Boy Scout Fundraising
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The Boys Scouts differ from the Girl Scouts in many respects. But one of the main differences is when it comes to Boy Scout Fundraising. The Girl Scouts are supported in large part by their well known cookie sales. Boy Scouts and their troops, however, make 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, wreaths, 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.
- 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.
- Another great Boy Scout fund raising program is holding a frozen cookie dough fundraiser. This works well for Boy Scouts because there is no cost or risk to start the fundraiser. Each scout is given a free brochure and order form and pre sells the cookie dough. They collect their money at order time. At the end of a suggested two week sale the orders are tallied and money collected used to pay for the bulk cookie dough order.
- A more unique Scout fund raiser to consider is selling flower bulbs. This is a pre sell or brochure fundraiser like cookie dough so there is no cost to get started. There are two seasonal programs so the bulbs can be sold any time of the year. Flower bulbs are great fundraising products that sell well and are easy to handle.
- 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.
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.
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
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