Flocks of flamingos help local scouts raise funds
Over the past two weeks, you may have seen some curious lawn decorations around Glenwood Springs.
The flocks of pink flamingos cropping up on the yards of businesses and homes are the work of Glenwood Springs’ Boy Scout Venture Crew 225, a co-ed group of 14- to 21-year-olds raising money for a trip to Mexico.
Here’s how it works: Someone calls to request a flock of 25 handmade, wooden flamingos be put in someone’s yard. The flocked home or business owner can pay $15 for the flock to be removed, $5 for insurance so they can never be flocked again, $10 to flock a friend’s yard and another $10 for a double flock (50 flamingos).
One of the crew’s more recent flockings was to the Glenwood Ford/Subaru dealer at the request of Big Horn Toyota, which was flocked by Berthod Motors, which was flocked by European Auto Works.
“I’m assuming it’s just going to keep continuing on,” said Sabrina Carmichael, the crew’s adviser. “Everyone loves them, and they actually want to pay to keep them longer. I thought for sure people would be like, ‘Get them out of our property,’ but they love the idea, and the community reception is amazing.”
Carmichael said she was hesitant when the crew brought this idea to her.
“We’re so used to doing community service for fundraisers,” she said. “We did metal collection for fundraisers, but the metal price plummeted this year; it was only $20 a ton. So we’d spend more money collecting versus earning for fundraising. So they came up with this one, and I think it’s cute.”
After coming up with the idea, the crew of five handmade 100 lawn flamingos; they cut the wood, painted and put them on sticks.
“I want to say they probably have 30 hours invested,” Carmichael said.
The crew decided they want to go to Mexico this year to keep working on diving, which they learned on their trip last year to Hawaii. In previous years, they’ve kayaked with whales in Puget Sound, kayaked around Catalina Island, camped for two weeks straight, hiked and biked numerous mountains, scuba dived, snorkeled in the ocean and more.
Word is spreading fast about this fun prank for a cause, and Carmichael said they already have 12 places on a flock waiting list.
“We started two weeks ago, and I want to say we’ve done it 15 times,” she said. “We only had one flock up and going at first, and now that we have four flocks up and going, we have 12 properties waiting for us to flock after these ones are done.”
Carmichael said the long list shouldn’t discourage anyone from calling or texting her at 970-274-6470 because they’ll be doing this for quite a while.
“Up until they get on the plane,” she said.
This year’s theme is “Marble Mash” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial, which was built from marble mined in the nearby Crystal River Valley town of Marble. Among the day’s events is a statue contest.
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