Re: Popcorn Sale Frustration
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM)
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 16:15:43 -0600
At 11:54 PM 10/30/96 -0500, Dennis Haynes wrote:
>I just spoke with our Pack's Popcorn Kernel and was informed that if a Scout
>chooses to get the 'Trails End Patch _or_ Pin' for _at least_ $60.00 of
>sales, then he is _not_ eligible for _any_ of the prizes, _regardless_ of the
>amount of sales!!!!
>Several boys sold in excess of $400.00. It seems to my simple mind that the
>_Pack_, if it so chooses, should be able to purchase the 'Patch _or_ Pin' and
>let the boy still pick a prize based on sales level.
>Have I missed something? Or is our committee's reasoning off base?
>Suggestions or comments..........?
If there is one thing that is clear from reading the posts on this subject,
it is that there is a vast difference in the way that different Councils run
thier popcorn sales. From what I have seen, I will never complain about
Samoset Council's popcorn sale. Here, every boy who sells a single item
receives a patch. In ADDITION, there are 10 prize levels at which a prize
can be earned, with 4 prizes in each level. Starting at the 16 point level,
each level includes a gift certificate from the Scout Shop or a local
merchant. Prizes include back packs, sleeping bags, roller blades, watches,
model rockets, assorted Scout Catalog stuff and, of course, four varieties
of pocket knives. In addition, at the 151 - 200 point level a Cub or Webelos
Scout can select a pass to the Council's Residence camp and at the 301 point
level a Boy Scout gets his week at summer camp for free. Each Scout can only
select one prize, but they all get the Trails End Patch. Despite this great
prize program, some units still wanted other options, so this year the
Council has offered an option whereby a unit can select to take a slightly
higher percentage of profit from their sales and forego the Council prize
program. The additional profit can then be used to provided prizes within
the unit or used by the Scouts for camp fees, etc.
If I were in your shoes, I would contact the District or Council Popcorn
Kernel for clarification.
Jim Peterson /\
Cubmaster, Pack 379, Auburndale, Wisconsin ("\/")
Advancement Chair, Troop 379, Blenker, Wisconsin ~''~
Cub Roundtable Staff, Cub Leader Training Staff Ojibwa District, Samoset Council
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