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Planning and conducting a strong program is the best way to keep your Scouts active and interested in Scouting. Funding that program is equally important--otherwise great plans can't become a reality. The annual popcorn fundraiser is a proven approach to ensure that your unit can meet its program and financial goals while teaching your Scouts the importance of earning their own way. Units have used the monies they raise to cover the cost of badges and advancement, outings, trips, and summer camp fees.

The popcorn fundraiser is administered by the Cradle of Liberty Council to help make your unit successful. Here are some benefits:

  • No Up-Front Costs: Units keep their commission and pay in December.
  • Turnkey Program: Training, order forms, online ordering, Scout prize program, and other resources are provided free-of-charge.
  • Proven Product Quality: Trails End provides superior, high-quality products. Always remember, however, we're really selling Scouting adventures--popcorn is the thank you gift.
  • Teaches Life Lessons: Earning your own way, salesmanship, confidence, financial responsibility, and leadership to name a few. The fundraiser also provides opportunities for Scouts to earn advancements and merit badges.
  • Support: The council popcorn team, made up of volunteers and staff, stand ready to assist your unit with a successful fundraiser.
  • Over 73% Goes to Local Scouting: Not only does your unit raise the money it needs to fuel its program, but a portion of the sale benefits the council as a whole by helping us serve volunteer leaders and members by providing better programs and camping facilities.
 
RESOURCES: 
Click on the links below or scroll through this page to get the resources you need! 

(unlinked items coming soon)


 

Unit coordinators only: 

Popcorn System  | Prize Ordering System

Not sure about the Show & Sell product mix for order #1? Here's a resource to help.

You may also download a PDF version here

2016-Popcorn-Order-1-Product-Mix-Guide

Philadelphia Field Director Lonce Scott 484-654-9270
   Northern District Senior District Executive Joe Leiss 484-654-9261
Popcorn Kernel Rae Whatley  
   Roosevelt District District Director Javon Arnold 484-654-9260
   Triune District District Executive Aaron Munson 484-654-9263
Popcorn Kernel Arlene Gray  
Montgomery County Field Director Nick Nowak 484-654-9209
   Baden-Powell District District Executive Bob Ames 484-654-9204
Popcorn Kernel Rino Carbone  
   Continental District District Executive Alex Bienz 484-654-9225
   General Nash District District Executive Adam Smith 484-654-9227
   Lafayette District Field Director Nick Nowak 484-654-9209
Popcorn Kernel Becky Adamson  
   Washington District District Executive Ryan Martin 484-654-9217
Popcorn Kernel Jeanne Mesko  
Delaware County Field Director Dave Bryan 484-654-9210
   Conestoga District District Executive Jarred Barnes 484-654-9232
   Constellation District Field Director Dave Bryan 484-654-9210
Popcorn Kernel Ed Connolly  
   Minquas District District Executive Kevin Jones 484-654-9236
Popcorn Kernel Vince Benchino  
Council Staff Advisor Director of Field Service Greg Osborn 484-654-9239
Council Staff Advisor Field Director Nick Nowak 484-654-9209
Council Staff Support Field Service Specialist Amy Davidson 484-654-9229
General Email: popcorn@colbsa.org

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It's no secret what entices new youth and families to join Scouting and keep them involved: a well-planned, fun program. While planning for your upcoming Scouting year may seem daunting or time-consuming, it doesn't have to be. And "Being Prepared" ahead of time will ultimately save time and headaches for you and your fellow busy adult leaders who volunteer their time to make a difference.

It is our goal to be able to provide a year-round quality Scouting program through proper planning, budgeting and goal-setting to ensure we are helping provide Scouts an Experience of a Lifetime. The annual popcorn fundraiser is a proven approach to ensure that your unit can meet its program and financial goals while teaching your Scouts the importance of earning their own way.

Click here for budgeting and communication resources courtesy of Trail's End.

The planning process for each level of Scouting programs differs slightly based on who's involved and their level of involvement, but consists of the following basic steps:

  1. Decide what activities are going to happen.
  2. Build a budget based on what those activities are going to cost and other associated costs of running a Scout unit (national registration fees, insurance fees, etc.).
  3. Develop a fundraising plan to offset the cost to families and determine a per-Scout fundraising goal.
  4. Communicate the plan with your families (and prospective families, too.)

There's a host of resources to help:

If you'd like additional support, our district committees, commissioners and professionals stand ready to assist your unit leadership in planning and running a fun, exciting and safe program for your Scouts and Venturers. Find your local professional representative here or contact popcorn@colbsa.org.

To assist your unit in preparing for the 2016 Popcorn Fundraiser, we'll be conducting four webinars every other Wednesday evening throughout the summer. The webinars will start at 6:30 PM and last no longer than one hour.

A short registration is required to participate/view (click on the links below to register). Webinars will also be recorded for viewing at a later date and the links will be posted here.

Webinar #1 - Popcorn Fundamentals: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | 6:30 PM

View Recording

  • Vision and purpose
  • Telling the story
  • Timeline/key dates
  • Sales methods
  • Steps to prepare for a successful fundraiser

Webinar #2 - Unit Ordering/New Popcorn System: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 6:30 PM

View Recording

  • New online popcorn system for unit orders
  • Steps to submit unit popcorn orders
  • New digital take order app
  • New online selling system for Scouts
  • New online product line

Webinar #3 - Prize Program & Bonus Incentives: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 | 6:30 PM

View Recording

  • Prize program levels
  • "Galactic Collection" piece patch
  • $750 Club bonus incentive options
  • "Prize Vault" fill-a-sheet prizes
  • Trail's End scholarship program
  • Ordering prizes and bonus incentives

Webinar #4 - Conducting a Unit Kickoff: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | 6:30 PM

  • Benefits of conducting a unit popcorn kickoff
  • Communicating the program plan and goals
  • Training Scouts and families
  • Unit prizes and incentives
  • Themes and resources
  • Chocolate Lover’s Collection $55 ($30+ back to Scouting)
  • Sweet & Savory Collection $40 ($27+ back to Scouting)
  • Cheese Lover’s Collection $30 ($20+ back to Scouting)
  • Chocolatey Caramel Crunch $25 ($18+ back to Scouting)
  • Premium Caramel Corn $18 ($12+ back to Scouting)
  • White Cheddar Cheese Corn $15 ($11+ back to Scouting)
  • Classic Caramel Corn $10 ($7+ back to Scouting)
  • Popping Corn $10 ($7+ back to Scouting)
  • Kettle Corn Microwave $20 ($13+ back to Scouting)
  • Unbelievable Butter™ Microwave $18 ($12+ back to Scouting)
  • Butter Light Microwave $18 ($12+ back to Scouting)

This weekly newsletter, which will be distributed regularly throughout the popcorn fundraiser, is intended to be a resource for unit kernels (coordinators) to help your unit fundraiser be as successful as possible. Have comments or items to contribute? Please email popcorn@colbsa.org

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For nutritional and allergen information about Trail's End popcorn, please visit:

 

https://www.trails-end.com/home/FAQs

At that site you will find detailed information about gluten, dairy, nuts, trans fats, etc. as it relates to the Trail's End popcorn products. 



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