Popcorn

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.

Sign-up for Traditional and Online Sales

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) 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.

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.

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.

Popcorn Kick-off

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.

 

District
(click for website)

Popcorn Kick-off 
August 15, 2017

Aldine Pathfinder    
Aquila  
Arrowmoon  
Big Cypress  
Brahman  
Brazos  
Copperhead  
David Crockett    
Flaming Arrow  
George Strake  
Iron Horse    
Mustang  
North Star  
Orion  
Phoenix  
Raven  
San Jacinto  
Skyline  
Soaring Eagle  
Tall Timbers  
Tatanka  
Texas Skies  
Thunder Wolf  
Twin Bayou  
W. L. Davis  

Products

Chocolate Lover's Collection $60
Cheese Lovers' Collection  $35
Salted Caramel Popcorn $30
Chocolatey Caramel Crunch $25
White Chocolatey Prezels $25
Premium Caramel Corn $25
White Cheddar Cheese Corn $20
Jalapeño Cheddar Chees $15

Military Donation

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. 

 

Scout Prizes

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. 

Prizes

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!

Learn More

Increase Sales

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.

Patches

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

Resources

 

      

 

 

District Popcorn Kernels

 

District
(click for website)

District Popcorn Contact 
(right click for email address)

Region
Popcorn Specialist

Popcorn Distribution
December 9, 2017

Aldine Pathfinder  

Alma Watson

Earnest Vega Humble ISD
1703 Wilson Rd,
Humble, TX 77396

Aquila

Jennifer Kelley

Kim Ciszewski Lonestar Exhibits
9344 S Point Dr,
Houston, TX 77054

Arrowmoon

Luis Guzman

Earnest Vega TBD

Big Cypress

Michael Mueller

Kim Ciszewski Sysco
24500, US-290,
Cypress, TX 77429

Brahman

Melissa Locke

Kim Ciszewski Hungerford Co-Op Store
222 TX-60,
Hungerford, TX 7744

Brazos

Janet Potts

Kim Ciszewski Silver Eagle Rosenberg
6902 Industrial Pkwy,
Rosenberg, TX 77471

Copperhead

Lynn Mackay

Kim Ciszewski Sysco
24500, US-290,
Cypress, TX 77429

David Crockett 

Jennifer Michalik

Kim Ciszewski TBD
Exploring Michelle Phillips    

Flaming Arrow

Lisa Munoz

Earnest Vega Humble ISD
1703 Wilson Rd,
Humble, TX 77396

George Strake

Amy Drinkwater

Earnest Vega Silver Eagle Conroe
2617 Industrial Ln,
Conroe, TX 77301

Iron Horse 

Tina Adams

Earnest Vega Houston Distributing Company
7100 High Life Dr,
Houston, TX 77066
Learning for Life  Michelle Phillips    

Mustang

Kim Healy

Kim Ciszewski Silver Eagle Heights
7777 Washington Ave,
Houston, TX 77007

North Star

Jennifer DiAngelo

Kim Ciszewski Silver Eagle Rosenberg
6902 Industrial Pkwy,
Rosenberg, TX 77471

Orion

Carol Tatay Bland

Earnest Vega Devasco
1626 S Cherry St,
Tomball, TX 77375

Phoenix

Montye Holmes

Earnest Vega Houston Distributing Company
7100 High Life Dr,
Houston, TX 77066

Raven

Kindra Ellis

Earnest Vega

Silver Eagle Pasadena
3505 Pasadena Fwy.
Pasadena, TX 77503

San Jacinto

Beanye Mrozinski Earnest Vega Silver Eagle Pasadena
3505 Pasadena Fwy.
Pasadena, TX 77503

Skyline

David Williames

Earnest Vega Silver Eagle Heights
7777 Washington Ave,
Houston, TX 77007

Soaring Eagle

Belinda Stockwell

Kim Ciszewski Sysco
24500, US-290,
Cypress, TX 77429

Tall Timbers

Mary Welch

Earnest Vega Silver Eagle Conroe
2617 Industrial Ln,
Conroe, TX 77301

Tatanka

Ana Diaz

Kim Ciszewski Silver Eagle Rosenberg
6902 Industrial Pkwy,
Rosenberg, TX 77471

Texas Skies

Karey Fellers

Kim Ciszewski Igloo

Thunder Wolf

Angi Hillin

Kim Ciszewski Silver Eagle Rosenberg
6902 Industrial Pkwy,
Rosenberg, TX 77471

Twin Bayou

Christopher Gray 

Kim Ciszewski Silver Eagle Heights
7777 Washington Ave,
Houston, TX 77007

W. L. Davis

Shironda White

Earnest Vega Silver Eagle Pasadena
3505 Pasadena Fwy.
Pasadena, TX 77503

Council Contacts

Ernest Vega
Popcorn Specialist for North and East Divisions, and George Strake and Arrowmoon Districts
 poweredbypopcorn.vega@gmail.com

Kim Ciszewski
Popcorn Specialist for South and West Divisions, and Brahman and David Crockett Districts
 poweredbypopcorn.kim@gmail.com

Judy Lizarraga
Council Popcorn Kernel
 judylizarraga@comcast.net

Tony Hensdill
Popcorn Project Coordinator
 (713) 756-3374
 popcorn@shac.org


Important Dates (*note date changes due to Hurricane Harvey)

August 1 - November 30, 2017 Online popcorn sales period
August 1, 2017 Show-n-sell orders due
August 15, 2017 Popcorn kickoff for unit popcorn kernel
After unit kick off through November 20, 2017 Traditional take-order popcorn sales period
August 19, 2017 Show-n-sell unit popcorn pick up and distribution (see district website for location)
August 19 - October 1, 2017 Show-n-sell sales period
October 15, 2017 * Show-n-sell post-dated check cashed
September 30, 2017 Popcorn Blitz Day (goal: sell 20 traditional sales items total)
October 14, 2017 Popcorn Blitz Day (goal: sell 40 traditional sales items total)
October 28, 2017 Popcorn Blitz Day (goal: sell 60 traditional sales items total)
November 20, 2017 * at 4:00 pm Unit orders due online by 4:00 pm (scouting.trails-end.com, click order popcorn)
December 9, 2017 * Popcorn distribution (see district website for location)
December 9, 2017 * Unit top sellers form due to district (at distribution center)
December 9, 2017 * Unit payments due to district (at distribution center)
December 9, 2017 *  $1800 club membership form due 
January 6, 2018 Top Seller's BASH (for council top three sellers and $1800 club members)
February 15, 2018 Online commissions issued and mailed to the committee chair on file for the unit


Contacts

For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

Ernest Vega
Popcorn Specialist for North and East Divisions, and George Strake and Arrowmoon Districts
 poweredbypopcorn.vega@gmail.com

Kim Ciszewski
Popcorn Specialist for South and West Divisions, and Brahman and David Crockett Districts
 poweredbypopcorn.kim@gmail.com

Judy Lizarraga
Council Popcorn Kernel
 judylizarraga@comcast.net

Tony Hensdill
Popcorn Project Coordinator
 (713) 756-3374
 popcorn@shac.org