Building Family Support to Make Life Easier
National studies show that the more you clearly define the ways that families can help, the more likely they are to step in. If done correctly, you will build a solid support base, strengthen the girls’ chances of longevity with your troop, and increase participation from your dads and other family members.
What can a 4-hour promise really do?
Your volunteer pool becomes more organized; you’ll know how to better communicate your needs for assistance, calling upon new people to do specific tasks and matching assignments with family availability and interests. When families sign a promise card to volunteer 4 hours:
- The Leader’s load is lightened when more people help. (Example: cutting out shapes, shopping for badges or supplies, teaching a skill, or attending a service unit meeting).
- Communication between leader and family significantly increases when leaders use the 4 Your Girl Family Involvement Kit.
- You build future volunteers as children witness firsthand, family volunteerism. They will surely imitate the good example.
- You open the door to participation for the first time for many parents and family members.
- Families become more in tune to the needs of the troop.
- Male involvement increases. Four hours per family lends a new perception of “getting involved,” therefore more dads, step dads, grandfathers, uncles, and big brothers can join in.
- Families keep coming back to help beyond the 4 hours because they witness the positive effect their participation has on the troop and their girl.
The 4 Your Girl Family Involvement Kit consists of:
4 Your Girl Troop Support Menu, FAQ and Family Promise Tracking Sheet
(These three are put together for ease of printing.)
- The Troop Support Menu is a detailed description of Job Roles. Start here to see all the fun and flexible ways families can support the troop At A Meeting, At Home, and On The Go.
- The FAQ has answers on how best to use the kit, and what specific requirements there are for some of the Job Roles.
- The Family Promise Tracking Sheet should be used to see the ways families are working for their girl, and you. You’ll be surprised how quickly the hours can add up. Once they hit the 4 hour mark, be sure to recognize their achievement. A notice in the troop newsletter, a little thank you card made by the girls, or a personal call home- however you decide to honor their contribution is up to your troop, but a necessary step to keep the help coming! (These three resources are put together for easy printing. You can also direct families to the 4 Your Girl Kit in the Families area of the website.
- Family Promise Card– this is how families customize and communicate their commitment based on their time and interests. (There are two on each page to help with printing many copies for a Family Meeting.)
- Family Meeting Agenda - use this to prepare for your beginning of the year troop family meeting.
- Sample Family Handbook - a resource to guide the creation of your troop's handbook for families.