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      Boy Scouts keep tradition every December

      The boys of Troop 80 are normally known as Boy Scouts, but every December they showcase their best salesmen skills.

      Harrison Decker is in his third year as a scout, and said this is by far his favorite event of the year.

      "I ask them what kind of tree they're looking for, and what ornaments, information like that," he said "That determines which ones to get and which ones not to get them."

      There's 25 boys in Troop 80, all who take part in selling Christmas trees to raise money for year around scout activities. Though the boys selling the trees are no older than 17, the tradition has been around since 1959.

      Scout Master Steve Banks said, "The way we started selling trees, some guys in the mountains came down to one of our camps once with some Christmas trees, offered them to us for sale. We took them and sold them to make money, and it took off from there."

      But before customers can hit the lot looking for that perfect Noble Fir or Cedar, the scouts hold a major clean-up day at the lot.

      Boy Scout Robby Philyaw said, "First we had to clean the place, and then make it all pretty. Then place all the fences to help hold the trees, and then we had to unload the trees which was a big pain, and then we just got to sellin'."

      The funds go to maintain the scout's facilities, pay for gear and some of the money serves as a scholarship for scouts. At the end of the day the Boy Scouts of Troop 80 want customers to leave the lot with one more thing other than a tree.

      "A memory, to come back and see us next year, and say 'wow those are really good people we should come back next year,'" Decker said.