It may seem daunting, the idea that the Boy Scouts can’t just sell cookies like the Girl Scouts. This means you have to think of your own fundraiser. Fear not, though, because the good news is that there is a wealth of Boy Scouts fundraisers out there, and that means there’s bound to be one that will work well for you and your troop.
The size of your troop makes a big difference as to which the Boy Scouts fundraiser will work best for you. Small troops will do well with fundraisers that have low minimums and/or high profits (scratch cards are a good example); larger troops may do better with a set of products that have a higher minimum. Be sure to check with your fundraising consultant about all the requirements for each fundraiser you’re considering, as minimum orders and shipping charges can vary from fundraiser to fundraiser.
Choose something that works well for the people you’ll be selling to. It may sound fun to have a Boy Scouts fundraiser where the kids go out and sell candy, but if the people they’ll be selling to are mostly parents and grandparents, things may not turn out as well as you’d hoped. Things like tea and coffee work well for adults; save the candy for when you have a Boy Scouts fundraiser where the customers are likely to be in the younger generation.
Basically the main idea is to educate yourself about who your customers are and be realistic about what sort of Boy Scouts fundraiser would suit your troop. There is no one right answer – as long as you stay informed (ask your fundraising consultant if you have any questions) and take these basic things into consideration, you’ll have a Boy Scouts fundraiser that will actually make you excited about organizing the next one.