Membership and Popcorn Sales

Recently, I was asked if there was any correlation between Membership and Popcorn Sales. Membership is a hot button in many Councils as they try to find a way to recover from the recent decline in the number of youth served. Nationally, the Boy Scouts of America from May 2013 to May 2014 had a … Continue reading Membership and Popcorn Sales

Credit/Debit Cards and the Popcorn Sale

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One question that I am asked is if our Unit should accept credit/debit cards. The answer is an emphatic YES! For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to them strictly as credit cards. There are four main reasons a Unit should take credit cards.

  1. Ease of use – More people use credit/debit cards than use cash/checks for transactions.  This avoids the response of “Sorry, I have no cash on me.”  Now you can reply, “WE TAKE CREDIT CARDS”
  2. Safety – Using credit cards reduces the amount of cash on hand and the opportunity of theft, both externally and internally.  Every year somewhere in the country there is an incident of a Boy Scout or Girl Scout Unit having their cash box stolen in front of a grocery story.  Taking credit cards helps mitigate this risk.
  3. Sales increase – In units I have observed accepting credit…

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