Lone area Cub Scout sells popcorn this weekend
Residents of Rugby and Rolette may have opened their doors the past few weekends to find 9-year-old Cub Scout Calvin Boucher selling popcorn, pretzels and coffee.
Calvin, originally from Velva, recently moved to Rolette with his family. Currently, there is not an active Cub Scout pack in Rolette. Boucher, having been involved in scouting while in Velva, wanted to continue his scouting journey in Rolette.
After unsuccessfully trying to form a pack in Rolette, Calvin’s parents, Leon and Laura, decided that their son would take on the task of being a lone scout, focusing on the Rolette and Rugby areas.
“I love scouts a lot,” Calvin said. “It’s so important to me that I wanted to continue, even without a pack.”
Calvin has been selling in Rugby since Thursday of last week and will be continuing to go door-to-door throughout the weekend.
Calvin is a member of the Northern Lights Council, in which he placed as the 9th top seller last year. The Northern Lights Council includes North Dakota, northwest Minnesota, and parts of South Dakota and Montana.
Calvin was also was named the number one seller in the Tomahawk District, which includes Rolette, Bottineau, Renville, Burke, Mountrail, Ward, McHenry, Pierce, Benson, and Wells counties.
The lone Cub Scout’s goal this year is to place number 8 or better in sales in the council and to keep the number one spot in the Tomahawk District.
In full Cub Scout uniform, Calvin wears his many achievements and badges proudly around his belt and on his arms and chest.
He has earned belt loop achievements in fingerprinting, fishing, birdhouse making, citizenship, camping, park cleanup, whittling, and day camp attendance.
“I really like everything that I do with scouting,” Calvin said. “There isn’t one thing I like more than another.”
Calvin says that he has learned a lot during his time being a scout. Some of his favorite activities included fishing, snowshoeing, participating in the Pinewood Derby, building a cardboard sled, making duct tape wallets, and learning to shoot a bow and arrow and a BB gun.
“My mom says she can shoot down a weed [with a BB gun], and I want to be able to do that when I grow up,” Calvin said.
It is in popcorn sales, however, where Calvin really shines.
“He’s a salesman,” Leon, Calvin’s father, said. “He has amazed me. It’s been so fun going around with him. He’s never going to miss an opportunity to sell.”
Calvin says he gets his salesmanship from his great grandpa Neutman. “Great Grandpa Neutman was a great salesman,” he said. “I learned that you have to look [people] in the eye when you’re selling, and when you knock, you have to smile.”
At one house in Rugby, Calvin captured a sale by promising a trade. He told the residents, who were selling pumpkins, that he would buy $20 worth of pumpkins if they bought $20 worth of popcorn. “They gave me three free pumpkins for being such a good salesman,” he said.
With each sales trip, Calvin totes along his scout wagon, full of product to sell. He made the display signs on the sides of the wagon himself.
Calvin is currently in his first year of being a Webelo Scout, which means he will now begin to work on his WEBELOS badges. WEBELOS stands for “We’ll Be Loyal Scouts” and partners with scouting’s fundamentals of being loyal, trustworthy, honest and reverent.
“With scouting, we’re trying to teach them to be good citizens,” Leon said.
Calvin will be celebrating his tenth birthday next week, which brings him one step closer to becoming a Boy Scout. He will be able to move into Boy Scouts at age 10 . Calvin’s goal is to eventually become an Eagle Scout, which he will be for life.
“Calvin has met about a half-dozen Eagle Scouts in town, and they have been very supportive and inspirational to him,” Leon said.
Leon explained that Calvin chose to sell in the Rugby area for two reasons. Firstly, since it does not have a pack, Rugby is open sales territory. Secondly, it is an opportunity to see if there is a chance to have a pack formed in Rugby.
In order to start a pack, there has to be at least five active scouts and five active adults, according to the requirements set up by the Northern Lights Council.
“The kids want to learn and have fun, but it’s for adults to enjoy, too,” Leon said. “I didn’t have the opportunity to join scouting when I was his age, so I’m now scouting through him. It’s time that mom, dad, and [little sister] Zoey, have to put in, but there are a lot of good things that come out of it, too.”
There are different kinds and flavors of popcorn available for purchase, including chocolatey caramel crunch jalapeno cheddar cheese, white cheddar cheese, classic caramel, and premium caramel with almonds, cashews and pecans. Popping corn and microwave popcorn are also available in kettle, unbelievable butter and butter light flavors.
Interested customers may also choose to donate popcorn to the military. Last year, the Tomahawk District was able to send two crates full of donated popcorn to the Air Force Base in Minot.
Calvin will be taking sales both in person and online through October 28. To order online, visit www.trails-end.com, and support Calvin by entering the code 58366.
To get purchase items from Calvin this weekend in Rugby, call Leon at (701) 240-3784.
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