Troop 868 in Action

14th Annual PLANT SALE

(May 3~5, 2013)
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Our annual PLANT SALE is the troop's oldest fundraising project.  We began selling bedding plants, vegetable plants, and colorful hanging baskets in 2000 and have been doing it ever since.  Over the years, we have expanded our product line to include planters and potted plants in addition to baskets and flats of bedding plants.  Proceeds from the Plant Sale have helped us purchase tents, camping equipment, and our equipment truck.  Now that the troop pretty much owns all the equipment it needs, profits from the Plant Sale help support the troop's annual program, including giving our scouts a way to earn a significant part of their cost to participate in our annual summer camp road trip.

Scouts start taking pre-orders in early January and continue to sell up until the week before plants are available for pickup (what we call "sale weekend").  The vast majority of our sales come from pre-ordered bedding plants, hanging baskets, or decorative planters, but most years we also have plants available for retail sale.  For many years we were able to conduct our public sale in the parking lot of a local shopping center, but for the past several years we've concentrated more on pre-sold orders than on public sales. 

Customers pickup their pre-ordered plants at the Community Center where we meet.  Parents are on-hand to double-check each order and scouts are there to carry their purchases to their cars.  When folks buy plants from the Boy Scouts, they appreciate having a uniformed scout there to carry out their purchase and thank them for their business.  Everything we do in Scouting can be a "teachable moment" and the Plant Sale provides us an opportunity to teach the boys how to give good customer service.

 

When the truck from our grower arrived packed with fresh plants ready to be unloaded, Scoutmaster Meek chatted with Webelos from Pack 868.  The Cub Scouts meet on Thursday nights, so many of the Webelos hung around to help unload the truck and we grateful for their assistance. Pack 868 Webelos Scout James carefully carried in a flat of plants.
 
Pack 868 Webelos Leader Richard Weaver carried in a large planter.