Apple Days

Starts: Oct. 13, 2017
Ends: Oct. 14, 2017

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Remember, we are giving away our apples, not selling them.    You'll want to ensure that someone checks with the local Guiding and Cadet organizations to prevent "Cookie Sales" and "Tag Days" from interfering with our Apple Days event on our weekend.   Try to get a letter(s) from the business(es) that you'll be in front of that specifies you as the only fundraising group to be there on that weekend.
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Our Fraser Valley Council designates 2 weekends for Apple Days, & each of the 6 Scouting Areas within our council choses the weekend they want. 
  Nicomekl Scouting Area has chosen the date shown above.

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We hope that all of our Scout groups are planning to take part in this activity as it is great public exposure for Scouting as well as an excellent fundraiser.  It is up to individual groups to source their own supply of apples.   You may want to connect with other groups near you in order to obtain a better price.   By the way, do make sure you are getting this year's apples!
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Tips For Apple Day Coordinators Of Individual Scout Groups:

© Contact the business(es) beforehand to advise them them of the dates that your members plan to be there.
© Try to get a letter(s) from the business(es) that you'll be in front of that specifies you as the only fundraising group to be there on that weekend. You'll want to ensure that someone checks with the local Guiding and Cadet organizations to prevent "Cookie Sales" and "Tag Days" from interfering with our Apple Days event on our weekend.
© Present appreciation parchments or thank-you cards to these businesses within a week or so afterwards. 
© If you are not using one of your sites this year, for whatever reason, please make it known so that someone else can take advantage of it, even just for this year only.
© If one of your sites is in front of a produce store, see what deals they have before buying your supply of apples. Sometimes they offer to donate your apple supply. 
© When ordering your apples, make sure that you are getting this year's crop, not last year's. If you team up with other Scout groups, you may get a better deal.
© Schedule 1 hour or 1&1/2 hour shifts. Try to keep siblings together, and make it known that families are welcome to participate. 
© Each shift should have a mix of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, etc. Beavers are the essential ingredient for generous donations. They are too cute. 
© Ensure that each site is provided with an adequate supply of apples, throughout all the shifts. 
© Supply each site with collection tins
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© Provide a sign-in sheet at each site with names and phone numbers so that each shift will know who is next and what number to call, in case someone forgets. 
© We are not selling apples. We are giving out apples, hoping for donations. This fact should be prominently stated on the sign-in sheet. 

© Supply cloths to each site so that the apples can be polished during shifts. Most people appreciate that the apples are non-waxed, and parent helpers are often happy to have something to do. 
© Watch money tins carefully when suspicious characters are hanging around. 
© Be prepared for questions from the public. Make certain you have Scouting information pamphlets (with a phone number) for your people to hand out. 
© Each member receives an Apple Day crest for participation (supplied by their Scout group).