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Thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Rio Grande Council as a result of the annual Trail's End popcorn sale. Over 73% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-and-sell. For more information, contact your 2018 Popcorn Handbook.

Why Sell?

  • Increase your unit and council income – 73% stays in the local area.
  • Scouts pay for their way for various Scouting programs and activities.
  • Scouts learn life lessons by “earning their own way.”
  • Unit popcorn % for 2017 starting at 30%.  
  • Additional 1% unit attending Ideal Year of Scouting training on September 9th.
  • Additional 1% unit attending September Popcorn Kickoff
  • Additional 1% for placing order and paying by October 30th. 2017 deadline.
  • There are loads of incentives to motivate Scouts: cool prizes, $650 club and college scholarships. 

Ideal Year of Scouting

Unit Popcorn Coaches' Handbook - 2018 Unit Popcorn Coaches Handbook

Top Seller Tips

Ways to Sell Popcorn  

There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-and-sell:

1. Take Order Sales 

Take order sales are the most traditional way to sell popcorn. Scouts go door-to-door with the take order form received from your leader after unit kick off on September 21-22, 2018 through November 1st, 2018. Customers choose the product(s) he or she wishes to buy and writes the order on the order form. Scouts collect the money as they take the order.

2. Show-N-Sell

Show-n-sell is similar to take order sales, except Scouts have the popcorn in hand to sell to customers. All units are eligible to participate if they agree to the terms stated in the commitment order form. Dens, packs, or troops can request permission to sell in front of a retail store or chartered organization. Units must agree to use show-and-sell to grow and not replace traditional take order sales. All Show-N-Sell must be approved by the District Popcorn Coach and Council Popcorn Coach.

Sign up Show N Sell

Deadline for Show-N-Sell is September 7th, 2018.  Please email your unit's order form to the Council Service Center Attn: Ernest Espinoza

Fax: 956-421-4950  Email: ernest.espinoza@scouting.org


Customers can also make military donations to support the military and Scouting at the same time. military receipt

Show-n-sell popcorn is picked up on September 21st at the Arrowhead Kickoff Location. Mid Valley can pick up there popcorn at The Harlingen Scout office, (6912 West Expressway 83, Harlingen TX 78551) on September 22nd at 9 AM. Lower Valley can pick up there popcorn at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort September 22nd at 11 AM. The show-n-sell campaign runs from September 21st - November 1st, 2018. Commitment forms are due by September 7th, 2018. 

3. Online Popcorn Sales 

Selling online is the best way to sell to friends and family who live far away. Online sales count toward Scout rewards including the $650 club and scholarship program. Participants can send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase Trail's End products online. The email includes a link allowing them to begin shopping right away. Customers can pay with a credit card, and the products are shipped directly to the customer by Trail's End. The advantages of online sales is that the Scout doesn't have to collect money or deliver products. Online sales run from September 7th - November 1st, 2018.

Sales will be credited to a Scout's unit and the council in his name. Every Scout must create a new account to sell online. To register your Scout, enter the Scout's date of birth, select Rio Grande Council and then select your district and unit. If you do not know what district or unit you belong to or if your unit is not listed, please contact your unit leader or district executive. View the step by step guide to creating an account or visit the Trail's End FAQ page for help with creating an account.

   Register Scouts to sell online

Because sell.trails-end.com is a website geared towards children, many under the age of 13, they require customers to enter their birth date before making a purchase to ensure our site remains 100% COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant. This information is not saved and cannot be viewed by Trail’s End staff. 

Popcorn Kickoff Training

Friday, September 21st, 2018 7:00-8:00pm- 200 W. La Vista Mcallen TX

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 9:00AM-10:00AM - Harlingen Scout Office (6912 W. Exp. 83 Harlingen TX)

Saturday, September 23rd, 2018 11:00AM-12:00PM - Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, South Padre Island

2018 Products

Military Donation - Gold Level



Unbelievable Butter Microwave (18 pack)


Cheese Lovers Collection



Butter Light Microwave

(18 pack)


Premium Caramel Corn with Almonds, Cashews and Pecans tin



Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese


Military Donation - Silver Level



White Cheddar Cheese


Salted Caramel Popcorn



Classic Caramel Corn 



2018 Scout Prizes

Please see page 6 of Coaches Handbook for the prize list reflected below.

Prize Program

 The Council Prize Program will include gift cards to Wal-Mart this year and includes a Popcorn Patch (pins will not be offered this year) for each Scout that sold at least 2 items.



 A Scout is Trustworthy - Please respect the spirit of the contests.

 Filler Up Drawing -

When your son fills up a popcorn order form, fax or email a copy to the Scout Service Center for a chance to win 4 free one day admission pass to Schlitterbahn. 1 chance for every full sheet turned in. Deadline is November 1st. Drawing will be held on November 11th and the Scout will be contacted. Email full order forms to Ernest Espinoza: ernest.espinoza@scouting.org


A Pizza Lunch party on Dec. 15th, 2018 at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. Also, an overnight stay at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort with 4 free one day passes to the park.


A Pizza Lunch party on December 15th, 2018 at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. Also 2 free passes .

When the Council reaches its $200,000 goal, the Council staff advisor will get his head shaved for the Top District that surpassed the District Goal at the December Roundtable.


Scouts who sell at least $2,500 worth of popcorn (online, face-to-face, or a combination) in any calendar year will receive 6% of their total sales invested in their own college scholarship account. That is $0.06 of every dollar they sell!


Once a Scout is enrolled, 6% of their sales each subsequent year will be added to their account. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum during the qualifying year.


For more information, enrollment and payout forms, and account access, visit http://scholarship.trails-end.com/.  

Important 2018 Dates


 September 1st

Online popcorn sales period

September 7th

August 18th 

Show N Sell Order Due Date

Ideal Year of Scouting Training

September 21st & 22nd

Popcorn kickoffs 

After unit kick off through November 1st

Traditional take-order popcorn sales period

September 21st & 22nd 

Show-N-Sell unit popcorn pick up and distribution 

November 1st 

Show-N-Sell sales period

November 1st


Unit orders due on Trail's End Website and unit payments due to council.

Filler ups are due, All money due to Council, show n Sell due

November 10th

Popcorn distribution (see Popcorn Handbook for Locations)


For Questions Contact

For more information, contact your District Executive or Popcorn Coach. See Popcorn Handbook at Top. 

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