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Popcorn 2017

Ready! Set! Pop!

Thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Bay Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell.

Popcorn Unit Commitment

Popcorn Ordering System & Sales

Why sell?

• Increase your unit and council income – 70% stays local
• Pay for a year of Scouting programs
• Scouts learn valuable life lessons

• There are loads of incentives like prizes and scholarship


Popcorn Training

Popcorn Training will cover changes to the Trails-End popcorn system as well as Take Order and Show n' Sell procedures, how to order prizes and more. Please have someone from your Unit attend. We are also taking suggestions on what you may need help with. Please add comments when registering.

TIME: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

DATE: November 7, 2017

PLACE: Alvin Community College, Allied Health Center, Rm. H-125, 3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, TX 77511 (Campus map HERE)

COST: Free

CONTACT: Christina Brummer at christina.brummer@yahoo.com

REGISTER BY: November 5, 2017

Register here


Ways to Sell

There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town, and show-and-sell:

1. Show-n-Sell

Scouts have popcorn in hand to sell to customers. Dens, packs or troops can request permission to sell in front of a retail store or chartered organization. Show-n-Sell orders are due by September 22, 2017.

2. Take Order Sales 

Take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after the unit kick off. Customers choose the product(s) he or she wishes to buy and writes the order on the order form. Scouts should collect the money when the popcorn is ordered (checks should be made out to the unit). Popcorn will be picked up by units on December 2, 2017.

3. Online Popcorn Sales 

Selling online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout rewards including the scholarship program. Participants can send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase products online. The email includes a link allowing them to begin shopping right away. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer. The advantages of online sales are that the Scout doesn't have to collect money or deliver products.


Important dates

Council Popcorn Kickoff                                                                  August 5-6, 2017
Show & Sell Orders due                                                                  September 22, 2017

Show & Sell Orders distribution                                                       October 7, 2017
Take Orders due; last day online sales count towards prizes          November 10, 2017 

Take Orders distribution                                                                  December 2, 2017
Monies, prize orders, and scholarship forms due to the council      December 16, 2017



Choice 1: Units choosing the Council prize program will earn a base 30% Commission

Choice 2: Units not choosing to use the Council-supplied prizes earn a base 33% Commission

Bonus: If your Unit Popcorn Kernel (or co-kernel) attends one of the Council popcorn kickoffs, receive an additional 1% Commission



8-10 a.m., October 7, 2017

Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004 (Please use employee entrance just South of Main entrance), La Marque, TX 77568

8-10 a.m., December 2, 2017
Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004 (Please use employee entrance just South of Main entrance), La Marque, TX 77568

*New this year:  Units need to bring a post-dated check (dated December 16, 2017) to the pick up site on December 2, 2017.



Popcorn Leader's Guide


Popcorn Kick-off Power Point


Popcorn Order form



Military donations



Council prizes


How to use Trails-End

How to sell Online

Scout registration

Benefits of selling online


Best practices


Training videos



Trails-End app

Trails-End Scholarship form


Scout goal poster



Scout sales tips & script



Scout advancement



Scout Business cards

Door hangers

Thank you cards

Unit goal poster


Unit kickoff check list


Plan your Scout program

Parent handout


Store front sales


Show & Sell selfie

Selling banner 

Store front request letter

Store agreement letter


Council approved unit letter





District Kernel contacts

Questions? Contact your Council or District Representatives:


POPCORN PROJECT COORDINATOR: Steve Bell at steve.bell@scouting.org

POPCORN ADMINISTRATOR: Tina Brendle at tina.brendle@scouting.org

COASTAL District Kernel, Christina Brummer, christina.brummer@yahoo.com
Scouting Professional, Dio Gonzalez, dionicio.gonzalez@scouting.org
Scouting Professional, Lester Tarver, lester.tarver@scouting.org
CRADLE OF TEXAS District Kernel, Nancy Gray, 979-239-8687, rainbow4jc@comcast.net
Scouting Professional, Aaron Christopher, 409-750-3657, aaron.christopher@scouting.org
NORTHERN STAR District Kernel, DruEllen Duncan, druellenduncan@yahoo.com
Scouting Professional, Steve Bell, 815-954-8205, steve.bell@scouting.org
THUNDERBIRD District Kernel, TBD
Scouting Professional, Warren Reed, warren.reed@scouting.org