In 1989, a local group of citizens called the Citizens for Greenspace started a tradition of planting trees along Carmel City streets. Joined in 1995 by the City of Camel, the two groups have held an annual Arbor Day each year since.
The Arbor Day celebration has become a very successful project over the years. The benefits of the tree planting are obvious, however, the positive impact it has had on the people involved in the planting has been tremendous. The Arbor Day tree planting has become tradition for many of the scout volunteers in the community. The young scouts learn the basics in tree planting and are able to watch their tree grow as they grow. They will forever remember the tree that they planted. Without their help, the Arbor Day tree planting would be at a significant loss. Scout volunteers plant all of the trees planted for Arbor Day. This has proved to be a very successful partnership. It enables the City to plant trees at half the cost and it creates a wonderful experience for the boy scouts, girl scouts, brownies, cub scouts and weeblos that participate in the planting.