A Scout is Thrifty
The Camp Card Sale is designed to help Scouts earn their way to summer camp, a BSA National High Adventure Base, National Jamboree, or Cub Scout Day Camp. The Camp Card is a “discount card” that offers deals at area businesses to the purchaser. The purchase price of a Camp Card is $5.00 and participating unit Scouts will earn 50% commission for each card they sell!
Card Value Exceeds Cost
A customer can purchase a Camp Card for only $5.00, but the card’s value is much greater than the cost. In most cases the customer will recover the purchase price by using one or two of the discounts on the card.
Informational Conference Call
An informational phone meeting is going to take place February 16, 2020 at 7pm. Phone Call: (712) 775 - 7031 Access:435588572
Purchasers can redeem hundreds of online offers for a variety of different categories, including dining, shopping, travel, things to do andservices.
Users create an account by activating the access code printed on their Camp Card by visiting www.boyscoutscampcard.com. The account and offers are good through the end of the calendar year. Offers may be printed out from a computer or accessed through the SaversGuide app on a smartphone.
Note* Online offers also “travel” with the user, so wherever you and your your smartphone happen to be located at any particular time, anywhere in the country, you’ll see offers in that specific area!
Online istructions are listed on each Camp Card.
Sample view of the website with online offers and categories.
The cards will be distributed in time to start selling in mid-February. Cards will be available to pick up at your district’s February roundtable meeting or by making arrangements through your District Director or District Executive. Payments are due at Flag Plaza, Potomac, or Johnstown Service Center by April 30, 2020. No returns will beaccepted.
To participate in the sale units must register.
The Camp Card commission is 50% on all sales if paid in full by April 30, 2020, with the Scout earning $2.50 for each card sold. Units keep their Scouts’ share of all sales and pay the Council by check at one time. Units are encouraged to track their Scouts’ sales so that Scouts can use the proceeds to pay for summer camp. However, it the responsibility of the unit committee to decide how their unit’s funds are to beused.
Returns & Additional Cards
No returns will be accepted. Units may continue to sell their unsold cards after they have settled their bill. Units may request additional cards during the sale while supplies last by ordering them through their District Executive, or through scoutingevent.com/527- CampCards2020.
Payment of $2.50 per card ordered must be received at either Scout Service Center by April 30, 2020. Payments not postmarked for April 30 will be considered late. Unit commission drops to 40% for payments received after May 1, 2020 and to 30% for payments received after May 31,2020.
Unit Camp Card Sale Coordinator
It is strongly recommended that each unit recruit a parent to act as a Camp Card Sale Coordinator. This person will serve as the principal promoter and organizer for the sale, and she or he should work closely with the unit leaders who are planning the unit’s summer camp trips.Responsibilities:
- Order and receive their overall supply ofcards.
- Organize and conduct a Camp Card Kickoff to promote the sale to families, distribute cards and publicize duedates.
- Email reminders to everyone involved that include due dates and news about thesale.
- Settling up the invoice (including returns) when the sale isconcluded.
Set Goals, Achieve Goals, Earn Your Way to Camp
Selling Camp Cards will not only help offset the costs associated with a Scout attending camp, it will also teach him the values of being thrifty, managing money, setting and achieving goals and earning his own way. It’s important for units to teach their Scouts and to persuade parents to set individual Scout goals for sales and also to communicate an overall sales goal at their unit’s Camp Card Kickoff to Scouting families. Not only will this increase the likelihood that your Camp Card fundraiser will be successful for the unit and for all Scouts and families who participate, it will set expectations for success and teach these important values toyouth.
Goal Setting Example
A Boy Scout troop with 25 Boy Scouts sets a troop goal of $6,250, with a per Scout sales goal of 50 cards per Scout. ($5.00 X 50 cards = $250.00 per Scout. $250.00 per Scout X 25 Scouts = $6,250).
The commission rate is 50% of all sales - So, out of the $250 each Scout sells, $125 is kept by the troop for the Scout and $125 is sent to the Laurel Highlands Council. The Council’s portion is used to help support camping facilities and programs, less costs of thesale.
The troop committee decides that of the $125 each Scout earns by selling 50 camp cards, $25 will be used to purchase much needed new camping equipment. That would give the troop $625 ($25 x 25 Scouts) for new equipment and leave $100.00 per Scout to use toward their fees to attend summercamp.
The troop also makes the decision to allow any Scouts who sell more than 50 camp cards (assuming all Scouts sold at least 50 cards) to use the extra revenue towards summer camp. So, a Scout who sells 75 cards would have $187.50 to use towards summer camp fees (75 cards x $5.00 = $375.00. 50% commission =$187.50
Each unit will want to plan a meeting to distribute cards to Scouts/family members. It is suggested that this be done at the same time that summer camp plans are being discussed, as that might help get everyone excited. Consider giving every Scout/family a minimal number of cards to get everyone involved (example: give everyone 10 cards). Setting an expectation will help build momentum for the sale. Be sure to collect all unsold cards back from Scouts at the end of the sale!
How to Sell Camp Cards
One of the roles of the camp card sale coordinator is to teach Scouts and families how to sell. Since the cards are good throughout south-central PA, not just in the town you live in, here are several good methods:
- Sell to family members.
- Sell toneighbors.
- Sell at church or other communitysites.
- Ask Mom and/or Dad to sell them atwork.
- Consider a “Show & Sell” display at a communityevent.
Safety and Courtesy
Be sure to review these safety and courtesy points with all of your Scouts,and families:
- Sell with other Scouts under the supervision of adult leaders, and never sell alone.
- Never enter anyone’s home.
- Do not sell after dark unless with an adult.
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash.
- Always walk on a driveway or sidewalk.
- Be careful of dogs and other pets.
- Say “thank you” whether or not the prospect buys a card.
Sales Techniques for Scouts
Don’t miss the opportunity to use the camp card sale as a chance to train Scouts in public speaking, sales, and service. Scouts and parents will appreciate the effort, and your sales will improve. Have Scouts role-play and practice on your kickoff night. Steps to prepare Scouts:
- Smile and be able to introducethemselves.
- Be able to explain how the sale helps the Scout attend summercamp.
- Be able to explain discounts that the purchaser willreceive.
A full printable version of the Camp Card Selling Guide can be accessed below.
If you have any questions, please contact your District Executive.