Official Popcorn Fundraiser Newsletter of the
Cradle of Liberty Council, BSA
VOLUME 6 | September 21, 2018
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Thank you for all you do to help fund Scouting Adventures!
Order #2 Pick-Up Locations:
Saturday, September 29, 8 to 10 AM
Your unit is assigned to one of two locations for order #2 product pick-up. There won’t be satellite locations at the Central Schwenkfelder Church in Lansdale or Keystone First in Philadelphia; there weren’t enough orders from units in those areas to justify sending a trailer to those locations.

Your order will only be available at the location for which your district is listed below. In case you download a packing slip from the Popcorn System, please note that Reads Moving Systems will be listed for all units because that is where Trail’s End ships our council order. Disregard that info and check below to confirm your pick-up location.

There aren't assigned time slots; please show up some time between 8 and 10 AM. Please bring your patience and vehicle(s) large enough to accommodate your order.

Firestone Scouting Resource Center (Scout office)
1485 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087
  • Conestoga
  • Constellation
  • Continental
  • General Nash
  • Lafayette
  • Minquas

Reads Moving Systems
2600 Turnpike Dr, Hatboro, PA 19040
  • Baden-Powell
  • Northern
  • Roosevelt
  • Washington

If you’re a program specialist with an after-school program, please contact your district professional or the after-school programs coordinator regarding pick-up. All product for after-school units will be shipped to the Firestone Scouting Resource Center in Wayne.

If you need product for Show & Sells prior to product pick-up on September 29, please post a request on the council popcorn Facebook group and contact your district popcorn coordinator and/or professional to let them know your product needs. We will do our best to help facilitate a product transfer from another unit. The product is most likely out there; last year more than $75,000 in product was returned to the council (we cannot return this to Trail’s End). As a result, there is not a lot of excess product at the council office.

A few things to consider:
  • If you’ve sold out of just a few products, please keep in mind that you don’t need every product selection to have a successful Show & Sell. You can always take orders for products you don’t have on hand. Don’t forget we have another order, the Take Order!
  • It’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’ve sold all your product – in fact, if you met your unit fundraising goals, it’s a great thing! Even still, it doesn’t mean your unit has to stop selling – again, don’t forget we have another order, the Take Order! There are online sales, too!
  • If you have more Show & Sells scheduled and you can’t get product to sell, there’s probably another unit out there that would benefit from the location you scheduled. Please reach out through the Facebook group and to your district coordinator to help facilitate.

Alternatively, if you have excess product that you can part with, please post so units that can immediately sell it can do so. The goal is to sell this popcorn to fund Scouting Adventures – it does no good sitting around! Please do not wait until Popcorn Rebalance Day to return large quantities of product.
Unit-to-Unit Product Transfers
Unit-to-unit popcorn transfers can now be recorded in the Trail's End Popcorn System! We encourage units to exchange excess product to units that need it, as opposed to returning it at the end of the sale when it can no longer be sold (unlike units returning product to the council, the council cannot return product to Trail's End). Check out the link below for details.

You may also use the Product Transfer form available at colbsa.org/popcorn > Info & Resources > Documents tab. When using this method, it is the responsibility of the transferring unit to submit this form to the council.

You must use the Popcorn System or submit a hardcopy form when exchanging product, otherwise we have no way of knowing that your unit invoice needs to be adjusted.

Don't forget to use the council popcorn Facebook group to post product your unit needs or would like to transfer.
New Scout Champions Program
Scouts who sell $1,000 or more (including online sales!) will get an invite to a special Dave & Buster's Experience! Scouts selling $1,500 or more will also receive Amazon gift cards.

The event is scheduled for January 19, 2019 at the Penn's Landing Philadelphia location from 11 AM to 4 PM.

In order to qualify, Scouts (or parent of) are required to register a Trails-End.com account so the unit coordinator can enter face-to-face sale amounts in the Trail’s End Scout tracking system. Watch the instructional video here.
Show & Sells at SEPTA Stations
Through a partnership with SEPTA, our Scouts are able to sell at a select number of SEPTA stations in our area through October 21. The list of stations is available at colbsa.org/popcorn > click the Wawa & SEPTA tab under Info & Resources.

If your unit would like to sell popcorn at one of these locations, please email your request to  popcorn@colbsa.org with the date(s) and station(s) you are requesting. If approved (the date/location is not already spoken for) you will receive a copy of the SEPTA permit that must be displayed while Scouts are selling. Check out the website for more info.

Weekly Videos
Take Order Selling Basics
Online Selling Basics
Resources and Training
Scout Take Order & Prize Forms are also available from your district professional, district kernel or at the Firestone Scouting Resource Center.

Visit colbsa.org/popcorn and click the links below for the latest resources and training videos.

Webinars:
Cradle of Liberty Council | popcorn@colbsa.org | 610-688-6900 | colbsa.org/popcorn