Fundraising experience and request
Robert Caron (robert.caron@UMB.EDU)
Wed, 12 Nov 1997 12:51:21 -0500
Wanted to share our experience and ask for others.
Our Troop has its big annual fundraiser this time of year -- selling
We live in a town of about 15,000. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving,
our Troop of 41 Scouts canvasses the town door-to-door selling wreaths.
Adult leaders and parents drive two-Scout teams around the 22 areas we
have mapped out. When assigned to an area, we give them a map, list of
street names, $25 for change and a trunk full of wreaths.
We obtain our wreaths from a wholesaler who also supplies area discount
stores and garden centers. We pay $4 per wreath and charge $8. This
year, we expect to sell about 80-90 dozen. To be eligible for our two
most popular trips of the year, a Scout must sell a minimum of one dozen
wreaths. As an incentive, for each wreath beyond the first dozen a
Scout sells, he gets $1 "commission" in cash. If you do the math,
you'll see we net about $3000 from this activity.
Advantages: it's all over with in one day; it's very popular, I believe
we could sell half again what we do if we had the Scouts and the time;
the wreath supplier will gladly take back any we do not sell.
Disadvantages: we have to pay for the wreaths up front; sometimes it
gets pretty cold going door-to-door at the end of November; it requires
an extra effort to get the parents out to give up a half or whole day to
drive Scouts around.
Now I'd like to ask for similar experiences/suggestions for a
fundraising activity suitable for SPRINGTIME.
Troop Committee Secretary, Northborough Troop 101
Brotherhood, Chippanyonk #59
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City