Popcorn Sale

IMPORTANT DATES

 Sunday, 9/10, 4:30 pm Popcorn Kick-Off at Pack Meeting

 Pick up order forms & sale information

 Sunday, 10/1, 8 am-1 pm Group Selling Event - Starbucks, Highland Ave.
 Saturday, 10/7, 10 am-6 pm Group Selling Event - Volante Farms, Forest St.
 Sunday, 10/8, 10 am-6 pm Group Selling Event - Volante Farms, Forest St.
 Saturday, 10/14, 10 am-6 pm Group Selling Event – Roche Bros., Chestnut St.
 Sunday, 10/15, 10 am – 4 pm Group Selling Event – Sudbury Farms, Highland Ave.
 Saturday, 10/21, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm Group Selling Event - St. Seb's Football Game, Greendale Ave.
 Saturday, 10/21, Time TBD

 Sunday, 10/22, Time TBD

 Popcorn Sale Ends — Final Check-Out

 Karen Peters’ House, 53 Parkinson St.

 Turn in order forms, money & prize selection

 Saturday, 11/4 (approx.) Additional Popcorn Available (only if needed)
 Saturday, 12/2, Time TBD Popcorn Celebration – Video Game Trucks & Papa Gino’s


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 $85 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 Pumpkinfest 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 Papa Gino’s with the Video Game Trucks, a Scout must sell a minimum of $250 worth of popcorn ($400 combined for families with 2 Scouts). If your Scout meets the minimum sales requirement, he and a parent can attend our Popcorn Celebration at Papa Gino’s with the Video Game Trucks at no cost. If the Pack as a whole sells over $15,000 worth of popcorn, the Pack will have sufficient funds to offer discounted overnight fees to all Scouts in the Pack (approximately $30-$40 per overnight).  


HOW DO I SELL POPCORN?

  • Direct Sales/Door-to-Door — Scouts take their order form to neighbors, family and friends and ask them to buy popcorn. All money is collected from customers at the time of sale; popcorn will be available for delivery to customers by mid-November (at the latest).
  • Group Selling Events — Sell popcorn with other Scouts at public places. See below for more information. All popcorn is provided by the Pack and sold to customers during the event.
  • Order at Work — Have family members take your Scout’s order form to work and sell to their co-workers.
  • Online Sales — family and friends out of town can order popcorn online via www.trails-end.com. See below for information on setting up online sales.
SELLING HINTS & SAFETY TIPS
  • Scouts should wear their Class A uniform (blue/khaki shirt, neckerchief, etc.).
  • Bring a few pens and cash to make change (especially $5s and $10s — many products are $10 or $15).
  • Sell with a friend. Consider pairing an older/more experienced Scout with a younger Scout.
  • Don’t send your Scout out alone to sell popcorn.
  • Don’t sell after dark.
  • NEVER go into someone’s home.

Tip: Try selling popcorn door-to-door during Patriots half-time — there are 1:00 games on 9/17, 9/24, 10/1 and 10/15.


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 or Karen Peters to borrow a reader and get the Pack’s account information.


We may be using PayPal to accept credit cards this year.  If that decision is made, instructions will be sent out accordingly.


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 Sign-Up Genius forms, links will be available on the Pack 4 website (www.pack4needham.org - look for Popcorn). 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

    • Scouts wear their Class A uniform (blue/khaki shirt, neckerchief, etc.).
    • All popcorn, cash for change, etc. will be provided by the Pack — all you need to do is show up!
    • Parents remain at the event with their children.

POPCORN CHECK OUT

On October 21-22 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 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 (www.pack4needham.org - look for Popcorn) 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 by mid-November (at the latest).


If you have any questions, please contact Karen Peters at popcorn.pack4@gmail.com.


HOW TO SET UP ONLINE ORDERING

Have friends and family from out of town purchase popcorn online! Online orders count toward the minimum sales requirement and prize levels. If you set up an account last year, you should still be able to use it. If you need to create an account, please follow the steps below:

  • Go to sell.trails-end.com/scout/register - this should take you to a screen where you enter “Get Started Now” then follow the appropriate prompts. 
  • Complete the “Register as a “Parent” form with these selections:
    • Council: Spirit of Adventure
    • District: Great Blue Hill
    • Unit: Pack 4
    • Families with 2 Scouts can put both boys’ names in or create 2 separate accounts.
  • Once your account is activated, you are brought to your dashboard.  You can update your information and share your page through a variety of social media or email.

POPCORN REWARDS/PRIZES

Popcorn rewards/prizes are provided by Trails 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.


Popcorn Sales

Additional Pack and Council Rewards

$250

($400 for siblings)

Scout + Parent attend a Video Game Trucks celebration on 12/2/17

$300

New raffle incentive prize is a UFO Quadrocopter Drone: every Cub who sells $300 gets one chance to win, and another chance to win for every $50 beyond that.

$700/$1,400

$20 Gift Card – scout can choose to receive an Amazon.com gift card OR a Scout Shop gift card

#2 and #3 Highest Selling Scouts in Pack 

Scout gets to throw a pie in a Pack Leader’s face during a Pack meeting!

Top-selling Scout in Pack

Scout gets to throw a pie in the Cubmaster’s face during a Pack meeting!


QUESTIONS?

Karen Peters

53 Parkinson Street

781-400-1348 (h)  /  617-240-5596 (c)

popcorn.pack4@gmail.com 

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Pack 4 Webmaster,
Sep 10, 2017, 4:44 PM