Commissioner Blog #5


“Popcorn is Good for Everybody”

John Hovanesian, M.D.

September 4, 2013

            Welcome back to the fall season of school and Scouting!   Most of us parents greet this time of year with a mixture of relief, at having someone else watch our kids for a change, and sadness at the return to the “grind” of the school year.

            Along with fall comes the startup of the Scout Popcorn Sale, coming soon to a pack or troop meeting near you.  While we sometimes feel overwhelmed with sales fundraisers for our children, Scout popcorn is truly a beneficial fundraiser in all ways.

            First, it is a very easy-to-sell item, as almost everyone buys popcorn, and Trails End offers enough varieties that it’s easy to find something for everyone.  Scout popcorn can also be sold on-line through the Trails End website if your pack or troop signs up for this type of selling.  Online, you can sell to friends and family thousands of miles away and still get credit for your Scout and your troop or pack.

            Popcorn sales also keeps Scouting strong in Orange County as a portion of the proceeds go to support our camps and other council efforts to offer a first-rate Scouting experience here at home.

            Lastly, popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can eat, abundant with polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant.  Popcorn also contains fiber, which is lacking from the diet of so many of our kids.  Of course, which variety of popcorn you buy makes all the difference in how healthy it is.  Try to avoid the sugary caramel corn options, and consider air-popped corn as the best alternative.  Sprinkle it with some herbs (to lessen the need for salt), and drizzle on some olive oil instead of butter, to give it a unique and crave-able taste.

Happy fall, everyone, and enjoy the start-up of the Scouting year!