can earn enough in his Individual Youth Account for a year of adventures!
Scouts learn personal management not by lectures but through life experiences.
|Targeting Popcorn Sales and other great resources are available here.|
Each fall, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts kick off their annual popcorn sale. Typically about 1/3 of the sales from this fundraiser are given back to the local unit (Packs and Troops) to pay for Basic Expenses.
In addition, Scouts can also earn prizes. Some councils allow units to take about a 5% higher profit if they do not take the prize program. Prize programs often work best with younger Scouts. Some councils also offer $50, $75, or %100 gift cards for sales over each $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 you sell.
Many councils give their Scouts a variety of ways to earn money with popcorn:
- "Take Orders" - orders taken for later delivery.
- "Show and Sell" - sales are often made in front of large grocery or other stores for immediate delivery.
- "Show and Deliver" - like Take Orders except the Scout takes popcorn with him for immediate delivery.
- "Selling Online" - Scouts to email a link to family and friends. Orders go directly from the company to anywhere in the US!
- "Support the Troops" program where popcorn can be sent directly to our troops around the world!
Popcorn can bring more than fun and adventure. Scouts learn that with hard work they can save enough in their Individual Accounts to reach their goals. Scouts learn personal management. Self-reliance is learned from real life not a lecture.
How it works
Packs and Troops often set their annual dues at $70 to $120 a year to cover registration, Boy's Life subscription, books, advancements, recharter, and basic unit equipment needs.
A Scout who knows the Basic Sales Tips below can average $75 to $150 in sales per hour in Tale Order sales, depending upon area. At a 33% profit, that is $25 to $50 an hour. Many jobs don't pay that well!
In one day, a Scout with a good plan could sell $600 to $1,000, earning $200 to $300 for his Individual Account. For a Cub Scout, one day might be enough to pay for a year of fun plus have enough in his Individual Account to cover Day Camp and trips. In two days, a Boy Scout can cover his basic expenses plus have enough to cover [[[Summer Camp]] and other camping experiences.
Unit Popcorn Plan
- Based on: Trails-end Popcorn, Westchester-Putnam Council - [Capitol Area Council - Santa Fe Trail Council
- Plan out your unit calendar for at least the next 12 months and set a unit budget.
- Make sure that your Fundraising Chair is trained by your council or district in Popcorn and attends kickoffs, etc.
- Ask each family to use the Personal Popcorn Plan to set their goal. Use these to set unit goals.
- How much do they need for the next year for: Dues? Camp? Trips? Activities?
- Determine additional amount Webelos need to take with them when they bridge.
- Establish Scout Accounts to help each Scout and his family with his Scouting expenses.
- Have a short informational session at a unit meeting to tell the Scouts and parents about the popcorn sale.
- Have a "Sales Blitz Day" or "Fill a Card" day or other kickoff day with special prizes.
- Sell popcorn by various methods such as TAKE ORDER, SHOW AND SELL, SHOW AND DELIVER, and SELLING AT WORK.
- Scouts should continue until their goal was met (usually 3 or 4 afternoons or weekend days).
- Recognize top sellers and hold a victory party at sale’s end.
Cub Scout Personal Popcorn Plan
- Just cut and paste the sentence below and email it to everyone in your pack:
- Please fill out and return your Personal Popcorn Plan: http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Popcorn_Plan
- "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
Here is a simple plan that lets each Scout and his family set their own goals. It also shows you how to easily sell $1,000 in your first week. Just pick which version is best for you:
- Cub Scout Personal Popcorn Plan.xls - Excel interactive page - Fill in your goals and it shows you what you need!
- Cub Scout Personal Popcorn Plan.doc - Same interactive planner but in a Word Doc file.
- Cub Scout Personal Popcorn Plan-Blank.pdf - Blank form to print out.
Your pack calendar is so busy for the next twelve months with trips, camps, museums, picnics, hikes, ball games, and so much more. The Personal Popcorn Plan starts with the basic costs of registration, Boy's Life, books, and then lets you pick your activities to show you how many sales you will need. It even helps you find your best 50 prospects!
The Personal Popcorn Plan is designed to be used many ways. You could send out the Personal Popcorn Plan link.
You could set up a laptop and printed at a Pack meeting or popcorn kickoff. Enter the numbers and print the pages. At least half of the Numbers will be the same for each boy.
Basic Sales Tips
Target Your Customers - Add up all the easy prospects you can think of starting with the "Perfect 10":
___ 10 Sales to Family Friends, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, Labor Day parties, etc.
___ 10 Sales to your mom's friends at work, clubs, youth groups, teams, etc. Challenge your parents to each make 10 sales! 10 Sales.
___ 10 Sales to your dad's friends at work, clubs, youth groups, teams, etc.
___ 10 Sales to closest neighbors.
- That's your first 40 sales! At an average of $20 each, that is your first $800 in less than a week.
___ Hair salon, insurance office, bank, etc. You give them your business. 3-10 sales?
___ Friends at your religious institution: 3 - 5 Sales?
___ Everyone you have sold anything to in the past. Did you keep their names and numbers? 1 - 50 Sales or more.
___ The next 25 neighbors in each direction. (60% should buy!)
That's 40 to 100+ easy sales! At $20 each, that's $800 to $2,000 in sales! You can make $260 to $660 to pay unit dues with the rest going into your Individual Account.
Asking is the key to selling.
Target Your Times
- ⃞ "Sell early, sell often." - Start selling as soon as the sale begins.
- ⃞ Once school starts in the fall, everyone will be selling something,. Get to as many people as you can before school starts.
- ⃞ Saturday morning is often the best time.
- ⃞ Saturday afternoon is next best.
- ⃞ Sunday afternoon is very good.
- ⃞ Sunday evening is good.
- ⃞ Weekday evenings after 5:30 can be good as well.
Target Your Uniform
- ⃞ Wear your uniform shirt, hat, and shorts if possible.
- ⃞ Cubs, wear your vests. They love your patches!
Target Your Territory
- ⃞ Start with your own friends, family, and neighborhood if it is safe.
- ⃞ Target safe neighborhoods likely to buy.
- ⃞ Leave “Sorry I missed you” notes. Some will call you back or remember when you come back.
- ⃞ Give Thank You notes asking for additional orders.
- ⃞ Keep a copy of forms you turn in as a backup.
- ⃞ Ask them to pay by check when they place the order. It is much harder to get the money the second time.
- ⃞ Ask if they can pay by check so you don't have to carry much cash.
- ⃞ Save your stuff for next year so you will know who to ask & who to avoid next year
- These and many more great ideas are in the Targeting Popcorn Sales.doc It is a doc file that you can customize for your unit.
- We can't eat popcorn. Would you like to "Support the Troops" and send popcorn to soldiers overseas? How about as gifts for others?
- We already bought. Can I practice my sales pitch with you anyway? (Many will still buy again!)
- That seems too expensive. Tell them what you do. Show them your patches!
- I don't have any money. No problem. You can pay by check now and it will not be deposited until ___.
- Not home. Leave your "Sorry I Missed You" note.
- Cub Scout Personal Popcorn Plan.xls (Excel) - Fill in the blanks to set your goals! - Cub Scout Personal Popcorn Plan-Blank.pdf - Cannot be edited
- Targeting Popcorn Sales.doc - Great one-page flier your can customize - Targeting Popcorn Sales.pdf - Cannot be edited
- How to Sell 1000 dollars in Popcorn in 8 hours.doc - great page you can customize
- Popcorn Order Thank You.doc - Thank you note also gives your number in case they want to order more!
- Popcorn Sorry I Missed You Note.doc - great note for Cub Scouts to leave when people are not home.
- Unit Chairmans Circle Certificate.doc - For your top salesman, don't just pass out patches, mount them on these great certificates. For the very top, put them in $3 frames!
- Trails-end Popcorn (Owned by Weaver Popcorn)
- Trails-end online training
- Popcorn Salesman Video [WMV] - Trails-end video used by the Sam Houston Area Council to train youth popcorn salesman.
- Pack 91 - Trail-end National Video Prize Winner
- Popcorn Tracker spreadsheet by Trax Development
- Pecatonica River Popcorn
- Santa Fe Trail Council
- How Selling Popcorn applies to Merit Badges