Every Scout should learn the value of hard work and earning their own way. 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, calculate returns, create sales and promotional materials, manage 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 as a result of 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.
• 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.
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 run from after the unit kick-off (after August 18, 2021- 2021 through November 1, 2021). Customers can write their order 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 20, 2021.
Sign Up to Sell Popcorn
Take Order Form (coming soon)
2. Online 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. Online sales run each year from July 1st to December 31st.
- How do Scouts sign up for online sales?
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 or they may still choose one of our pre-set bundle options. Order and sell multiple bundles to increase unit profits! 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 14, 2021. For pick-up times, contact the district popcorn kernel. Weekly replenishment orders are available with no minimum requirements starting on August 23, 2021. Replenishment orders must be placed each week on Sunday by 11:59 pm.
Order Show-n-Sale (coming soon)
Order by November 2, 2021
Scouts are motivated by prizes and the ability to work towards a goal. More details coming soon!
Cyber Weekend Promotions
Every Scout who sells at least one item online during the following weekends will automatically be entered into a weekly drawing for a gift card!
Fundraising Budget Guides
Unit Kickoff and Leader Training
- Kickoff Tips
- Unit Kickoff Checklist
- Parent Handout Form
- Online Selling Information
- 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 FAQ
|April 1 - December 31, 2021
||Online popcorn sales period
|May 20, 2021
||District popcorn kernel orientation
|July 15 or 22, 2021
|July 24, 2021
||Show-n-sell orders due
|August 14, 2021
|After unit kick off through November 2, 2021
||Traditional take-order popcorn sales period
|August 15 or 17, 2021
|August 23 - October 14, 2021
||Show-n-sell replenishment period (Orders placed by Sunday at 11pm are distributed each Thursday.)
|October 1, 2021
||Show-n-sell payments processed
|October 2, 2021
||Cyber Weekend Promotion #1 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
|November 5, 2021
||Cyber Weekend Promotion #2 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
|November 2, 2021 by 4:00 pm
||Unit popcorn orders due online
|November 20, 2021
|November 20, 2021
||Unit top sellers form due to district
|November 20, 2021
||Unit payments due to district
|February TBD, 2022
||Online commissions issued and mailed to the committee chair on file for the unit