From one house to the next, Cameron Miner walked the sidewalks of the Redwood area this past October with a goal to sell as much product as he possibly could.
What was he selling?
Miner offered popcorn in various packages, types and flavors, all to help out his local Boy Scout Troop.
The pitch was simple as he asked those he encountered if they would be willing to help support the Boy Scouts by buying some of what he was selling.
Whatever he was doing worked, as he sold more than $6,200 worth of popcorn, and in the process became the top seller in Troop 97 and in the Twin Valley Council.
Miner, who is 13, is an eighth grader at Redwood Valley Middle School, and he has been part of the Scouts since he was in the first grade.
“Honestly, at first it sounded like fun,” said Miner. “Then I found out my dad was an Eagle Scout, and I wanted to carry on that tradition.”
While he has sold popcorn all along the way, it was the example of a fellow Boy Scout, Matthew Lindbo, who inspired Miner to sell more.
One year ago, his sales success began, as he was able to sell more than $4,000 worth of popcorn. In two years his sales have exceeded $10,000.
“I sold the most popcorn for the second year in a row,” said Miner.
While in the past Miner’s sales strategy was to go to homes and businesses with an order form, this year he was able to use a different approach – show and sell.
With a goal set, Miner’s mom ordered a bedroom full of popcorn products, and as Miner sold he was able to provide the product to the customer the same day.
“He went out after school and on weekends,” said Mary Miner, his mom.
Not only did he sell everything that he had ordered from the Boy Scouts in advance, toward the end he also took additional orders to come up with the grand total of $6,212 worth of popcorn.
“I like selling, because it gives me a chance to meet new people,” said Miner.
In his first day of selling, Miner brought in more than $1,100, and the success just kept on coming. Of course, family certainly helped with the sales, but the overwhelming majority of the popcorn Miner sold went to people he called on for hours on end.
“I would go up to the house, and Mom would wait in the car,” Miner said, adding when the car was empty they would just fill it up again.
Yes, Miner said, he likes popcorn; adding one of his favorites is flavored with sea salt. He admitted there were a few cans he bought himself, too.
As a Boy Scout, Miner’s involvement is not limited to selling. He attends meetings at Cornerstone Church in Redwood Falls and is working to earn badges on his way to becoming the next generation of Eagle Scouts in his family.
“I like how the Boy Scouts is getting boys like me prepared for life,” said Miner.
The son of Mary and Clint Miner will be taking a bit of a break next year, said his mom, as he might not sell as much as he has in the past couple of years. After that, he plans to get back after it and set a new goal.
As the top seller, Miner received a 32-inch TV and other prizes and is able to go to camp next summer for free.
Miner said he is having a lot of fun as a member of the Boy Scouts, and he would encourage others to try it, too.