I’m James Walpole, your 2017 District Popcorn Kernel. Last year’s District Popcorn Kernel-Kouple, Heidi and John Flickinger, asked me to take up the reins for the Armadillo District in 2017. Let’s find ourselves “Up to Our Armadillo District” in Popcorn sales this year!
Here are three must-do items for May to have a successful 2017 Unit Popcorn Program:
- Use the Ideal Year of Scouting Budget Planner (Excel format or PDF format) with your Unit Committee to set your annual budget and funding plan.This Planner helped my Pack set goals in 2016 to support wider participation of Scouts and parents on outings. Before sharing our sales results, I’m excited to report that our Scouting year expectations were exceeded: parent to Scout ratios on outings were nearly always 1:1 and Scout event participation was in the 75-90% range!
- Review the Council’s 2017 Popcorn Fact Sheet.Last year, our Pack put the council selling dates into our calendar at the beginning of the summer. The success of our Unit in 2016 – selling $7500 more than $1600 sold in 2015 – was tied directly to talking about the Popcorn program early and often. This year’s program calendar lets your Scouts start selling online and to friends and neighbors when it’s hot outside with Take Order starting August 1. Show & Sell starts September 15, letting them sell outdoors when it’s cooler, and after Back-To-School, Labor Day, and the start of football. The selling season ends on October 22.
- Register your Unit online with the Capitol Area Council for the 2017 Trail’s End Program before May 15.Click the “Register Your Unit Today” red button on the top of page. Little did I know last year that by planning for a successful 2016 program sale, my son and his fellow Scouts would have the motivation to learn about sales and business even at their young age. They learned how to support their Pack, the Capitol Area Council programs, and the morale of military members and veterans through Popcorn donations. And they earned prizes and scholarships from Trail’s End!
Contact me at JPWALPOLE@gmail.com with any questions about making your 2017 Unit Popcorn Program successful!