By Wendy Byerly Wood
For those who purchased popcorn from a scout in the Laurel District, orders are popping up at scout huts for distribution.
On Friday, scout leaders met at the Frontier Energy warehouse on CC Camp Road where space was donated by the business to serve as a distribution hub for the Laurel District, which includes scouts in Alleghany and Yadkin counties and the communities of Elkin, Traphill, East Ronda, Thurmond, Mountain Park and State Road.
Kevin Cheek, district director, reported 23 packs and troopers sold popcorn in the 2015 fundraising campaign. He and popcorn chairman Toby Butcher, who is associated with Troop 648 in Elkin, agreed that sales were up this year over previous years.
“By far, our best seller was the Better Microwave Popcorn,” said Cheek.
Sold just in the Laurel District were 141 full cases (six boxes per case) and four more boxes. That brought the total number of boxes sold to 850. With 18 packages per box, that means the Scouts sold 15,300 bags this year.
In addition to that, consumers purchased 104 containers of popcorn as care packages which will be shared with soldiers on military bases around the world, said Cheek.
Butcher’s role in the campaign includes encouraging Scout units to sell the popcorn and training the leaders on how to handle the fundraiser. He also coordinated the storage facility.
In all, the Old Hickory Council, of which the Laurel District is part, sold $613,000 in popcorn.
Pack 658 of Cool Springs, which meets at Little Elkin Baptist Church, came in as the top selling pack, with the 33 Cub Scouts bringing in $18,635. The pack’s top seller, Grayson Sebastian, sold $2,900. The pack leader is Regina Pettyjohn.
The top selling Boy Scout unit was Troop 683, which meets at Baltimore United Methodist Church in Yadkin County. Ray Hoots is the leader of the troop, which sold $4,810 in popcorn.
A percentage of what is raised remains with the local troops and with the Old Hickory Council. For Pack 658, the scouts will keep $6,708, while Troop 683’s commission is $1,731.
“Twenty-seven percent is for the council, and 34 percent is for the units,” Cheek explained.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.