Sign up to Participate in the 2019 Sale

Unit Popcorn Kernels need to register the pack, troop, crew or post to participate in the 2019 sale and receive communication from the Voyageurs Area Council.

  • Units that had more than $5,000 in 2018 and sign up by June 23 will receive a free square credit reader.
  • Units that sold $10,000+ in 2018 and sign up by June 23 will receive five free square credit card readers for every $10,000 sold

 

2019 Sales Guide

Click the link below to download the Sales Guide for our fundraising sale this year.

Power Point Presentation from Roundtable

VAC Popcorn Kick-off Presentation.pdf

 

Trail's End App for Scouts (point of sale system)

Mobile app for Scouts to track and report real-time storefront, wagon and online sales, accept cash and credit cards, track inventory by Scout and storefront, and schedule Scouts for storefronts. The ap will allow you to take a credit card with a square reader or enter it manually. You don't need to use the square ap to accept a credit card payment.

Benefits for units:

  • Automatically communicates and tracks sales for Scout Rewards
  • No credit card fees (paid by TE) – powered by Square.
  • Compatible with your Square readers
  • Trail’s End will provide and pay for following Square readers:
    • Units that sold $5,000 in 2018 – 1 reader.
    • Units that sold $10,000 in 2018 – 5 readers.
    • Units that more than $10,000 in 2018 - 5 readers for each $10k increment.

Benefits for Scouts:

  • Every Scout can do credit card sales (20% higher vs cash).
  • PATCH INCENTIVE for Scouts when they record first sale.
  • One Square reader for every Scout who sold $3,500+ in 2018.

If your unit will be using the Trail's End app for Scouts (point of sale system) or the Leader Portal (for sales management), we encourage you to take some time to become familiar with the features by doing some trainingExternal Link.

 

Is there a right way for Scouts to sell popcorn?  Watch the video for tips!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=303&v=LwslmA5fAvoExternal Link

 

FAQ

If you have a popcorn related question, send it to Brad Olson. Answers to frequently asked questions will be posted here.

 

When can Unit Popcorn Kernels place the initial order?

Kernels will receive an email notification about when orders can be placed online by August 1st.

 

What do we do with tip money we are given?

Money given as a tip for show and sell or wagon sales at the unit level should go towards the military donations for your unit. 

 

Can we get Show and Sell Popcorn in August?

We have had a lot of feedback from units last year asking if we can get popcorn in August to be able to sell at big community events. We will have popcorn by August 1st this year that you can check out for any special community events as a pilot program this year. Contact Brad Olson to check this popcorn out. 

 

When/how do Scouts get take order forms?

Registered Scouts in units will receive an order form by mail the first part of August. 

Units will receive extra order forms (if they have signed up to participate) at the Popcorn Kick-off in their district during the August Roundtable.

 

What financial information (bank accounts, etc.) do units need to give the council to be able to use the Trail's End app and accept credit cards?

None. When a Scout uses the Trail's End app to accept a credit card payment, the funds go to Trail's End. When they receive the payment, they will credit the unit popcorn invoice for the appropriate amount - reducing the total amount that the unit needs to pay the council. The money from credit card sales will be going to Trail's End, not the unit bank account.

 

How do we set-up a Store Front Sale?

Each unit is responsible for setting up locations in their communities for selling show and sell popcorn at a local business or special event. If you are in a community with multiple units, please work with those units to share locations so everyone has an opportunity to sell. If you need assistance contacting other units, please visit with your District Executive. 

 

UNIT PICK-UP DATES & LOCATIONS

Popcorn will be available to pick up in the Districts around September 9-11. Your District Popcorn Kernel will let you know the specifics as it gets closer to this time to schedule a time for pick-up.

Reminders

When Picking Up Popcorn:

  • Make sure your vehicle is large enough to transport the popcorn safely
  • Have one or two people with you to help load the popcorn in your vehicle
  • Count each case of product as it is loaded in your vehicle
  • When you sign the receipt - you are stating that the quantities listed on the receipt is the exact quantities you received

Trail's End Links

Trail's End App for ScoutsExternal Link - New!

Resources for unitsExternal Link

TrainingExternal Link

Training (upcoming webinars)External Link

Popcorn Ordering SystemExternal Link

Trail's End websiteExternal Link

Online SalesExternal Link

Leader PortalExternal Link

 

*SALE SCHEDULE*

August 1                       Select Popcorn Arrives at Council Office for Units to Check Out for Special Events in Communities

August 8                       District Popcorn Training 12:00pm (webinar)
                                     Roundtable 7:00pm

August 28 by Noon      Show & Deliver Orders Due

September 9-11           Show & Sell Distribution

September 27-29         Blitz Weekend (use Mobile App)

October 18-20              Blitz Weekend (use Mobile App)

November 2                 Super Scouting Saturday:

                                             - Charter Renewal submissions
                                               - Popcorn Orders
                                               - Top Sellers Roster
                                               - Return any remaining Show & Deliver (Full Cases ONLY)
                                               - Initial popcorn payments

November 6 by Noon   Take order due

November 18-20          Final order delivery and final payment due to pick up popcorn 

 

 

 

Council Popcorn Contact: Brad Olson: 218-329-1452 or brad.olson@scouting.org

Council Popcorn Kernel:  Michelle Wright: councilkernel@icloud.com