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Cut, split and deliver firewood

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If you live in an area where woods and fireplaces are commonplace, you might be able to have your troop prepare and sell firewood to raise some $$$ for the troop.  Be aware of any G2SS guidelines that might apply regarding age-appropriate activities and use of chainsaws or other power tools.

A troop in Michigan has been successful doing this....at least until recently, when thieves stole the troop's log splitter....
https://www.wilx.com/content/news/Thieves-steal-Spring-Arbor-Boy-Scout-troops-wood-splitter-565113052.html 

 

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My Troop did this for several years - it can be very profitable.

Naturally, adults did the chain saw work.  Scouts loaded the logs into the trucks and unloaded at home.  Adults ran the splitter but Scouts moved the logs to/from.  When someone would email/voicemail to request a delivery, Scouts would call back to schedule.  Scouts would load the truck and ride along to unload and stack at the customer house.

Interesting that the Scouts never minded the physical labor of loading/splitting/delivering the wood.  We stopped doing it because we couldnt get a Scout who would make the phone calls to schedule the deliveries !

Our camp also sells firewood.  It is collected from around camp as part of the timber / conservation plan.  There is always a crew on the log splitter at OA / Camp Work Day.

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8 hours ago, jjlash said:

Our camp also sells firewood.  It is collected from around camp as part of the timber / conservation plan.  There is always a crew on the log splitter at OA / Camp Work Day.

What? Your camp generates more wood than scouts can burn? [confused]

Our local Scout Network (aged 18-25) help a local farmer who is very scout friendly to down and log a few trees a couple of times a year, and the local pub that has an open wood fire buys the logs from them. Not a massive money spinner, but an honest days work.

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