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Old 09-16-2009, 10:42 AM   #31
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Oh, also try the local car and RV lots. I worked at an RV dealership as a receptionist for a few years and every time a kid came in selling anything the sales guys would buy it up (and some customers too). Being in sales themselves they always said it wasn't what the kid was selling but that they had the courage to come in and ask in the first place.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:09 PM   #32
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Crazy question. I know you live in a rural area, but do you live anywhere near a major football stadium (like within a 1 hr drive). My cousin raised $2,500 in the hours before a game started by hitting up the people who were tail-gating in just one parking lot at Gillette (they have 40 parking lots). Since will have the popcorn available for them to take with home you could seriously sell it all in a couple of hours. Drunk people are generous .
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:00 PM   #33
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I love their popcorn. To me it tastes better than the other brands of microwave popcorn. Unfortunately I haven't had any cub scouts come to my door this year. I didn't realize it was that time already.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:13 PM   #34
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Popcorn Kernel for our Troop here.

Sounds like you have a lot of great advice. The only thing I would suggest, is make sure your boys are in uniform, with shirt tucked in, neckerchief on, no major wrinkles, etc.

People are a sucker for uniforms.

I really like your ability to have the product and sell it immediately. We do pre-orders and it can be a pain in the fanny. It took me hours last year to get the orders sorted and then 4 more hours the next day to get the boys to come pick them up.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:23 PM   #35
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My Girl Scout set up a table at a local car wash - with permission of course. She and one other girl sold out of their cookies in about an hour.
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:49 PM   #37
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Sounds like maybe they should choose a less expensive trip to work towards!
That's not really fair, I would guess that almost ALL cub scouts are REQUIRED to sell popcorn. I know 2 of my sons are cub scouts and they have to sell popcorn every year. Its manadatory for them, and it's their big fundraiser of the year. And they DON'T go on any expensive trips, they go camping in the area, last year they went to a local Iron Pigs baseball game and the year before they went to a museum in Philadelphia.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:40 PM   #38
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I won't let my kids sell Door to Door so what I did was give popcorn as gifts one year to everyone I needed to get gifts for including the kids teachers.

The next year most of those people bought popcorn from DS because they liked it so I was able to meet his sales goals. Luckily. Because I sure wasn't buying all that for myself. LOL
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That's not really fair, I would guess that almost ALL cub scouts are REQUIRED to sell popcorn. I know 2 of my sons are cub scouts and they have to sell popcorn every year. Its manadatory for them, and it's their big fundraiser of the year. And they DON'T go on any expensive trips, they go camping in the area, last year they went to a local Iron Pigs baseball game and the year before they went to a museum in Philadelphia.
I think that they were talking about a trip, to wdw. That is expensive.
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:12 AM   #40
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That's not really fair, I would guess that almost ALL cub scouts are REQUIRED to sell popcorn. I know 2 of my sons are cub scouts and they have to sell popcorn every year. Its manadatory for them, and it's their big fundraiser of the year. And they DON'T go on any expensive trips, they go camping in the area, last year they went to a local Iron Pigs baseball game and the year before they went to a museum in Philadelphia.
Are you kidding me? The OP clearly stated they were trying to raise funds through the popcorn sale for WDW! They OP said Ft Wilderness, park tickets and transportation! I'm all for camping trips, local trips, etc. but I don't think anyone, Cub Scouts or any other group, should expect to go to WDW for a group trip & have others pay for it by buying things through a fundraiser!
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:32 AM   #41
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Also, new this year, you can print out a tax deductible form if the want to donate popcorn for the military. It is a form that you can print out at home and give it to them right away.
This is the best idea I've read. I would be way more responsive to the popcorn sales if the kids did this.
I hate to admit on this thread, but I usually turn away the Scouts selling popcorn. I really don't like it. Plus, everybody is selling stuff this time of year. Schools all do their fundraisers now, girl scouts sell nuts, boy scouts sell popcorn, many school clubs are trying to raise money for the year. It just gets to be too much. I have to pick and choose which to participate and feel so bad to turn away kids, but I can't buy from everyone. But, if I could donate to the military and get a small tax deduction, I would choose the popcorn over some of the other stuff I like only slightly better.

I believe OP wrote popcorn is the only fundraiser her kids participate in. If they said something about that, too, I would be more interested. With so many others I know they will ask me again in a few months.

Good luck with your sales.
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Are you kidding me? The OP clearly stated they were trying to raise funds through the popcorn sale for WDW! They OP said Ft Wilderness, park tickets and transportation! I'm all for camping trips, local trips, etc. but I don't think anyone, Cub Scouts or any other group, should expect to go to WDW for a group trip & have others pay for it by buying things through a fundraiser!
I can see your point, however it doesn't really matter where the trip it to, they have to sell the popcorn anyway. If the money isn't for a trip to wdw it would be used for other activities, end of year gifts for the kids (a new neckerchief or scout book for next year), etc. Regardless of what they're spending it on, the boys are expected to sell popcorn to keep our out of pocket costs for all activities down. And I do want to point out that the wdw trip is NOT set in stone yet, it is something the pack leader would like to do IF we raise enough money. DH and I have actually been discussing alternate ideas for trips that we could suggest to him and have come up with a couple so we'll see.

Selling popcorn has been an expected fundraising activity in both of the packs my boys have been in and we've always participated so it was no suprise, but we just moved to this town last Oct., after the popcorn sales were over, so I wanted to hear some new ideas for it now that I'm in a more rural area and I've gotten alot of great tips which are hopefully helping out some other scouting families as well.

BTW, we do have a college campus not too far away, I will definitely suggest selling before a football game to DH, that's a great idea.

WendyisDarling, tell me about it, I have FOUR fundraising packets sitting on my desk right now from my kids' schools and we'll get popcorn info tonight , I can't even afford to order from my own kids and I can't see sending them all to my neighbors so you definitely won't get any flames from me and your perspective is actually very helpful so thanks for posting.
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As a former Cubmaster and Popcorn Kernel, I sure wish I had found this board then! The ideas are great (in fact, I'm going to pass some of these ideas along to our current cubmaster -- we're long out of scouts, but still have connections). We always sold at the local grocery store (some weekends better than others), and one place we tried was at a train station in the evening. That was OK, not fantastic, but worth the time, I thought. The pizza place across the street brought out a pizza for the boys (for free!).

I love the idea of opening the box and selling just three of the packages of microwave stuff -- I always buy the popcorn, but we just don't seem to go through the box before it's stale. When wrapping the popcorn with a ribbon, I would add a home-computer-printed tag with "thank you" and possibly a contact for purchasing more by a certain date (email would be better). And the donations jar is a must!

If you're going to open a can to sample, buy a bunch of cupcake liners and pre-fill them with the popcorn -- I'm sure it goes without saying that you don't want people dipping into the can to take their own sample (yuck).

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Incidentially, selling popcorn is not mandatory for all Cub Scouts. In our den, it's optional. We've decided that our family will not be selling it.
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Incidentially, selling popcorn is not mandatory for all Cub Scouts. In our den, it's optional. We've decided that our family will not be selling it.
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