Nine-year-old continues family tradition

Sales were popping out of the Comox Valley

There seems to be a competition these days with Craig and Marnie Munro’s four children and their desire to set high goals for themselves.

In 2009, their eldest son, William, at age eight, decided that he wanted to be the top popcorn salesman for Scouts Canada on Vancouver Island. He set himself a goal to sell more than $3,000 worth of popcorn and sold a total of $3,270. That year he was awarded the title of 2009 Top Popcorn Salesman for Scouts Canada on Vancouver Island.

In 2011, their second son, Matthew, also at the age of eight, took on the challenge to be the top popcorn salesman and he sold more than $2,600 worth of popcorn. Matthew earned the same honour in 2011.

In 2013, their eight-year-old daughter, Akira, wanted to prove that anything her brothers could do, she could do better. Akira set a goal to beat both brothers in total popcorn sales, and she achieved her goal as she sold more than $3,300 worth. She quietly and humbly accepted the award for 2013 Top Popcorn Salesperson for Scouts Canada on Vancouver Island.

This year, their youngest son, James, age nine, took on the challenge to be the top popcorn salesman in the Comox Valley. James set himself a goal of selling more than $3,000. He was persistent in achieving his goal and spent more than 50 hours of canvasing and delivering popcorn door to door. James achieved the prestigious award of being the Top Popcorn Salesperson in the Comox Valley by selling $3,080 in popcorn. When asked by his father why he did not set a goal to beat his sister, he said, “I can always do that next year.”

James’ father chuckled as he thought of spending another 50 hours selling popcorn door to door.

James’ popcorn sales qualify him for a Scouts Canada educational scholarship of six per cent of total sales. Sixty per cent of total popcorn sales go back to Scouts Canada youth in the Comox Valley.

This money is used to develop and fund programs, educational events, and outdoor camps for youth to complete during the year.

These events play an important role by promoting values such as honesty, integrity, responsibility, teamwork, leadership, and respect for the community and outdoors.

James thanks all the people who supported the Comox Valley Scouts and also for helping him reach his goal of selling more than $3,000 worth of popcorn.

His parents are proud of his dedication, determination and commitment to achieve his goals.

Way to go James!

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