The importance of selling popcorn really can’t be overstated. For scouts, direct benefits of the sale come in the form of earning sales prizes and gaining experience with presenting, selling, and achieving goals.
For the Pack, the sale is critical to “making the Pack go”. Indirect benefits for scouts come later — after the sale — when the Pack is able to meet all of its financial commitments for events, supplies, camp support, leadership training and more that go into providing the rewarding Pack 99 experience.
If each scout sells $600 of popcorn, the Pack will be in great shape. The math is pretty simple: the Pack receives a 30% return from the Gulf Coast Council for every dollar of popcorn sold. If each scout sells $600, we get roughly $180 back from the Council.
Remember, selling $600 per scout is a goal, not a “mandate”. Some scouts sell more, some less, and that’s okay. The important thing is to try — to do your best. As long as all scouts are at least selling some popcorn, everything will work out well. Make sure your boys know that selling popcorn is how they can do their part to earn their way to all the scouting fun that lies ahead. Really, it’s an important life lesson to be learned.
Trail's End Scholarship Program
Scouts who sell at least $2,500 (online, face-to-face, or combination) in any calendar year receive 6% of their total sales invested in their own college scholarship account*. Once enrolled, 6% of their sales each year will be added to their account*. Reporting of sales is not automatic, and forms must be submitted to Trail's End each year following the guidelines below. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum one time, and don't forget online sales count!
BONUS: Every year, the Top 5 Scouts in each region receive an additional 6% of their sales credited to their account.*