The Camp Card is a “discount card” that offers deals at area businesses to the purchaser. The purchase price of a Camp Card is $5.00 and participating units and their Scouts will earn at least 50% commission for each card they sell!
A customer can purchase a Camp Card for only $5, but they’ll get far more than the purchase price. If they use all of the discounts on the card, the customer enjoys over $200 in value. If a customer regularly visits any of the stores on the card and uses all of the discounts, they will be receiving all of their money back — plus they will help someone go to summer camp. This is a low risk fundraiser, as units can return their unsold cards.
In 2016 as in past years there were three different versions of the card, each featuring multiple discount offers that are council-wide as well as some that are specific to areas within our council. There will be cards focused on these areas of our council: Chambersburg/Gettysburg, Harrisburg and York.
Check out the message below from our from Council Camp Card Chair Greg Keefer and his son Joshua:
2017 KEY DATES
February 15 – Deadline for unit registrations and Camp Card orders
March Roundtable Meetings – Camp Cards distributed to units
May 25 – Card payments, card returns and top sellers forms due
2017 Scout Prizes
A Scout will receive a $25 gift card for every 50 Camp Cards sold. Gift cards may be selected for the following:
- Scout Shop in Mechanicsburg or York
- Trading Post at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation
- Trading Post at Camp Tuckahoe
Sell 150 Camp Cards and pick all three! Gift cards will be mailed to Scouts prior to the start of summer camp in June and must be used by December 31, 2016. Please submit the Prize Verification Form by May 25, 2017.
Top Selling Unit – The first place, top selling unit in each district received funding to have a pizza party for all of its participating Scouts.
Camp Card Orders
A unit registers and orders a specific number of cards. After recieving the cards the camp card coordinator for the unit distributes the cards to their Scouts to sell. At the end of the sale, the unit keeps its share and pays the council for its share. If they have any unsold cards, the unit may return them for credit at the end of the sale.
Returns & Additional Cards
Units may return unsold cards. Returns are due to the Mechanicsburg or York Service Centers when their payments are made in late May. The cards must be in complete condition (no tabs removed, etc). The unit is responsible for any cards that are damaged or not returned by the deadline. Units may continue to sell their unsold cards after they have settled their bill with the council, as long as they understand they cannot return anything after the payment deadline.
Payment of $2.50 per camp card ordered must be received at either Council Service Center by the payment deadline on May 25th. Payments not postmarked by the deadline will be considered late and the unit commission will decrease.
Units are encouraged to track their Scouts’ sales so that Scouts can use the proceeds to pay for summer camp. However, it is up to the unit to decide to do this, and we understand they may have additional goals.
For more information, questions, or to order more camp cards contact Holly Schwalm at the Mechanicsburg Service Center by phone at (717) 620-4526 or by email at Holly.Schwalm@scouting.org.
Camp Card Resources for Scouting Units
Here are some resources that helped units to organize their sale: