2017 Popcorn and Nuts for 
Scouting Sale !


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Welcome to The 2017 Popcorn and Nuts Sale 
It may seem like Fall is forever away, but it is just around the corner.  Just think soon the wonderful buttery aroma of freshly popped corn will be in the air, and your 2017 Council popcorn team has been working hard to have it all ready for you.
Whether this is your first time or your 20th we would like to THANK YOU for making this sale a reality for the youth of your Troop, Pack or Crew.  Your efforts help the over 5,000 youth of the Pennsylvania Dutch council here in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties to have the best year of Scouting possible.
To help you through the entire sale we invite you and anyone in your unit that would like to follow our What's Poppin' Newsletter.  This newsletter is our way to communicate with your key dates, reminders and important information regarding the sale, as well as helpful hints and suggestions that allow you to get the most out of your sale.
To make sure that we have the most up-to-date on you and your unit, please make sure that you have completed a 2017 Popcorn unit commitment.  You should have received and email from Trails End, or the form can be downloaded here and sent to us.  You may also pick up a hardcopy at the office if you would like.
Please, also note that you are not alone in this whole process.  WE have a dedicated team of volunteers and professionals to support you in your sale.  If you have questions at any time, please don't hesitate to contact any of us.  The contact information for each of our key volunteers and professional staff advisor are below.  If you aren't sure where to start send an email to 524PADutchPopcorn@scouting.org and we will get your question to the correct person.
Thank you again for all that you do to make Scouting great in the Pennsylvania Dutch Council and have a great sale. 

Past Issues 
Missed a "What's Poppin'" or accidentally deleted it.  Don't worry.  There is an archive of past issues on the Council Website.  Just Click Here , look at the menu on the left hand side and click on "What's Poppin'," and pick the issue you are looking for.
New Products

There have been several changes in the Trails End Product line from last year.  Sweet and Savory, Classic Trail Mix, Light Butter Popcorn and Jalapeno' Popcorn are no longer offered.  While there are still four products in the Chocolate Lovers Tin, a Chocolate Pecan Cluster is replacing one of the two Chocolate Caramel Crunch that had previously been offered.  The Cheese Lovers collection has slightly changed, replacing one of the White Cheddar bags of corn with a bag of Yellow Cheddar.
There is one new product this year, Salted Caramel Corn with Sea Salt.  This product was offered last year as part of the On-line Sales by Trails End.  It proved so popular that it is now being included in their fall lineup.  It is a 20oz. bag and sells for $25.00.
For a full Product line up check out the forms on the Pennsylvania Dutch website,   http://padutchbsa.org/popcorn/.
New Nut Vender

We are happy to Introduce our new vender for the Fall Product Sale, Whitley's Peanut Factory.   With the introduction of Whitley's into the fall Sale we offer additional candy choices.  All Whitley's chocolate products are hand dipped and sealed for freshness.  And the products taste great, if you had the chance to attend the Council Program Launch and tried some samples you already know the product is good.  The price points mirror popcorn.
All the peanut products are Virginia Peanuts.  Did you know that a Virginia Peanut doesn't refer to where the peanut was grown, but instead the grade of peanut?  A Virginia Peanut is the largest of all peanuts and is usually reserved for gourmet snacks and account for 15% of all peanuts grown in the US.

Our product lineup includes:
Troops Salted Virginia Peanuts
Troops Honey Roasted Virginia Peanuts
Jumbo Salted Cashews
Honey Cinnamon Almonds 
Bacon Maple Virginia Peanuts
*Dark Chocolatey Almond Clusters
*Milk Chocolatey Caramel Delights
*Milk Chocolatey Covered Peanut Clusters
*Pub and Party Mix
*5 Pack Gift Set

Most products range in price between $15.00 - $25.00.
*Indicates product only available for Take Order

Hold a Fun-Filled Unit Kickoff
So, you are committed to the Fall Product Sale.  Your unit Committee has come up with a program plan for the year and determined a budget to make it all come true.  What's the next step for having a successful sale?  Why it's having a great kickoff to get the Scouts and their parents behind it.

The Unit Kickoff is one of the most important parts of a successful sale.  Kickoffs should be scheduled for one of the unit's first meetings in August or September.  Kickoffs can happen as early as August 3rd (the night after the Council Kickoff) or later in September if the unit is only going to participate in Take Order and/or Online Sale.
Objectives are:
  • Emphasize what the Scouts will receive for hitting their goal; prizes, Scouting programs, camp, etc.
  • Get Scouts and families excited!  Consider using some of the Unit's commissions to offer additional incentives that your Scouts really want.
  Tips for a Successful Kickoff
  • Provide plenty of popcorn and snacks and make it exciting for your sales team-The Scouts.
  • Review the year's Scouting Program calendar and explain to the families how the entire program can be funded with one fundraiser: The Popcorn and Nut Sale.
  • Determine how much product you will need to sell to reach your goal:
    • Communicate the Unit's sales goal and each Scout's sales goal. Have the boys write their goals on the Take Order Forms.
    • Show the Scouts what prizes they can earn by hitting their sales goal.
      • Have a prize for the top seller in the Unit and/or each Den/Patrol (Ticket to local amusement park, a video game, gift cards, etc.)
      • Review the Prize and Scholarship Program and all the Council Level Incentives ($1000 Club, $1,500 Club, $2,000 Club, $2,750 Club, $3,500 Club and Free weeks at camp)
      • Role-play with the Scouts on how to sell.
      • Review sales materials and key dates.
      • Do a skit or fun activity to get the boys trained and excited about the sale, and to teach them about safety when selling.
      • Sample agendas are included in the Unit Leader's Guide
  During the gathering period, have a popcorn display and samples. Use the pictures taken at camp to create a collage of activities the unit participated in last year and what you want to do this year. Have a poster with the Scout's names and a place for them to write in their goals.

 Reserve the Popcorn Popper
  • The Council has a Popcorn Machine that units can reserve for their kickoff at no cost
  • Kernels, oil, and bags are provided.  (each pack serves about 10 people)
  • You can submit a request to reserve the Popcorn Popper by visiting www.padutchbsa.org/popcorn/
  • To check on availability, contact Leisha at leishamarie.rivera@scouting.org
Reserve the Prize Table
  • This year the Kernel Team is happy to share a selection of prizes from the Prize Mania Prize Program that you can display at your kickoff
  • Being able to see some of the prizes that the Scouts can earn helps to build excitement and to set goals
  • The unit is responsible for any prizes that are missing or broken
  • You can submit a request to reserve the prizes by visiting www.padutchbsa.org/popcorn/
  • To check on availability, contact Leisha at leishamarie.rivera@scouting.org

Council Popcorn Machine
The popcorn machine is available for units to borrow for their Kickoff and Show and Sell
Events this fall!  It's a great way to help generate excitement for the sale!! You can d ownload the request form and return it to Leisha, leishamarie.rivera@scouting.org to schedule the use of it.  Machine  use is on a first come first served basis.  As long as the machine is being used a s part of your sale there is no fee.  Use of the machine include s corn and oil packets, the first 8 packets are free.  Additional packets are available at $1.00 each.  Each packet feeds approximately 10 people.  Please be sure to clean the machine before returning.  If you would like to use the machine for other events there is a small cost.  
Meet Your 2017 Popcorn Team

Popcorn Team
Joe Flaim
Council Kernel
Roger Harvey
Conestoga River Kernel
Heidi Patterson
Harvest Kernel
Tom Carr
Horseshoe Trail Kernel
Leishamarie Rivera
Council Popcorn Admin.
Scott Arnold
Council Staff Advisor