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Tips to Maximize Your Unit’s Popcorn Sale


Successful Units always set a Unit goal, but the really successful Units also set “per-boy” goals. One Unit leader explained her Unit’s success by saying that she asks every boy to sell $200 in popcorn, and give examples of how to do it, who to ask, etc. She said almost all boys made the goal easily, and some did not, BUT there were lots of boys (ambitious ones) who went well above that mark… and they made all the money they needed for the year. 

Specific Unit and/or Den Kickoffs

Crucially important. Units that are successful with Popcorn sales have a kickoff where they show and explain the Units program to parents and boys while telling them that popcorn is how they can pay for it. Have fun with a theme, games and skits, explain how to sell and safety tips, and give examples of the prizes the Unit is planning to give boys for selling. Then encourage ALL boys and parents to participate, and set a Unit AND per-boy goal here. Units who have poor sales, typically just announce at the end of a meeting that Popcorn materials are at the back, and to pick stuff up on the way out the door. Large units are encouraged to break things down at the Den/Patrol level (kickoffs, goals, etc.). You can also incorporate handing out the popcorn order forms, prize brochures, etc, into this meeting. (Emphasize the new prizes that are available this year.)

Communication to Parents

Research shows that Parents are interested in 3 things: What’s in it for my boy, what’s in it for our Unit, and how do we become more successful? Be sure you are able to explain these at your Unit Kickoff, and if they all give a strong effort, they won’t need to constantly pay for program throughout the year, or do other fundraisers.

For More Information

For more information about Popcorn Sales, contact Daniel HemphillExternal Link at the Council Service CenterExternal Link.

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