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Canby kids in Cub Scout Pack 503, Baker Prairie Builders Club, focus their efforts on raising funds for causes

Cub Scout Pack 503 has been busy with community service projects this year.

In fact, the Kiwanis-sponsored Boy Scout Pack used its annual Christmas Tree Recycle and Bottle Drive fundraiser for conservation projects during the holiday season.

But they weren't alone. The Baker Prairie Middle School Builders Club spent the year gathering tabs off all kinds of cans that are recycled.

These include pop top soup, energy drinks and other metal lids, which were sent at the end of 2019 to Ronald McDonald House charities. The charity earns an average of $6,000 annually from the lids.

FILE PHOTO - Tabs proved to be a major fundraising emphasis in 2019.

The Cub Scouts advertised around Canby, offering to recycle Christmas trees for a $10 fee. The trees were sent to a company that uses them to create salmon habitats in rivers around the country. Some of them also went to local farms to provide food for the goats to eat.

The Pack also recycled bottles and cans, sorting each container and used pliers to take off the metal tabs of each can, which they then passed along to the Baker Prairie's Builders Club.

The club's mentors, Angela Baker and Don Weaver, create a number of other projects to keep Builders Club members busy. Students are looking forward to working with Pennies for Patients and making trauma dolls for OHSU by the end of the school year.

Another way they are helping is with Project Pooch.

Students designed stickers for sale. The proceeds from the stickers will go to pair shelter dogs with incarcerated youth at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.

This helps the youngsters learn good habits while they take care of, groom, socialize and train the dogs for adoption


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