Popcorn

Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 73% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

Sign-up for Take Order and Online Sales   Sign-up for Show-n-Sale opens on July 1st!

Why Sell?   

• Increase your unit and council income – 73% stays in the local area.
• Scouts pay for their way for various Scouting programs and activities.
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.  
• There are loads of incentives to motivate Scouts: cool prizes, $600 club, and other great experiences
• Ordering has never been easier than with the Trail's End App App launches June 17th!                                
Videos and resources help Scouts learn how to be successful.                                            


Ways to Sell Popcorn

There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-and-sell (and wagon sales). All sales count towards prizes.

1. Take Order Sales 

Take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after unit kick off on August 13 through October 31, 2019.    Customers write their order on the form.  Orders can also be taken via the Trail's End App (credit cards are accepted with no fees).  Scouts should collect the money when the popcorn is ordered (checks should be made out to the unit). Popcorn will be picked up by the unit representative on November 16, 2019.

Sign-up for Take Order and Online Sales

2. Online Popcorn Sales - Now with Free Shipping!                                        

Selling online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout rewards including the $650 club, and scholarship program. Participants can send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase products online. The email includes a link allowing them to begin shopping right away. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer. The advantages of online sales are that the Scout doesn't have to collect money or deliver products. Online sales run from August 1 to December 31st.

3. Show-n-Sell & Wagon Sales

Show-n-sell is similar to take order sales, except Scouts have the popcorn in hand to sell to customers. All units are eligible to participate if they agree to the terms stated in the commitment order form. Packs, troops and crews can request permission to sell in front of a retail store or chartered organization. Show-n-sell should not replace traditional take order sales. Units can customize their initial order ($3,000 minimum) to meet their needs or they may still choose one of our pre-set bundle options.  Order and sell multiple bundles to increase unit profits!  Weekly replenishment orders are available with no minimum requirements.  Wagon sales (formerly show-n-deliver) is another great way of selling for Scouts.  It's a combination of the show-n-sell and take order methods.  The Scout takes actual product door to door in their neighborhoods to sell and is like a "show-n-sell table on wheels".  There is little risk as any unsold popcorn is rolled into traditional, take order sales.  

Show-n-sell popcorn is picked up by the unit representative on August 17, 2019. For pick up times and location, contact the district popcorn kernel. 

Sign-up for Show-n-Sale opens July 1st! 



 

Popcorn Blitz Day

Blitz Day is a designated day where units are encouraged to sell popcorn during take-order as a group by canvassing areas in their neighborhood. Scouts that meet the items sold count indicated by each date will qualify for entry.

  • September 28, 2019 – Sell a total of 40 total traditional items and then enter the drawing (link opens in September).
  • October 12, 2019 – Sell a total of 40 total traditional items and then enter the drawing (link opens in September).
  • October 26, 2019 – Sell a total of 60 total traditional items and then enter the drawing (link opens in September).

The winner will be drawn and announced on Facebook the following week. 

Note: Scouts are not required to participate in Blitz Day to enter the drawing. If the required number of items are sold and met by the deadline, a Scout may submit an entry for the drawing.

2019 Products 

Chocolate Lovers Collection (tin)
Cheese Lovers Collection (tin)
Chocolate Caramel Crunch (tin)
Premium Caramel ACP (nuts) (tin)
Kettle 18 Pack (microwave)
Unbelievable Butter (microwave)
Classic Caramel Corn (bag)
Salted Caramel Corn (bag)
White Cheddar Cheese (bag)
Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese (bag) * Only available for Show-N-Sell*

  

Military Donation

The military donation allows customers to support the military and Scouting at the same time. Customers can choose to donate $50 or $30 worth of popcorn to men and women in the military, their families and veterans' organizations. There are no shipping and handling charges associated with military donations. Over 2,000 tons of popcorn treats have been shipped to hundreds of locations around the world! Military donations count toward Scout rewards.

Since customers who purchase a military donation don't receive the product in exchange for payment, the purchase should be 100% tax deductible. As always, recommend that the customer check the tax laws with their tax professional, as tax laws often change. 

 

Scout Prizes- Trail's End Scout Rewards

Scouts are motivated by prizes and the ability to work towards a goal.  Scout can now choose the prize they want on Amazon!  Amazon.com Gift Card Rewards are managed and digitally redeemed by the Scout through Trail's End.  The prizes they choose on Amazon are delivered directly to the Scout's door faster than ever before!   See how it works here!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Prizes must be ordered by November 1, 2019.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

2019 Prizes   Trail's End Online Prize Program               

Trail's End Scholarship Program

Scouts who sell at least $2,500 (online, face-to-face, or a combination) 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*. Reporting of sales is not automatic, and forms must be submitted to Trail's End each year following the guidelines at www.trails-end.com/scholarship. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum one time, and don't forget online sales count!

Learn More

Top Sellers Recognition - More Information To Come

Sales Level Reward Scholarship Rewards Total
$350 - $499 $10 Amazon Gift Card $0 $10
$500 - $749 $20 Amazon Gift Card  $0 $20
$750 - $999 $30 Amazon Gift Card $0 $30
$1,000 - $1,499 $45 Amazon Gift Card $0 $45
$1,500 - $2,499 $75 Amazon Gift Card $0 $75
$2,500 - $3,499 $150 Amazon Gift Card $150 $300
$3,500 - $4,999 $225 Amazon Gift Card $210 $435
$5,000 - $7,499 $350 Amazon Gift Card $300 $650
$7,500 - $9,999 $550 Amazon Gift Card  $450 $1,000
$10,000 - $14,999 $800 Amazon Gift Card  $600 $1,400
$15,000 - $19,999 $1,200 Amazon Gift Card  $900 $2,100
$20,000 - $24,999 $1,600 Amazon Gift Card  $1,000 $2,600
$25,000 - $29,000 $2,000 Amazon Gift Card $1,000 $3,000
$30,000 - $39,000 $2,400 Amazon Gift Card $1,000 $3,400
$40,000+* $3,200 Amazon Gift Card  $1,000 $4,200

*Scouts receive 8% of their total retail at every additional $10,000 sold.

Resources

 

      

 

Contacts

Popcorn Kick-off on August 13, 2019: At the popcorn kick-off, unit leaders will receive, sales materials, training, and leader tools. Every unit should send at least one leader. For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive. Units do not need to register for the kick-off this year.

Popcorn on November 1, 2019: Each unit should send one or more representatives to pick up the popcorn order for the entire unit. Units need to bring full payment (unit check or money order), and a list of the top three sellers and the amounts sold. Remember to bring a large enough vehicle to hold all the popcorn (mid-size vehicles hold about 15 cases; sport utility vehicles hold about 30 cases; minivans with seats removed hold about 50 cases; for more than 50 cases consider renting a truck).

 

District
(click for website)

District Popcorn Contact 
(right click for email address)

Popcorn Kick-off
August 13, 2019

Popcorn Distribution
November 1, 2019
(not for show-n-sale)

Aldine Pathfinder  

Natalie Villarreal
(832) 755-3894

Cockrell Service Center
2225 North Loop W
Houston, TX 77008

 

Aquila  

Debbie Watson
(832) 577-4117

Cockrell Service Center
2225 North Loop W
Houston, TX 77008

 
Arrowhead Jennifer Diangelo
(281) 725-0531
Parkway United Methodist Church
5801 New Territory Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX  77479
 

Arrowmoon

Jessica Evers
(512) 740-4281

Luis Guzman
(936) 661-9062

Peace of Lutheran
2201 Rio Grande Blvd.
College Station, TX 77845

 

Big Cypress

Judy Lizarraga
(281) 253-5904

Copperfield Church
8350 Highway 6 North, Room #C8
​Houston, TX  77095
 

Brahman

Susan Franklin
(979) 533-1120

   

Brazos

Janet Potts
(281) 750-5331

Parkway United Methodist Church
5801 New Territory Blvd.
​Sugar Land, TX  77479
 

Copperhead

Lynn MacKay
(281) 855-7306

Andrea Simpson
(832) 270-7616

Copperfield Church
8350 Highway 6 North, Room #C8
​Houston, TX  77095
 

David Crockett  

April Dawn Buchheim
(281) 813-3815

Copperfield Church
8350 Highway 6 North, Room #C8
Houston, TX  77095

 
Flaming Arrow Jennny Osment
(865) 405-0403

Janessa Tucker
(713) 899-4062
   

George Strake

Ina Jones

   

Iron Horse  

Dorie Hoffart
(832) 527-3839

Rob Hoffart
(832) 860-4890
 

   

Mustang

Kimberly Healey
(713) 248-9996

Cockrell Service Center
2225 North Loop W
Houston, TX 77008

 

Orion

Carol Bland
(832) 341-1744

   

Phoenix

Shannon White
(386) 292-0959

   

Raven

Michaela Enlow
(832) 597-0306

Woodforest Presbyterian
15330 Wallisville Rd.
Houston, TX  77049

 

San Jacinto

Tiffaney Clark
(281) 728-0378

Woodforest Presbyterian
15330 Wallisville Rd.
Houston, TX  77049

 

Skyline

Bryan Robinson
(972) 849-0201

Cockrell Service Center
2225 North Loop W
Houston, TX 77008

 

Soaring Eagle

Rebekah Stone
(713) 303-9471

Copperfield Church
8350 Highway 6 North, Room #C8
​Houston, TX  77095
 

Tall Timbers

Therese Wind
(832) 606-2137

   

Texas Skies

Melinda Shanley
(832) 266-8062

Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church
1530 Norwalk Dr.
Katy, TX  77450
 

Thunder Wolf

Angi Hillin
(281) 773-1065

Parkway United Methodist Church
5801 New Territory Blvd.
​Sugar Land, TX  77479
 

Twin Bayou

Heather Montoya

Cockrell Service Center
2225 North Loop W
Houston, TX 77008

 

W. L. Davis

Kendra Quincy
(346) 228-4750

Cockrell Service Center
2225 North Loop W
Houston, TX 77008

 

 

                                    

Council Contacts                                                                                                      

Tess Wall
Popcorn Unit Specialist
 (713) 824-0858
 scoutertess@gmail.com

Mary Welch
Popcorn Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3374
 popcorn@shac.org

Jeanne Gebo
Administrative Assistant
 (713) 756-3311
 jeanne.gebo@scouting.org


Important Dates 

August 1 - December 31, 2019 Online popcorn sales period
August 1, 2019 Show-n-sell orders due
August 13, 2019 Popcorn kickoff for unit popcorn kernel
After unit kick off through October 31, 2019 Traditional take-order popcorn sales period
August 17, 2019 Show-n-sell distribution (location)
August 17 - October 1, 2019 Show-n-sell sales period
September 28, 2019 Popcorn Blitz Day (goal: sell 20 traditional sales items total)
October 1, 2019 Show-n-sell payments processed
October 12, 2019 Popcorn Blitz Day (goal: sell 40 traditional sales items total)
October 26, 2019 Popcorn Blitz Day (goal: sell 60 traditional sales items total)
November 1, 2019 by 4:00 pm Unit popcorn orders due online by 4:00 pm (scouting.trails-end.com)
November 1, 2019 Popcorn prize orders due online
November 16, 2019  Popcorn distribution (district distribution center location)
November 16, 2019  Unit top sellers form due to district (at the district distribution center location)
November 16, 2019  Unit payments due to district (at the district distribution center location)
February 14, 2019 Online commissions issued and mailed to the committee chair on file for the unit


Contacts

For more information, contact your district popcorn kernel or district executive.

Tess Wall
Popcorn Unit Specialist
 (713) 824-0858
 scoutertess@gmail.com

Mary Welch
Popcorn Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3374
 popcorn@shac.org

Jeanne Gebo
Administrative Assistant
 (713) 756-3311
 jeanne.gebo@scouting.org