I love Popcorn Season, and the fact that my unit can earn up to 40% in commission isn’t even one of my top 10. Each day I’ll share – in no particular order – one reason why I feel this way.
Popcorn teaches delayed gratification and discipline
There’s a special feeling knowing that you’re working toward something and there’s a stretch of time to get to it, but like that semester report in school, or taxes, it’s much easier to start chipping away at the goal now than to wait and rush. Saving for your future, or for summer, is good practice and not something that youth get to opportunity to do in their daily lives.
I’m dating myself, but when I was younger and needed an answer to something, I’d have to go to the library to do research…which meant I needed a plan to get there. Either my parents drove me, or I waited until I had a break in my day to duck into the school’s library. If I wanted to watch a movie, I had to make a plan to go to Blockbuster to rent it.
Nothing was on-demand like it is with Google and Netflix…every gratification I sought seemed delayed!
Not so much anymore. To make a plan and do the work early, then wait, is not quite the same for youth today as it was during my maturing years. While life is certainly more convenient with recent leaps in technology, there are some things in life that just cannot be rushed. You cannot simply hit the enter key, or ask Alexa for things like building savings, preparing to enter college or the trades, or making a major purchase like a car or house.
When a Scout puts in the work and earns their own way, they know it, and the experience is completely relatable to the sorts of things life will soon require of them. We know it, but they might not fully understand the value of the lesson. What they know is that they feel a certain kind of peace knowing that they will be going to camp. Sure, it won’t happen this month, but they can be confident it will come summer because they’ve already done the hard part – paying for it, or at least a chunk.
Self-discipline means giving up what might be comfortable (like the couch) to be a little uncomfortable (like pulling a wagon full of popcorn on a hot Texas day), in hopes of doing amazing things in the future (insert the adventure here)…all by raising support through popcorn sales.