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Popcorn Safety Tips

Safety First

  • Scouts should always work in pairs, or an adult should accompany sellers.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk and driveway, not through the yard.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash.
  • Never enter anyone's house, even if invited.
  • Sell only during daylight hours.
  • Carry your cell phone and make sure it is charged.

General

  • Be courteous and polite. Smile and introduce yourself.
  • Wear your Scout uniform. This provides instant credibility since it is highly recognizable. Most people have a positive response to a Scout uniform and will be supportive.
  • Be informed. Know the various products sold, when it will be delivered and how it benefits Scouts.
  • When selling - ask if someone would like to support Scouting, not if they would like to buy popcorn. We are "selling" the Scouting program.
  • $600 and Beyond! A Scout's Plan
  • Closing the Sale Tips

Publicity

Ask your unit marketing chair to arrange for publicity of your sale. 

  • Newspaper - Ask your community paper to run a feature story, highlighting uniformed Scouts and sale information.
  • Radio - Have a uniformed Scout and leader visit the local radio station and offer sample products to on-air announcer. Take along a news release with sale information.
  • Community calendars - Obtain permission to have information about your unit's sale included in the fall edition.
  • Business signage - Ask businesses with their own changeable signage to promote the sale.
  • Posters and Banners - Place outside local businesses to promote your sale.
  • Questions about publicity? Contact Emily Elliott, council PR coordinator, at emelliot@crossroadsbsa.org.