Boy Scout Fundraising

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.

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.



Comments:
 Jul 02, 2012 - Bert Guss
Looking for new ideas.
Aug 31, 2012 - Tim Bourke
Hello Bert, have you seen or heard about the Super Rope Cinch? The BSA and the Sea Scouts are selling this new fundraiser and it works. For more information go to, www.jrpsllc.com
Oct 09, 2012 - Mike Louw
Selling pancakes always works well
Nov 13, 2012 - Eric R.
One of the best fundraising ideas I personally like is a clothing drive fundraiser. We have done it with a company called GoodThrift (www.goodthrift.com). They send you a cargo container to collect all the unwanted clothing in your community. You have a full month to do that (extendable upon request). Once full, they send a truck to pick it up. They pay by the pound (10 cents / lb), so your troop would made around $3000 for a full container. It's MUCH better if done in cooperation with neighboring churches, once they announce the drive to their congregations, the clothing bags will start pouring :).
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
Mar 13, 2014 - Scott Pavlak
I was a scout and enjoyed all aspects of scouting. Recently I invented and patented a tool that puts a perfect spiral cut in Hotdogs or sausages. My daught has sold hot dogs at an open house pancake breakfast at our local airport. She has sold hot dogs at that one day event four years in a row. This last year the fifth year of selling hot dogs at that event we used my invention the Twisted Dog hot dog cutter. My daughter sold over three times as many hot dogs that day and sold more hot dog cutters than she had ever sold hot dogs at that same event in the past.  I would love to offer any troops looking for a great fundraiser this unique product I believe it would be a great fit for the Scouts. You can see the product at Twisteddogs.net or on Facebook at Twisteddogs LLC.
Apr 15, 2014 - Joe Kuipers
How about selling products people actually need and buy everyday?  Check out PaperFunds and our unique fundraising ideas - toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, and batteries.  You can sell them at a price similar to the grocery store and still raise great money.  paperfunds.com
Apr 20, 2014 - Paul
Country Meats Smoked Snacks Sticks.
They taste awesome 16 flavors sell for one dollar each but only cost .55
So the troop keeps the lions share at 45% profit on each sale.
My dad started the company 65 million sticks ago all for fundraising and creating the awesome memories of youth.

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