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A Popcorn Predicament: Cub Scouts Must Sell Surplus of Snack

After a slight mishap when ordering Cub Scout Pack 341's popcorn supplies, leaders and the scouts are left with $3,000 worth of extra popcorn—and the pack will have to sell it all.

There is such a thing as too much popcorn, and Cub Scout Pack 341 learned that the hard way: $7,000 worth of the snack packaged up in 360 bags and boxes in one leader's garage.

"This is major, bigtime popcorn," said an astonished Jason Akai, committee chair for Pack 341. Packages of caramel and kettle, chocolate-coated and cheese, popped and microwaveable kernels are stacked nearly 6-feet high in his garage. An ordering snafu nearly doubled the group's annual shipment for the popcorn sales, one of the pack's biggest fundraisers.

All that popcorn has landed them in a pickle—Akai and leaders must find a way to sell it. 

To date, the group of first- through fifth-graders have sold $1,500 of the popcorn.

The popcorn sale is a fundraiser for all groups under the Calumet Council umbrella, and 70 percent of proceeds go to scouts, with half of that allotted specifically for Pack 341. Local troop and pack leaders then use the money as needed. Pack 341 typically sets it aside to cover summer camp fees for the group, which includes 50 boys from and Tinley Park.  The council was unable to take back any of the shipment and left the pack responsible for covering the cost.

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Each cardboard box contains 18 bags of popcorn, priced at $20 for the box. Larger bags go for $20, with some smaller bags priced at $10.

The scouts swear by their own favorite flavors: for 7-year-old Kyle McLean, it's the chocolate-dipped popcorn. For 7-year-old Peter Akai, it's toffee-flavored. Josh Slaviero, 7, swears by the caramel.

Akai hopes local families or businesses will be interested in taking the extra popcorn off their hands. If businesses would like to donate to the pack instead of purchasing popcorn, the donation is tax-deductible.

Anyone interested in purchasing popcorn or helping out the pack can contact Akai via email at jasonakai@gmail.com.

TP Resident January 08, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I would have loved to help but I already feel like I got ripped off by paying $10 for a small bag of carmel corn.
Jason Akai January 08, 2012 at 03:03 AM
TP We have a lot more than that, and remember that $7 of that money you paid goes towards helping scouts directly. I can't imagine anyone feeling ripped off when they see a young scout's eyes light up.
Jason Akai January 08, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Popcorn update - I am out of chocolate, pretzels and almost out of microwave butter. Lots of caramel corn and butter toffee still left, along with kettle corn, butter lite, and popping corn. Thanks to everyone who has come out to support the Pack!
Jim McGonigal January 08, 2012 at 10:10 PM
WOOOO HOOOOOO! Great but still a lot to go!!!!!! let's keep this train a mov'in!
Jason Akai January 11, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Update for this evening - we have about $3300 left to sell. Half of that is out and assigned to Pack leaders, which is a good sign because they might be able to sell directly to their friends faster than this. We're also talking to some local businesses about helping move the product. Lots of caramel corn, and microwave kettle corn and butter lite, as well as popping corn left.

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