Re: Candy Sales: How much?
Rick Clements (rickcl@POGO.WV.TEK.COM)
Mon, 29 Aug 1994 12:28:13 PDT
From: David Weintraub <dhw@TELERATE.COM>
}The firm we
}are buying the candy bars from will allow us to return unopened boxes,
}so the exact number is not _that_ important. However, I was hoping that
}someone out their could give me a clue about how many boxes of candy
}our Pack might be expected to sell.
Short answer: average 20-40 bars per boy
I think what you are calling boxes, our Council candy sales refer to
as cases. We could get cases that were a single type or mixed. Each
type of case was a different size.
How many bars are sold depend on cost, type and how agressive your
boys are. Cub Scouts have an easier time than Boy Scouts. The
Boy Scouts that get into selling will do much better than the Cub
Scouts, but on average they won't do as well.
Candy that's $1 seams to sell the best. People are willing
to donate a dollar. It's not a major investment, and they don't have
to did for change.
If you have a variety of types, do you have a way for exchanging
bars. We had 4 types. My son sold all of two types, some of a third
and none of the forth. Other boys were able to sell different bars.
If you make it easy to get more of the bars that sell, the boys are
less apt to quit selling when they are only left with the slow moving
bars. Warning: bar swapping can be a bookkeeping nightnere. We could
return complete boxes. (There were several boxes to a case.) There
was a $1 fee for opened boxes. This allowed us to give the boys more
candy and then make complete boxes when they turned in the left overs.
(A troop probably couldn't get the company to take part of a box.
Part of a case maybe. But, a council is big enough to cut a better
}concern right now is getting parents to show up at our Pack meetings,
}let alone volunteering for something serious.
Getting parents to show up was discusd ahile ago. But for a summary:
- keep the meeting fun for the boys, adults and younger siblings
- keep anouncements short
- give awards a pack meeting and make a big deal of it
- have a ceremony of earning rank (make a bigger deal)
- have each den put on a ceremony, skit or song
}to "encourage" more volunteering this year ("Dear Parent: Volunteer
This is an other popular topic. A lot of packs have problems with
this. What we did was to put up a sheet for each event we wanted to
do. We tried to find a chairman for last years committee and get them
signed up ahead of time. At the first pack meeting, the Cubmaster and
Den Leaders would take the boys out an play games. The committee
chairman would describe the events and tell the parents that we will
have the events that the parenents in the pack care enough about to
help with. She also tells them that we need a mix of experienced and
new people on the committees.
Rick.Clements@tek.com Retired Cubmaster, Den Leader/Pack 225/Aloha, OR USA
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