Free holiday gift-wrapping services by teenagers representing a variety of organizations have become increasingly popular. One organization is unique because its youth members have been wrapping gifts for the same store for almost 10 years.
Four stalwart Boy Scouts from the Delphi Academy-sponsored Troup 555 spent 12 hours on Thursday wrapping at Sport Chalet in La Cañada Flintridge. Their Scout leader is Sean Burke, who is Outdoor Chairman. These kids pull in $500 a day in customer donations. And that's wrapping on Black Friday and two weeks before Christmas. According to Burke, the donation money will go toward a 15-day summer trip for the Scouts without having to empty their parents' wallets. Some $7,500 in wrapping money will take as many Scouts as can fit into a large van to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Mt. Rushmore, to name only a few of the sites they will visit.
Those putting in the muscle were Burke's son, Duggan Burke, 13; Andy Fisher-Shin, 11, Spencer Allen, 16; and Colton Evans,16, who has volunteered for wrapping duty for six years straight. These kids wrap anything from trampolines and a free-standing basketball hoop to bikes and punching bags. The Scouts also accumulate community service hours for their efforts in Scouts and in their high schools—more and more necessary for college admittance.