Since 1989, Scout Popcorn has generated more than $100 million in sales
OTTAWA, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Scouts Canada is asking Canadians to pop
a few more kernels in the name of fundraising. Each year, tens of
thousands of Scouts from across the country participate in Scouts Canada's national fundraiser and sell Scout Popcorn to raise money and along the
way, learn important life skills. Since its inception in 1989, Scout Popcorn has generated more than $100 million in sales with over sixty percent
of the funds supporting local Scouting activities. In 2011, the
national campaign achieved $9.4 million in sales.
The Scout Popcorn Program not only helps to pay for things like camping equipment and
national and international trips, it also provides young Scouts with
many important lessons and life skills. Through the program, youth
cultivate valuable business skills such as financial responsibility,
marketing strategy development, time management, and in the process,
develop confidence and positive self-esteem.
"Selling Scout Popcorn each year gives me a chance to connect with the
community and meet new people. It gives me a way to make new friends
and hear stories from different people, and that's one of the really
enjoyable parts about selling popcorn," said Alex Court, Area Youth
Commissioner, Central Escarpment Council, Scouts Canada. "Scout Popcorn has played a huge part in my life, and it has benefited
both me and my Scout group immensely."
The Scout Popcorn Program also offers educational opportunities for Scouting youth.
Scouts who raise $2,500 or more will see six per cent of their total
sales that year, and each year going forward, invested into an account
for their post-secondary education expenses. Currently, 733 Scouts are
eligible for scholarships upon enrolling in post-secondary education
and since the program began in 1996, 74 scholarships have been awarded
to Scouts for their post-secondary education expenses.
"The fantastic support of Canadians for the Scout Popcorn Program has
greatly enhanced local Scouting programs, and provided Scouts with a
wealth of unique opportunities and experiences," said Steve Kent, Chief
Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of Governors for Scouts Canada. "Scouts Canada is committed to helping youth develop into well-rounded
individuals, and through Scout Popcorn we are able to ensure that
Scouts develop the skills they need for success."
Customers can also choose to show their support for our Canadian Forces
by sending a gift of Scout Popcorn to Canadian Forces bases across
Canada and overseas. The 2011 launch of the Canadian Forces program saw
$300,000 in Scout Popcorn delivered to Canada's men and women in
Scouts Canada has partnered with Trail's End to offer a variety of
popcorn flavours and packages. Products are available with 0g of trans
fat and all products are certified Kosher. For more information on the
Scout Popcorn Program and products go to scoutpopcorn.ca.
To view pictures from Scout Popcorn events across the country visit:
About Scouts Canada
Scouts Canada, the country's leading youth organization, has more than
100,000 members nationwide representing every faith and culture. Scouts
Canada groups offer programming in more than 19 languages reflecting
Canada's multicultural landscape and communities. Kids in Scouts have
fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn't
discover elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident
and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world.
For tens of thousands of children and youth across Canada, Scouts is
the start of something great. For more information visit scouts.ca
SOURCE: Scouts Canada
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