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Popcorn sales hit slump for area scouts


Waterloo (KWWL) -- Hard economic times have hit a symbol of American society, the Boy Scouts. 

Popcorn sales, one of the primary sources of revenue for the scouts have been falling off these past couple of months.

It's a sight straight out of Norman Rockwell painting. Scouts going door to door selling popcorn to help support their area council, but now sales have hit a slump and officials with the Boy Scouts believe Iowan's may have already spent too much.

"We don't have a strong indicator on slow sales but certainly the June disaster have effected everyone, our non profit agencies are feeling it too," said Scout Executive Todd Wordel.

While popcorn sales play a big part in subsidizing unit programs, activities and camping, it is also a significant part for the Winnebago Council budget.

"We have a one-point-one million dollar operating budget for the Winnebago Council and popcorn is the number one funding source next to direct giving and special events," said Wordel.

While kids enjoy their time in the scouts they are also learning some very important lessons while they are there.

Wordel said, "Scouting programs primary objectives are character building, citizen ship and physical and mental fitness. so it's not necessarily just another recreational venue for kids. certainly they have that opportunity, but behind the scenes were working on building character."

The scouts are also teaming up with Iowa's Bravest to help ship popcorn and other treats to the troops overseas.

If you would like more information or would like to help the Boy Scouts you can contact the Winnebago Council at 319-234-2867.

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