Pack 60

& Troop 559

Popcorn Sale

Important News

Popcorn Sales End Saturday, Oct 31!

All orders and money are due on by Monday, Nov 1!

All orders for personal popcorn sales need to be entered into the Trail's End App or Website by the end of day Monday, Nov 1

All money owed must also be turned in by Monday Nov 1.

Click Here for full instructions.


There are 3 ways to sell!

  • Online Direct - Online orders ship directly to your customer, and they can buy at ANY time, year-round!

  • Storefronts - Click the "Register for Storefronts" button to sign up for a 2 hour shift selling in front of a local store. We provide everything. All you have to do is show up in your Class-A uniform! For new scouts, if you don't have a uniform yet, please wear your Class B T-Shirt

  • Wagon Sales (Door-to-Door, Family, Friends, Neighbors)

      • Sell popcorn that you have on-hand, or...

      • Take orders and payment, then deliver the popcorn at a later date.


Do you want to check out popcorn?!

If you would like to check out some popcorn so that you have some on hand as you go door-to-door, please email popcorn@pack9060.org with what you want.


Contact Us:


Popcorn Kernel (Chair):

Jason Tillman

7285 Newbury Draw, Woobury, MN 55125

Cell: 651-983-1687

Email: popcorn@pack9060.org


Assistants:

Sanjeeva Ratnayake

Cell: 651-983-1687

Email: sanjeeva.ratnayake@gmail.com


Jesse Reed

Cell: 651-983-1687

Email: jreed1776@gmail.com


Other Resources:


Official Sales Guide (PDF)

Trail's End App - Quick Start Guide

End of Sale Instructions

Enter your personal orders:

  • All of your personal sales MUST be entered into the Trail's End Website or App (See the Getting Started section below if you haven't already created an account)

  • Enter all of your sales ASAP, but no later than November 1st.

  • If you need to enter an order after November 1, you MUST contact the popcorn chair to make sure that product is available.


Turn in money:

Calculate What is Owed:

  • Enter all of your sales into the Trail's End App or Website

  • In the Trail's End App/Website, click on "Wagon Sales"

  • The dashboard will tell you exactly how much "Cash Owed to Unit". This amount represents all of your personal sales, minus any credit card payments already made.


Pay by Credit Card (Preferred):

To pay by Credit Card, you MUST use the Trail's End App on your phone. When logged in to the app, click on "Wagon Sales", and there will be a "Pay Now" button next to your amount owed


Pay by Cash or Check:

  • Checks should be made out to Pack 60 (preferred) or Troop 559.

  • Put "POPCORN" and your Scout's full name on an envelope.

  • Put all cash and checks into the envelope and seal it.

  • Place the envelope in the lock box located on the bench outside the Tillman residence @ 7285 Newbury Draw

  • OR - Turn in your money in-person at the Troop 559 meeting @ 6:30pm November 1 - Woodbury Lutheran Church

  • DO NOT include any wreath money inside the popcorn envelope. Please follow separate instructions for Wreath money turn in.

(If a customer paid for both wreaths and popcorn with the same check, that is okay. Simply remove enough popcorn cash to cover your wreath orders, so that the amount due is correct.)

  • DO NOT include your paper order form. You may need to reference it in order to deliver any outstanding orders.


Pick up your Popcorn:

  • If available, you may pick up your popcorn on Nov 1 when you drop off your money.

  • Otherwise, the Popcorn Kernel will notify you when your order is ready for pickup, along with pickup instructions.

  • Popcorn will be picked up at 7285 Newbury Draw

Important Dates to Remember

Friday, September 24 – 5:00pm

Popcorn Sale Starts – DO NOT SELL Door-to-Door BEFORE THIS DATE.

Weekends (and some evenings) between September 25th thru October 31st

2 hour Show & Sell storefront shifts at local businesses.

Sign up for Shifts through the Trails-End app or Website.

https://www.trails-end.com/seller/sales/storefront

Tuesday, October 19

All unsold popcorn MUST be returned to the Popcorn Chair. You may still sell popcorn, but product will only be available on a case-by-case basis until AFTER the storefront sales end on Sunday, October 31st.

Sunday, October 31

Last day of the sale. Remaining popcorn will be used to fill outstanding Scout orders.

Monday, November 1

Popcorn Money is Due! in the lockbox at the Tillman household - 7285 Newbury Draw - or via credit card payment through the App

Wednesday, November 10

Popcorn prize orders are due to the Popcorn Kernel

November 20-21

Delivery of any backordered popcorn to the Scout

Why sell Wreaths and Popcorn?

It funds the pack:

Our fall fundraisers are important to the operation of our Pack, as they provide around 66% of our operating budget. Each Scout is asked to sell $250 in popcorn and wreaths combined ($350 for families). Historically, we have had great success with this fundraiser, allowing us to operate without asking for additional dues beyond the yearly registration.

It teaches life skills:

More important than money, Scouts learn MANY life skills by selling Wreaths and Popcorn including:

  • Learning to Set Goals

  • Building Communication Skills

  • Learning to Handle Rejection

  • Building Self-Confidence


YOUR Scout earns money!:

AFTER the scout has reached the $250/$350 threshold, the Scout will earn 20% of all additional sales, which will be placed in their “Scout Account” which can be used to pay for dues, camp fees, camping gear, or other things which are scout related. For example, selling $500 will earn the scout $50 for their personal use.


It pays for camp:

Popcorn sales are the OFFICIAL Scout Fundraiser for our Council. 73% of the proceeds stay LOCAL, either within our Pack, or within our Council, funding local camps, staff, and operations.

Prizes / Incentives:

Pack 60 - Cub Scouts

Door-to-Door/Online Top Sellers:

The TOP door-to-door/online sellers (not including Storefront sales) will receive a Target Gift Card!

1st Place = $30; 2nd Place = $20; 3rd Place = $10; Top Family (2+ scouts) = $20

20% Scout Account Credit:

Scouts will receive a credit for ALL sales > $250($350 Family) in combined popcorn and wreaths. This credit can be used to pay annual dues; camp registration fees; or to purchase camping gear or other scout related items

Popcorn Patch:

Sell 1 item to earn this year’s Popcorn Sale Patch.

Amazon Gift Cards:

Sell ~$350 and qualify for a $10 Amazon gift card! Sell more, and receive an even LARGER gift card!

Make sales online, or via Credit Card to earn rewards even FASTER!

Bonus Prizes (in addition to the prizes above):

  • $750+ in sales earns a Solar Charging Camp Lantern or a Tackle Box

  • $1000+ in sales earns you the coveted 2022 Camp Slushie Cup with 5 free refills!

  • $1800+ in sales earns you Scout Adventures!

Choose from many options, including: Vertical Endeavors; Brickmasters 7.0; MN Zoo; Valleyfair; Camp Cash; Ziplining; Star Wars Party; and more!

  • $2250+ in sales = Champions Breakfast!

Join all of the other Top Sellers for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at BSA Base Camp, with special guests, and prizes!

Troop 559 - Scouts BSA

Up to 30% Scout Account Credit:

Scouts will receive up to a 30% credit for ALL sales in combined popcorn and wreaths, based on Troop fundraising rules. This credit can be used to pay annual dues; camp registration fees; or to purchase camping gear or other scout related items

Popcorn Patch:

Sell 1 item to earn this year’s Popcorn Sale Patch.

Amazon Gift Cards:

NOTE: Troop Scouts WILL earn Amazon gift cards. However, because of this, the Troop has to give up 4% of its commission. To ensure that the Troop gets it's share of the fundraising commission, Scout Account earnings will be deducted by an amount LESS THAN the value of the gift card received. Therefore, Scouts earning gift cards will have total earnings (scout account + gift card) GREATER than the traditional 30%, and the Troop will still get it's 4%. Please contact Mr. Tillman if you have questions or concerns.

  • Sell ~$350 and qualify for a $10 Amazon gift card! Sell more, and receive an even LARGER gift card!

  • Make sales online, or via Credit Card to earn rewards even FASTER!

Bonus Prizes (in addition to the prizes above):

  • $750+ in sales earns a Solar Charging Camp Lantern or a Tackle Box

  • $1000+ in sales earns you the coveted 2022 Camp Slushie Cup with 5 free refills!

  • $1800+ in sales earns you Scout Adventures!

Choose from many options, including: Vertical Endeavors; Brickmasters 7.0; MN Zoo; Valleyfair; Camp Cash; Ziplining; Star Wars Party; and more!

  • $2250+ in sales = Champions Breakfast!

Join all of the other Top Sellers for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at BSA Base Camp, with special guests, and prizes!

New This Year:

1.5x REWARD POINTS for all Online and Credit Card orders.

150 Bonus Points – Sell $350 in Credit Card or Online sales between Sep 24 and Oct 3.

Kettle Corn is BACK!! (but is pre-popped instead of microwaveable)

Milk Chocolate PRETZELS!!!

Camp Slushie Cup - Cub Scouts are now eligible to earn a special Top Seller cup, with 5 FREE Slushies at Summer Camp

Online store has additional products that are not available in person.

Free shipping for Online orders >$55* (* as of 9/9/2021 - Subject to change - See website for details)

Ways to Sell:

Door-to-Door / In Person

Sell to friends, family, and neighbors, for personal delivery by the Scout.

With an adult, the Scout goes door to door with the Popcorn Order Form and Trails-End App. Or, call or visit friends, neighbors, and relatives.

Collect payment at the time of the sale.

Popcorn and Wreaths can be paid for with 1 check. However, wreath forms must be turned in separately from popcorn forms, so you will be responsible for using your cash sales to appropriately split the payments.

Credit card payments must go through the Trail's End App, and must be for POPCORN ONLY.

Deliver product immediately if you have it on-hand. Otherwise:

Email or call the Popcorn Kernel no more than once a week to request popcorn to cover sold orders

Pick up the popcorn from the Popcorn Kernel at the agreed time and location.

Deliver the popcorn to the customer within 1 week of the sale if possible.

Because it is a food item, please do not leave product on the doorstep if no one is home. Instead, attempt redelivery later.

Local Storefront Sales:

Sign up for a 2 hour shift in front of a local business. The EASIEST way to sell!

To make the sale as easy as possible for Scouts, the Popcorn Leadership Team has arranged to have a table full of popcorn set up in front of various local businesses.

  • We provide the popcorn, table, cashbox, credit card reader, EVERYTHING

  • We just need Scouts to register for a shift! https://www.trails-end.com/seller/sales/storefront and then:

      • Arrive 5 minutes early. The Scouts on the shift before you can help you get started.

      • Wear your Class A (official button down) Uniform

      • SMILE, and ask people if they would like to Support Scouting! It's THAT easy!

Important Notes about Storefront Sales:

  • The Scouts will earn sales credit based on the number of hours worked, NOT based on the actual sales.

Why? Because this sale is about more than just raising money. Storefront sales help Scouts learn to not be confident and not shy around strangers. They learn to set goals, to communicate with adults, and to appropriately handle rejection. Additionally, Scouts are expected to Do Their Best, and should be rewarded for that, even if situations were not in their favor. For example, the Scout shouldn't be penalized for signing up for a shift that had slow sales because of rain.

  • Historical Average Storefront Credit >= $150 in sales for each 2-hr storefront worked.

Sales Credit Calculation: The average shift sales for ALL shifts on ALL days by ALL Scouts.

  • Scouts MUST wear their Class A (official button down) uniform

  • Scouts are responsible for engaging the customer.

  • At least 1 parent/adult is required to be present, and should help make sure transactions are handled properly.

  • All shifts need to be filled before we will allow a 2nd Scout to sell at the same shift. (exception for siblings - please contact me directly)

    • 2 siblings can work the same shift. However, the 2nd scout will only get credit for ½ a shift, unless other shifts are allowing double signups. If double signups are allowed, then both siblings will get full credit.

  • Non-Scout siblings should not attend the storefronts. We want to maintain a positive public image, and minimize distractions and potential problems.

Trail's End Online Store:

Sell to your friends and family ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

● Login to: https://www.trails-end.com/seller/dashboard

Set up your own personal Digital Storefront via the Trails-End App/Website

(See the Trails-End App/Website section for more information)

Get a personal link to share with family and friends.

Different products than in the catalog

All online orders of $55+ include FREE SHIPPING!

Online sales are shipped directly to the recipient.

The Scout does not have to handle money or popcorn, it is all handled automatically.

Donations

Support Hometown Heroes (Police, Fire, Military, Teachers, Public Servants, etc.)

  • Monetary donations of are gladly accepted for the Hometown Heroes project. All donations collected in this way provide popcorn to be given to local "heroes" such as Police, Fire, Military, Teachers, Vets, etc. to thank them for the important work that they do.

  • Hometown Hero donations still count towards a Scout’s sales total and all prize/scout credit calculations. If you know of a local Hometown Hero that you would like to benefit from the project, please contact me with details.

  • If someone would like to donate money to the Pack/Troop itself, we will gladly accept. The Scout will still earn a % towards their Scout Account for donations made this way. However, please be aware that direct donations like this will NOT count toward the various prizes that Scouts can earn via the Popcorn Sales Program.

Forms of Payment Accepted

Credit Cards (via the Trails End App) are PREFERRED

  • Scouts earn 1.5x REWARD POINTS for all Credit Card purchases.

  • Avoids having to keep, track, and turn in paper money.

  • Trail's End is covering ALL credit card transaction fees.

Cash/Check

  • Checks need to be made payable to "Pack 60" or "Troop 559"

Financial Benefits to Scouting

73% of all sales goes back into Scouting locally:

Pack 60 Cub Scouts

      • ~20% goes directly to the Scout (after meeting the $250/$350 Family threshold)

      • ~15% goes to the Pack to pay for the day to day operations of the Pack

      • ~38% goes to other local Scouting needs, such as: improving camp facilities; training for volunteers/leaders; financial assistance for scout camp.


Troop 559 Scouts BSA

      • ~30% goes directly to the Scout (after meeting the $250/$350 Family threshold)

      • ~9% goes to the Troop to pay for the day to day operations of the Troop

      • ~34% goes to other local Scouting needs, such as: improving camp facilities; training for volunteers/leaders; financial assistance for scout camp.


Additional benefits to your Scout and Family:

  • Teaches Scouts the value & process of setting and working toward goals

  • Gives Scouts a strong sense of accomplishment through recognition

  • Enhances communication, leadership skills and confidence in your Scout

  • Gives Scouts a way to fund their own adventures

Getting Started

The Trail’s End App and Website:

Why use the App/Website?

  • The app/website is required in order to sign up for a storefront shift.

  • The app/website allows you to keep track of all of your sales, delivery status, and inventory

  • The app (but not the website) allows you to accept credit card payments (with an active internet connection)

Do I have to use the App/Website?

  • Yes, as it allows me to see your popcorn needs in real-time so that I can get the product you need.

  • You can still use the paper form to sell, but you will need to transfer the sales to the App/Website before I can give you the product.

How can I accept a Credit Card payment?

  • Log in to the App, then click “Wagon”, and complete the sale, selecting “Credit/Debit Card” as the payment type

What if I don’t have a phone/tablet to use?

  • Use the paper form for door-to-door sales and then enter your orders into the website when you return home.

  • Unfortunately, you won't be able to accept credit cards this way.


How do I get started?


Where can I learn more?

Need Help?!

I was in a different Unit last year. How do I change to Pack 60 / Troop 559

Because we are running join sale between Pack 60 and Troop 559, ALL Scouts MUST be registered in Trail's End with Pack 9060, because we are running a combined operation. If you accidentally registered for Troop 559, or you were with a different unit last year:

  • Log in to your Trail's End Dashboard

  • Website Instructions

    • On the left side, when it displays your Name, District, Council and Scout Code, click on the "down arrow" and select "Change Unit". Then select:

      • Northern Star Council

      • District G

      • Pack 9060

  • App Instructions

    • Click the 3 horizontal lines in the upper-left corner to open the menu

    • Click on Settings

    • Click on Change Unit

      • Northern Star Council

      • District G

      • Pack 9060

I'm not seeing any storefronts in the App/Website

Make sure that you are registered as part of Pack 9060. If you are registered at part of Troop 559, or a different unit from last year, you will need to change your unit to be Pack 9060.