Popcorn

Order #3 (Take Order) Pick-up Information

All units who placed an Order #3 (either directly or through the course of Rebalance Day) can pickup their product on Saturday, November 11th at the following locations – schedule here. Please be sure to adhere to the scheduled times to respect our use of others’ properties.
Note: Military donations have no physical pick-up, popcorn will be delivered by COL to Liberty USO. No need to attend if your Take Order was only military donations.
Remember – November 11th is the deadline for the 2nd Fill-A-Sheet submissions for your Scouts.
Firestone Scouting Resource Center
1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne
All units in Constellation & Lafayette Districts
Read’s Moving Systems, Hatboro
2600 Turnpike Drive, Hatboro
All units in Washington, Roosevelt & Baden Powell
Keystone First, Philadelphia
(Stevens Drive off 291/Gov Printz Blvd)
All units in Minquas, Conestoga, Northern & Triune

Central Schwenkfelder Church
2111 S Valley Forge Rd, Lansdale
All units in Continental & General Nash

Prize Ordering Information

Scout Prize orders are due by Saturday, Nov 11th.  Prize orders received after the deadline are not guaranteed. Absolutely no prize orders will be accepted after the end of the year – no exceptions.
Prize orders will be approved by COL when a unit product payment is received. Order will be shipped directly to the address entered in the Prize Order no later than two weeks after approval.
NEW for 2017, all prizes will be ordered through BSA National Supply (BSA Prize Mania System).  This includes:
  • All prizes in the standard prize program
  • All Mega-Corn Collection Patch pieces
  • All $750 Sellers Club Items:
    (Fish Fest Invitations OR Philadelphia Rock Gym Quick Climb Pass) – no separate form needed for this
To access the prize ordering system, log on to the Popcorn System at  scouting.trails-end.com and click the large “Order Prizes” button.
Once in the BSA Prize Mania System, use the links on the left to order your prizes:
CHOOSE YOUR PRIZES – prize selection
PROGRAM INSTRUCTIONS – system order instructions
COUNCIL FLYER & TALLY SHEET – COL prize sheet & useful tally sheet
For a detailed step by step instructions, you can view the 6 minute video here.
Need Help?
 
Please direct all questions regarding account access, order help, shipping and inquiries directly to BSA National Supply for the quickest service!
 
Call BSA Supply Group Customer Service (M-F from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm EST) at 800-323-0736 for specific questions or send an email to NDC.PrizeIncentiveProgram@scouting.organd place PIP (Prize Incentive Program) in the subject line.
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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

  1. Take Order

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.

  1. Show and Deliver

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.

  1. Selling Online

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.

  1. Selling at Work

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.

  1. Show and Sell

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.

Selling Tips

  • ALWAYS wear your uniform
  • ALWAYS smile and introduce yourself
  • ALWAYS tell your customers why you are selling popcorn
  • KNOW the different kinds of popcorn you are selling
  • ALWAYS say “Thank You”
  • ALWAYS make a copy of your order form
  • ALWAYS have a clean order form with a pen
  • BE SURE to get customer email addresses to send them a “Thank You” email after the sale, reminding them they can re-order online.

Safety Tips

  • NEVER enter anyone’s home
  • NEVER sell after dark unless you are with an adult
  • DON’T carry large amounts of cash with you
  • ALWAYS walk on the sidewalk and driveway
  • ALWAYS sell with another scout or with an adult

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:

  • No Up-Front Costs: Units keep their commission and pay by December.
  • Turnkey Program: Training, order forms, online ordering, Scout prize program, and other resources are provided free-of-charge.
  • Proven Product Quality: Trails End provides superior, high-quality products. Always remember, however, we’re really selling Scouting adventures–popcorn is the thank you gift.
  • Teaches Life Lessons: Earning your own way, salesmanship, confidence, financial responsibility, and leadership to name a few. The fundraiser also provides opportunities for Scouts to earn advancements and merit badges.
  • Support: The council popcorn team, made up of volunteers and staff, stand ready to assist your unit with a successful fundraiser.
  • Over 73% Goes to Local Scouting: Not only does your unit raise the money it needs to fuel its program, but a portion of the sale benefits the council as a whole by helping us serve volunteer leaders and members by providing better programs and camping facilities.

Resources & Training

Show & Sells at Wawa Locations

On September 30 or October 1, many of our units will have a great opportunity to sell at a selection of Wawa stores in our area. Wawa has graciously allowed Scouts this opportunity for many years at their available and approved locations, with site coordination through the local council.
The Wawa Location Lottery ran through the month of August and the schedule is posted below. Note that not all Wawa locations are made available due to safety and logistic concerns or pending Wawa renovations.
Please review the additional safety rules and guidelines provided by Wawa, that must be followed when selling popcorn:
  • Solicitations must be at least ten (10) feet away from any door of the store as designated by General Manager
  • A maximum of four (4) people at any one time — at least 1 adult if there are minors — Minors must ALWAYS be accompanied by adults
  • Group uniforms/identification must be worn (BSA Field Uniform, “Class A,” is preferred)
  • To protect solicitors, if there are no safety bollards, your vehicle must be parked in a space directly in front of your collection area excluding handicap or non-designated parking spaces, and remain there for the duration of the activity
  • Duration of activity must not exceed four day light hours, 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM
  • Solicitations may not be conducted in an aggressive or confrontational manner
  • Smoking is prohibited while soliciting customers
  • Porch area must not be blocked
  • No individual sales will be approved outside of the Council level arrangement
When members of your pack or troop arrive at your Wawa location, please set up as outlined above, and introduce yourself to the manager on duty to let him know that you are there. If any issues arise, please email popcorn@colbsa.org

Show & Sells at SEPTA Locations

Once again, the Cradle of Liberty Council has obtained a permit from SEPTA for Scouting units to sell popcorn at selection of stations, listed below, from Saturday, August 26th through Friday, October 27th . The permit covers the following list of SEPTA locations, please note that not every SEPTA location has been approved due to space, safety concerns and station ownership.

Units can reserve a date to sell at any of these stations, on weekdays from 3-7pm or on weekends from 11am-4pm.  When selling at the station, a copy of the permit available. Scouts must be accompanied by appropriate adult supervision at all times, must not obstruct any foot traffic, and must obey any posted rules or direction by SEPTA authorities on the premises.

To make arrangements for your Scouts to sell at one of the stations below, please send your request with your unit number, requested station and requested date to popcorn@colbsa.org.  You will receive a response with approval, if no other unit has reserved the space, as well as a copy of the permit for your unit to display.

 Download a SEPTA map with the approved locations highlighted in yellow, click here
69th Street Terminal
Ambler Station
Ardsley Station
Bethayres Station
Broad Street & Olney Avenue
Conshohocken Station
Crestmont Station
Elkins Park Station
Elwyn Media Station
Fort Washington Station
Frankford Transportation Center
Hatboro Station
Market & Broad Streets
Market East  (the Gallery)
Meadowbrook Station
Melrose Park Station
Morton-Rutledge Station
Moylan-Rose Valley Station
Noble Station
Orland Station
Penlyn Station
Roslyn Station
Rydal Station
Suburban Station
Swarthmore Station
Wallingford Station
Willow Grove Station
Wyndmoor Station

Contact Information

Philadelphia Field Director Lonce Scott 484-654-9270
Northern District Senior District Executive Joe Leiss 484-654-9261
Popcorn Kernel Rae Whatley
Roosevelt District District Director Javon Arnold 484-654-9260
Triune District District Executive Aaron Munson 484-654-9263
Popcorn Kernel Arlene Gray
Montgomery County Field Director Nick Nowak 484-654-9209
Baden-Powell District Senior District Executive Bob Ames 484-654-9204
Popcorn Kernel Stuart Christ
Continental District District Director Adam Smith 484-654-9227
General Nash District District Executive Dave Broadhead 484-654-9227
Popcorn Kernel Beverly Banks
Lafayette District District Executive Mark Leeper 484-654-9241
Washington District Senior District Executive Ryan Martin 484-654-9217
Popcorn Kernel Chad Kealey
Delaware County Field Director Dave Bryan 484-654-9210
Conestoga District District Executive Nile Lyons 484-654-9232
Constellation District Field Director Dave Bryan 484-654-9210
Minquas District District Executive Dave Bryan 484-654-9210
Popcorn Kernel Vince Benchino
Council Staff Advisor Director of Field Service Greg Osborn 484-654-9239
Council Staff Advisor Field Director Nick Nowak 484-654-9209
Council Staff Support Field Service Specialist Amy Davidson 484-654-9229
General Email: popcorn@colbsa.org

Important Dates

Product Line-Up

Scout Prizes & Incentives

Prize Vault “Fill-A-Sheet” Drawings

Scouts who fill an order sheet will have the opportunity to submit their order form(s) to be entered into two “Prize Vault” drawings, one at the mid-point of the fundraiser and one at the end.

For each drawing, 10 lucky Scouts will be randomly selected to attend a pizza party in their honor and choose a prize worth approximately $100!

Deadlines for entries: September 23 and November 11.
Prize Vault Pizza Parties will occur in October and December; availability of winners will help determine the exact dates of the parties.
  • Scouts get one entry per filled order sheet per drawing
  • Submit filled sheets (with Scout’s full name, unit type (pack/troop) and unit number) in one of the following ways:
    • Scan and email to popcorn@colbsa.org (include subject as Prize Vault)
    • Fax with cover sheet to 610-688-2951
    • Bring copies (keep originals!) to the corresponding product pick-up days

Kernel Connection E-Newsletter

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 popcorn@colbsa.org

Click here to subscribe

Make sure to select the **Popcorn Fundraiser email list in order to get the newsletter.

Popcorn Facebook Group

FacebookTo 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.

  • Log into Facebook (if you’re not already)
  • Search for colpopcorn
  • Select Popcorn Fundraiser – COLBSA
  • Click Join Group

You’ll have access to the group once the page administrator approves your join request.
Questions or having difficulty? Please contact popcorn@colbsa.org

Popcorn Nutritional & Allergen Information

For nutritional and allergen information about Trail’s End popcorn, please visit:

https://www.trails-end.com/Home/FAQs 

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.

 Prize System Access & Ordering

Unit Kernels can place their prize orders through one of two methods:

Through the Popcorn System (Try this first)

  1. Log into www.scouting.trails-end.com with your established username and password.
  2. On the main menu, click the word PRIZE.  Note that the main menu may show horizontally across your screen or may be a drop down when you click the word TUTORIAL.

Directly through PrizeMania

  1. Navigate to www.bsaprizemania.org
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions to:a) enter your email address as your username and enter cradleofliberty as your passwordb) retrieve your passwordc) request new logon (response confirmation within 24 hours)

If any unit kernels are not able to access the prize system, please email popcorn@colbsa.org and we’ll assist you in setting up your account.

Placing Your Order

Once you access the system, this video will help you navigate the system to place your order.

Council Events & Activities