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Popcorn and Scouts

Popcorn 2018

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
(Coming soon)

Popcorn Ordering System & Sales


Important Dates

Popcorn Kick-off                                                                                     August 4-5, 2018
Show ‘n Sell orders due                                                                          September 1, 2018
Show ‘n Sell distribution                                                                        September 15, 2018
Take Orders due                                                                                    October 20, 2018
Show ‘n Sell payments due                                                                     November 1, 2018
Take Order distribution                                                                         November 3, 2018            
Prize Orders & Scholarships due                                                           November 3, 2018
Final payment due                                                                                  December 1, 2018



SHOW & SELL (ALL DISTRICTS), 8-10 a.m., September 15, 2018, location TBD

TAKE ORDER (ALL DISTRICTS), 8-10 a.m., November 3, 2018, location TBD



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


District Kernel Contacts

Questions? Contact your council or district representatives:

Coastal, District Kernel, TBD
Coastal, Scouting Professional, TBD

Cradle of Texas, District Kernel, Nancy Gray,
Cradle of Texas, Scouting Professional, TBD

Northern Star, District Kernel, TBD
Northern Star, Scouting Professional, Lester Tarver,

Thunderbird, District Kernel, TBD
Thunderbird, Scouting Professional, Warren Reed,



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


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 1, 2018.

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 November 3, 2018.

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.



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