THE ADVOCATE ASKS: Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 members discuss what they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving
Editor’s Note: For this week, we went down to 20 Salem Turnpike, the lot on Route 107 at Ballard Street, right after the lights, where members of Saugus Boy Scout Troop 62 were setting up a shipment of Christmas trees which had arrived for their annual holiday fundraiser. With Thanksgiving Day approaching, we had one simple question for the scouts and troop leaders we met: As a Saugus resident, what are you most thankful for? We also wanted to find out a little bit about that Alaska trip that this fundraiser will help support. The Troop 62 Christmas Tree Lot, which began selling trees this week, is open Monday through Friday, 4-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will remain open through Christmas Eve or until the troop sells out its 300 trees. The troop offers delivery and also free tie down service. The scouts sell balsam trees and wreaths as well as kissing balls, tree stands and other accessories. Tree sizes from table tops to 9′ tall trees. Larger ones can be ordered by request. The scouts have wreaths from 12-48“. In stock tree prices range from $25-$60. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Money raised will go to the scouts’ big trip to Alaska. Some highlights of the interview follow.
Q: As you prepare for Thanksgiving, what are you most thankful for?
Jake D’Eon, 12, a scout: Scouts. They help you on a lot of things that you might need help with. As a Boy Scout, you get to do a lot of fun things and learn a lot.
Ryan Dennison, 12, a scout: The food. The turkey. The stuffing. Cranberry Sauce. Dressing. The desert. All of the food!
John Carbone, 11, a scout: Family and friends: my mom, dad, siblings and all of the friends I have at school.
John Kane, 42, Troop 62 Scoutmaster, 24 years as an adult leader and 35 years overall: For a safe country and family and friends.
Sam Craig, 15, a scout: I’m thankful for family.
Nicholas Finnie, 16, a scout: My mother, because she is very loving and she is always doing what she can for my family.
Carl Finnie, 14, a scout: Family and friends.
Chris Finnie, 42, an adult troop leader for six years: Time with my boys and family.
Dave Craig, 48, an adult troop leader for 15 years: I’m thankful for family and friends.
Fran Lynch, 48, an adult troop leader for 10 years: A healthy and safe family.
Q: So, the money coming from this fundraiser will go toward a future trip that the troop plans for Alaska. Please tell me about that trip.
Kane: Well, it is still in the planning stages. It’s probably two to three years out.
Q: Well, how did it come about?
Kane: Well, we were just joking around during the last trip [to the Grand Canyon]. And we just got talking. “Well, where do you guys want to do next?” And they came up with the idea of going to Alaska. We haven’t decided the exact itinerary yet. We may fly out to Washington State and take a ferry out to Alaska.
Sam Craig: I think it’s a really cool opportunity because we can camp on the ferry going over there. We could pitch tents on the deck of the ferry. I think it’s cool that they allow people to do that while they are also able to go to Alaska.
Q: So, whereabouts in Alaska would you go?
Kane: That’s still undecided. Once we figure out what the costs might be, we’ll decide where we want to go and will map out a plan. But going to Alaska is something that the troop wants to do and has set as their next goal.