Popcorn Selling Season Is Here
The Council has listened to the feedback provided by Scouting units and COMPLETELY REVISED the popcorn funding mechanism. In a nutshell, the program is MUCH SIMPLER than in previous years. There will be more details forthcoming, but here are some highlights:
Only THREE ITEMS to sell
- Caramel Corn
- Microwave Butter (6-pack)
- Donation to Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Only ONE price point
- $10 for each product, period.
Larger Variety Online
- A larger lineup of products will be available for online sales.
- Scouts can have their own personal selling page at Trailsend.com
- Scouts will be credited with online sales through their page, with the Troop getting commission
No Order Forms
- The sale is all “show and sell,” which means we order the product up-front so the Scout has product to sell immediately.
- The customer hands you $10, you hand them the product.
Highest Commission in the Country
- Troops will now make 50% COMMISSION, which is the highest popcorn commission of any Council in the country.
- $5 from every $10 item sold will be returned to the troop.
- In the past, popcorn was a 33% commission to the troop.
Simple is good…
NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO STEP UP AND GET INVOLVED
We need a new “Popcorn Kernel” to manage this program (which is really not very difficult). I have been the Kernel for many years, but Noah is turning 18 in October and another parent must take over this task. I still plan on being involved in the Troop, but I need to step back from popcorn. WE NEED YOU! I am more than happy to assist and advise, so you won’t be without support. This is Scouting after all, and as Mr. Campbell says, “we always have our wingman.”
~~ Mr. Furin
Scout Selling Tips
- ALWAYS wear your Field Class “A” uniform. Everyone loves to support a Scout in uniform.
- ALWAYS sell in pairs or with an adult. Never sell after dark.
- ALWAYS act like a Scout and be polite and courteous. Wear a smile and introduce yourself.
- ALWAYS walk on the sidewalk and driveway, not through the yard. Watch for traffic.
- Never enter anyone’s house.
- Make sure you know the different types of popcorn you are selling.
- Be sure to tell the customer how the money will be used. (1/2 to the Troop, 1/2 to Lake Erie Council & cost of popcorn)
- The more people you ask, the more you will sell.
- Place popcorn sale articles in your school, church and community bulletins/newsletters.
- Remind your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors what a great gift popcorn makes
for teachers, friends, co-workers, etc.
- Tell them why you are selling.
- Let them know how good the popcorn is.
- Say “Thank You” even if they don’t buy anything.