Popcorn

Every Scout should learn the value of hard work and earning their own way. The council is excited to announce a partnership with Trail's End as our vendor for the 2022 popcorn sale. The popcorn sale is the perfect opportunity to teach this valuable life lesson and fund the most exciting year of Scouting ever. The council does all the pre-work to set up the sale, eliminating the need for units to research opportunities, calculating returns, creating sales and promotional materials, managing a relationship with a vendor, etc. The popcorn sale is not just about selling popcorn...It’s also about promoting Scouting!

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council due to the annual popcorn sale. 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 – stays in the local area.
• Meet annual fundraising goals faster than ever before
• Scouts pay for their way for various programs (e.g., summer camp, dues uniforms).
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.  
 Loads of incentives motivate Scouts to sell.                            
• Videos and resources help Scouts learn how to be successful.       

Sign Up Your Unit to Sell Popcorn                   

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 (and wagon sales). All sales count towards prizes.

                                                                                                          

1. Take Order Sales 

Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form. Sales begin after the unit kick-off (TBD). Customers can write their orders on the form. Scouts should collect the money when the popcorn is ordered (checks should be made out to the unit).  Popcorn will be picked up by the unit representative on November 19, 2022.

2022 Take Order Form

2. Online Sales - Spring and Fall Popcorn Sales

Selling online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. 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, contact-free!  The advantage of online sales is that Scouts don't have to collect money or deliver products. 

Scouts who had a previous online account with Trail's End can use their existing login. Scouts who are new to selling may register for an online account.

Register for a Scout Account 

3. Show-n-Sell and Wagon Sales

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. Packs, troops, and crews can request permission to sell in front of a retail store or chartered organization. Show-n-sell should not replace traditional take-order sales. Unlike in previous years, there is no minimum order amount to place your Show-n-Sell order. Show-n-sell and add-ons must be ordered as whole cases. Orders are non-refundable.

Wagon sales is another great way of selling for Scouts. It's a combination of the show-n-sell and take-order methods. The Scout takes actual products door to door in their neighborhoods to sell and is like a show-n-sell table on wheels.  There is little risk as any unsold popcorn is rolled into traditional, take-order sales.  

Show-n-sell popcorn is picked up by the unit representative on August 13, 2022. For pick-up times, contact the district popcorn kernelWeekly replenishment orders are available with no minimum requirements.  

Order Show-n-Sell                                          

Product Lineup

Product Case Counts
Chocolatey Pretzels = 12:1
Salted Caramel = 12:1
Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn = 12:1
Small Caramel = 12:1
Popping Corn = 9:1
White Cheddar = 8:1
Unbelievable Butter Microwave = 6:1
Sweet and Savory = 1:1

 

  • Show-n-sell and add-ons must be ordered as whole cases. Take orders sales can be ordered in any quantity.
  • Orders are non-refundable.

Scout Prizes

Scouts are motivated by prizes and the ability to work towards a goal.

The prize levels are based on the actual amount sold per Scout. Parents/guardians should help the Scouts select prizes that they would like to earn.  

Every Scout should be recognized for selling popcorn. Families or units should not combine sales. 
 


Cyber Weekend Promotions - Coming Soon!

Leader Tools

Guidebooks

Fundraising Budget Guides

Unit Kickoff and Leader Training

Tips and Scripts

  • Online Sales - How to Hit Your Goal 
  • Show and Sell Success Tips 
  • Sales Scripts and Tip Cards (one per page) 
  • Storefront Popcorn Selling Request Letter 
  • Popcorn Sales Code Of Conduct
  • Popcorn FAQ 

Resources

Important Dates

March 1 - December 31, 2022 Online popcorn sales period
Thursday, May 19, 2022 District popcorn kernel orientation
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Popcorn Zone Training Opportunity 1:  Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N Loop W, Houston, Texas 77008)  |  7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Popcorn Training: Magnolia Event Center (11659 Farm to Market Rd 1488, Magnolia, 77354)  |  7:00 pm
Thursday, July 21, 2022 Popcorn Zone Training Opportunity 2: Bellaire United Methodist Church (4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, 77401)  |  7:00 pm
Thursday, July 28, 2022 Show-n-sell training
Thursday, July 28, 2022 Show-n-sell orders due
Saturday, August 13, 2022 Show-n-sell pick-up
TBD Traditional take-order popcorn sales period
TBD Popcorn kick-off
August 14 - October 16, 2022 Show-n-sell replenishment period (Order by Sunday 11:59pm for pickup the end of the week Friday between 1pm - 5pm)
Monday, October 3, 2022 Show-n-sell payments processed
TBD Cyber Weekend Promotion #1 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
TBD Cyber Weekend Promotion #2 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 Unit popcorn orders due online
Saturday, November 19, 2022 Popcorn pick-up
TBD Unit payments due

 

Popcorn Distribution (take-order pick up)

November 19, 2022   |  Location TBD

Every unit should send one or more representatives to pick up the popcorn order for the entire unit. Units need to bring full payment (unit check or money order) and a list of the top three sellers and the amounts sold. Remember to bring a large enough vehicle to hold all the popcorn (loading tips).

Contacts

 

District
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District Popcorn Contact 
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Apollo  
Kendra Quincy
346-228-4750
Arrowhead

Brett Estrade

Arrowmoon Athena Cherry
979-739-1546
Big Cypress  Shelley Bruno
832-748-1419
Coastal Plains   
David Crockett  Vanessa Bartley
303-870-3948
Flaming Arrow Jenny Oran-Osment
865-405-0403
George Strake   Therese Wind
832-606-2137
Iron Horse  Tomeka Scheuerman
620-770-9057
Lone Star Bryan Robinson
972-849-0201
Mustang Kimberly Healey
713-248-9996
Orion Kaytlyn Kubala
832-381-4348
Phoenix Kornel Rost
713-775-2070
Raven   
Red Wolf Rachel Sharp
832-730-8484
San Jacinto Karrie Hurd
732-691-8227
Texas Skies Carol Schmidt
713-775-2209
Thunder Wolf Scott Kirby
832-654-6064
Twin Bayou  

 

Council Contacts

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

Mary Welch
Popcorn Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3374
 popcorn@shac.org

Jeanne Gebo
Administrative Assistant 
 (713) 756-3311
 jeanne.gebo@scouting.org

 

Helpful Loading Tips

* 25 cases or less will fit into most standard 4 door sedans                 * Most truck boxes will hold between 25 - 50 cases
* Up to 40 cases will fit into most SUV's (e.g., Explorer, Blazer) * A topper or a tarp is strongly suggested for truck boxes
* Up to 60 cases will fit into most minivans with no seats * For orders larger than 75 cases, enclosed trailers are best
* Up to 75 cases will fit into a Suburban with no seats * Product Weight and Dimensions