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.
Raising support through Popcorn Sales provides our Scouts an opportunity to keep Scouting alive in San Antonio
You know those registration costs your Scout pays each year during recharter? None of that stays with the Alamo Area Council.
That’s right. Not one red cent.
So how does our local Council afford stuff?
And every dollar counts.
Popcorn is the primary way our Scouts can contribute to our Council’s fundraising efforts. In fact, 25-30% of popcorn sold goes directly into support Scouting in San Antonio. We’re talking about local unit support, off-setting the maintenance budgets for our three camps and Service Centers, the Outdoor Adventures department, and a portion of the staff salary for the position organizing and managing the sale itself. Popcorn sales are the single largest income generator for camp scholarships (Camperships) offered to families who might not afford to send their Scout to summer camp programs otherwise. And let’s not forget about Scoutreach and Project Aguila, a Scouting mission that currently supports over 5,000 youth on the South Side.
If all the units of the Alamo Area Council participated with popcorn sales, we’d have no problems reaching the goal to completely fund these programs. I make sure the Scouts in my unit know what they are doing, who they’re supporting, and that their efforts are making a difference. There’s that bit in the Scout Oath, “…to help others at all times…” and this is the perfect opportunity to make good on that promise.
This is why it’s important to say we’re raising support…we’re not just selling popcorn. Let’s be honest for a moment, if people craved popcorn that badly they would go to the supermarket. But that doesn’t fund the things I just mentioned, and THAT’s why people buy our decorative tubs of crunchy goodness.
Customers want to support your kid and fund their Adventures. They want to see your Scout – and ALL SCOUTS – have a childhood full of fabulous memories and experiences. And while they might not be able to volunteer, or remember to send in that check for Give The Adventure, they can fork over a twenty for a tasty snack and make a kid smile.
Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
Interested in raising support with Popcorn? Visit the Alamo Area Council Popcorn Page to find out more.