Up with the sun Saturday, Boy Scouts from Troop 39, joined by many of their parents and Scout leaders, criss-crossed town for a post-holiday tradition: collecting Christmas trees discarded by residents.

After fueling up with hot chocolate, coffee, doughnuts and bagels, the boys got a briefing for the troop’s annual mission from Scoutmaster John Hillhouse and Assistant Scoutmaster Eric Montgomery, and then divided into seven teams that deployed around town.

Their tree-collection project, carried out with six rental trucks and a construction vehicle, was to pick up nearly 600 trees — a record number — from residents who had paid $20 each for the convenience. The collected trees, in turn, will be recycled into mulch.

The fees are used to support troop programs.