Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: popcorn
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 08:10:47 -0600
I must throw my 2 cents in on this thread. Having spent 2 years as District
Popcorn Chairman, and another two years as our Council's Popcorn Chairman.
I also had the privilege to attend the Trails End *Popcorn School* in
Charlotte, NC this past May.
Popcorn isn't only a fund raiser for the Unit, it is a major fund raiser for
your Council. In my home Council, the sale we just finished up, put over
$88,000 in the Council general fund. With today's cuts in United Way funding,
and the increased cost to provide the Scouting program to the youth, all
Councils need as much alterative funding as possible.
The other fund raiser's we do, certainly help your units treasury, but do
for the Council coffers.
Let me share some facts with you on the Trails End Program.
* In 1997 there were over $111,000,000 Gross Sales of Trails End Popcorn.
* This resulted in over $71,000,000 profit (split between the Councils and
* 66% of the doors we knock on we buy will purchase our product.
* 85% of those households will buy a $10 item.
* Nationwide, we only knock on 18% of the doors available.
The National Average for all BSA units selling in 1997 was $2300 in sales.
were many that well exceeded this, but there all many that do very little.
I know in my Council, we have a Pack in a small community (under 5000
that has averaged better than 13K per year in the gross sales for the last
Please don't discount the Popcorn sale, it can be a very profitable fund
you can just get the boys motivated to sell it.