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Scouting out cheer: Teen speaks about tree project


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A home-schooled Bargersville teen wants to make sure every family in Johnson County has a Christmas tree this year.

Caleb Brown, 14, is building Christmas trees from chicken wire and holiday decorations as his Eagle Scout project for Troop 227.

Here is what Brown had to say about the project:

How did you get the idea?

My Eagle coach came up with the idea, and my mom saw the idea on Pinterest. That is how the project came to be.

So, what made this idea stand out?

I know in Johnson County some families don’t have Christmas trees. This will give those families the experience of having a tree.

How do you build a tree with just chicken wire, zip ties and holiday decorations?

Take a tomato cage (or chicken wire), and flip it over. Use zip ties to tie off the legs. Cut baling wire and attach it to the tree. Shape the garland around the wire, pulling out the branches to make it look nice. Wrap the lights around the garland. Put on the bulbs, and wrap the ribbon around the top as a tree topper.

Who will get these trees?

People who go to the Interchurch Food Pantry who are in need.

How many are you hoping to make?

150. They would accept more.

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