Updated Reader from Square

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SquareFor those Units who use the Square reader to process credit/debit card payments for your popcorn sales, please make sure you have the most up to date readers on hand.

The newer model is thinner and wider than the older version.

The main reason for the change is to comply with new security features on new credit/debit cards.  You may have received a new card in the mail from your bank or credit card company which has a SIM card.  This new device provides an additional layer of security for your card.

If you have one of the old readers, do not fret.  Square will provide you a new reader at no additional cost. Just click the link below for more information and to get your new reader.

New Square Reader

In addition, Square now offers a device to accept Apple Pay payments.  They are giving away 250,000 of these devices.  Check it out.


What Do I Wear When Selling Popcorn and other Fundraising Activities

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scout-uniform-4As I exited our local grocery store last month, I was greeted by a local Girl Scout selling Girl Scout Cookies. She was in her green vest with patches which is the current uniform for their program. I realized the big advantage Boy Scouts have because they have a full official uniform with which to wear. In fact, the image of a Scout in full uniform immediately brings a sense of someone who is honest and wants to help others.

However, the question arises as to exactly when can a Scout wear the Official Scout Uniform when raising money.

The first place to reference is the Unit Money Earning Application. The back of this form states the following:

“The official uniform is intended to be worn primarily for use in connection with Scouting activities. However, council executive boards may approve use of the uniform for any fund-raising activity. Typically, council popcorn sales or Scout show ticket sales are approved uniform fundraisers.”

This seems fairly clear. If it is a council-sponsored fundraiser, a Scout can wear their Official Scout Uniform. Otherwise, they cannot wear it.

So what about Unit fundraisers like selling Christmas trees, candy, nuts, and batteries? In all of these cases, Scouts cannot wear the Official Scout Uniform. Most councils allow Units to wear what is commonly known as ‘Class B’ Uniforms. Class B uniforms are typically a t-shirt or sweatshirt which has the Unit number and Cub Scout or Boy Scout logo. However, one must check with their local council as some councils do not allow any BSA logo to be used in Unit fundraising efforts.

The next question is what qualifies as the Official Scout Uniform?

There is a relatively new web site at which shows uniforms for each level in Boy Scouts. The site is interactive and shows you the parts of the Official Scout Uniform, were to place patches on your uniform and has a link to to place an order. Check it out.

Scouts should be “neat in appearance”. I understand many Units do not require youth to wear Scout pants for financial reasons. However, in my opinion, this would exclude jeans with holes in the knees, board shorts or other athletic pants like baseball pants. Scouts should also have their Uniform shirt tucked in which became the official policy in October 2013. The Scout hat should be on straight, not backwards. Finally, the uniform should be neat in appearance meaning it should be clean with no wrinkles.

The Official Scout Uniform is part of the ‘brand’ of the Boy Scouts. However, there is a time, place and correct way to wear the Official Scout Uniform. Look at this from the customer’s point of view. When a Scout knocks on a door to sell popcorn, the customer can immediately recognize the Official Scout Uniform whether it is Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts. Customers are far more likely to buy from a Scout in a properly worn, full uniform which is neat and clean than those not wearing a uniform.