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    • #83642
      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

      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

      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.

    • #109267
      Robert Landrigan

      Cub Packs camp, too! Family camping means there’s a lot more folks on a pack overnighter than at a typical Troop campout, and the nature of the campout means you need more, not less gear to insure everyone is fed, warm, and happy:) A trailer, especially a smaller one towable by minivans and wagons, can take the stress off of making sure everything is loaded – a luxury, sure, but so are cots, stoves, and the drip coffee maker that fits on our stove.(New Tiger parents that have coffee in the morning become Webelos parents!)

      Event-specific fundraising like you’ve done is a great example – it’s not invasive, folks are generally at the event expecting or trying to support local groups. I would be wary of too many fundraisers, but wreaths, pumpkins, etc are a time-honored way for units to raise cash. Beyond Popcorn and Camp Cards, I try to keep any fundraising to things folks want to get anyway, rather than ‘please buy this from us’.

      • #129507

        Yes, Cubs camp too, but unless they are WEBELOS, they MUST have parents with them on an overnight excursion, which means there are LOTS of vehicles going to the same place. Also, I would assume you are doing “troop” cooking, which means 1 cook preparing food for everyone and not individual stoves/pots/wash bins, etc as would be required with a Boy Scout troop where each Patrol is expected to cook & clean for themselves. So again, I’m not seeing the “need’ for a lot of gear.

        In fact… what a great opportunity to be doing “silver turtles”, “tacos in a bag”, “omelets in a bag”, or some other low/zero utensil-free cooking!

        But hey… if your unit is that active that you need all that gear… GREAT! A good Cub program means a lot of boys will continue into Boy Scout troops when they bridge… but it is very unusual that cub packs are that active. Also, have you considered BORROWING gear from your associated Troop(s)?

        More than 1 way to skin a cat 🙂

    • #117758
      sarah anderson

      We do country meat sticks as our additional fundraiser. They have lots of flavors, are easy to order, and the company works well with scouts.

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