Sales of popcorn products provide funding for area Scout troops


Since 1980 Americans have supported Scouting with their purchases of Trail’s End microwave popcorn and ready-to-eat popcorn treats. This fall, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have introduced a new lineup of Trail’s End popcorn products for their annual fundraiser — the biggest change in 30 years.

Boy Scouts of America’s Greater Western Reserve Council is selling the product combinations through Oct. 31 and consumers will receive their popcorn from the unit shortly after Nov. 13.

The new line of Trail’s End products includes Unbelievable Butter microwave, Butter Light microwave and ready-to-eat Cheese Corn, all made with canola oil, zero grams of trans fat and low saturated fat. Trail’s End Caramel Corn is made with natural sweeteners, and the chocolate products contain no hydrogenated oils.

The products come in all-new packaging, providing the consumer with 20 percent more of the product than before. The new packages are better for the environment, and traditional metal canisters have been replaced with re-closable bags.

The new packages display photos of Scouts and describe the benefits of Scouting.

Trails End products are sold exclusively by Scouts in more than 280 councils across the United States and Canada.

This year consumers can again donate popcorn to U.S. military personnel. Doug Dent of Trail’s End Popcorn says: “This is the fourth year of our military program. ... People can purchase popcorn for the men and women serving our country and support local Scouting at the same time.”

The popcorn sale supports local units throughout the year. Last year more than 70 percent of the proceeds stayed within counties served by GWRC. Of that amount, one-third went directly to the units that sold popcorn to fund their local programs an activities.

Those interested in purchasing any of the Trail’s End products through the Boy Scouts of America, wanting more information about the GWRC or wishing to volunteer should contact the GWRC from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-234-7268, ext 15 or by visit www.bsa-gwrc.org.

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