2015 Popcorn Program
Popcorn Sales Begin
Pack 1225 Popcorn Blitz
Circle 10 Blitz Weekend
(Sell popcorn this weekend
& earn a patch)
Orders & Payment DUE
(NO orders will be accepted
after this date)
Last Day for Online
& Mobile Sales
Individual Order Pickup
(18608 Featherwood Dr, Dallas)
NOTE: All Forms and Materials can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
Face it parents: we grew up in a different time. As kids, nothing was handed to us. We either worked or helped to earn our rewards: money, an activity with friends, or something we wanted. Scouting still believes in and stands for the core value of earning!
Benefits to Your Scout and Family:
Provides positive, character-building environment that goes hand in hand with Scouting
Teaches Scouts the value & process of setting and working toward goals
Gives Scouts a strong sense of accomplishment through recognition
Enhances communication, leadership skills and self confidence in your Scout
Scouts can earn valuable rewards including gift cards and prizes
Helps to minimize out-of-pocket expenses during the scout year
Minimum Sales Goal: $400 per Scout.
3 Ways to Sell:
This is the most traditional way to sell; going door-to-door with the Take Order Form (Download Below), 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.
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.
Trails End is where you will set up your scout's account. 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.
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.
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
Sales Script for your scout
Hi, my name is ____________
I’m a Cub scout with Pack 1225
We’re selling popcorn to help raise money for our Pack.
You can support us by buying some of our delicious popcorn
Will you support me?
The Victory Lane Prize Flyer (Download Below) handout details the prize structure. Boys who participate earn at patch. Starting at the $115 level, boys get the opportunity to earn a product from the BSA online catalog. Note - this years prizes are more along the lines of scout gear as opposed to toys. For those scouts that really want the "toy", opt for the gift card prize which will allow him to shop for his prize on his own.
Fill it up campaign
Circle 10 Council is offering a bonus prize for every order form that has been filled up. These are "instant recognition" prizes - awarded as soon as an order form is filled and turned in. Submit the original form to me, and I will take it to the council office to retrieve your gift, and make sure that your scout is entered into a drawing for a second, grander prize.
NOTE - 1 will be awarded each Friday for the entire 10 weeks of the sale. The sooner you get your form in, the higher your chances to win
Why do we fundraise?
We fundraise in order to keep out of pocket costs low. Our program costs more than the $55 pack dues. We establish goals to ensure that we raise the minimum amount to fund our program.
What do our dues and fundraising money go towards?
Boy's Life Magazine
Non-rank patches, beltloops & pins
Camp sites during the fall and spring campouts
Pinewood Derby (cars + awards)
Blue & Gold ceremony
General operations, including renting the meeting space
How much will all of this cost?
Around $7400 minimum, for the year.
Why raise more than the minimum?
The more money we raise, the higher the quality of the program - we can not only do more "fun stuff", but do them at nicer facilities. This funds can also help support special pack projects.
Why sell Trails End popcorn?
As many of you know, 70% of the total retail sales number comes back to Cub Scouts. The pack gets to keep 28% which helps to fund pack sponsored activities listed above.
Circle 10 Council gets the other 42%, which helps to support council and district owned facilities, (such as Camp Wisdom and Camp James Ray), subsize council and district sponsored activities (such as Cuborree, Day Camp, Resident Camp, and leadership training), pay for administrative and operational costs.
But why Trails End, and not another fundraising program where we can get a higher percentage of cash back?
Trails End popcorn fundraising is built into the BSA program. As such, selling Trails End is selling the BSA brand. Trails End is easily identified as the core fundraiser for BSA. Those who purchase it, do so to support the overall program.
Is collecting donations an alternative to fundraising?
BSA units may not solicit donations, however we can "accept" donations which may be offered in lieu of purchasing popcorn. Note - donations collected during the sale, other than for Military Donations, are NOT tax deductible and do NOT count towards prizes or the scholarship fund. They may however, be applied toward your "buy out" price should your scout fall short of his $400 sales goal.
Trails End Scholarship - what is it?
Scouts who sell at least $2,500 (online, face-to-face or combination) in any calendar year receive 6% of their total sales invested in their own college scholarship account. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum one time, but continue to build it during his entire scout career. More info at trails-end.com.