Serving Macon, Moultrie, Shelby, and portions of Christian County in Illinois
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2021 Popcorn Sale
Popcorn sales can generate enough income to financially support your Scouting Program for the entire year!
Some of the great benefits of selling popcorn include:
- There is NO up-front cost to your unit. card
- Units pay for only the product they sell.
- Sales support local Scouting.
- A built-in prize program encourages Scouts to sell.
- Popcorn sales teach Scouts the responsibility and value of earning their own way.
- Popcorn is easy to sell.
- Scouts can earn free camping at a Greater St. Louis Area Council camp of their choice!
Every unit's Popcorn Chair should get trained to maximize the success of your sale! The trainings will cover best practices, tips and tricks, this year's incentives, and give you the materials to kick-off your sale the right way!
July 26 Belleville– 4204 Main Street Brewing Banquet Center 6435 W Main St Belleville Il 62223 6pm
July 27 Maryland Heights -Orlandos 2050 Dorsett Village Plaza Maryland Heights MO, 63043 6pm
August 2 Collinsville – Knights of Columbus 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville IL 62234 6pm
August 3 Southeast Mo -Cape Girardeau Public Library 711 Clark St, Cape Girardeau Mo 63701 6pm
August 4 South County– Andre’s South 4238 Telegraph Rd St, Louis Mo 63129 6pm
August 9 “Southern Il – Community of Faith Church 5208 Meadowland PKWY, Marion Il 62959 6pm
August 11 Central Il – First Presbyterian Church 10 Charleston Avenue Mattoon IL 61938 6pm
Other Important Sale Dates
2021 Important Sale Dates
Unit Show & Sell Orders Due: August 13th
Unit Show & Sell Pick up: September 2nd , 3rd (Depending on the district)
Popcorn Return Date: October 18th
Unit Take Orders Due: October 25th
Unit Take Order Pick up: November 10th, 12th (Depending on the district)
Popcorn Payment Due: December 10th
(dates are subject to change)
Scnhucks Show & Sell Sign-Up
Promote Your Sale
Social Media Images
Use any of the below images to promote your popcorn sale across social media.
Simply click on the image, a new window will open, then right-click, and select download.
EVERY UNIT Qualifies FOR THESE GREAT INCENTIVES!
Regardless of whether the unit chose 35% or 32% commission. Bonus prizes are cumulative except for camping vouchers and scout shop gift cards. Scouts can only select camps or gift cards from ONE level they are not cumulative.
Vouchers have to be used in 2022 and are nontransferable.
GSLAC council camps only.
Council Bonus Incentives
¨ Fill It Up! Fill up an entire order form and earn a BSA Adventure Backpack or BSA Knife
¨ Sell $500 online and earn a $25 Gateway Traders Gift Certificate
¨ Sell $1,000 in Product and earn two movie ticket vouchers
¨ Sell $1,500 in Product and earn Free Camp Experience
Cub Scouts - Cub Scout Day Camp
Scouts BSA - earn $100 Camping Voucher to use towards Summer Camp
**Cub and Scouts BSA can elect to receive a $50 Scout Shop gift card if they can't attend camp.
Council camps only.
¨ Sell $2,600 in Product and earn more
Cub Scouts - Cub Scout Day Camp & a 3-day Adventure Camp (scout has to attend one or both camps. 2nd camp can not be converted into a gift card)
Arrow of Light Camp
Scouts BSA - Free weeklong Scouts BSA Summer Camp or NYLT
**Cub and Scouts BSA can elect to receive a $150 Scout Shop gift card if they can't attend camp.
Council camps only.
Vouchers must be used in 2022 and are nontransferable to 2023
Click on the links below to order your incentives:
Movie Tickets Incentive(2)
Free Summer Camp Experience
Fall Cub Launch
Saturday, October 2nd
Rhodes France Scout Reservation
Cub Launch Activities: BB Shooting, Archery, STEM, Games, Crafts, & Bobcat Hike
Stop in anytime from 9:00am - 3:00pm to participate!
WHERE: Rhodes France Scout Reservation: 815 N 500 East Rd., Pana, IL 62557
Want to extend your visit and do other cool activities? Other activities are available at Rhodes France through our Online Reservation Portal and are reservable at an additional cost!
Stay the night or just participate in an additional activity!
BALOO Training at Rhodes France
October 23 - 24
2021 Spookoree Family Camp
October 15 - 17 at Rhodes France Scout Reservation
Open to all Cub Scouts and their families!
2021 Scouting For Food
The History of Scouting for Food
The First Scouting for Food
In preparation for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the BSA in 1985, then Scout Executive and CEO Bob Meinholtz challenged his staff to develop a new and noteworthy program feature.
They seized upon the idea of a community-wide good turn to collect food for the needy. The council had never tried anything of this scope in the past, nor was it aware of any organization that had. Delivering collection bags to nearly every home in 11 counties and then collecting, compiling, and distributing an unknown amount of food seemed a daunting, perhaps impossible, task.
The initial success of Scouting for Food can be attributed to the leadership of Dennis Long and the Anheuser-Busch Company. They devoted considerable time and resources to making this ground-breaking idea a reality. Fire departments throughout the area enthusiastically came on board as collection sites, partner food pantries were identified, and the 892nd Transportation Company of the 102nd Army Reserve Command agreed to provide food transport through the St. Louis metropolitan area. That first year Scouts collected 750,000 cans of food.
A Legacy of Service
What was intended to be a one-time service project quickly became our hallmark. The council's executive board determined that Scouting for Food is a perfect example of Scouting's values and set about to make it an annual affair.
In 1989, with St. Louis as a model, the Boy Scouts of America adopted Scouting for Food as a national BSA program and encouraged every council to participate.
Scouting for Food has continued annually since its beginning in 1985 as a signature service event throughout the now 63 counties served by the Greater St. Louis Are Council. In 2019 the drive collected approximately 1.9 million food items.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic created a unique challenge to the drive, but Scouts were still able to make a big impact. Over $50,000 was raised via a text-to-give campaign, equalling approximately 200,000 meals provided to local families in need. We were also able to collect and donate over 145,000 food items to local pantries.
2021 Scouting for Food Drive Details
2021 Good Turn
This is the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s 36th annual Scouting for Food Good Turn, and it continues to be the largest single-day canned food drive in the United States. During its 35-year history, Scouts have collected more than 50 million cans of food.
The 2021 campaign begins on Saturday, November 13. Thousands of Scouts will go door-to-door distributing custom-made plastic grocery bags. On Saturday, November 20, Scouts return to those neighborhoods to collect the bags filled with canned goods. The timing of the campaign coincides with the spirit of giving and appreciation associated with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season.
What: An area-wide food drive conducted to support agencies that provide food to those in need. The Greater St. Louis Area Council conducts this food drive in 60+ counties in southeast Missouri, southeast Illinois, and central Illinois. Thousands of Scouts and adult Scouters will collect food.
When: Saturday, November 13, 2021 – Bag Distribution Day
Saturday, November 20, 2021 – Food Collection Day
How: On a district-by-district basis, packs, troops, teams, crews, and posts are assigned geographic areas in which they distribute bags and, a week later, return to collect bags filled with canned goods.
Units deliver food to a central collection site -- a firehouse or a food pantry. Trucks transport food from firehouses to the St. Louis Area Foodbank for distribution through more than 400 member agencies.
Participating firehouses in St. Louis City and County provide space for food sorting and boxing on Saturday, November 20. On Saturday, November 20, Sunset Transportation, Inc. will coordinate the efforts of many donated trucks and volunteer drivers to collect all food at the firehouses and transport it to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
Local Food Pantries
In areas outside St. Louis City and County, units are assigned to take collected food to a local pantry. Venturers and Explorers assist in shelving food or boxing it for storage.
St. Louis Area Food Bank
Fire Chiefs' Association
Sunset Transportation, Inc.
Local food pantries (outside St. Louis City and County)
2021 Drive Timeline
The First Week of October
Attend your district's roundtable meeting to receive your unit's territory map and allotment of SFF bags.
November 13th, 2021 - Bag Distribution Day
Assemble with your Pack, Troop, or Crew at a pre-determined location. All Scouts should travel in groups of two or more (the Buddy System). Break up your assigned territory and hit the streets!
Bags should be distributed to residences only, no businesses. Scouts should not enter apartment buildings. Scouts should not enter any homes and should not put the bags in mailboxes.
November 20th, 2021 - Food Collection Day
Please DO NOT begin collecting food before 10 am. This allows families time to place the food outside.
Have your groups cover the same area where they distributed bags. This will minimize the risk of homes being missed.
After thoroughly canvassing your assigned area take the collected items to your assigned drop-off location. Collection sites are open from 10:00 am to 4 pm.
Please drive through your assigned area by car in the early afternoon to collect any bags missed during morning pick up.
Scouting for Food Resources
2021 Scouting for Food Leader Guide
The 2021 Leader guide has all the information you need for a well-organized and successful drive. From best practices to ways to promote the drive in your community, you can find it in the leader guide.
2021 Scouting for Food Patch
Order your 2021 Scouting for Food patches here.
Arrowhead District, Greater St. Louis Area Council
This page is for volunteers in the Arrowhead District of the Greater St. Louis Area Councill, BSA. Serving Macon, Moultie, Shelby. & Christian Counties in Illinois.