Selling popcorn helps to raise funds to attend National Youth Leadership Training, Florida Sea Base, or Philmont, maybe even a unit trip to Mt. Rushmore or Yellowstone. Scouts may also build life skills like sales experience and social skills!
Show N Sell: Just as the name suggests, show the popcorn and deliver it on the spot.
Show and Deliver: Show the popcorn now, and deliver later.
Door-to-Door: Sell popcorn in your neighborhood. This is the most successful way and the most overlooked.
Online: Sell to friends and family who don’t live in the area by using social media and email to market your sale.
For more information on each of these selling strategies, See Trail’s End library of videos here.
Sell the Scouting experience, not just the popcorn. What do we mean by this? You learn to tie knots, catch fish, build character, be a contributing member of society and anything else you can think of. Pitch this idea to the people around you who will support the mission of Scouting more than just a popcorn sale.
Here’s an example: “My name is Pickachu, and I’m part of Pack 1. I am selling popcorn to earn my way to Philmont Adventure Camp. I’m excited to go with my friend Bulbasaur. Can you help me go to camp?”