FOR NEW PARENTS
Popcorn Sales and Other Fundraising Activities
The fact is that fees and dues cover only a small portion of the real cost of your child’s Scouting experience. The rest comes through charitable donations and fundraising activities.
Some fundraising is done by your district and by the Great Smoky Mountain Council — the annual golf tournament, for example, and several annual fundraising dinners. Your child’s Pack, Troop, or Crew also participates actively in raising funds to help offset the cost of activities and equipment. Fundraising not only helps your unit, it also helps teach youth about personal management and self-reliance.
Every fall, Scouts in the Great Smoky Mountain Council sell popcorn — our equivalent to Girl Scout cookies — both by taking orders from family, friends, and neighbors and by selling directly (“show and sell”) at pre-approved locations, like neighborhood grocery stores. Top sellers can earn exciting prizes. As the parent of a Scout, chances are you’ll end up eating a lot of popcorn over the winter as well as helping your Scout with transportation, record keeping, and setting up to show and sell
Every spring, Scouts sell Camp Cards — “snap apart” cards containing a variety of valuable discount offers at local businesses. There is no risk on your part; unsold cards are simply returned to the council. Your commitment level will be similar to the popcorn sale.
Sign Me Up!
Your child can join Scouting anytime, although units typically recruit new members near the beginning of the school year. If you’re not already aware of a unit serving your neighborhood,
visit exploring.org to
FIND A CLUB/POST >
visit stemscouts.org to
FIND A LAB >
or give us a call at the council service center and we’ll be happy to connect you.
Unit Money-earning Application
If your unit is planning a money-earning project that is not coordinated by the Great Smoky Mountain Council, you must complete an Money-earning Application at least two weeks in advance of the proposed date of the project for approval.