Local 9 year old Scout achieves his mission, sells $5,200 of popcorn
By Correne Martin
Every October, the Cub Scouts of Prairie du Chien endeavor to sell popcorn as their major fundraiser for the year. For the past three years, Wesley Mink, a 9 year old diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, has made it his mission to attain the title of “Top Seller” in his district. Each year, with the support of his grandmother, Debbie Mink, Wesley has spent many hours going door-to-door, trying to sell more than he did the year before.
This year, Wesley, a Webelos in Den 12, was successful in securing the title of “Top Seller” for the Seven Rivers District in the Gateway Area Council. He sold popcorn to 217 customers for a total of $5,216, which was over and above his closest competitor by $2,400. Wesley’s total in sales also surpassed both of the top sellers in each of the remaining districts that make up the Gateway Area Council; Soaring Eagle: $2,893 and Winding Trails: $4,052.
The Seven Rivers District encompasses parts of La Crosse, Vernon and Crawford counties as well as Houston County, Minn., and includes 19 packs, 11 troops and one crew—approximately 900 Scouts.
Kim Oates, who leads Den 12, said the staff at the council office in La Crosse said they’d never heard of any one Scout selling so much popcorn.
According to Wesley’s grandmother, he achieved his goal by spending three weeks selling in rural communities throughout Crawford, Grant and Vernon counties.
“It was a very nice experience. He met a lot of people, and saw a lot of animals and other cool stuff in the countryside,” Debbie said. “He should be very proud of himself.”
In addition to the “Top Seller” award, Wesley earned an Apple iPad Mini and also qualified for a 32-inch flat screen TV, $200 in Walmart gift cards and a Camp Decorah Cub Scout experience for all of his hard work.
“I think the neat thing is that he did all the work, but he had family support to make it possible. That’s what Scouting is all about,” said Mary Freybler, development director of the Gateway Area Council.
According to Oates, Pack 320 is grateful to both Wesley and his grandmother for their dedication to Scouting and all of their efforts to boost the pack’s popcorn sales for the year.
Wesley is thankful too. Without the graciousness of his customers, he wouldn’t have accomplished his much-desired mission.
“He knows he couldn’t have done this without all the great help of his customers,” Debbie stated.
Wesley is the son of Liz Mink, of Prairie du Chien.