Fifth Garry Oak Cubs Nathan Williams, Emmett Gough and Adam Ross are among the cubs collecting bottles. (Courtesy Fifth Garry Oak Cubs)

Garry Oak Scouts bank on 10-cent boost for upcoming bottle drive through Oak Bay

5th Garry Oak Scouts will visit Oak Bay homes on Jan. 4 for bottles

With the deposit on bottles doubled to 10 cents, the 5th Garry Oak Scouts are gunning for a big increase in funds raised at this year’s annual bottle drive.

The group is now entering its fifth decade and the bottle drive is a tradition that goes back to 1980, said volunteer Annemarie Scanlan.

This year’s drive is set for Saturday, Jan. 4. Flyers will be distributed throughout Oak Bay between Christmas and New Years to encourage residents to save their bottles. Then, leave them out with the flyer on them by 9 a.m. on Jan. 4 for the Scouts to collect.

READ MORE: Single dad reaches out to Greater Victoria community to help kids celebrate Christmas

“Last year, the drive generated about $5,500 but we are hoping to hit $6,000 this year,” Scanlan said.

The hall is transformed from Scout meeting place to bottle depot.

The Scouts put the funds to use here in Oak Bay with leadership and outdoor education programming. One project underway this year is the Bowker Creek restoration in partnership with the municipality and a local restoration group.

Funds also support active scouting outdoor and leadership programs for youth in our community including Beavers (5-7), Cubs (8-10), Scouts (11-14), and Venturers (15-18).

“This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year, all money raised goes directly to 5th Garry Oak group and is used for funding camps and educational programs for Oak Bay Scouts from 5-18 years old,” Scanlan. said.

If you have a large pick-up to offer, contact the bottle coordinator at 250-920-8010 to arrange a special pick up.

Bottles can also be dropped off anytime at the scout hall, 1703 Monterey Ave. (Fireman’s Park) and placed in the bin there.

reporter@oakbaynews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Man who bound, murdered Langford teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

North Saanich artist brightens pandemic with whimsical signs

Artist Anna Trelford decorates her fence with signs that riff on COVID-19 pandemic

Traffic redirected after crash on McKenzie Avenue

Saanich Police responded to Thursday evening collision

West Shore RCMP, ICBC target speeders and aggressive drivers

Hotspots include Sooke Road, Veterans Memorial Parkway and Colwood Corners

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak ends, 9 new cases in B.C.

New positive test at Port Coquitlam care home

POLL: Do you agree with the provincial government’s decision to increase the minimum wage?

B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will be getting a few more dollars to try… Continue reading

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on quite a show

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a Campbell River tour operator’s boat for quite some time

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

Stolen gargoyle returns to its perch on central Vancouver Island yard

Petey, a concrete gargoyle statue, was returned by Nanaimo RCMP after being found by city crew

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

B.C. teacher reprimanded for sharing homophobic and sexist memes, making racist comments

Klaus Hardy Breslauer was accused of making a laundry list of concerning decisions as a science teacher

Most Read