Trading Post Modifications

Trading Post Modifications

Ensuring that scouts have good options for Trading Post treats is important — not only for the scouts, but for the financial state of camp. Adhering to the guidelines below has been shown to increase camp profitability while nourishing happy, healthy scouts. These modifications meet the required three out of four National Camp Standards for the Trading Post.

What to Expect

Increased sales and higher customer satisfaction!

Year 1: Implementation
  • Decrease portion sizes of sodas and slushies: 16 oz. to 8 oz.
  • Decrease portions sizes of ice cream sold.
    • Switch slushies to 100% fruit juice (don’t forget to dilute this).
  • Transform Trading Post to at least half the inventory/shelf space and restock it with healthier alternatives, strategically placed (front and center, eye level, and at areas specifically aimed at impulse purchases).
  • Advertise healthy items through good marketing techniques, in and directly outside the Trading Post.
  • Increase the cost of unhealthy items.
  • Put candy bars behind the counter. Have campers ask to buy candy bars and other unhealthy snacks.
  • Make healthier options cost less.
    • Camps that increase the cost of unhealthy items such as soda, to subsidize the cost of the healthier options, saw increased sales per person.
      • For example: base price for flavored water: $1.00/bottle, soda: $0.75/bottle. Sell the flavored water for $1.25, and the soda for $1.75
  • If healthy options are tasty, but are not selling, consider doing a taste test with campers.

Discussing plans for transformation with staff may cause tension and anxiety among campers and staff.

Healthier Trading Options

Healthier Trading Options


  • Grapes and low-fat string cheese
  • Whole-grain Goldfish® 
  • Apple slices and peanut butter (individual servings)
  • Hummus (pita chips and veggies in nacho containers)
  • Low-fat string cheese
  • Low fat milk
  • Jell-O®, fruit and whipped cream
  • Apple slices and low-fat string cheese
  • Vitaminwater®
  • Sparkling water
  • PowerAde®/Gatorade®
  • SmartWater®
  • Figi Water®
  • Coconut water
  • Honest® drinks
  • Sargent Breaks®
  • La Croix Sparkling Water
  • SWITCH Sparkling Juice
  • Smaller ice cream portions
    • Hershey’s
    • Blue Bunny
      • CoolDaze ice cream sandwich (3 oz.)
      • CoolDaze Sundae Crunch bar: Chocolate and Strawberry (3 oz.)
      • CoolDaze FrozFruit Chunky Pineapple and Chunky Strawberry (4 oz)
      • CoolDaze Fudge bar (3 oz)
      • CoolDaze Lowfat Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream Cup (51 g)


  • Trail mix
  • Peanuts (raw/roasted)
  • Almonds (raw/roasted)
  • Baked chips
  • Smart popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Fresh fruit
  • Graham crackers and peanut butter
  • Bananas and peanut butter
  • Rice cakes
  • Sunflower seeds (different flavors)
  • Fruit cups
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate covered raisins
  • Oranges
  • Sugar-free bubble gum (assorted flavors)
  • Flavored nuts (BBQ)
  • BARE® dried fruit
  • KIND® Bars
  • RX® Bars

Snack Bar

  • Whole-grain nachos and salsa/guacamole
  • Frozen grape “eyeballs”
  • Zombie drink – AKA green smoothie
  • Smoothie bar
  • Chocolate covered bananas
  • Parfait fruit dippers: fruit and Greek yogurt in corner (nacho holder)
  • Fruit pops
  • Taco: whole-grain shell, chicken, lettuce, salsa
  • HUGE watermelon slices

* No fried food.
* Items should have minimal added sugars and trans/saturated fats.