Make a copy for yourself to track your son's orders. Can be used on a smart phone or tablet while selling door-to-door.
WHY DOES PACK 4 SELL POPCORN?
Selling popcorn teaches the boys valuable life skills such as setting goals and working to achieve them, handling money, how to present oneself and how to deal with rejection.
In addition, popcorn pays for your son’s Scouting program. Your $70 in dues pays for less than half of the annual cost of Scouting in Pack 4; popcorn pays for the rest. Popcorn also helps support programs offered by our Council such as SOAR and Saturday programs at New England Base Camp (Camp Sayre).
POPCORN SALES REQUIREMENT
We don’t force anyone to sell popcorn, however, to attend our popcorn celebration at Dave & Buster’s, a Scout must sell a minimum of $250 worth of popcorn ($400 combined for families with 2 or more Scouts). If your Scout meets the minimum sales requirement, he and a parent can attend our Popcorn Celebration at Dave & Buster’s at no cost. If the Pack as a whole sells over $20,000 worth of popcorn, the Pack will have sufficient funds to offer discounted overnight fees to all Scouts in the Pack (approximately $40 per overnight).
HOW DO I SELL POPCORN?
SELLING HINTS & SAFETY TIPS
Tip: Try selling popcorn door-to-door during Patriots half-time — there are 1:00 games on 9/18, 10/2, 10/9 and 10/16.
POPCORN SALES PITCH
Your Scout should practice his sales pitch ahead of time, including what to do if someone says no. A successful Popcorn Sales Pitch is:
“Hi, my name is Ted and I’m selling popcorn to raise money for my Cub Scout Pack. Would you like to buy some popcorn and help us?” or even stronger, “You’ll help us out, won’t you?”
If the answer is yes, give the customer the order form. If the answer is no, say, “Thank you for your time,” and move on. If someone doesn’t want to purchase popcorn, you can ask if they’d like to make a donation to send popcorn to the military overseas; you can then pool any cash donations into military popcorn donations.
FORMS OF PAYMENT
Money is collected from customers at the time of sale. We accept cash and checks — all checks should be made payable to “Needham Pack 4.”
You can also accept credit cards using the Square app/device. During Group Selling Events, we ask at least one parent to set up the Square app on his/her iPhone or Android device so we can accept credit cards (visit squareup.com for more information and to get a card reader). The Pack has a limited number of credit card readers for individual Scouts to borrow. If you’d like to accept credit cards when your son sells door-to-door, please contact Andrea Carter to borrow a reader and get the Pack’s account information.
GROUP SELLING EVENTS
We have organized several opportunities for boys to sell popcorn with other Scouts at public places. You must sign up in advance using the online forms available on the Pack 4 website (see above). Total sales for each event are allocated equally to Scouts who participate for credit toward the minimum sales requirement and prize levels. To keep things fair, boys can participate in only 1 group selling hour (you can sign up for 1 group selling slot and 1 alternate slot). If spots are unfilled 2 days prior to the event, they will be opened up to all Scouts in the Pack on a first come, first served basis.
Key Facts about Group Selling Events
POPCORN CHECK OUT
On October 22-23 we will hold popcorn check-out meetings for all Scouts (only a parent need attend these sessions; Scouts are welcome but not required). At the popcorn check-out you will bring your completed/tallied order forms, money collected from customers and your son’s prize selection. If we can, we will give you the popcorn needed to fill customer orders (popcorn is given out on a first come, first served basis so it’s to your benefit to register for the earliest time slot you can). You will need to sign up online for a 15-minute check-out slot and we will ask for parent volunteers to assist with check-outs.
WHEN DO I GET POPCORN?
If we have inventory remaining, we will give it to you at your popcorn check-out. Any additional product needed will be available no later than November 19th.
We have a limited supply of popcorn available for Scouts who would like product to show customers, or for orders that need to be filled prior to 11/19. If you are interested in this, please contact Anita Bagg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO SET UP ONLINE ORDERING
Have friends and family from out of town purchase popcorn online (please note, product offered online is different and completely separate from that offered by the Pack)! Online orders count toward the minimum sales requirement and prize levels. New this year is the ability to personalize your online selling by adding photos and a narrative. You also have the ability to share your selling page on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
If you want to sell online, all Scouts will need to create new online selling accounts this year (even if they were created in the past). Please follow the steps below:
Popcorn rewards/prizes are provided by Trail’s End Popcorn, the Spirit of Adventure Council and Pack 4. All Scouts who sell at least $25 receive a patch. A detailed prize table is available inside your popcorn order form. Additional rewards from Pack 4 and the Spirit of Adventure Council are shown below. All prizes are given out in December or later.
42 Perry Drive (off Marked Tree, tan house)