Sign up to Participate in the 2019 Sale
Unit Popcorn Kernels need to register the pack, troop, crew or post to participate in the 2019 sale and receive communication from the Northern Lights Council.
Will your unit be Calling in your order, or ordering Online?
If you have signed up as the Popcorn Kernel for your unit - Thank You! Now we need to know if you will be using the Trail's End online features to manage your sale and order popcorn, or will you be going "old school" and managing the sale by paper and calling in your order?
If you haven't done so yet, please complete this short survey form to answer the questions above.
Did you miss the Popcorn Webinar for Unit Kernel's?
You can view a recording of the webinar!
August - Popcorn Academy for Scouts
In August, each of the districts will be conducting a Popcorn Academy for Scouts. The purpose of the academy is to have FUN and learn sales techniques and safety rules for participating in the annual popcorn sale. Scouts will also be eligible to win DOOR PRIZES!
Units that have at least 30% of their Scouts participate in an academy will receive an extra 2% commission on their sales (excluding online sales). Packs will be reimbursed for 3 Scouts if there is a cost to participate (deposit will be made to unit account after the event).
Scouts must register in advance to attend and must be present to win door prizes. Register for any of the dates/locations listed below.
Popcorn Academy Schedule:
Tuesday, August 6 - 6:30 pm, 7 Clans Casino Water Park, Thief River Falls
Thursday, August 8 - 6:30 pm, Splashers of the South Seas Water Park, Grand Forks
Thursday, August 8 - 6:30 pm, Astoria Baseball Field, Dickinson
Thursday, August 8 - 6:30 pm, Planet Pizza, Minot
Tuesday, August 13 - 6:00 pm, New Generations Park and Splash Pad, Bismarck
Tuesday, August 13 - 6:00 pm, Williston Recreation Center and Water Park
Wednesday, August 14 - 6:30 pm, Thunder Road Amusement Park, Fargo
Thursday, August 15 - 6:30 pm, Chahinkapa Park, Wahpeton
Tuesday, August 20 - 6:30 pm, Casey's Amusement Park, Alexandria
Trail's End App for Scouts (point of sale system)
Mobile app for Scouts to track and report real-time storefront, wagon and online sales, accept cash and credit cards, track inventory by Scout and storefront, and schedule Scouts for storefronts.
Benefits for units:
Benefits for Scouts:
If your unit will be using the Trail's End app for Scouts (point of sale system) or the Leader Portal (for sales management), we encourage you to take some time to become familiar with the features by doing some training.
Is there a right way for Scouts to sell popcorn? Watch the video for tips!
Top Seller Tips
2018 Top Popcorn Sellers (Council)
Talon H. ($9,520),Pack 4032 Roughrider District
Benjamin A. ($9,470), Troop 213 Northern Sky District
Ryker H. ($8,210), Pack 4032 Roughrider District
Carson J. ($8, 030), Pack 4032 Roughrider District
Marcus R. ($7,770), Pack 4153 Frontier Trails District
Nathan B. ($7,450), Pack 3644 Northern Sky District
Lukas E. ($7,055), Pack 4032 Roughrider District
Noah E. ($7,055), Pack 4032 Roughrider District
Dominique H. ($7,050), Pack 4332 Roughrider District
Wyatt S. ($6,250), Pack 4032 Roughrider District
2018 Top Popcorn Sellers (District)
Flickertail (D1) - Matthew H. - Pack 3562 - $5,945
Oxcart Trails (D3) - Wyatt H. - Pack 3309 - $3,185
Lakes (D4) - Carson A. - Pack 3485 - $2,755
Northern Sky (D5) - Andrew O. - Pack 3233 - $5,665
Lake Agassiz (D8 w) - Taylor L. - Pack 3162 - $5,520
Lake Agassiz (D8 e) - Aibrey A. - Pack 3059 - $2500
Roughrider (D10) - Tolga K. - Pack 4112 - $6,009
Tomahawk (D11) - Colten H. - Pack 4412 - $3,040
Frontier Trails (D13) - Kayden R. - Pack 4150 - $7,473
Great Plains (D14) - Gage E. - Pack 4378 - $5,550
Lone Scouts - Zoey B. - $6,155
If you have a popcorn related question, send it to Darin Steindl. Answers to frequently asked questions will be posted here.
Important email message from Trail's End regarding "Best By Dates" and package seals.
Can our unit still sign up to participate in the 2019 sale?
Yes, units can still sign up and participate in the sale. Scouts will take orders from customers and deliver the product in November. Use the "Register Today!" button to the left to sign up your unit.
When can Unit Popcorn Kernels place the initial order?
Kernels will receive an email notification about when orders can be placed online (most likely Aug 1 or 2). Kernels planning on calling in the order can call (701) 293-5011 between Aug 2-7 and place the order with Terri or Judy.
When/how do Scouts get take order forms?
Registered Scouts in units that have signed up to participate in the popcorn sale will receive an order form by mail. If the unit has not signed up to participate in the sale, the Scouts in that unit will not receive an order form by mail.
Units will receive extra order forms (if they have signed up to participate) at the Popcorn Academy in their district, the Fall Recruiting Kickoff, when they pick up popcorn inventory or at one of the Scout Service Centers.
What financial information (bank accounts, etc.) do units need to give the council to be able to use the Trail's End app and accept credit cards?
None. When a Scout uses the Trail's End app to accept a credit card payment, the funds go to Trail's End. When they receive the payment, they will credit the unit popcorn invoice for the appropriate amount - reducing the total amount that the unit needs to pay the council. The money from credit card sales will be going to Trail's End, not the unit bank account.
UNIT PICK-UP DATES & LOCATIONS
|Flickertail||Aug 22-23||Duratech Industries||3780 Hwy 281 E, Jamestown|
|Oxcart Trails||Aug 22-23||Cullens Center||1005 N Tower Rd, Fergus Falls|
|Lakes||Aug 22-23||Pfeninger Warehousing||7501 Hwy 29 S, Alexandria|
|Northern Sky||Aug 22-23||Sysco East Annex||3101 12 Ave N, Fargo|
|Lake Agassiz||Aug 22-23||Viking Coca Cola||819 S 46th St, Grand Forks|
|Roughrider||Aug 22-23||Leam Drilling||11107 31P Street, Dickinson|
|Tomahawk||Aug 22-23||Land of Lakes||7210 US Business, Minot|
|Frontier Trails||Aug 22-23||Jobber's Warehouse Company||1200 Industrial Drive, Bismarck|
|Great Plains||Aug 22-23||Red River Supply||1202 E Broadway, Williston|
As pick-up sites are confirmed, the chart above will be updated. Please contact your District Popcorn Kernel (see list below) to arranged a time to pick up the popcorn.
When Picking Up Popcorn:
DISTRICT KERNEL'S CONTACT INFORMATION
|Flickertail||Jessica Hemminger||(701) 252-5050|
|Oxcart Trails||Ben Smith||(218) 791-7353|
|Lakes||Carrie Braaten||(320) 35-1436|
|Northern Sky||Sandy Meyer||(218) 230-4737|
|Lake Agassiz||Jasmine Hurley||(218) 791-3218|
|Roughrider||Michelle Schock||(701) 590-4374|
|Tomahawk||Scott Beede||(701) 509-4481|
|Frontier Trails||Justine Meidinger||(701) 220-2270|
|Great Plains||Torrie Vader||(701) 770-8566|
|For technical assistance or general sale questions||Darin Steindl||(218) 979-4653|
|For assistance with paperwork or general sale questions||Terri Schultz||(701) 499-0649|
Budget Planning Templates
Key Dates for 2019 Sale
Key Leader Briefings
Units were able to earn an extra 2% commission by participating in one of the briefings on June 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 & 13. To qualify for the 2% extra commission at least two (2) leaders from the unit must have attended - the Unit Popcorn Kernel (coordinator) and either the Committee Chair, Cubmaster or Scoutmaster.
Items discussed during the Key Leader Briefings:
|1||Unit Sign up Deadline (to be entered in a Scout Shop gift card drawing)|
|1||Take Order form & prize sheets received by families||Mailed from the council|
|1||Popcorn Sale Begins||Take Orders Only|
|7||Initial unit orders due to the council||By 1:00 pm|
|8-20||Popcorn Academies for Scouts (9 locations)||
Must have 30% of registered Scouts attend to receive +2% commission
These are not the trainings that have been held in August in the past - those will be the Key Leader Briefings in June
|22-23||Popcorn distribution to units (9 locations)||By appointment with District Popcorn Kernel|
|25||Popcorn Sale Ends|
|30||Show-n-Sale payments & Final popcorn order due||By 7:00 pm|
|14-15||Popcorn distributed to units (9 locations)||By appointment with District Popcorn Kernel|
|13||Final payment and incentive forms due|
2018 Top Unit Sales
Pack 4032, Roughrider (D10), $102,905
Pack 4153, Frontier Trails (D13), $43,000
Pack 4028, Roughrider (D10), $36,375
Pack 3644, Northern Sky (D5), $35,030
Pack 4112, Roughrider (D10), $33,995
Pack 4026, Roughrider (D10), $32,380
Pack 3225, Roughrider (D10), $31,150
Pack 3013, Lake Agassiz (D8), $30,110
Pack 4150, Frontier Trails (D13), $29,800
Pack 4368, Great Plains (D14), $27,580
2018 Top District Sales
Northern Sky (D5), $632,858
Frontier Trails (D13), $304,035
Lake Agassiz (D8), $271,706
Roughrider (D10), $260,450
Tomahawk (D11), $151,176
Oxcart Trails (D3), $145,196
Great Plains (D14), $140,225
Lakes (D4), $93,140
Flickertail (D1), $84,727