Boy Scout Fundraising
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The Girl Scouts are well known for their cookie sales. Boy Scout troops, packs, and crews have no national fundraising item. Each BSA unit makes their own fundraising decisions. Many councils participate in popcorn sales, but the strong competition in many areas causes troops to look for alternative ways to raise funds. I've seen troops selling many different items and services including poinsettas, carwashes, flags, and even mulch.
To help with your efforts, here are some Boy Scout fundraising ideas you might consider. While you will find hundreds of different Boy Scout and Cub Scout fundraising ideas on the internet, I'd like to take a moment to present a few of them here.
- Christmas Wreaths - There are many companies to choose to be your wreath supplier: Mickman Brothers, Sherwood Forest Farms, Evergreen Industries, and others.
- Snacks - Items that you can sell cover the entire spectrum from smoked meat sticks from Country Meats to nuts from Virginia Diner. One of the top Boy Scout fund raisers is selling chocolate candy bars. Consider selling the Original One Dollar Bar for your candy fundraiser. These are the largest one dollar fundraising chocolate candy bars available. They are packaged in patriotic wrappers that look like one dollar bills. Besides the size and great flavor, smaller groups will love the fact that they can purchase as little as one case of candy at a time.
- Camp Cards - In the past 5 years or so, this program has gotten very popular with AllAmerican Card Co being a big player.
- Flag Subscriptions - individual homes pay to have a US Flag put up and taken down in their yard by scouts on six or seven key holidays each year. Proceeds can be divided between selling the subscription and doing the actual flag work. A troop needs to invest in the flags and ensure there will be enough scouts available to raise and lower all the flags. This fundraiser allows both 'sellers' and 'workers' to earn by doing what they prefer.
- Bulbs - A more unique Scout fund raiser to consider is selling flower bulbs. Flower bulbs are great fundraising products that sell well and are easy to handle.
- Food Events - pancake breakfast, pork roast, corn feed, whatever local cuisine is expected. Picnics and 'feeds' allow an opportunity for communities to gather, have fun, and support Scouting.
- Tools and Gadgets - Interesting, or hard-to-find items can be sold by a unit. For example, the Twisted Dogs hotdog tool could be sold as an extra at your food-oriented fundraising event. Rope Cinch for folks that can't tie knots.
It's best to do a fundraiser that targets people outside your unit. A cake auction, for example, would most likely be attended only by Scouting families. So, the same families that would be paying the unit expenses are still paying them. Fundraising should be an opportunity for other community members to support Scouting if they want.
All scout fundraising events are supposed to be authorized by the Boy Scouts of America through the use of a Unit Money-Earning Aplication at this page.
When checking out new fund raising options, a lower up-front investment and a larger percentage of profit are two keys to success. It's also important to have a product that people need or want but don't often purchase for themselves.
If you have a fundraising product you'd like listed here, please Contact Me.
Jul 02, 2012 - Bert Guss
I'm a stay at home mom and my husband is a manager with the company he works for. He is not allowed to solicit to any of his employees so we also couldn't rely on getting sales from the parent's workplace. I have three in cub scouts so we can use every little bit of extra help. We took our sons to a few subdivisions in the area...hit up a couple of streets each day...and they managed to get $1600 in sales.
I think what helped my boys the most was that they had a rehearsed sales line. Two of the boys had it down to a T but my third one has some difficulties and he couldn't get it to come out coherent. The two who used a sales pitch got over 80% of the sales.
On top of that, we set up at the local warehouse store and asked for donations to help purchase popcorn for the military (military donations on the order form). In 5 hours we raised $760 for military donations.
Just some ideas for you :)
Our Fundraiser Coordinator also found a way to get paid for used printer ink cartridges. Just now starting, so I do not have the info, but should be easy to find on the web.
I was a Girl Guide (Scout) in the UK many years ago, where we did a fund raiser, called "Bob (shilling) a Job!
As a senior I would be happy to make donations to the Scouts 2 or 3 times each year, I live on an acre and find clearing all the tree limbs, a bit much for me!
Please advise if the scouts would be interested!
Sincerely, Irene McKee
Any advice for a brand new troop with no money? Looking for a way to make the most of our fundraiser. Are there any new troops out there who are trying to get started?
The kits are a little more advanced then a basic kit you find in many drug stores.
50% of proceeds are retained by the troop.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more info.
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