A troop from the South Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America distributed popcorn to service members at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany on Thursday. About $8,000 worth was given to the Marines as part of the military option provided to buyers during popcorn sales. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks).
MCLB-ALBANY — The Boy Scouts of America regularly distribute popcorn to military service members through an annual fundraiser as part of their service efforts within their communities and abroad.
In conjunction with that, the South Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America gave some popcorn to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany service members Thursday afternoon at the base’s headquarters building.
Making the presentationto a few Marines at the MCLB-Albany headquarters building was Troop 23, which represented the 5,000 scouts in the council.
“Over the last several months, scouts in 29 counties have been working hard to sell popcorn,” said Matt Hart, scout executive for the South Georgia Council. “Some wanted to support the Boy Scouts, but didn’t want to buy popcorn.”
The delivery included $8,000 worth of popcorn purchased as part of the military option offered during the sale period. Last fall when the scouts went out with their order forms, those who wished to participate in the option picked out the variety of popcorn they wanted to purchase and instructed that the product be given to the military instead.
“We have been doing the popcorn sales for more than 30 years, and we started the military option four years ago … and it continues to grow and grow,” Hart said.
The popcorn sales raise money for Boy Scouts to participate in adventure camps, but there is another purpose to it.
“We are trying to teach them at a young age how to make money and how to manage money,” Hart said. “If we can do that at 7 or 8 years of age, that (is beneficial).”
The South Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, based in Valdosta, serves 29 counties and was organized in 2012 as the result of the merging of the former Alapaha Area Council in Valdosta and the Chehaw Council in Albany.