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    Tara McLaren

    how can our pack raise funds for a giant purchase? we would like to get a small trailer to keep all the pack camping equipment in. our popcorn sale barely funds the pack for the year, and we only purchase books, neckerchiefs, slides, and awards, and recharter fees. if any of our kids sell camp cards it will be for them to go to camp.
    any ideas? can we ask individuals or companies for donations for this specific item? or does that encroach on the council?

  • #88149 Reply

    Liz

    It’s hard because Cubs can’t do as much as Boy Scouts can, because they need their parents. I don’t like to sell the pre-made things that are advertised for fundraisers, such as gift wrap, hoagies, or candy — they sell for much more than they are worth, and you’ll be selling to the very same people you well popcorn to. Since the popcorn is so expensive, I don’t want to ask our customers more than once a year.

    We tried a bake sale, but that was a lot of work for the parents, and didn’t earn that much, when you deducted the cost of ingredients.

    We made a few hundred dollars selling freshly-popped popcorn and fresh-squeezed lemonade at our borough’s annual community day. Fortunately our borough gives every concessionaire a monopoly on what it sells, and they don’t charge a fee for tax-exempt organizations. (One year we tried running a game at the community day, but that didn’t earn nearly as much as the popcorn and lemonade. If you only want to sell one item, do the popcorn, it is almost pure profit, as the kernels are so inexpensive and make so much!)

    At roundtable, it was suggested that a spaghetti dinner is a very productive fund-raiser. If your CO has an inspected kitchen, try that! Depending on the size of your pack and the energy of your parents, this might be something you would want to do together with your troop.

    Car washes are also fun.

    Good luck!

  • #105061 Reply

    Paul

    There is a “fundraiser application” (unit money-earning project application) that most councils require to be filled out, but generally speaking a unit is expected to EARN their money, not “beg” for it through solicitations in the name of BSA.

    Frankly, it’s “just” Cub Scouts so there should be no real need for “equipment” unlike a Boy Scout troop that goes camping every month and needs camp gear, tents, stoves, etc. If your fund raising efforts are falling short, then maybe you should just impose an “activity fee” to help cover the annual costs, or not provide things like books and neckerchiefs. Make them things parents are responsible for picking up on their own at the local scout shop when they join.

    Of course… you could always run another fund raiser. $1 Candy bars are an easy sell for a cute little guy, properly dressed in his uniform.

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