Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 73% 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. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.
• Increase your unit and council income – 73% stays in the local area.
• Meet annual fundraising goals faster than ever before
• Scouts pay for their way for various programs (e.g., summer camp, dues uniforms).
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.
• Loads of incentives motivate Scouts to sell.
• Ordering has never been easier than with the Trail's End App.
• Videos and resources help Scouts learn how to be successful.
Ways to Sell Popcorn
There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-and-sell (and wagon sales). All sales count towards prizes.
2. 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 $650 club, and 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 and includes free shipping! The advantage of online sales is that Scouts don't have to collect money or deliver products. Online sales run from August 1 to December 31st.
Show-n-sell is similar to take order sales, except Scouts have the popcorn in hand to sell to customers. All units are eligible to participate if they agree to the terms stated in the commitment order form. Packs, troops and crews can request permission to sell in front of a retail store or chartered organization. Show-n-sell should not replace traditional take order sales. Units can customize their initial order ($3,000 minimum) to meet their needs or they may still choose one of our pre-set bundle options. Order and sell multiple bundles to increase unit profits! Wagon sales is another great way of selling for Scouts. It's a combination of the show-n-sell and take order methods. The Scout takes actual product door to door in their neighborhoods to sell and is like a show-n-sell table on wheels. There is little risk as any unsold popcorn is rolled into traditional, take order sales.
Show-n-sell popcorn is picked up by the unit representative on August 15, 2020. For pick up times and location, contact the district popcorn kernel. Weekly replenishment orders are available with no minimum requirements starting on August 24, 2020. Replenishment orders must be placed each week on Monday before 11:00 pm.
Order Show-n-Sale Bundle Options
Popcorn Blitz Day
Blitz Day is a designated day where units are encouraged to sell popcorn during take-order as a group by canvassing areas in their neighborhood. Scouts that meet the items sold count indicated by each date will qualify for entry. Email email@example.com to enter the drawing when the required number of items are sold. Scouts are not required to participate in Blitz Day to enter the drawing.
- September 26, 2020 – Sell a total of 20 total traditional items and then enter the drawing.
- October 10, 2020 – Sell a total of 40 total traditional items and then enter the drawing.
- October 24, 2020 – Sell a total of 60 total traditional items and then enter the drawing.
Winners will receive a Nintendo Switch Lite; the winner will be announced on the SHAC popcorn Facebook page the following week.
Cyber Weekend Promotions
Every Scout who sells at least one item online during the following weekends will automatically be entered into a weekly drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card!
- October 16-18, 2020
- October 30-November 1, 2020
- Chocolate Lovers Collection (tin)
- Cheese Lovers Collection (tin)
- Chocolate Caramel Crunch (tin)
- Premium Caramel ACP with nuts (tin)
- Kettle 18 Pack (microwave)
- Unbelievable Butter (microwave)
- Classic Caramel Corn (bag)
- Salted Caramel Corn (bag)
- White Cheddar Cheese (bag)
- Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese (bag) *only available for show-n-sell
The military donation allows customers to support the military and Scouting at the same time. Customers can choose to donate $50 or $30 worth of popcorn to men and women in the military, their families and veterans' organizations. There are no shipping and handling charges associated with military donations. Over 2,000 tons of popcorn treats have been shipped to hundreds of locations around the world! Military donations count toward Scout rewards.
Since customers who purchase a military donation don't receive the product in exchange for payment, the purchase should be 100% tax deductible. As always, recommend that the customer check the tax laws with their tax professional, as tax laws often change.
Scout Prizes - Trail's End Scout Rewards
Ordered by October 30, 2020
Scouts are motivated by prizes and the ability to work towards a goal. Scouts can now choose the prize they want on Amazon using an amazon.com gift card; rewards are managed and digitally redeemed by the Scout through Trail's End. The prizes they choose on Amazon are delivered directly to the Scout's door faster than ever before!
2019 Prizes Trail's End Online Prize Program Rewards Program
Trail's End Scholarship Program
Scouts who sell at least $2,500 (online, face-to-face, or a combination) in any calendar year will have 6% of their Qualified Product Sales count towards their own Trail's End Scholarship.* Once enrolled, 6% of their sales each year will go towards the scholarship*. Reporting of sales is not automatic, and forms must be submitted to Trail's End each year following the guidelines at www.trails-end.com/scholarship. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum one time and online sales count!
Top Sellers Recognition - More Information To Come
|$350 - $499
||$10 Amazon Gift Card
|$500 - $749
||$20 Amazon Gift Card
|$750 - $999
||$30 Amazon Gift Card
|$1,000 - $1,499
||$45 Amazon Gift Card
|$1,500 - $2,499
||$75 Amazon Gift Card
|$2,500 - $3,499
||$150 Amazon Gift Card
|$3,500 - $4,999
||$225 Amazon Gift Card
|$5,000 - $7,499
||$350 Amazon Gift Card
|$7,500 - $9,999
||$550 Amazon Gift Card
|$10,000 - $14,999
||$800 Amazon Gift Card
|$15,000 - $19,999
||$1,200 Amazon Gift Card
|$20,000 - $24,999
||$1,600 Amazon Gift Card
|$25,000 - $29,000
||$2,000 Amazon Gift Card
|$30,000 - $39,000
||$2,400 Amazon Gift Card
||$3,200 Amazon Gift Card
*Scouts receive 8% of their total retail at every additional $10,000 sold above $40,000.
|August 1 - December 31, 2020
||Online popcorn sales period
|May 21, 2020
||District popcorn kernel orientation
|July 23, 2020
|July 31, 2020
||Show-n-sell orders due
|August 11, 2020
||Popcorn kickoff for unit popcorn kernel
|After unit kick off through October 30, 2020
||Traditional take-order popcorn sales period
|August 15, 2020
||Show-n-sell distribution (locations)
|August 24 - October 12, 2020
||Show-n-sell replenishment period (Orders placed by Monday at 11pm are distributed each Thursday.)
|September 26, 2020
||Popcorn Blitz Day #1 (goal: sell 20 traditional sales items total)
|October 1, 2020
||Show-n-sell payments processed
|October 10, 2020
||Popcorn Blitz Day #2 (goal: sell 40 traditional sales items total)
|October 16-18, 2020
||Cyber Weekend Promotion #1 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
|October 24, 2020
||Popcorn Blitz Day #3 (goal: sell 60 traditional sales items total)
|October 30, 2020 by 4:00 pm
||Unit popcorn orders due online at scouting.trails-end.com
|October 30 - November 1, 2020
||Cyber Weekend Promotion $2 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
|November 14, 2020
||Popcorn distribution (district distribution center location)
|November 14, 2020
||Unit top sellers form due to district (at the district distribution center location)
|November 14, 2020
||Unit payments due to district (at the district distribution center location)
|February TBD, 2020
||Online commissions issued and mailed to the committee chair on file for the unit
For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.