For over 35 years the Boy Scouts of America has worked with Trail's End to empower our Scouts and their leaders to raise the funds they need to go to camp, provide year round programming, and to enable any Scout to earn their own way through the Scouting program!   Fundraising through Popcorn sales is a tested and reliable method to fundraising, and unit leaders have the support, guidance, and training of Council volunteers and staff to guide every unit to success! 

Scouts selling popcorn door to door average $125 in sales per hour, earning them over $43 PER HOUR in commissions, in addition to the prizes and camp incentives earned!  For every item sold, a Scout earns 35% commission, while another 35% of the sales support Council programs to keep camp costs low, assist Scoutreach programs to help youth in need, and maintain our camp properties and programs!   

In 2018, 125 packs and troops participated in the fundraiser and averaged $3,448 in commissions, on top of 198 Scouts earning $125 vouchers towards Grand Canyon Council camps, dozens of Scouts earning scholarships, and thousands of Scouts earning prizes! Our top ten units averaged $15,396 in commissions over the two month sale, way more than they could have done with car washes! 

If your Scouts or committee are interested in participating with popcorn, please do not hesitate to reach out to your District Executive! 

The Popcorn Sale is Important!

There are plenty of good reasons for your Scouts to take part in the annual popcorn sale. Scouts can earn money for camp and activities throughout the year and they learn valuable skills like teamwork, goal setting, time management and salesmanship – just to name a few. Scouts gain confidence and a sense of accomplishment, the popcorn sale is not about selling popcorn, it’s about promoting Scouting!

Selling popcorn also helps the Council raise money for improving our summer camps, offering more extensive training for our volunteer leaders, and keeps program and activity costs down. Best of all, there is NO upfront cost to your Unit to participate! The popcorn sale benefits the council as a whole by helping us!

Top Reasons to Sell Popcorn:

  • A scout can earn their own way to camp with a proven fundraiser that works, all while keeping money in their parents’ pockets!

  • Scouts can earn a scholarship to support their education!

  • Scouts can earn incentives including Amazon gift cards and $125 credit towards any Grand Canyon Council camp or gift card for the Scout Shop!

  • Not only will scouts learn how to make a sales pitch and the value of hard work, but they can use aspects of the fundraiser to advance and earn rank and merit badges!

  • A portion of this fundraiser supports Grand Canyon Council, which is used to improve properties and programs, supplement camp fees to keep them low, and provide camper-ships for Scouts in need!

Council's plan to reinvest 2019 popcorn funds into Scouting:

While our Scouts and units directly benefit from the commissions and incentives earned in this sale, popcorn sales also generate revenue that Grand Canyon Council invests into our programs and properties.  This revenue maintains low camp fees, allows funds for Scouts in need to earn camper-ships, and allows Council to purchase new equipment and upgrades for our camps.  With the funds generated in 2019, Grand Canyon Council  hopes to invest in a few camp projects which will benefit Arizona Scouts or years to come:

  • A new, permanent climbing towards at Camp Geronimo to replace the temporary one we currently rent.  The new tower will have several times more climbing routes, shaded climbing areas, and a permanent structure which will last for decades to come.

  • A new balcony at the R-C Ranch dining hall to replace the current one, which currently cannot be used.

  • Life size board games and activities such as chess and checkers at the Heard Scout Pueblo. 

2019 product lineup:

* Jalapeno Cheddar is only available during Show and Sell. 

** Chocolate products only available during Take Order due to Arizona's summer heat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Popcorn Sales Incentives:

  • $125 Voucher towards Camp or $100 Scout Shop Gift Card- Individual Scouts who sell $1,500 or more worth of product may receive a $125 voucher towards camp registration which the Scout can put towards any 2020 Grand Canyon Council Camp, OR a $100 Scout Shop gift card.

    • Camp vouchers are applicable only towards Grand Canyon Council Camps during the 2020 calendar year: Heard Cub Scout Day Camps, Camp R-C, National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), and Camp Geronimo.  GCC cannot issue vouchers for properties and programs funded by other Councils. 

    • If a Scout cannot attend a Grand Canyon Council camp, then a $100 Scout Shop Gift Card will be issued to them.

    • A selection must be made and submitted by the posted prize deadline of Dec. 6th, 2019. Scout Shop gift cards will be issued to any Scouts who have not delivered their decision to Matthew Graham by the deadline.

  • Scholarships - Scouts who sell at least $2,500 in any calendar year will have 6% of their Qualified Product Sales count towards their own Trail's End Scholarship. Once enrolled, 6% of their sales each year will go towards the scholarship!  The top 5 Scouts in terms of sales for each region will earn an additional 6% up to an additional $1,000 for their scholarship account! 

  • Prizes - New this year! - Instead of Scouts choosing from a number of prizes, all Scouts will be able to receive an electronic Amazon gift card emailed directly to them once their unit's fundraiser is complete. This will allow Scouts to choose from many more options for prizes, gifts, and toys, and have it shipped to their house, all without having to wait on prizes to be ordered, shipped, and distributed!  Click here to download prize and Take Order form.

New for 2019!

Trails End Fundraising Mobile App

  • The 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 sign up for storefront shifts!

  • FREE credit card processing.

  • Released on June 17th, with webinars and trainings available each Thursday and the 4th Saturday from June 22 through Sept. 12.

  • In 2018, units who tested it found that their sales were 20% higher than using cash alone.

  • More information can be found here!

  • Please contact teappsupport@trails-end.com with technical support questions

Fall 2019 Sale Timeline  -

Storefront Sales

  • Each unit is responsible for organizing their own store fronts and ensuring there are enough sales opportunities for their Scouts and to achieve their own goals. 

  • Several organizations are coordinating with Council to provide storefronts collectively, please do not contact the organizations listed below as all of their store front registrations are coordinated in bulk by Council.

  • Council coordinated storefronts are limited and are first come-first served. 

  • Council organized storefronts are to supplement the store fronts organized by each pack and troop within their own community. These storefronts should not be your first or only opportunities to sell.

The units with the best sales coordinate storefronts within their community!  You can contact nearby businesses, organizations, sporting venues, at Scouts' own churches and schools, at festivals, fairs, community events and more! Please do not count of being able to rely solely on the storefronts organized by Council or others as the Council-organized store fronts are first come-first served and are claimed very quickly. It is up to the unit to be self reliant on securing storefronts so that your Scouts have an opportunity to sell to others! 

A template store front request letter is included through the link below. Please use it to coordinate sales with your local community and organizations!

 

We would like to thank Fry’s Food Stores, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and Safeway for supporting the Grand Canyon Council by providing storefronts for our scouts to sell popcorn! These store fronts are meant to supplement the store fronts organized by units within the community.  As your favorite location or schedules may be claimed, do not plan on relying on any of these store fronts for your own sales.

 

 

ALL REGISTRATION SITES OPEN SATURDAY -  AUGUST 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

Mesa Sportsman's Warehouse

Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse

Cabela's 

Safeway - Weekend 1

Safeway - Weekend 2

Fry's Food Stores- Weekend 1

Fry's Food Stores- Weekend 2

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Reservations for council provided storefronts open on August 17th at 10 am. They are first come-first served, so please identify which locations and dates your scouts will sell so you can readily reserve the locations.  As a rule, if you are not going to staff a storefront that you reserved for a particular date and time, please notify us a week ahead of time so that we can make it available for another group of scouts.  If a reserved storefront is not used, that unit will lose the privilege of using storefronts provided by council the following year.

 

Storefront Guidelines and best practices:

  • Please follow the Storefront Code of Conduct

  • Make a schedule with contact information so parents and scouts are aware of who is staffing the storefront and when.

  • Wear clean Class A uniforms and have scouts practice their sales pitch.

  • Show up 15 minutes early and introduce yourself to the manager at the store, and thank them for supporting scouting!

  • Have only two (2) scouts per door along with their adult leadership.

  • Have scouts work in 2 hour shifts so that they are at peak energy and can fund-raise their best in short spurts.

  • Leave No Trace – leave the entrance clearer than your found it!

  • Use the Trail’s End App for FREE credit card processing – research shows that accepting credit cards increases revenue by 23%!

Popcorn Distribution

There are two popcorn distribution periods in which your popcorn will be delivered. 

Based on your district, your Show and Sell popcorn will be delivered to different locations.  

 

Show and Sell: Sept. 5-6 

Please schedule the time that your unit will be picking up your popcorn by clicking here.  This will allow us to prepare your order and expedite the pick up process.

  • Shamrock Farms​ - 2540 N 29th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85009 

    • Click here for a map of where to go at Shamrock Farms
    • Pinnacle Peak District, Sonoran Sunset District, Central District​

  • United Food Bank - 245 S. Nina Dr. Mesa, AZ

    • Lost Dutchman District, Gila River District​

  • Yuma Service Center: to be announced based on unit participation

  • Mountain Communities District: to be announced based on unit participation 

 

Take Order: Nov 7-8

  • All popcorn will be delivered to the Grand Canyon Council Service Center​

Popcorn returns:

  • Grand Canyon Council will not accept returns of unsold popcorn from units. Every unit should order an amount of popcorn based on the goals and participation of Scouts within their unit. 

  • Grand Canyon Council will provide you with a popcorn order calculator that will allow you to determine a variety of product in line with your goal, based off of ratios of popcorn sold in prior years. 

  • Grand Canyon Council will encourage units to trade and transfer product throughout the sale to find more popcorn, or take product from of other units who ordered too much.  This can be completed via the Trails End website!

  • Grand Canyon Council will provide an annual budget planner to help units gauge a goal amount per Scout based off of program participation.  

  • Every unit should order a quantity of product in line with Scout popcorn sales participation and sales goals.  Please do not order product without first assessing how many Scouts will participate.

  • Units keep their commission immediately, but must pay Council the remaining balance by the deadlines posted on the timeline scheduled above

Training & Resources

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Contact Information

(602) 955-7747
(602) 955-0570 (Fax)

 

2969 N Greenfield Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-7715

 

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(excluding Holidays)

Closed Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day

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