there are lists posted with tree prices (by size and type), a tax table, delivery charges, and instructions on how to process a credit card transaction. We do not accept cash or checks. There are emergency numbers to call in case you don't know what to do, and seasoned parents stop by to check on how things are going.