Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The fall season is prime time for apple picking, but for some local cub scouts, they're reaching below the branches for a good cause.
Boy Scouts of America's Cub Scout 109 is in it's third season of picking apples off the ground at Bushel & A Peck in Chippewa Falls. The pack is picking the fallen apples to sell as deer feed and will donate the money toward community projects. Bushel & A Peck owners, Wayne and Lisa Geist, are allowing the pack to have the apples for free. The cub scout pack is made up of 40 students from Southview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls. Brian Brennan, the cub master of Cub Scout 109, said this season, the group packed 60 bushels, totaling 3,000 pounds of apples! Some cub scouts said they're excited to be a part of the apple-picking action.
"For me, it's exciting because maybe you can stay here and if the sun is setting it can be a pretty sky,” said Cub Scout, Michael Wellner.
Geist said the opportunity is a win-win for them and the cub scouts. "We get all the apples up from the under the tree every year so that it's spotless by the time it's snowfall,” Geist said. “Hopefully we have all those trees cleaned up. And we do that for pest control because the mice like it, and we don't want the mice to eat it around the trunk of the tree because it can kill it if it does that.”
Brennan said the pack raised $500 this season. He said the group will decide in two weeks which community project they plan to donate the proceeds to.