Bradford Scouts’ premier group is selling popcorn this month, helping to raise funds for the many activities and adventures they take part in each week.
Forty-five percent of popcorn sales go back to 1st Bradford Scouts.
Many activities for young people take place outdoors, from campfires to hiking. The group holds regular fundraisers throughout the year to help pay for their activities and programs, including their garden waste bags, popcorn, and coffee sales.
Last week, the Beaver Group got together to create their own first aid kits.
These are the materials included in the kits such as bandages, gauze, and wipes that their fundraising efforts help pay for.
“In 2019-2020, we spent $ 1,400 on programming expenses, weekly program, badges, bowling, presenters, sleepovers, camping,” said Amy Stepanek, Scout leader. “We use fundraising money, donations and participant fees for special events.”
Stepanek, also known as “Tic Tac” or “Scouter Amy”, started volunteering with Scouts eight years ago when her eldest son joined the Scouts’ Beaver group.
There are approximately 70 young people currently enrolled in 1st Bradford Scouts. The group has access to a location on the 13th line in Bradford via Eric Wright’s camping world to hold their meetings outdoors.
Most groups are accepting new members, with the exception of Beavers (5-7 years old) due to a lack of volunteers.
“We need more volunteers to reopen our second beaver colony,” Stepanek explained.
The popcorn sold by Bradford Scouts comes from supplier Papa Jack Popcorn, with oversized bags. Seven different products are on offer, from a family moving night package to caramel corn, and can be ordered directly online. here.
For those who live in Bradford and wish to save on shipping costs, orders can be placed on the Google Scouts order form. here. Orders must be received by November 28th.
Scouts Canada is an organization whose programming is designed for children and youth up to the age of 26, with more than 50,000 youth registered across the country.
Scouts Canada is part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) which has over 40 million members in 167 National Scout Organizations around the world.
There are over 12,000 volunteers who have dedicated over two million hours of their time coordinating and leading the youth adventures.
To learn more, visit the Scouts Canada website here.