Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 73% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

Why Sell?

• Increase your unit and council income – 73% stays in the local area.

• Scouts pay for their way for various Scouting programs and activities.

• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way. To

• There are loads of incentives to motivate Scouts: cool prizes, $600 club, $1800 club.

• Ordering has never been easier than with the Trail’s End app.

• Videos and resources help Scouts learn how to be successful.

Ways to Sell Popcorn

There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-and-sell. All sales count towards prizes.

1. Take Order Sales

Take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after unit kick off on August 15 through November 19, 2017. Customers choose the product(s) they wish to buy and writes the order on the order form. Scouts should collect the money when the popcorn is ordered (checks should be made out to the unit). Orders can be taken on an order form or via the Trail’s End app (which accepts credit cards). Popcorn will be picked up by units on December 9, 2017.

2. Online Popcorn Sales Selling

online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout rewards including the $650 club, $1800 club and scholarship program. Participants can send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase products online. The email includes a link allowing them to begin shopping right away. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer. The advantages of online sales are that the Scout doesn’t have to collect money or deliver products. Online sales run from August 1 to November 18, 2017.

3. Show-n-Sell Show-n-sell

is similar to take order sales, except Scouts have the popcorn in hand to sell to customers. All units are eligible to participate if they agree to the terms stated in the commitment order form. Dens, packs or troops can request permission to sell in front of a retail store or chartered organization. Units must agree to use show-n-sell to grow and not replace traditional take order sales.There are four bundle options that can net units between $500 and $3,600. Order and sell multiple bundles to increase unit profits! There is little risk as any unsold popcorn is rolled into traditional sales. Show-n-sell popcorn is picked up on August 19, 2017. For pick up times and location, contact the district popcorn kernel. The show-n-sell campaign runs from August 19 to October 15, 2017. The sign-up deadline was August 1, 2017.

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