Troop 868 in Action
CANDY BAR BLITZ
(Thursday~Sunday, September 5~8, 2013)

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Selling World's Finest Chocolate candy bars at area merchants has been a long-standing Troop 868 tradition.  The troop partners with the Cub Scouts of Pack 868 to sell candy bars twice each year --- in early February and again in early September.  In May, we sell American Flags with the Cub Scouts from Pack 868 over Memorial Day weekend in much the same way that we sell candy bars.

We call it a "blitz" because our goal is to post posts at just about every major merchant in the area.  If residents poke their heads out the door on the weekend we're selling, they want them to encounter our scouts everywhere they go to shop.  With both Troop 868 and Pack 868 growing larger, we added several new selling locations for our September Candy Bar Blitz.  Scouts work either solo with their parent or in a two-man team supervised by a parent.  Shifts are pre-scheduled and typically last between 2~3 hours.  Scouts begin selling after school on Thursday and Friday afternoons.  On Saturday and Sunday, selling takes place throughout the day.  Scouts are permitted to work up to 6 hours straight.  They must then take a mandatory break for at least one hour.  If they wish, the boys can then come back and work an additional shift or two on Saturday or Sunday.  Multiple area merchants have always been very supportive by permitting us to sell at the exit doors of their businesses and scouts have responded by being courteous and polite to their customers, regardless of whether or not they choose to purchase a candy bar.

The Cub Scouts from Pack 868 participate with us and it is common for a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout to be paired together.  People like to buy from the little guys and the older Boy Scouts keep the Cubs focused, so such pairings generally work out well for both boys.

Proceeds from the sale go into the Boy Scouts' CampFund Accounts on the Troop side of the house or into the Cub Scouts' Scout Activity Accounts on the Pack side.  In both cases, the funds are used to defray the cost of the units' outdoor programs.  It's good for the boys to learn to work to pay a portion of their own way to summer camp.

Gavin assists two young customers at the Circle-K on Mud Lane. Senior Patrol Leader Preston and his dad pull a shift at the Speedway station in Hillview.
Micah and his mom working outside the Five Star BP station on Blue Lick Road near the Brooks Exit. Kenneth and his dad working outside the Bullitt County Supermarket.
Andrew held up a candy car as he sold at the Valero station at Exit 112. Pack 868 second-year Webelos Cub Scout Eli and his mom worked a shift in the lobby of the Kroger in Shepherdsville.
Spencer and Preston working at the Five Star BP on Blue Lick Road. Pack 868 Cub Scout Jacob and his mom working outside the Lowe's Home Center in Shepherdsville.
Kenneth and his dad outside the Speedway station in Hillview. Micah and his dad at the Valero station at Exit 112.
Matthew and his mom worked outside the Speedway station in Shepherdsville. Pack 868 Tiger Cub Dillon, Boy Scout Dawson, and Tiger Leader Tamara working outside the Five Star Marathon in Shepherdsville.
Zach worked a shift at the Bullitt County Supermarket. Pack 868 second-year Webelos Cub Scouts Thomas and Rhys worked a shift at the Five Star BP station on Blue Lick Road.