Trees:  Members of Cub Scout Pack 312, parents and volunteers unload Christmas trees at the former Shopko parking lot Saturday.

While much of the community are preparing for Thanksgiving, Cub Scout Pack 312 is getting ready for the next holiday season as they set up their annual Christmas tree sale Saturday.

Several scouts, parents and volunteers set up over 200 trees in the Shopko parking lot in Fergus Falls.

After Shopko closed this summer, speculation to where the scouts would hold their tree sale was up in the air. “We did discuss other possible locations but decided to continue to hold sales in the Shopko parking lot,” Cubmaster Ryan Schlosser said. “We wanted to keep continuity from last year.”

There are a variety of trees to choose from including balsam fir, white pine, Fraser fir and Scotch pine. Prices range based on height of the tree with a 6-foot tree starting at $45.

The money raised for the event goes entirely to Pack 312. The funds are used to help the scouts participate in a variety of activities including Camp Wilderness, pinewood derby and other events throughout the year.

The tree sales will be going from to Friday, Nov. 29 to Friday, Dec. 20. Friday and Saturday will see the pack selling trees from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the initial opening. After that, the scheduled times for sales will be 2-7 p.m. during the week (Monday-Friday), 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

“Our advice is to get a tree early when the variety is the best,” Schlosser said.

While the scouts and their parents will cover most of the shifts, the Knights of Columbus from Our Lady of Victory church also help to cover the day shifts.  

While it may not be all fun and games selling Christmas trees, there is a benefit for scouts both as a communication tool and a way to work with people.

“The best part of selling the trees is seeing the scouts learn and hone their communication skills with buyers. The scouts are enthusiastic about their sales, helping bundle trees, learning to make change and working together to keep the tree supply full.  It is the most wonderful time of the year,” Schlosser added.

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