Buy Popcorn, Support Scouts
When the humidity is up and afternoon downpours are more frequent, you know it’s fall in Hawai‘i — and Scouting popcorn season. October is National Popcorn Month, and you will be seeing Scouts asking for your support through popcorn sales.
The history of Boy Scouts of America selling popcorn dates back more t han 35 years, when Weaver Popcorn Co. and a local Scout council ever-growing Scouting program. The trend soon spread throughout the country.
Now, Scouts sell more than $80 million worth of popcorn nationwide, with 73 percent of proceeds going back to support local Scouting programs. Popcorn-selling has evolved over the years from door-to-door sales and storefronts to convenient online purchasing, where grandmas and aunties can support their Scouts wherever they are. Additionally, popcorn sales can also support the military. Last year, our Scouts donated $30,000 worth of popcorn to our men and women in uniform in Hawai‘i alone.
Selling popcorn is not just a fundraiser; it also provides many valuable lessons for our Scouts, such as earning advancements in communications, salesmanship and personal management. There is a great deal of pride in a young person when they can pay their own way to their next adventure.
We make selling popcorn fun, while practicing the core principles of Scouting: Trustworthy, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind and Thrifty.
person gains from their first sale or the moment they reach their sales goal is an experi- ence that will last a lifetime.
Resilience and perseverance: Even though we don’t want to hear it, the fact that our Scouts hear “no, thank you,” when selling popcorn is not a negative. Any chance to share the Scouting story and the impact it has on a young person’s life is powerful. In sales or any other endeavor in life, being able to keep that smile on for the next opportunity is what counts.
So the next time you see our Scouts selling flavored popcorn at your local grocery store, remember you are not buying popcorn, you are supporting the Scouting dream and impacting the life of a young person.
Eric McFee is an Eagle - vices for Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America. October and November is Boy Scout popcorn sales time, so support Scouting!
Scouts from Troop 135 sell popcorn with a smile.