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The Popcorn Fundraiser helps your Scouts’s Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop or Venturing Crew earn the funds they need for a great program! Scouts who participate also learn important life skills like goal-setting, public speaking, teamwork and much more. The five best ways to sell, safety tips, selling script below will give you everything you need to sell like a pro.
Five Best Ways to Sell
This is the most traditional way to sell; going door-to-door with the take order form, which you receive from your leader or council. Your customer chooses the product(s) he or she wishes to buy and writes the order on your form. You will collect the money when you deliver the product to your customers a few weeks later.
Advantages: Provides a personal connection with your customers. Higher dollars per customer than storefront sales.
This method is similar to Take Order, except you carry Trail’s End products with you to show to your customers as you visit them. The customer is able to select the products he or she wishes to buy from your product selection. You then hand over the product and collect the money right then and there.
Advantage: No return trip required for product delivery and money collection.
This is the best way to sell to your friends and family who live out of town. You can send emails to your customers asking them to purchase Trail’s End products online. Your customers click on the link in your email and can begin shopping right away. They order products online and pay with a credit card, and Trail’s End ships the products directly to your customers.
Advantages: No product delivery or money collection. Ability to sell popcorn year-round and reach your friends and family who live far away.
Your mom and/or dad take an order form to their work place. Their co-workers write their order on the order form. Your mom and/or dad deliver product and collect the money a few weeks later.
Advantages: Expands your customer base, and offices often need snacks and gifts.
Your den, pack, or troop gets permission to sell in front of a retail store or in the local mall. You set up a display with products for people to purchase as they walk by. Have plenty of products on display for people to buy.
Advantages: Gives you access to a large number of potential customers and promotes the Boy Scouts of America in the community.
Planning and conducting a strong program is the best way to keep your Scouts active and interested in Scouting. Funding that program is equally important—otherwise great plans can’t become a reality. The annual popcorn fundraiser is a proven approach to ensure that your unit can meet its program and financial goals while teaching your Scouts the importance of earning their own way. Units have used the monies they raise to cover the cost of badges and advancement, outings, trips, and summer camp fees.
The popcorn fundraiser is administered by the Cradle of Liberty Council to help make your unit successful. Here are some benefits:
Pick-Up Locations: Saturday, September 29, 8 to 10 AM
Your unit is assigned to one of two locations for order #2 product pick-up. There won’t be satellite locations at the Central Schwenkfelder Church in Lansdale or Keystone First in Philadelphia; there weren’t enough orders from units in those areas to justify sending a trailer to those locations.
Your order will only be available at the location for which your district is listed below. In case you download a packing slip from the Popcorn System, please note that Reads Moving Systems will be listed for all units because that is where Trail’s End ships our council order. Disregard that info and check below to confirm your pick-up location.
There aren’t assigned time slots; please show up some time between 8 and 10 AM. Please bring your patience and vehicle(s) large enough to accommodate your order.
Firestone Scouting Resource Center
1485 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne
Reads Moving Systems
2600 Turnpike Dr, Hatboro
If you’re a program specialist with an after-school program, please contact your district professional or the after-school programs coordinator regarding pick-up. All product for after-school units will be shipped to the Firestone Scouting Resource Center.
If you need product for Show & Sells prior to product pick-up on September 29, please post a request on the council popcorn Facebook group and contact your district popcorn coordinator and/or professional to let them know your product needs. We will do our best to help facilitate a product transfer from another unit. The product is most likely out there; last year more than $75,000 in product was returned to the council (we cannot return this to Trail’s End). As a result, there is not a lot of excess product at the council office.
A few things to consider:
Alternatively, if you have excess product that you can part with, please post so units that can immediately sell it can do so. The goal is to sell this popcorn to fund Scouting Adventures – it does no good sitting around! Please do not wait until Popcorn Rebalance Day to return large quantities of product.
Previous Training Videos:
From the Scouting Magazine Blog:
Show & Sell (Storefront Sales) Tools:
Through a partnership with SEPTA, our Scouts are able to sell at a select number of SEPTA stations in our area, listed below, through 10/21. If your pack, troop or crew would like to sell popcorn at one of these locations, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the date(s) and station(s) you are requesting. If approved (the date/location is not already spoken for) you will receive a copy of the SEPTA permit that must be displayed while Scouts are selling.
All weekdays are available from 3 – 7pm, all Saturdays and Sundays the stations are available from 11am – 4pm.
Scouts should be in Scout uniform, under adult supervision at all times, and must obey all requests from SEPTA and other location personnel.
Available SEPTA Stations:
– 69th Street
– Broad Street & Olney Avenue
– Elwyn Media
– Fort Washington
– Frankford Transportation
– Hatboro Stations
– Market & Broad Streets
– Market East
– Moylan-Rose Valley
– Willow Grove
This weekly newsletter, which will be distributed regularly throughout the popcorn fundraiser, is intended to be a resource for unit kernels (coordinators) to help your unit fundraiser be as successful as possible. Have comments or items to contribute? Please email email@example.com
Make sure to select the **Popcorn Fundraiser email list in order to get the newsletter.
To facilitate communication, as well as to provide a resource for units to post when they need additional Show and Sell product or have product to unload, we’ve created a Facebook group. It’s a closed group, so you’ll need to request to join.
You’ll have access to the group once the page administrator approves your join request.
Questions or having difficulty? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For nutritional and allergen information about Trail’s End popcorn, please visit:
At that site you will find detailed information about gluten, dairy, nuts, trans fats, etc. as it relates to the Trail’s End popcorn products.
Unit Kernels can place their prize orders through one of two methods:
If any unit kernels are not able to access the prize system, please email email@example.com and we’ll assist you in setting up your account.
Once you access the system, this video will help you navigate the system to place your order.