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Cub Scout Maximus Sells Popcorn and Earns College Scholarship

by Angel Zuniga Martinez for the AlamoAreaBSA: June 12, 2018

It was a beautiful but Texas humid Monday in February of 2017 for over 15 Cub Scouts and their parents and leaders as they met after school at their elementary on the South side of Downtown San Antonio. Their regularly scheduled Pack 1002 meeting planned activities around building pinewood derby cars. This day was different. The Pack was being recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council for its past Fall participation in selling Trail's End popcorn. One special Scout, Maximus Medina, was very interested in telling his story as their Pack's top seller. Watch the video where Maximus shares his popcorn selling secret weapon (Hint: it's his mom) that earned him a Trail's End college scholarship.

Maximus and his friends found Scouting's values through the support of Give the Adventure donors giving to the Alamo Area Council's Project Aguila program. “Project Aguila” (Project Eagle) was kicked off in August of 2011 as a local Alamo Area Council Board initiative to create long-standing units in areas where the council has identified the need for a program that prepares boys for life.

Project Aguila Program highlights:

  • Focusing on Cub Scouting (boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age), Project Aguila financially provides: program staff leadership, membership dues, camp fees, training, uniforms, program supplies, and recognition for Scouts and adults for three years.     
  • The goal is to continue to see healthy increases of parent involvement while managing the expectation for these Cub Scout Packs to become financially self-sufficient.
  • Parents who volunteer in the program become trained role models displaying traits of ethical and moral character as they lead and participate in activities with youth and other adults.
  • Volunteering for the Scouts is also an aid to good parenting; Scouting gives involved parents the confidence and resources to work alongside their boys in whatever activities may come their way.

To learn more about Project Aguila, visit

To learn more or become a Give the Adventure Donor, visit

To learn more about Trail's End Popcorn Sale, visit

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