Re: Trail's End Popcorn
Todd Norman Tingblad (tingbltn@UWEC.EDU)
Tue, 2 Apr 1996 07:40:09 -0600
This is my second year running the troop's popcorn sale. This is my one
major task I do with the troop as a Committee Member. I am the troop's Unit
Commissioner and so this is really all I do at the troop functioning
committee level. As for being the Unit Commissioner, I work very hard at it
so that my service is the best it can be...that's a different topic.
Back to popcorn. Last year (the first), we sold $2400+ of popcorn product.
It was second in the district. Not bad for a fundraiser that the troop
committee was not going to do until I said I would do it. Thanks to this
sale, five scouts got a free ride to summer camp.
The troop committee could not believe it until they saw the account balance.
$860 that went right to the boy's camping accounts. WOW!
Last night was this year's order turn in time. A few forgot, but will be
calling in their totals to me by Thursday. So far, we has $3557 in product
to order and I would expect to see at least another $600 by Thursday.
So how can someone who lives 20 miles from the troop get these boys to sell
so much in only two weeks? Simple...With a while run council popcorn
program, it's the easiest fundraiser the troop has every done. Why? Here's
how we see it from the unit side thanks to our council:
1. Full color order forms with a goal written right on the form for all to see.
2. Full support from the council popcorn sales coordinator.
3. Sales prizes fo item the Boys...young and old want.
4. Well planned dates for everything to happen.
5. A high quality product to sell that the community now relates to Scouting.
6. A spreadsheet. I created simple spreadsheet to help calculate the profits
that the boys get for their selling work.
7. Popcorn segments. I give out a $.45 popcorn segment from The Patch Place
when the scouts turn in their money. I also give a BSA contest metal
to the top seller. Beyond the prizes and the money they get for camp,
these kids just love getting segments.
That's want I do. I keep the selling as short as possible, forcing the
deadlines on them and the goal for each to sell (that goal is going to
summercamp for free). Keep It Simple, Make It Fun -- KISMIF (that Cub Scout
training is coming out again :-) ).
Todd Tingblad -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City