Re: Pop Corn
Tue, 23 Dec 1997 12:08:25 EST
In response to your questions on Popcorn Fundraising by our Pack.......
1. Yes, our Paack uses the Popcorn Fundraiser as our major source of Pack
funds for the year.
2. Our Pack is just under 2 years old, but we have participated in the 2
Popcorn Fundraisers available to us.
3. We are extremely happy with the response from the parents, boys and the
people who buy. We have gone to great lengths to make sure the parents know
we understand they are under pressures, at the same time of year, to sell
candy, wrapping paper, and other things from schools and other organizations
they are with. We were very low-pressure this year. Despite this, 14 boys
sold (1 less than last year) out of a possible 22. Our sales went from $1,800
last year to over $2,600 this year, giving the Pack over $830.00. Some of the
families who did not sell, provided direct donations. Some people who did not
buy, made direct donations.
4. We, and the customers, are very happy with the quality. We are now
getting calls from repeat customers, especially for the Caramel Corn. It is
too god to just have around the house, here.
5. We use other things for some fundraising, to assist during the year. We
have an 'internal' Cans for Cubs where we get aluminum cans just from the Cub
families. They bring the cans to the Pack meeting, and our "Crush Chair"
takes them, crushes them, and turns them in. We get about $40.00 a month
doing this. Maybe not much, but this helps ofset Field Trip expenses for the
We have also investigated other fundraising sources, and seriously considered
selling Christmas wreaths this year. We discovered we had to sell a minimum
of 100 wreaths, which might be a stretch given a Pack of only 22 boys, but we
felt we could do it. However, this was during the same time period as the
Popcorn Fundraiser, and the Committee felt this was just too much to ask of
the families, so it was turned down.
We will probably be selling tickets this year for the Blue and Gold, and will
sell tickets for Scout Fair to also bring in some funds.
We look at the alternative fundraising items and plans offered in Scouting
magazine, but the items appear to be 'samo-samo'. Besides, we get a bit of
advertising for free through the Scouts.
The bottom line: We rely heavily on the Popcorn Fundraiser as our major
source of funds for the year, and are firmly committed to this.
Just my $0.02
Cubmaster, Pack 635
Desert Pacific Council
Popcorn Chair - 1997
Kit Carson District
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