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Antrim Boy Scout troop sells winter wreaths for summer fun

  • A wreath on Stagecoach Road in Wilton. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/4/2019 10:14:20 PM

Boy Scout Troop 2 of Antrim is prepared for another round of Christmas wreath sales this weekend. The sales are the troop’s most important fundraiser of the year, according to Scoutmaster Michael Redmond, and proceeds subsidize the scouts’ summer trips.

“The wreaths are all handmade,” Redmond said. “They decorate, sort, run the sales,” and even ship wreaths around the country.

He said that over the years, the troop has acquired returning customers who ship wreaths abroad to family members, and businesses that buy wreaths to ship to their clients across the country. 

Redmond said that he expected sales from this coming weekend to be the best of the season.

“Typically we'll get anywhere from two to four weeks of sales,” he said. “The wreaths are ... the make it or break it fundraiser.”

Last year the troop’s sales capacity was halved after an ice storm prevented them from receiving a shipping of balsam clippings from Nova Scotia.

Proceeds subsidize summer programming for the troop, and on a good year, the profits from the wreath sales can cover half the $430 tuition for a week at camp. 

“That’s a lot of coin for a lot of the kids,” he said. 

Redmond said that in order to be eligible for the funds, troop members must work a certain quota of shifts on the fundraiser.

“They all know what the money's going for,” Redmond said, and the boys sign up for shifts quickly and look forward to the fundraiser every year.

He said the troop has been selling wreaths for at least ten years.

Last summer, the troop went to Yellowstone National Park. The boys opted to visit the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and Beal Island in Maine in 2020. 

“The Naval Academy does a Boy Scout weekend annually,” Redmond said, where the troop stays for two nights, tours the campus, and does merit badge camps with officers. “A lot of the boys have military aspirations,” and several of the 12 or 13 active scouts, aged 11 to 17, have participated in the event before. 

He said the troop returns to perennial favorite Beal Island every three or four years. “You have to canoe to it and you camp out on the beach,” Redmond said of the  island, which is owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club.

The troop also raises funds by selling camp card coupon books in the spring, and helping with parking at the Granite State Truck Show every summer. 

This Saturday, troop members will be selling wreaths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Antrim Transfer Station, the Antrim Police Station, and Hill Top Farm in Hancock.

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