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Popcorn 2018

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


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                                                                  TBD
Show & Sell Orders due                                                                  TBD

Show & Sell Orders distribution                                                       TBD
Take Orders due; last day online sales count towards prizes          TBD 

Take Orders distribution                                                                  TBD
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., date & location TBD

8-10 a.m., date & location TBD



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:




COASTAL District Kernel, Christina Brummer,
Scouting Professional, Dio Gonzalez,
Scouting Professional, Lester Tarver,
CRADLE OF TEXAS District Kernel, Nancy Gray, 979-239-8687,
Scouting Professional, Aaron Christopher, 409-750-3657,
NORTHERN STAR District Kernel, DruEllen Duncan,
Scouting Professional, TBD
THUNDERBIRD District Kernel, TBD
Scouting Professional, Warren Reed,