Month: December 2013

Top 5 Popcorn Guy Blog Posts of 2013

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As we end 2013, it is time to look back at what everyone thought was most valuable.  It is no surprise the Top 4 items included tools which many Councils have not provided in the past.  Below is the Top 5 Popcorn Blogs of 2013:


5. Best Way to Let People Know You Are Selling Popcorn

With most fundraisers it is important to let your donors (customers) know why money is being raised. Continue Reading…

4. Scouts Should “Be Prepared” To Sell Popcorn

In many sales circles, it is recommended a salesperson has an “elevator pitch” ready at all times.  An elevator pitch or speech is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, product, service, or organization and its value to the customer.  The theory is this “pitch” should be no longer than it takes to ride and elevator.  Typically this is between 30 and 45 seconds. Continue Reading…

3. Need Help Organizing Your Popcorn Sale? Ask a Scout!

Many adults get leery about volunteering to help with the Unit Popcorn Sale.  The main reason is the amount of time and effort that goes into a sale, especially if there is just one adult in charge.  In a previous blog, I spoke about recruiting different adult volunteers to handle items such as the Unit Kickoff, Distribution, Site Sale Location, and Prizes.  However, one of your biggest helpers is the Scouts themselves. Continue Reading…

2. Door Hangers to Help While Going Door-to-Door

As my son and I were delivering popcorn this week, I realized that I had not shared with everyone a key piece of information, how to let customers know we were coming or coming back. Continue Reading…

1. 10 Reasons (Other than Money) Why Your Scout Should Sell Popcorn

We all know that Popcorn Sales help provide funds for Scouts to help them with their program, but there are many life skills a Scout learns by participating in the Popcorn Sale. Here are the Top 10. Continue Reading…


I started this blog in order to share the vast knowledge I have acquired as a volunteer, professional in the Boy Scouts, and working for Trail’s End Popcorn.

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My Christmas Wish List for My Son

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christmas_figure_reading_list_7154Dear Santa:

I know most people write you letters with what they want for Christmas.  I would like to ask for the following for my son:


I know as he grows up, my son will need to be able to present himself to others.  If he has the self-confidence to approach a person he does not know, it will help him with job interviews and selling himself.  However, he has sold popcorn for the last several years and I have seen him grow tremendously in this area.  I guess this is covered already.  Let me think of something else.

Reach His Goals

Every parent wants his child to be better off than they were.  I am no exception, Santa.  I wish my son would set goals and reach them.  Now that I think about it, my son was able to go to the National Jamboree last year because he met his popcorn sales goal.  He not only reached his goal, but became more self-reliant because he went across the country by himself.  I know he will use these skills later in life.  This seems to be covered as well.

Be Courteous to Others

I want my son to treat others with respect as he grows up.  There are so few people who say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’, but I want my son to be one of those people.  But I remember seeing my son confronted by a person during last year’s popcorn sale that was belligerent and really put down the Boy Scouts as a group.  My son just said “Thank You for giving me the opportunity.  Have a good day.”  The person was so confused, he just walked away.  I think he handled it better than I would.  And I am sure you have received the Thank You Letters from him in the past.  This sounds taken care of as well.

Well Santa, it looks like the big picture items are taken care of because of Scout Popcorn Sales.  Now that I think about it, my son is a really good kid.  I guess if you could just get him the video game on his list, he deserves it.  Thank you, Santa.