Our Pack is made up of the boys who are members, their parents, and others from the community who support Scouting. This means the Pack needs your support, because the Pack is YOU! One way we support the Pack is to raise the funds for all the quality events and programs we hold throughout the Scouting year. Through the dedication and effort of our Cubs and their parents, our Pack has consistently raised all the funds needed each year by selling Boy Scout Popcorn.
What does the Popcorn Fundraiser do for the Pack?
Our Pack pays for all of your Scout's awards and recognition items, training for Pack Leaders and resources for Pack and Den meetings, and covers most of the expenses for special events like the Holiday Party, Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold Banquet, Pack campouts, and the Moving Up Picnic.
The Pack receives 30% of the proceeds from the popcorn sale. The local Council, which hosts events such as the Spring and Fall campouts, Summer camps, and the District Pinewood Derby, gets 40% of the profit. That means that 70% of all funds raised through the popcorn sale support local Scouting right here in our community!
What does the Popcorn Fundraiser do for my Cub?
Your Cub not only helps the Pack and the Council raise funds with the annual popcorn sale; he also learns many important life lessons such as hard work, salesmanship, public speaking, setting and achieving goals, and following through on his commitments. In addition, some Cubs can use their participation in the popcorn sale to make progress toward earning their ranks.
The benefits of the popcorn sale to your Cub are tangible, too: he can earn lots of great prizes from Camp Masters and the Blue Ridge Mountain Council for meeting certain sales goals. Our Pack will also be awarding prizes to Top Sellers. And once your Cub's obligation to the Pack operating fund is met, he can earn credit for his "Cub Account" toward his Scouting activities.
What is a Cub Account?
If your Cub's popcorn sales exceed the amount needed to cover his membership dues and his portion of the Pack’s operating costs, 15% of his earnings above that amount will be credited to your Cub and can be used to pay activity costs such as campouts and Summer camps, or to buy Scouting-related items such as uniforms and camping equipment at the Scout Shop. (For
example, if your Cub sells $300 of popcorn above the required amount then 15% of $300, which is $45, will be credited to his account.) That means you could potentially pay for your Cub's entire year of Scouting by selling popcorn! The funds are tracked and handled by our Pack's Treasurer.
What if my Cub does not use all the money in his Cub Account for activities?
No cash will be returned to the Cub. Funds must be used for Scouting-related items such as registrations, dues, or merchandise purchased at the Scout Shop. Items will be reimbursed with proper documentation (receipt, copy of registration form, etc.) submitted to the Treasurer. To simplify bookkeeping for our volunteer Treasurer and Pack Committee members, any Cub Accounts with a balance of less than $20 after June 30th of the Scouting year will be remitted to the general Pack Account. Funds cannot be transferred to another Pack or Troop other than Troop 51.
What are our Pack's goals?
For 2013-14 Scouting year, the cost of Scouting is $90 per Cub. This fee covers a full year's registration with the Boy Scouts of America, a 12-month subscription to Boy’s Life magazine, insurance fees for the BSA, Council, and Pack, and helps fund the operating expenses of the Pack for the entire Scouting year.
To achieve this goal, Pack 51 is offering several options on the last page of this Fundraiser Agreement including a $90 buyout, selling a minimum of $300 of popcorn, or a combination of the two. The Parent or Guardian Fundraiser Agreement must be signed and returned by September 17th (or within 2 weeks of receipt, whichever is later). Assistance is also available for families who are unable to pay the full amount. We encourage every family to "Do Your Best" when it comes to funding the Pack.
What if my Cub is not able to sell popcorn?
Select the "Buyout" option on the Fundraiser Agreement, sign it and turn it in. Then write a check made out to Pack 51 for $90.00 and turn it in by December 17th.
What happens if my Cub doesn’t meet the sales goal that was selected?
You will be contacted with the Balance Due, which must be paid by December 17th. You can calculate the total due easily by subtracting 30% of your Cub's popcorn sales from the Pack dues and fees of $90. For example, if you sell $100 of popcorn the profit is $30, so you'll owe $60 by December 17th. As you can see, it's quite possible to fund your Cub's entire Scouting year through popcorn sales!
What if we can't afford to pay?
We believe that all boys can benefit from Scouting, and would not like anyone to be turned away for lack of funds. As such, the Pack Committee will consider special circumstances confidentially on a case-by-case basis. Please indicate this option when completing the Fundraiser Agreement. We encourage you to have your Cub sell popcorn through individual and group sales (i.e. Show 'N' Sells), which will help him learn the value of work as well as the other tangible and intangible benefits of participating in the sale.
When can we start selling and when do I collect the money?
Orders can be taken on the official start date, which is September 20th this year. The Cub should collect the money when taking orders, since he and his family will be responsible for paying up front for all popcorn ordered when the orders are due October 29th. The Cub's family will be responsible for collecting all money from buyers, paying for all orders placed, delivering all orders, and collecting and turning in all funds in a timely manner.
What is a Show 'N' Sell?
A Show 'N' Sell is a public, group sale held by a Scouting unit such as our Pack. (If you've ever seen Scouts standing outside of a store such as Wal-Mart or Kroger selling popcorn, that's a Show 'N' Sell.) Generally, these sales are scheduled on weekends and are staffed by at least one adult supervisor and two to four Scouts for a total of 2-4 hours. Scouts must be in uniform and must do their best to represent the high ideals of Scouting while participating in this very public activity.
The Popcorn Chair will coordinate Show 'N' Sells. They can be held as early as the first weekend after product is received, and may be held one or more weekends during the sale. All proceeds from the Show 'N' Sell will be divided equally between those Scouts who worked that day based on their participation in the sale. Unsold popcorn must be returned along with all money collected during the Show 'N' Sell on the day of the sale.
What are the prizes that are available for my son if he sells popcorn?
If your Cub was a registered member when the Scouting year started, you should receive a brochure directly from Council listing the popcorn sale products and prizes. Camp Masters offers your Cub a choice of prizes for sales starting at just $60, with no limit to the amount your Cub can earn for excellent salesmanship! There are prizes for simply participating in the sale, for filling an entire order form, and special "High Achiever" prizes for sales of $1,500 or more. In addition, the Blue Ridge Mountains Council offers a prize for sales of $600 and another for
$1,000 of sales, and the Pack will recognize the Top Seller for each Rank and a grand prize for the Pack's Top Seller.
When will my cub get his prizes?
● No prizes will be awarded to any Cub that has not turned in all money due.
● Prizes will be awarded at the December Pack Meeting, scheduled for December 17th.
What are the important dates for the sale?
● September 17th – Fundraiser agreement must be turned in by Parent or Guardian
● September 20 – Popcorn Sale begins! Take Orders, Show 'N' Sell, and online
● October 29th – All Take Order Forms (paid in full by family) due to Popcorn Chair
● November 23rd – Popcorn orders available to pick up and deliver
TO BE COMPLETED BY THE SCOUT'S PARENT/GUARDIAN. PLEASE CHECK ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW AND SIGN. PLEASE SUBMIT FORM BY SEPTEMBER 17, 2013.
National and Pack dues for 2013-2014 are $90. Please indicate your choice from the options below:
Option 1: We understand that our Cub is responsible for $300.00 minimum sales of popcorn to fund the Pack operating budget and our dues. We agree to sell at least this amount through Show 'N' Sells and/or individual sales. We understand we will be responsible for any balance of fees due if this sales goal is not met.
Option 2: We do not wish to sell popcorn but will contribute to our share of the Pack operating budget and dues in the amount of $90.00. We understand that a check for $90.00 made out to Pack 51 must be turned in by December 17, 2013.
Option 3: Please contact us about making alternative financial arrangements so that our Cub may continue his Scouting experience in Pack 51. We understand that we will be encouraged to participate in the popcorn sale and we pledge to do our fair share to help fund our Pack.
We understand that all orders for popcorn must be paid for up front when orders are turned in or we must pay the difference ourselves for the product to be ordered. We further understand that all Cub accounts with a remaining balance of $20 or less as of June 30, 2014 will be remitted to the general Pack Operating Account unless otherwise noted. Monies in the Cub account will be used for Scouting purposes only and cannot be transferred to another Pack or Troop except Troop 51.
We agree to these terms and will “Do Our Best” to support Pack 51. Scout Signature: