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Letter: Popcorn sales help scouts learn

Published: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who recently came out to Ideal’s warehouse to help sort popcorn for the Boy Scouts’ annual popcorn selling season (from Sept. 1 to late October). 

Your efforts to help break down pallets with tens of thousands of cases of popcorn and pretzels to give to the more than 20 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews is greatly appreciated – not only by myself but also by those Scouts who now have product to sell directly to their neighbors, friends and family. 

A special thank you goes to the members of the local chapter of Alpha Phi Omega. Your enthusiasm and energy helped to make this day especially enjoyable.

For those who read this letter and aren’t involved with scouting – every fall, Scouts go door-to-door and will set up in front of stores to sell popcorn. Proceeds from these efforts help to fund the scouting experience, such as giving a scout the opportunity to attend a camp or by buying equipment. 

A Scout who sells popcorn also is learning to interact with the public, to budget and manage money and developing salesmanship skills.

If you see a Scout who is selling popcorn or taking orders for popcorn (not every scout will have product and/or may not have the product you want at the time he approaches you), please take a moment to consider the values and skills this young person is learning through his participation with scouting. 

If you think what he is learning is valuable, then please consider making a purchase. If for whatever reason you are unable to purchase popcorn, then please think about making a donation that could be used to purchase popcorn for our military service men and women.

Anna B. Kurtzman

Kishwaukee District Popcorn Kernel


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