HARRAH — The trophy is almost as tall as the Cub Scout who won it.
Bogan Garcia, 10, of Pack 65 in Harrah, was 2011's top popcorn seller for the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America. Bogan sold $4,387 worth of popcorn, outselling 14,000 Scouts in 25 counties.
“It's not hard. It's just hard work,” he said. He began selling popcorn as a Tiger Cub, achieving $1,554 in sales. As a Wolf Cub he sold $2,412 and was named Big Tepee District top popcorn seller.
He reached his goal this year with the help of a loyal customer base.
“I make sure my customers know how the money is being used, and I deliver each popcorn order with a handwritten thank-you note,” Bogan said.
Seventy percent of revenue is retained by the Scouting program. Bogan's sales this year equate to the cost of 75 Cub Scout day camp scholarships, 11 Boy Scout summer camp scholarships and 10 Cub Scout uniforms.
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Bogan knows his product line and helps customers with their choices. He has his favorites, too.
“My favorite item to sell is the military donation,” Bogan said. “The popcorn purchased with the donation is distributed through the USO to our American troops while helping us too. My favorite flavors to eat are roasted summer corn and white cheddar cheese. The most fun product to talk about is our movie theater extra butter. I call it the marriage buster because I once had a customer call after the sale was over and tell me she and her husband were fighting over the last package.”
Bogan is serving as Pack 65's Lt. Popcorn Kernel. While the title is a play on words, it comes with serious responsibility. He attended Big Tepee District's popcorn training kickoff, then brought what he learned to his home pack.
“I've learned a lot selling popcorn. It's important to set a goal and work toward it. My customers really like it when I look them in the eye and shake their hand. I've even had three customers offer me a job. But my biggest cheerleader is my MeMaw.”
Bogan is the grandson of Georgia Pattison and the late Pat Pattison, of Newalla.
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Dana Garcia is the mother of Bogan Garcia and Popcorn Kernel for the Last Frontier Council.