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Pay for Scouting Adventures with Camp Cards

January 07, 2016

Camp Cards help all Scouts pay their way to Day Camp, Summer Camp, high adventure treks, and for anything associated with Scouting. Each card sells for just $5 and your unit earns 50% commission on every card sold. For more information check out the 2016 Camp Card Questions & Answers and Sign Up Form
The new cards are even better than before – in addition to the regular coupons and savings, the 2016 Camp Cards give access to a database of online coupons and deals at thousands of stores nationwide! This part of the card is powered by Entertainment™. The online discounts can be accessed at www.BoyScoutsCampCard.com. They can also be accessed via your mobile phone using Saversguide(tm) powered by Entertainment(tm).
To ensure your unit gets into the program, email your completed form to CampCards@NCACBSA.org.
Camp Cards are available now from all District Executives, the Marriott Scout Service Center, and at Camp William B. Snyder. They will also be available at District Roundtables in February and March.
Frequently asked questions (with answers!):
  1. The Camp Card is $5.00. What is the break down on where the money goes? The commission plan is 50% if closed out by April 1st. Your unit retains $2.50 per card sold. The other $2.50 per card is turned in to the council via Roundtable, mail, or visiting the service center. The council pays for the production of the cards and the securing of the coupons and has the associated risk of unsold cards.
  2. One of the Scouts said he lost the cards? What do we do? Due to the production costs of the cards and securing the vendors, we need to assume that the cards are used or sold. We only collect $2.50 per card that is considered lost. Please collect the $2.50 from the family.
  3. Are there any prizes or patches? Our goal is to keep this sale really simple. We want to maximize the return to the unit and the council. If desired, you can establish an incentive in your unit. The card is designed to help offset camp fees for the Scouts and that takes actual cash.
  4. Can I sell in front of the stores listed on the card? The stores listed on the camp card always like new customers in addition to their existing ones. Please consider other places to sell them before approaching the stores. When you approach the store, please work with the manager and respect their answer. Many will say yes. Some may indicate that the property does not permit sales.
  5. Can my family buy $100 worth and use the coupons? It seems too good to be true? Yes, as a family, you can buy the cards for your own use and use the coupons. Yes, it seems funny that you spend $100 and get more back over time, but that is how we set the price point. We wanted to make it a win-win all around. Your family can recoup the cost of the cards in a few visits to the stores listed.
  6. Can another youth group sell these cards? Or only Scouts? These cards can be sold by any group that is officially chartered by the BSA or an Explorer Post. Other groups cannot sell them and we will not issue the cards to them.
  7. How do we get more cards? They are selling fast. Please contact CampCard@NCACBSA.org to request more cards. You will be requested to turn in the funds associated with your initial order so you can pick up more. The reason for this is because the success of the sale comes down to available inventory and motivated sellers. If Camp Cards are locked up in someone’s trunk and turned in later, no one benefited. Additional cards can be relayed through your district executive, mailed if needed, or picked up directly at the service center.
  8. Can adults sell the cards too? Yes, please help your own Scouts by selling the cards at work, school, and your place of worship. Each friend should see the value in the $5 camp card and getting their $5 right back. Encourage them to by multiples. The cards are good all year.
  9. I heard some other supermarkets like Safeway will accept the Harris-Teeter coupon. Is this true? Please check with the local store on their policy. Some retailers DO accept other retailer coupons, some do not. You can always try, but avoid making this a selling point to the consumer.
  10. Can we wear uniforms to sell the Camp Card? Yes, since it is a council level money earning project, you are permitted to wear the BSA uniform. Popcorn and Camp Cards are the only council level approved money earning projects. All other projects must have approval to wear the uniform.
  11. For the $2.50 that is retained as a unit commission, where does that go? It is essential that the unit committee establish how camp fees will be offset by the sale of Camp Cards. Most groups use it to lower everyone’s cost by paying a portion of fees. The front of the card indicates that the overall Scout unit benefits, not just one person.
  12. Can we sell the card for a different amount? The front of the card says “Just $5”, so your customers may lose confidence in you and the product. Please do not discount the card or sell it for above the asking price. The price point has been proven in other nationwide sales to be on target with the discounts offered.