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1 hour ago, ItsBrian said:

Woah woah woah! Is this a corporate thing or is it whatever the store manager wants to do? I would jump right on this opportunity!

 

Most Auto-parts stores operate that way.  There is a liability waiver that must be signed by the group, and then the store will cover everything else.  I know some Store Managers will shy away from it because they see it as an "unnecessary store cost", but I look at it as a way to drawl positive attention to my store.

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An idea that I always thought would go:   "OutDoor Rec Rummage Sale" 

Needs:   Your CO's  basement  Social Hall and parking lot. Organization. Tables and chairs. Good weather (!) 

Folks rent a table or Parking space.  Sell their extra sleeping bags, tents, pack frames,  hammocks.   Promote to Troops, outdoor stores,  private citizens.   Notices in the newspapers/facebooks/community bulletin boards....    Your expenses are time and muscle to set up, MAYBE ads in the local penny papers.   Your profits are the rent fees and (?) sales percentage, but I would leave it at the table rent. 

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Do a run to Texarkana as the boys are thirsty in Atlanta...may be too old school though

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15 hours ago, CNYScouter said:

What is a quiz night?

You lot are blowing my mind again! Is that not a thing in the US? Hmmm, thinking about it, I guess it stems from our pub culture where pubs started having quizzes, then schools and scouts started doing them as fundraisers...right, here goes...

The Quiz Night.

You gather yourself into teams, it's usually just adults, though I've been to a few family quizzes too. You sit round a table. In a big room. A scout hut. A church hall. A school hall. Maybe 10 to 20 teams, depending on the room size. Each round their own table. There are pens, paper, maybe a few snacks, sometimes there's a bar.

How the evening works...

There's a series of rounds of questions. They may be themed*. There's a quizmaster. They read out the questions in each round. Each team tries to answer as many questions correctly as possible. Usually at the end of each round, the answers from each group are handed in, and a couple of adjudicators mark the papers as we go. Sometimes there are score updates during the evening. Whoever has the most points at the end of the evening is the winner. Maybe a very small trophy is awarded, but mostly it's just qudos.

Usually there will be food. So there'll be a break halfway through were we all chow down.

Money is made by charging a per head ticket price. Say $10-$15. And if there's a bar, that usually makes money.

Usually the question setter tries to make the questions not too dry, a bit of humour, nothing too specialist.

Not everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoy them.

* For example, rounds from quiz nights I have been to...they may get given more interesting names...or all the questions in the round may be further themed on a particular subject...

Film (e.g. Who directed Titanic? Or maybe all the questions are on Bratpack or Sci-fi or Rom-Com movies)

Sport (e.g. What city do the Tennessee Titans play their home games in?)

TV (e.g. Name the Brady Bunch children)

Colours (e.g. all the answers are to do with a colour, what city is Red Square in? Who wrote 50 Shades of Grey? What colour are Toulouse Rugby Club's home kit shirts? etc)

Or you can have picture rounds...

Flags of the world

Country outlines

Movie posters with the film name removed

Name the famous people


 

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2 hours ago, ianwilkins said:

You lot are blowing my mind again! Is that not a thing in the US? Hmmm, thinking about it, I guess it stems from our pub culture where pubs started having quizzes, then schools and scouts started doing them as fundraisers...right, here goes...

The Quiz Night.

You gather yourself into teams, it's usually just adults, though I've been to a few family quizzes too. You sit round a table. In a big room. A scout hut. A church hall. A school hall. Maybe 10 to 20 teams, depending on the room size. Each round their own table. There are pens, paper, maybe a few snacks, sometimes there's a bar.

How the evening works...

There's a series of rounds of questions. They may be themed*. There's a quizmaster. They read out the questions in each round. Each team tries to answer as many questions correctly as possible. Usually at the end of each round, the answers from each group are handed in, and a couple of adjudicators mark the papers as we go. Sometimes there are score updates during the evening. Whoever has the most points at the end of the evening is the winner. Maybe a very small trophy is awarded, but mostly it's just qudos.

Usually there will be food. So there'll be a break halfway through were we all chow down.

Money is made by charging a per head ticket price. Say $10-$15. And if there's a bar, that usually makes money.

Usually the question setter tries to make the questions not too dry, a bit of humour, nothing too specialist.

Not everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoy them.

* For example, rounds from quiz nights I have been to...they may get given more interesting names...or all the questions in the round may be further themed on a particular subject...

Film (e.g. Who directed Titanic? Or maybe all the questions are on Bratpack or Sci-fi or Rom-Com movies)

Sport (e.g. What city do the Tennessee Titans play their home games in?)

TV (e.g. Name the Brady Bunch children)

Colours (e.g. all the answers are to do with a colour, what city is Red Square in? Who wrote 50 Shades of Grey? What colour are Toulouse Rugby Club's home kit shirts? etc)

Or you can have picture rounds...

Flags of the world

Country outlines

Movie posters with the film name removed

Name the famous people


 

It’s a thing in the US but not popular to my knowledge.

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2 hours ago, ianwilkins said:

You lot are blowing my mind again! Is that not a thing in the US? Hmmm, thinking about it, I guess it stems from our pub culture where pubs started having quizzes, then schools and scouts started doing them as fundraisers...right, here goes...

The Quiz Night.

You gather yourself into teams, it's usually just adults, though I've been to a few family quizzes too. You sit round a table. In a big room. A scout hut. A church hall. A school hall. Maybe 10 to 20 teams, depending on the room size. Each round their own table. There are pens, paper, maybe a few snacks, sometimes there's a bar.

How the evening works...

There's a series of rounds of questions. They may be themed*. There's a quizmaster. They read out the questions in each round. Each team tries to answer as many questions correctly as possible. Usually at the end of each round, the answers from each group are handed in, and a couple of adjudicators mark the papers as we go. Sometimes there are score updates during the evening. Whoever has the most points at the end of the evening is the winner. Maybe a very small trophy is awarded, but mostly it's just qudos.

Usually there will be food. So there'll be a break halfway through were we all chow down.

Money is made by charging a per head ticket price. Say $10-$15. And if there's a bar, that usually makes money.

Usually the question setter tries to make the questions not too dry, a bit of humour, nothing too specialist.

Not everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoy them.

* For example, rounds from quiz nights I have been to...they may get given more interesting names...or all the questions in the round may be further themed on a particular subject...

Film (e.g. Who directed Titanic? Or maybe all the questions are on Bratpack or Sci-fi or Rom-Com movies)

Sport (e.g. What city do the Tennessee Titans play their home games in?)

TV (e.g. Name the Brady Bunch children)

Colours (e.g. all the answers are to do with a colour, what city is Red Square in? Who wrote 50 Shades of Grey? What colour are Toulouse Rugby Club's home kit shirts? etc)

Or you can have picture rounds...

Flags of the world

Country outlines

Movie posters with the film name removed

Name the famous people


 

OK. We have them in the USA but we call them "Trivia" Night. They are pretty popular where I live (Upstate NY)

I never thought about doing this for a fundraiser but it sounds like a great idea.

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Best no cost fundraising idea may not be feasible in all areas of the country. One troop in southeast Louisiana sold "Snow Insurance" where if there is snow, the troop will clear your driveway and sidewalk. When I lived down there,  no policy holder needed to make claim. I'm wondering if the troop honored their insurance policies the only time I now of true snow hitting the area: when the Saints won the Super Bowl. ;)

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1 hour ago, CNYScouter said:

OK. We have them in the USA but we call them "Trivia" Night. They are pretty popular where I live (Upstate NY)

I never thought about doing this for a fundraiser but it sounds like a great idea.

Aaah, two countries divided by a common language. ;)

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2 hours ago, ianwilkins said:

Aaah, two countries divided by a common language. ;)

Very true, you have quiz nights in pubs, we have trivia contests in bars, and its all the same thing in the same place.  (At least I think they still have trivia contests in bars.  I know that was a big thing at one time.  I don't really go to bars.  Or to make a lawyer joke out of it, I usually pass the bar.)

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