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 Season provides an opportunity for Scouts to be a mentor to their peers
While this is the foundation for youth in Troops, it’s not always the case for Cub Scouts. Dens only have the chance to be mentored with Den Cheifs, or the occasional cross-den activity. During popcorn season, the Pack I’m part of does two-hour storefront shifts with two Scouts and their parents. We try to coordinate it so at least one of the Scouts of the shift has raised support at that location before so he/she can teach the other Scout the tricks of the trade.
Meet Felix and Elijah.
Felix is a powerhouse.
He’s got a goal he wants to hit for the day, and he knows that it’s going to take him and his partner to reach it. As such, Felix trains Elijah on what to say and models his technique for the new Scout.
“Will you help us go to camp by buying some popcorn?” “We take credit cards and donations.” “Have a nice day!”
Soon, Elijah, a first-year Cub Scout and Bear, catches the energy, and when Felix is showing the product options to an interested customer, Elijah leads a second family to the table to make a purchase.
It wasn’t until later that day that Issac’s mom confessed to me that her son rarely speaks above a whisper. “I wasn’t sure he’d speak to a single person,” she said. “Working with Felix gave him confidence.”
One Scout learned how to mentor the other.
One Scout learned how to take risks, and find success.
Both learned the value of teamwork and got a bit closer to their goals…but that’s a story for another day.
Interested in raising support with Popcorn? Visit the Alamo Area Council Popcorn Page to find out more.