Scouts learn values and more through popcorn sales

Members of San Marcos Cub Scouts Pack 18 including the Tigers, Wolfs, Bears, Webelos and Arrow of Lights share snacks and laughs with some new recruits. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KIM ANDERSON

Scouts from across our area are looking for your help as they learn how to set goals, pay their own way and support a year’s worth of character-building activities.

Scouts of all ages are holding their 2017 popcorn sale at area businesses and neighborhoods. Supporting a Cub Scout or Boy Scout through the popcorn sale is much more than just buying a snack; it helps these young people learn the value of working to pay for their share of year-round activities instead of relying on their parents to provide the money necessary.

Above, Scout Austin Anderson and recruit R.J. Blythe play a game.

The popcorn sale will often be the difference in whether or not Scouts are able to go to summer camp, attend a leadership training course or other activities. This is due in part to the fact that the Scouting program does not receive any direct governmental funding.

Scouts learn through the popcorn sale how to set a goal, evaluate what’s necessary to achieve that goal and then build a plan to realize the expected results. Research by Louis Harris and Associates demonstrate just how critical these skills can be to success later in life. Harris’ results show that men who were Scouts five or more years as boys are more likely than men with no Scouting experience to graduate from high school and college, and value helping others over one’s own self-interest. In 2016 alone, Scouts in Central Texas provided nearly 115,000 hours of community service benefiting schools, parks and public lands and houses of worship. Altogether, this work saved taxpayers and members of these congregations nearly $2.7 million in labor costs.

As for the popcorn itself, Scouts are selling microwave popcorn in Kettle Corn and Unbelievable Butter flavors, as well as signature snacks like Classic Caramel Corn, Caramel Corn with Nuts, Jalapeno Cheddar, Popping Corn Kernels and White Cheddar Cheese. All flavors of microwave popcorn are made with heart-healthy canola oil, making them lower in calories, total fat, saturated fat and sodium, while also providing Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. The entire product line also contains 0g trans fats.

Customers also have the option of sending popcorn treats to U.S. troops stationed all over the world. Seventy percentof every military donation supports local Scouting.

William Wray (left) Carter Cockrell, Austin Anderson, and new recruits help themselves to snacks.

To learn more about the Scouts’ popcorn sale in your community, call 512-395-5894 or or come by and see us at our Show-n-Sell locations in San Marco at Lowes, Walmart, Walgreens, and various other locations including Cabela’s in Buda. Sales end Oct. 31.

Don’t forget to “Ask A Scout” about popcorn when you see one.

Submitted by Boy Scouts of America, Capitol Area Council

San Marcos Daily Record

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