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Big key: unless you get your food supplies donated (by Scout Family/friends) it can "eat" into your potential profits.
The Troop does a Santa breakfast, which includes a photo with Santa, that gets printed out before they leave.
The Crew has utilized several members that play in school bands to play instruments, as entertainment during dinner (Bean, or Spaghetti, etc). They try to pre-sell tickets to guess the turn-out, but walk-ins are welcome.
We also hold a sandwich/soup luncheon after the Scout Sunday service that is donation only, no tickets.
That's the idea. Organize, delegate, schedule, ask for help and donations, make sure the social hall is available, try granddad's sauce recipe and multiply it up. Make sure someone knows how to boil spaghetti to "al dente", not "al mush".
And fill out the Form , see Basement dweller.
Oh, and have fun....
Do the "Search" function above for lots of confusing comments about all sorts of fund raising.
We do a pancake breakfast because our charter organization does a spaghetti dinner where our troop helps out. They do bring in quite a bit of money, but I must agree with the others ..... donations is the key. We place the business's names on our place mats.
We have also done car washes, which are a hit or miss. Popcorn sales are way down by us because the prices became so steep and wreaths aren't a big seller either.
If you have any large community events by you, they sometimes will hire scouts for clean-up or set-up.
Another one is benefit nights from certain restaurants (mcdonalds, culvers) No start up costs there. You maybe able to use the money from a benefit night to start up your big dinner.