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.

Why Sell?   

• Increase your unit and council income – 73% stays in the local area.
• Meet annual fundraising goals faster than ever before
• Scouts pay for their way for various programs (e.g., summer camp, dues uniforms).
• Scouts learn life lessons by earning their own way.  
• Loads of incentives motivate Scouts to sell.
• Ordering has never been easier than with the Trail's End App.                                
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 

Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form. Sales run from after the unit kick-off (after August 11, 2020 through October 30, 2020). Customers can write their order on the form. Scouts should collect the money when the popcorn is ordered (checks should be made out to the unit).  Customers can also place their order on the Trail's End App (credit cards are accepted with no fees). Popcorn will be picked up by the unit representative on November 21, 2020.

Unit Sign-up for Take Order / Online Sales

Take Order Form

2. Online Popcorn Sales

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 and includes free shipping!  The advantage of online sales is that Scouts don't have to collect money or deliver products. Online sales run from April 1st to December 31st.

 

Due to the Covid-19, Scout Fair coupon book sales ended early. As a result, Trail's End is opening online sales early this year for Scouts who would like to continue fundraising.

How do Scouts sign up for online sales?
For New Scouts:
  1. Visit www.Trails-End.com
  2. Click “Register” in the top right-hand corner
  3. Select “Scout/Parent” as the type of account you would like to register
  4. Select whether you are under or over the age of 13
  5. Continue to complete your registration following the instructions provided with your unit information

Returning Scouts:

  1. Visit www.Trails-End.com
  2. Click “Sign In” in the top right-hand corner
  3. Username and password from previous years selling.

Now the fun part of creating your personalized Scout profile begins with the dashboard under the Manage Page TAB

To share your page with friends & family via email and social media, click on the appropriate icon from your dashboard or from the navigation on the left-hand side – Tip: don’t just send once but continue posting and sharing throughout the sales campaign to reach more people.

Another idea is to send an email directly to each person you are connecting with and sharing your scout code for them to purchase that way! The personalized touch will often get more responses.

Note: The online sales are national and reflect different prices than what you may see. The products will vary a bit, for example, the Unbelievable Butter has 24 bags instead of 18. There are also bundles for items and items not available locally like trail mix!

Share your Scouts sales goal today and connect with your out of town friends and family.

3. Show-n-Sell and 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!  Wagon sales 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 15, 2020. For pick up times and location, contact the district popcorn kernelWeekly replenishment orders are available with no minimum requirements starting on August 24, 2020. Replenishment orders must be placed each week on Monday before 11:00 pm.  

 Order Show-n-Sale                   Bundle Options

2019 Products 

  • Chocolate Lovers Collection (tin)
  • Cheese Lovers Collection (tin)
  • Chocolate Caramel Crunch (tin)
  • Premium Caramel ACP with nuts (tin)
  • Kettle 18 Pack (microwave)
  • Unbelievable Butter (microwave)
  • Classic Caramel Corn (bag)
  • Salted Caramel Corn (bag)
  • White Cheddar Cheese (bag) l

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

Ordered by October 30, 2020 

Scouts are motivated by prizes and the ability to work towards a goal. Scouts can now choose the prize they want on Amazon using an 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! 

2019 Prizes   Trail's End Online Prize Program     Rewards Program 

Payout Schedule

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 above $40,000.

Cyber Weekend Promotions

Every Scout who sells at least one item online during the following weekends will automatically be entered into a weekly drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card! 

  • October 16-18, 2020
  • October 30-November 1, 2020

 

Important Dates 

April 1 - December 31, 2020 Online popcorn sales period
May 21, 2020 District popcorn kernel orientation
July 23, 2020 Show-n-sell training
July 24, 2020 Show-n-sell orders due
August 11, 2020 Popcorn kickoff for unit popcorn kernel
After unit kick off through October 30, 2020 Traditional take-order popcorn sales period
August 15, 2020 Show-n-sell distribution (locations)
August 24 - October 12, 2020 Show-n-sell replenishment period (Orders placed by Monday at 11pm are distributed each Thursday.)
October 1, 2020 Show-n-sell payments processed
October 16-18, 2020 Cyber Weekend Promotion #1 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
October 30, 2020 by 4:00 pm Unit popcorn orders due online at scouting.trails-end.com
October 30 - November 1, 2020 Cyber Weekend Promotion #2 (sell at least one item online during the weekend)
November 21, 2020  Popcorn distribution (district distribution center location)
November 21, 2020  Unit top sellers form due to district (at the district distribution center location)
November 21, 2020  Unit payments due to district (at the district distribution center location)
February TBD, 2020 Online commissions issued and mailed to the committee chair on file for the unit

Contacts

Popcorn Kick-off: 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

Popcorn Distribution: 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
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District Popcorn Contact 
(right-click for email address)

Kick-off
August 11, 2020

Popcorn Distribution
November 14, 2020

Aquila        
Arrowhead      
Arrowmoon Athena Cherry
979-739-1546
   
Big Cypress Becca Manuel
281-736-2729
   
Brahman Desiree Spears    
Brazos      
Copperhead Andrea Simpson
832-270-7616
   
David Crockett  Vanessa Bartley
303-870-3948
   
Flaming Arrow Janessa Tucker 
713-899-4062
Jenny Osment
865-405-0403
   
George Strake   Therese Wind
832-606-2137
   
Iron Horse       
Lone Star Bryan Robinson
972-849-0201
   
Mustang Kimberly Healey
713-248-9996
   
Orion James Golden
610-217-6305
   
Phoenix      
Raven Michaela Enlow
832-597-0306
   
San Jacinto Tiffaney Clark
281-728-0378
   
Soaring Eagle Rebekah Stone
715-303-9471
   
Texas Skies Melinda Shanley
(832) 266-8062
  Freeway Logistics
5912 W by Northwest Blvd.
​Houston, TX  77040
Thunder Wolf      
Twin Bayou      
W. L. Davis  Kendra Quincy
(346) 228-4750
  Silver Eagle - Pasadena
3505 Pasadena Freeway
Pasadena, TX  77503

 

Council Contacts

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

Tess Wall
Trail's End Representative
 (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