Popcorn

Every Scout should learn the value of hard work and earning their own way. The popcorn sale is the perfect opportunity to teach this valuable life lesson and fund the most exciting year of Scouting ever. The council does all the pre-work to set up the sale, eliminating the need for units to research opportunities, calculate returns, create sales and promotional materials, manage a relationship with a vendor, etc. The popcorn sale is not just about selling popcorn...It’s also about promoting Scouting!

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 73% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

Why Sell?   

     Scouting Popcorn         Covid-19 Scouting Participation At-Risk Statement

• Increase your unit and council income – 73% stays in the local area.
• Meet annual fundraising goals faster than ever before
• Scouts pay for their way for various programs (e.g., summer camp, dues uniforms).
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.  
 Loads of incentives motivate Scouts to sell.
• Ordering has never been easier than with the Trail's End App.                                
Videos and resources help Scouts learn how to be successful.                                 


Ways to Sell Popcorn

There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-and-sell (and wagon sales). All sales count towards prizes.

1. Take Order Sales 

Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form. Sales run from after the unit kick-off (after August 11, 2020 through October 30, 2020). Customers can write their order on the form. Scouts should collect the money when the popcorn is ordered (checks should be made out to the unit).  Customers can also place their order on the Trail's End App (credit cards are accepted with no fees). Popcorn will be picked up by the unit representative on November 21, 2020.

Unit Sign-up for Take Order / Online Sales

Take Order Form

2. Online Popcorn Sales

Selling online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout rewards including the $650 club, and scholarship program. Participants can send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase products online. The email includes a link allowing them to begin shopping right away. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer, contact-free!  The advantage of online sales is that Scouts don't have to collect money or deliver products. Online sales run from April 1st to December 31st.

Online Direct Sales
Place orders for online products in the app.  Pick the products, take payment (credit card only) and products ship directly to your customers.  You can also share your page with customers via email, text and social media.

Online Direct Sales Promotions

  • Units Earn 5% of Online Direct Sales as an Amazon Gift Card - July 1 -1 August 15th
  • Scouts Earn Double Points for Amazon Gift Cards on every Online Direct Sale

 

How do Scouts sign up for online sales?
For New Scouts:
  1. Visit www.Trails-End.com
  2. Click “Register” in the top right-hand corner
  3. Select “Scout/Parent” as the type of account you would like to register
  4. Select whether you are under or over the age of 13
  5. Continue to complete your registration following the instructions provided with your unit information

Returning Scouts:

  1. Visit www.Trails-End.com
  2. Click “Sign In” in the top right-hand corner
  3. Username and password from previous years selling.

Now the fun part of creating your personalized Scout profile begins with the dashboard under the Manage Page TAB.

To share your page with friends and family via email and social media, click on the appropriate icon from your dashboard or from the navigation on the left-hand side – Tip: don’t just send once but continue posting and sharing throughout the sales campaign to reach more people.

Another idea is to send an email directly to each person you are connecting with and sharing your scout code for them to purchase that way! The personalized touch will often get more responses.

Note: The online sales are national and reflect different prices than what you may see. The products will vary a bit, for example, the Unbelievable Butter has 24 bags instead of 18. There are also bundles for items and items not available locally like trail mix!

Share your Scouts sales goal today and connect with your out of town friends and family.

3. Show-n-Sell and Wagon Sales

Show-n-sell is similar to take order sales, except Scouts have the popcorn in hand to sell to customers. All units are eligible to participate if they agree to the terms stated in the commitment order form. Packs, troops and crews can request permission to sell in front of a retail store or chartered organization. Show-n-sell should not replace traditional take order sales. Units can customize their initial order ($2,500 minimum) to meet their needs or they may still choose one of our pre-set bundle options.  Order and sell multiple bundles to increase unit profits!  Wagon sales is another great way of selling for Scouts.  It's a combination of the show-n-sell and take order methods.  The Scout takes actual product door to door in their neighborhoods to sell and is like a show-n-sell table on wheels.  There is little risk as any unsold popcorn is rolled into traditional, take order sales.  

Show-n-sell popcorn is picked up by the unit representative on August 15, 2020. For pick up times and location, contact the district popcorn kernelWeekly replenishment orders are available with no minimum requirements starting on August 20, 2020. Replenishment orders must be placed each week on Sunday by 11:59 pm.  

 Order Show-n-Sale                

2020 Products 

  • $10 Caramel Corn (bag)
  • $15 Unbelievable Butter (big bag)
  • $15 Un-popped Kernels (jar)
  • $20 White Cheddar (big bag)
  • $20 Blazin' Hot (big bag)
  • $25 Salted Caramel (bag)
  • $35 Cheese Lover's Box (1 big bag white cheddar & 1 big bag blazin' hot)
  • Unbelievable Butter Microwaveable (online only)

Hero Donation

The hero donation allows customers to support the military, first responders, veterans' organizations and Scouting at the same time. Customers can choose to donate $50 or $30 worth of popcorn to men and women in the military, first responders, their families and veterans' organizations. There are no shipping and handling charges associated with hero donations. Over 2,000 tons of popcorn treats have been shipped to hundreds of locations around the world! Hero donations count toward Scout rewards.

Since customers who purchase a hero donation don't receive the product in exchange for payment, the purchase should be 100% tax-deductible. As always, recommend that the customer check the tax laws with their tax professional, as tax laws often change. 

 

Scout Prizes - Trail's End Scout Rewards

Order by October 30, 2020 

Scouts are motivated by prizes and the ability to work towards a goal. Scouts can now choose the prize they want on Amazon using an amazon.com gift card; rewards are managed and digitally redeemed by the Scout through Trail's End. The prizes they choose on Amazon are delivered directly to the Scout's door faster than ever before! 

2020 Prizes   Trail's End Online Prize Program     Rewards Program 

Payout Schedule

Top Sellers Recognition - More Information To Come

Amazon Gift Card Reward Levels

Sales Level Reward
$350 - $499 $10 Amazon Gift Card
$500 - $749 $20 Amazon Gift Card 
$750 - $999 $30 Amazon Gift Card
$1,000 - $1,249 $50 Amazon Gift Card
$1,250 - $1,499 $60 Amazon Gift Card
$1,500 - $1,749 $70 Amazon Gift Card
$1,750 - $1,999 $80 Amazon Gift Card
$2,000 - $2,499 $100 Amazon Gift Card
$2,500 - $2,999 $200 Amazon Gift Card 
$3,000 - $3,499 $250 Amazon Gift Card 
$3,500 - $4,349 $300 Amazon Gift Card
$4,350 - $4,999 $350 Amazon Gift Card 
$5,000 - $6,249 $450 Amazon Gift Card 
$6,250 - $7,490 $575 Amazon Gift Card
$7,500 - $9,999 $700 Amazon Gift Card
$10,000 - $12,499 $1,000 Amazon Gift Card
$12,500 - $14,999 $1,250 Amazon Gift Card
$15,000+ 10% of Total Sales in an Amazon Gift Card

 

Cyber Weekend Promotions

Every Scout who sells at least one item online during the following weekends will automatically be entered into a weekly drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card! 

  • October 16-18, 2020
  • October 30-November 1, 2020

 

Leader Resources

Kernel Jernel 1

Kernel Jernel 2

Kernel Jernel 3

Kernel Jernel 4

Trail's End App

Trail's End Instructions

Ideal Year of Scouting

Unit Kickoff and Leader Training

Parent Handout

Goal Trackers

Tips and Scripts

Posters

Videos

 



 

Important Dates 

April 1 - December 31, 2020 Online popcorn sales period
May 21, 2020 District popcorn kernel orientation
July 23, 2020 Show-n-sell training
July 24, 2020 Show-n-sell orders due
August 11, 2020 Popcorn kickoff for unit popcorn kernel
After unit kick off through October 30, 2020 Traditional take-order popcorn sales period
August 15, 2020 Show-n-sell distribution (locations)
August 24 - October 12, 2020 Show-n-sell replenishment period (Orders placed by Monday at 11pm are distributed each Thursday.)
October 1, 2020 Show-n-sell payments processed
October 16-18, 2020 Cyber Weekend Promotion #1 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
October 30, 2020 by 4:00 pm Unit popcorn orders due online at scouting.trails-end.com
October 30 - November 1, 2020 Cyber Weekend Promotion #2 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
November 21, 2020  Popcorn distribution (district distribution center location)
November 21, 2020  Unit top sellers form due to district (at the district distribution center location)
November 21, 2020  Unit payments due to district (at the district distribution center location)
February TBD, 2020 Online commissions issued and mailed to the committee chair on file for the unit

Contacts

Popcorn Kick-off: At the popcorn kick-off, unit leaders will receive, sales materials, training, and leader tools. Every unit should send at least one leader. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive

Popcorn Distribution: Each unit should send one or more representatives to pick up the popcorn order for the entire unit. Units need to bring full payment (unit check or money order), and a list of the top three sellers and the amounts sold. Remember to bring a large enough vehicle to hold all the popcorn (mid-size vehicles hold about 15 cases; sport utility vehicles hold about 30 cases; minivans with seats removed hold about 50 cases; for more than 50 cases consider renting a truck).

 

District
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District Popcorn Contact 
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Take Order Distribution
November 21, 2020

Aquila  
Debbie Watson
832-577-4119
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Arrowhead

Brett Estrade
225-803-1360

Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Arrowmoon Athena Cherry
979-739-1546
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Big Cypress Becca Manuel
281-736-2729
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Brahman Desiree Spears Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Brazos

Charala Ordoyne
281-384-8402

Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Copperhead Andrea Simpson
832-270-7616
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
David Crockett  Vanessa Bartley
303-870-3948
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Flaming Arrow Janessa Tucker 
713-899-4062
Jenny Osment
865-405-0403
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
George Strake   Therese Wind
832-606-2137
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Iron Horse    Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Lone Star Bryan Robinson
972-849-0201
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Mustang Kimberly Healey
713-248-9996
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Orion James Golden
610-217-6305
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Phoenix   Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Raven Michaela Enlow
832-597-0306
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
San Jacinto Tiffaney Clark
281-728-0378
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Soaring Eagle Rebekah Stone
715-303-9471
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Texas Skies Melinda Shanley
(832) 266-8062
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Thunder Wolf   Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
Twin Bayou   Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040
W. L. Davis  Kendra Quincy
(346) 228-4750
Freeway Logistics
5910 West by Northwest Blvd
Houston, TX  77040

 

Council Contacts

For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

Tess Wall
Trail's End Representative
 (713) 824-0858
 scoutertess@gmail.com

Mary Welch
Popcorn Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3374
 popcorn@shac.org

Jeanne Gebo
Administrative Assistant
 (713) 756-3311
 jeanne.gebo@scouting.org