Buy Pop­corn, Sup­port Scouts

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - Eric McFee

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.

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