Boy Scout Fundraising

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.

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
Looking for new ideas.
Oct 09, 2012 - Mike Louw
Selling pancakes always works well
Oct 01, 2013 - Tammie Hagood
Hi,I am a new fundraising chair person and I am looking for ideas for our Troop.  Thanks to those who have commented.  Any new info would be appreciated.  How much do you usually make off of selling pancakes?  Thanks!
Oct 20, 2013 - MotherBear
When I was younger I remember doing things like raking leaves and other yard work in groups of two or more and getting paid as a fund raiser. Is this still allowed or not? There has been a disagreement in our den/pack about this. What are other low cost high yield fundraisers for small packs (under 50 cub scouts)in lower income areas?
Oct 24, 2013 - Happy Hitchhiker
This is my son's first time with the popcorn sale.  He is already feeling defeated because at the information meeting/pack meeting they had their top 3 salesmen give some advice and all 3 went to their parents work (all HUGE companies) and sell to all the employees.  Well, my son can't do that.  He is left with going door to door and has a $250 quota to reach.  Many of our neighbors will not/can not buy it and we are limited on how far we can walk for door-to-door sales.  How can I help motivate him when that seems a very daunting task?  They do not set up tables at the grocery store or anything like that here.  It's all individuals going door-to door (or to employers).
Oct 24, 2013 - Amanda Kuelker
Happy Hitchhiker,
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 :)

Oct 25, 2013 - Den 6 Dad
Folks:  One excellent idea we had was to collect scrap metal.  Used a truck and trailer from couple of our Den Leaders, and went house to house collecting scrap steel, car parts, aluminum, copper, old batteries, etc.  Delivered to a local scrap metal recycling yard (who also gave the boys a great tour) and raked in $1,000 for the Pack.  The scrap metal yards will also help you organize and event.  Good luck!
Dec 26, 2013 - K Temple
Google Interstate Batteries Boy Scout Fundraiser.  Everyone uses batteries and you make a 50% profit.  There are also Flashlights and things that are scout related.  
Jan 15, 2014 - Committee Chair
Happy Hitchhiker - Sorry to not help this cycle, but to answer your question...  Post an ad in the paper or free-cycle publications, internet, Facebook and the like.  Once your Scout registers with Trails-End, you can publish or have the buyer call you (wherever they are) and select your Scout from the list and place the order.  You are done!  The order will be sent to them directly (so no delivery) and your Scout will get the sale credit.  Supervise this closely due to internet issues, but is a great way to expand your client base.

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.
Mar 10, 2014 - Irene mckee
Do the Scouts still offer help to the older members of the population for a fixed fee, also worked towards some badges?  
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
Aug 14, 2014 - Suzanne Winnicki
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?
Aug 19, 2014 - Wendy LaBerge
We are starting a new troop too.  We are planning a garage sale. All families who are starting the troop will chip in stuff and all proceeds go to the new troop.  We are also looking into grants too. In the past we have done christmas tree wreaths which generated a decent amount of money.  However you need one person who's job is only the wreath sales.  Good Luck to you!!!

Sep 08, 2014 - Jeff Konecke
We offer a Fund Raiser for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts that allow them to pre-sell (Thus no upfront commitment) home/travel first aid kits.  

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 if you would like more info.
Sep 21, 2014 - Jeff B
Would doing a fund raiser with a local restaurant be against the BSA rules?  I know Culvers and McDonalds support our local school with donating a small portion of the proceeds to them.  

Nov 19, 2014 - Veronica Sparks
We do well with Krispy Kreeme doughnuts. All of the info you need is on their website. They are very easy to work with and the kids get 50% profit.
Jan 05, 2015 - Heather Baldwin
just FYI, Interstate batteries has quit doing the fundraising.. We are a new troop as well. I had a thought of auctioning off "services"; raking leaves, helping with small landscaping projects (with pack leader assistance), spreading mulch, etc. Does anyone know the site for the candy bar sales??
Jan 06, 2015 - Cheryl
I was wondering if you every had parents ask why the Pack needs to do fundraising?  We have a very small Pack and it has been a topic of conversation and I'm wondering if there is a easy answer to this.  We currently don't have scout accounts setup do to lack of scouts that do things so we have a general fund that it all goes into right now. Any suggestions would be great.

Thank you!
Apr 09, 2015 - Stephanie Santos
Cheryl, I would tell the parents that fundraisers are needed because scouts are a non profit organization. Therefore, any and all monies made go toward pack functions such as camping or awards. Our pack doesn't have dues so to make up for that we do a lot of fundraisers. We don't want a possible scout to not join because of dues every month.

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