Why sell Popcorn?
Simple: you can make a LOT of money for your unit and it fits in well with the aims of the BSA.
How does the Boy Scout Popcorn fit the mission and aims of the BSA?
When we conduct a Unit-Money Earning Project it is important that we keep the values of Scouting in mind. One of the goals of Scouting is to teach a Scout to become self-reliant and to earn his own way. Through a proper money-earning project, leaders have the opportunity to show Scouts how they, through their individual and combined efforts, can earn all the money it takes to operate their pack, troop, team or crew for the entire year. The only limiting factor is their level of participation.
Many times, we hear of potential money-earning projects that rely heavily on the leaders or parents and very little on the Scouts. Other times we hear of projects that rely on the good name of Scouting to promote a commercial project or service. Many times, “the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time” is a signal that it MAY not be the best fit for Scouting–if we’re going to view it as another opportunity to instill values in the young people we serve.
Please review the chart below that shows the types of lessons we teach when we choose one type of money-earning project or another. Then, give careful though as you consider what and how your unit will generate the necessary funds to operate.