Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts often find themselves in need of funding for their groups. These groups are reliant upon scout fundraising to get the necessary items they need for their group. Scout fundraising events are typically annual events that the community know and have come to expect in many cases.
One of the most well known scout fundraising events is the cookie sale that occurs every year for the Girl Scouts. These cookies are one of the major funding sources for scouts and are very popular among the masses.
Boy Scout groups often hold barbecue dinner sales. The group gets together and barbecues a pig. Family volunteers help with side items and the scouts sell plates to the community. This fundraiser typically raises a great deal of money for the scouts and can be repeated with the same amount of success several times each year.
Scout fundraising is no different from fundraising for other groups. The same types of fundraisers that are used by schools and churches can also be used by scouts. These include community events like festivals and arts and craft fairs; product sales through fundraising companies, and raffles for cash or prizes.
A scout fundraising raffle is perhaps the easiest of the fundraisers to put together and see through to completion. The 50/50 raffle is the most popular of these raffles. In a 50/50 raffle the prize is one half of the money collected. This makes it easy to determine how many raffle tickets need to be sold and how much to charge for each one.
Once the scouts determine how many raffle tickets they need to sell the only cost involved is in having them printed. This cost can be avoided as well if someone in the scouting group has a printer and the software to make the raffle tickets at home.
Once the raffle tickets are sold the winner is selected by drawing from a hat and the winner receives their share of the money. Simple enough. If the raffle is going to be for prizes rather than money, the scout members should solicit donations from local businesses for the prizes. In order to make the raffle appealing, the prizes should have value. For example, an iPod would make a good prize, as would a flat screen television or a popular cell phone.
Product sales are always a popular choice for fundraisers and scout fundraising is no different. Scout leaders should try to find a product that has not been sold in the community multiple times. Community members get tired of seeing the same chocolate bars and gift-wrap catalogs. Scout leaders should try to find products that are different like Fun Pasta.
Fun Pasta is a pasta fundraising program that offers a healthy, delicious dish, pasta, in over two hundred different shapes. What could be more unique than fun shapes of pasta? The community will appreciate having something new to choose from while making a purchase that helps the scouts. The community will also appreciate the pricing that Fun Pasta offers. Starting at $6.50 and going to $11.00, Fun Pasta's price points make it affordable enough for people to purchase more than one. This increases the group's profits.
Scout fundraising has been a part community life for many generations. From cookies to barbecue dinners and pasta fundraising sells, the Boy Scout and Girl Scout clubs continually seek new ways to raise money to fund their trips and activities.
Raising money for their groups also helps to teach them responsibility. They learn to communicate with others and work as a team while raising money for their groups with any one of the many projects available.