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) he or she wishes 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.
Sign-up for Traditional and Online Sales
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.
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.
Popcorn Blitz Day
Blitz Day is a designated day where units are encouraged to sell popcorn during take-order as a group by canvassing areas in their neighborhood. Scouts that meet the items sold count indicated by each date will qualify for entry into the drawing for one of three GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition.
- September 30, 2017 – Sell a total of 20 total traditional items by 9/30/17 and then enter the drawing.
- October 14, 2017 – Sell a total of 40 total traditional items by 10/14/17 and then enter the drawing.
- October 30, 2017 – Sell a total of 60 total traditional items by 10/30/17 and then enter the drawing.
The winner will be drawn and announced on Facebook the following week.
Note: Scouts are not required to participate in Blitz Day to enter the drawing. If the required number of items are sold and met by the deadline, a Scout may submit an entry for the drawing.
August 15, 2017
At the popcorn kick-off, unit leaders will receive, sales materials, training, and leader tools. Every unit should send at least one leader. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.
|Chocolate Lover's Collection
|Cheese Lovers' Collection
|Salted Caramel Popcorn
|Chocolatey Caramel Crunch
|White Chocolatey Prezels
|Premium Caramel Corn
|White Cheddar Cheese Corn
|Jalapeño Cheddar Chees
The Military Donation allows customers to support the military and Scouting at the same time. Customers can choose to donate $50 or $30 worth of popcorn to men and women in the military, their families and veterans' organizations. There are no shipping and handling charges associated with Military Donations. Over 2,000 tons of popcorn treats have been shipped to hundreds of locations around the world! Military donations count toward Scout rewards.
Since customers who purchase a military donation don't receive the product in exchange for payment, the purchase should be 100% tax deductible. As always, recommend that the customer check the tax laws with their tax professional, as tax laws often change.
Did you know that units that utilize the council prize program sell an average of 6% more than units that go with the cash option? Boys are motivated by prizes and the ability to work towards a goal. The 2017 prize selection is sure to have something for every boy in your unit.
Trail's End Scholarship Program
Scouts who sell at least $2,500 (online, face-to-face, or combination) in any calendar year will have 6% of their Qualified Product Sales count towards their own Trail's End Scholarship*. Once enrolled, 6% of their sales each year will go towards the scholarship*. Reporting of sales is not automatic, and forms must be submitted to Trail's End each year following the guidelines below. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum one time, and don't forget online sales count!
Units who motivate their Scouts to increase their take-order sales a minimum of $700 over 2016 sales will receive one $100 Amazon gift card. The card can be used for a random Scout drawing for Scouts who made a take-order sale.
Top Sellers Recognitions
The council's top three sellers will be recognized with a trophy and an Amazon gift card ($600 for first place, $400 for second place, $200 for third place). The top three sellers in the council and all $1800 club members are invited to attend the council's Top Seller Bash on January 6, 2018.
The evil robot, Mega-Corn the Destroyer has come to planet Earth to eat all of the world’s popcorn, so Earth has called upon The Popcorn Squad, a group of brave and adventurous Scouts with super powers, to stop Mega-Corn before planet Earth is eradicated of all traces of popcorn!
Scouts Earn All Six Patches
- Participation: Sell one item
- Online: Make One online sale
- Military: Sell One military donation
- One of each: Sell one of each Item
- Sellers Club: Reach $650 in sales
- Top Seller: Reach $1800 in sells
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Thank You Card
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