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How Popcorn Can Help You Earn Your 2021 BSA Membership

There’s a special popcorn sale offer that can help you earn the 2021 BSA national membership fee! We do not want to lose a single youth or adult because of financial hardship or fee increases.

From November 10 through November 30, 2020, our council is offering an optional Post-Season Popcorn Sale with 50% commission. Earn this bonus commission over the next few weeks to raise funds to cover the 2021 national membership fee.  The youth 2021 BSA membership fee can be covered with just $134 retail ($67 net) in popcorn sales and adult with just $86 retail ($43 net).

Highlights:

  • Sell online, through the Trail’s End app, or with paper Take Order forms
  • Free credit card processing through the app
  • Open to any youth or leader (even those who did not sell during the regular season)
  • A Scout is Helpful; consider selling to support another youth’s membership

How do you take part? Youth and leaders with an existing Trail’s End account must create a new username just for this special sale (same email address can be used):

  1. Go to www.trails-end.com
  2. Click Register
  3. Select Capitol Area Council > Membership Promo District > Your Unit
  4. Be sure your profile name matches your BSA registration
  5. If you don’t want to use the app, get the paper take order form below and complete this google form.
  • Paper Take Order forms can be printed at home.  Click here to download and print.
  • Youth can sell up to $134 and leaders up to $86
  • All proceeds are paid to Capitol Area Council BSA; do not pay your unit
  • Additional details on product delivery and payment deadlines will be provided upon youth/leader registration with the Membership Promo Unit in Trail’s End.
  • Note: sales recorded in your regular District/Unit account are not eligible for this offer

Please contact Council Popcorn Executive, Melanie Crawford, directly at [email protected] or call/text (512) 944-7742 for more information.

Youth, don’t forget to copy your parent on all Scouting electronic communications with adults.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What type of payments can we take during this program?
A: Online and online direct can only be purchased with a credit card.  Wagon sales in the app can accept credit cards or cash.  Paper take order forms are cash only.  All cash must be turned into the Frank Fickett Center by November 20th, 2020.

Q: Does a current Unit Kernel or Unit Leader need to manage participation?
A: No, this program is managed by our council and participation is on an individual level. Nothing is requested from our amazing Unit Popcorn Kernels or other leaders within your unit.

Q: I sold popcorn this year. Can I use my same account?
A: No, to earn 50% commission for this program, you must register a new username at www.trails-end.com and connect to the Membership Promo District. However, you may use the same email address when registering the new account.  Youth and adults that signed up for the popcorn membership program in 2019 may us the same account.

Q: Do I need my unit’s approval to participate?
A: No, participation is on an individual level. However, you should inform your Committee Chair so they are aware of your participation.

Q: How does my unit know I have paid my 2021 BSA membership fee?
A: Upon payment, your Unit Committee Chair will receive email notification of how much was applied to the unit registration account at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center on your behalf. You will be copied on this notification.

Q: Can this be applied to my unit dues?
A: No, this program is only for your 2021 BSA National membership fee and does not affect any additional dues collected by your unit for their program.

Q: Does this get added to my Trail’s End Amazon rewards?
A: No

Q: Can I use leftover product in my unit?
A: No

Q: How will I get the popcorn I sell on the Take Order form or app?
A: Product ordered through this program will arrive during the 1st week of December.  Scouts and Scouters that sold product through paper form or wagon sale in the app, will be notified when and how they may pick up their product for delivery.

Q: Can I just sell online and still get 50%?
A: Yes, but it must be with a new username attached to the Membership Promo District.

Q: If I sell online am I eligible for any Trail’s End giveaways?
A: Yes, Trail’s End promotions do not affect any local Scouting commissions.

Q: Can a Scout sell more than $134?
A: The maximum a Scout can benefit from this program is $67 for their 2021 youth membership fee, and $43 for adults. If a BSA member chooses to exceed their sale limit, all remaining commission will be applied to the Capitol Area Council’s financial assistance account that is used to aid others in their membership.  The only exception to this rule is if the Scout/Scouter informs us that they are selling to help others in the Unit.

Q: How does the money get to my unit to cover my membership fee?
A: Participants will make all non-credit card payments to the Capitol Area Council BSA. The membership fee for that person will be applied to the Unit’s registration account at the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center.