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    Supermarket Bag Packing

    Hi
    I've just been told that my local Supermarket is going to support one of my leaders (who is an employee) with her voluntary work in 2007. They have already given us 2 fundraising slots before Christmas. This is a superb opportunity to raise funds for next year especially as I want to take the whole pack (34 Cubs) to the Hampshire Jamboree - www.h007.org.uk.

    We are going to 'Bag Pack' the Sunday before Christmas Eve but does anyone have any experience of doing this with Cubs!!!!. I'm sure most people will pay NOT to have their bag packed by an 8 year old! Seriously, I'm also told it's a very good earner so I want to get it right.

    What hints and tips do you have?

    Many thanks
    Vanessa
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    Have someone to chat to the public, is good for recruiting people.

    Plenty of buckets, with some sort of label on "We are collecting..."

    Important for full uniform.

    Safety briefing for YP.

    Search the forums, there have been past posts on it.

    Try and arrange a shift pattern if at all possible.

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    ask the supermarket if they would mind you using the canteen to get them drinks etc!! always good to keep the cubs happy make sure you have as many leaders on hand as possible so that you can have good supervison and also deal with problems.

    Cubs are cute!! use this too your advantage get them to ask sweetly for everything including how the customer likes there bags packed for some 'on the job' learning. Tell them that it counts towards a badge (there must be one) IF they do it well and you get no complaints and then they are more likely to take it seriously

    Have fun....and maybe a wiskey waiting at home??

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    I have not done it with Cubs only Scouts, but would agree with full uniform, ask politley if they would like help with packing the bags, dont ask for donation, just indicate bucket. Be prepared for lots of "aren't they sweet" " I remember when..." "Does Scouts still exist?"
    Rota system is vital for leaders, it does get tiring! Good luck. Our two supermarkets both have 'policies' which prevent us from doing this despite requests.

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    Our local supermarket asked us if we wanted to do it!

    So we are.
    To get more kids we need more adults - are we getting the message yet?

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    We use Scouts and a few older Cubs.
    *Liaise with the Supermarket on bag packing standards (maybe get someone to show the kids).
    *Get a couple of quid in change in your buckets and recoup later.
    * Two or three tins of sweets to hand out work well. Buy before when you see an offer on them. also the Scout shop does sheets of Scouting stickers.
    *Ask if the supermarket can do a few sarnies, cup a soups, cakes etc for 2 half hour dinner slots (in their training room, or similar...out the way!). Remember, your kids keep their staff from packing!
    *Badger all parents to spare even an hour. Try and get them a scarf.
    *Put a tshirt under your uniform.
    *Ask as well if they can put your coins through their coin counting machine and give you notes.
    *Give the local press a call and get the supermarket to ring their internal newspaper too.
    *Be prepared to mint it in!
    *At the end of the day book next years' slot(s) and follow up any verbal agreement in writing ASAP!!
    (Post in the New Year to tell me if any of this was relevent!!!)
    >Phew<

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    All good advice above.

    Make sure you have access to the toilets!

    I know one of our other local groups makes a couple of thousand(!) pounds doing bag packing at Xmas. They have a bigger supermarket than us though.
    To get more kids we need more adults - are we getting the message yet?

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    We used to do it with Scouts and older Cubs. We asked that the cubs' parents be with them to 'supervise' them on the tills.

    Find the cutest*, youngest* girl* cubs and put them near the doors with a bucket. The cuteness factor always used to get a good response from the public!


    *substitute with whatever works best for your Pack.

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    I have yet to do it mainly due to lack of adult supervision but it is a goal of mine for next year

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    Many thanks - some useful ideas for what is going to be a hard task.

    I know it's not going to be ease with Cubs, most of mine won't even see over the check out! Hand picked for the job in hand and with plenty of adult supervision we should be ok.

    Vanessa

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    Made just over £880 on our first bag pack...one down, one to go!
    The Outdoor Traditionalist (a largely bushcraft blog). Have a look at this how to page for things to try.
    http://austinlill.blogspot.co.uk/

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    WOW, well done!

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    Just finished counting the pennies...........

    Hi
    The cute cub with the bucket trick worked. The Cubs, mums and dads were all fantastic. The public were very generous.

    Despite being double booked with the Army Cadets - it worked out really well for both of us as no-one could choose an aisle without passing a collecting tin. One small scare as they asked me for a copy our insurance this morning and I had not been told I needed to have it on display.

    My leaders all had hangovers but we still managed to collect £638!

    Thanks for all your help.

    Vanessa

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    brillient

    really well done

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    bag packing

    we have just done the same with are cub pack . we done two hole days 8hours each day and made just over £1200 very handy for this year . found it very hard to get parents invoiled with it had total of 8 cubs each day and we all got free drinks from the store we were in and use of there canteen at dinner time loved it and have been asked to go back this year as well

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