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.

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. 

The Spring Online sale is live now!  Scouts who had a previous online account with Trail's End can use their existing log in.  Scouts who are new to selling may register for an online account by clicking here

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. Units can customize their initial order ($2,500 minimum) to meet their needs. 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 product 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 - Coming Soon!

  • 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.
  • Online product line up can be found here for the spring sale.

 

 

Scout Prizes - Coming Soon!                                                                                                  


Scouts are motivated by prizes and the ability to work towards a goal. Click here to see the prize brochure.                                           

The prize levels are based on the actual amount sold per Scout. Help the Scouts select prizes that they would like to earn.  

Each Scout should be recognized. Families or units should not combine sales. 
 

Cyber Weekend Promotions - Coming Soon!

 

Scout and Parent Tools

Script and Tips

Goals

  • Scout Sales Planning Worksheet 

Printable Materials 

Leader Resources

2021 Guidebooks

Fundraising Budget Guides

  • Yearly Budget for packs
  • Yearly Budget for troops

Unit Kickoff and Leader Training

  • Kickoff Tips 
  • Unit Kickoff Checklist 
  • Tutorial - How To Order SNS Popcorn
  • How To Show and Sell
  • How To Take Order
  • How To Order Prizes
  • Popcorn Basics
  • Tutorial Videos

Parent Handout

  • Parent Handout Form 
  • Online Selling Information 

Goal Trackers

  • Scout Goal Tracker 
  • Scout Sales Planning Worksheet 
  • Unit Goal Tracker 

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

  • Square Reader - How It Works
  • Nutritional Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates - Coming Soon!

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
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Popcorn Training - Council Office 7pm
Thursday, July 21, 2022 Popcorn Zone Training Opportunity 2
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
  Traditional take-order popcorn sales period
  Popcorn kick-off
  Show-n-sell replenishment period (
  Show-n-sell payments processed
  Cyber Weekend Promotion #1 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
  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
  Unit payments due
January - March of 2023 Online commissions are issued and mailed to the committee chair on file for the unit.

 

 Distribution 

Date

Location

Details

Take Order Pick-Up November 19, 2022 TBD Each 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
(click for website)

District Popcorn Contact 
(right-click for email address)

Apollo  
 
Arrowhead

 

Arrowmoon  
Big Cypress  Shelley Bruno
832-748-1419
Coastal Plains   
David Crockett  Vanessa Bartley
303-870-3948
Flaming Arrow  
George Strake    
Iron Horse   
Lone Star  
Mustang
 
Orion  
Phoenix  
Raven   
Red Wolf Rachel Sharp
832-730-8484
San Jacinto  
Texas Skies  
Thunder Wolf  
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