Boy Scout Wreaths: Helping Communities Decorate for ChristmasTim Ahern | August 26, 2014
Across the country, fall means one thing for the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts head out into the community for the annual wreath sale. Through this sale, Boy Scout troops are able to pay for exciting trips, weekend campouts, and equipment and supplies. At the same time, community members have begun to look forward to the annual sale as a great way to usher in the Christmas season with a beautiful wreath on each front door.
Over the years, Boy Scout troops have become known for selling a variety of products to raise funds. While popcorn and candy bars are a great way to make a quick sale, many people now have dietary restrictions that prevent them from being able to enjoy these treats. Even more community members want a way to support their local troops, while having something that they need anyway. Unique Christmas wreaths give them the ability to enjoy their purchase for weeks, while still helping local youth.
While the Boy Scouts of America have been in existence since 1910, Christmas wreaths were only added to their fundraising efforts in recent decades. The Girl Scouts may have established their cookie sales years ago, but the Boy Scouts have tried multiple fundraising ideas, with popcorn sales enduring for many years. As Boy Scouting magazine pointed out, troops have tried selling everything from trash bags to oranges to safety cones.
The Boy Scouts give individual units the freedom to launch fundraisers of their own choice, with different troops choosing from a selection of products. The troops that have chosen wreaths as a fundraiser have been overwhelmingly pleased with the results, finding that supporters actually look forward to the September start date for wreath sales.
As wreath sales have caught on, many troops are finding that other organizations are realizing their popularity. Because of this, many troops have found they must be proactive in visiting neighborhoods to ensure they make it to homes before other local fundraisers do. One thing that can give troops an edge is to reach out to other parents in the area, since families are usually interested in supporting youth organizations.
Troops can also draw attention to their efforts by showcasing how unique and attractive their own wreaths are. If a troop goes back to the same neighborhoods each year, they’ll become known for their beautiful, standout wreaths, with word quickly spreading to other houses. Each troop member should practice his sales pitch before knocking on doors to make sure he’s as effective as possible while speaking to potential buyers. The entire experience will help each scout member learn and grow, while he’s also bringing in funds that will be used to take fun trips with his fellow scouts.
Boy Scout Wreaths have proven to be a great way to bring in funds for troops in communities all over the country. By showcasing the unique designs, troops can win donors and bring in extra money. As troops make wreaths part of their annual fundraising efforts, community members will grow to look forward to it and seek it out each September.