First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights Importance of Girl Scout Volunteers

You know that feeling when one day is over and you can’t wait for the next one to start? When you’re lying in bed and you’re so excited thinking about tomorrow that you can almost see it floating by on the ceiling? That’s the feeling girls get in Girl Scouting.

We want every girl to be so excited about the adventure she’ll have with us that she can hardly wait for it, because she knows she can do anything she sets her mind to. That feeling starts with parents who encourage their daughters, and volunteers who are role models.

Girl Scouting is dedicating the week of September 30-October 6 as National Girl Scout Recruitment week. We are excited to announce that First Lady Michelle Obama has recorded an online video calling upon moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles or anyone else looking to help girls in our community reach their full potential to become a Girl Scout volunteer.

We need your help to spread the word and connect with as many potential volunteers as possible. Share the video. Go to our Facebook page and share the link with your friends, retweet to all your friends, or forward this to five of your friends, family or neighbors and encourage them to go to www.girlscouts.org find out how they can become a Girl Scout volunteer.

Whether 5 or 55, doing something different, out of the ordinary, unexpected, new, makes life more exciting, keeps people engaged-and wanting more. From the girls who want to teach younger girls a new skill, to the adults who want to make a big impact on a little girl’s life, everybody desires to share something new, over and over again.

I can’t wait to see what you will do to help her dream bigger and go further than she ever imagined.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Anne Soots
Chief Executive Officer

 

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Introducing…The 4Her Promise Program

By Kat Rourke

One struggle that many troop leaders face is getting enough support from the parents in their troop. Not having enough support directly affects the quality of the experience that the girls have, and can cause leader burnout. When leaders step down due to burnout no one wins, especially not the girls. That is why I am excited to announce a new program we are rolling out for leaders for use in increasing family involvement.

The 4HER Promise Program is used with permission from the Girl Scouts of North Texas with a few tweaks. 4Her promise is designed to help leaders build needed support and help families become more engaged in their girls Girl Scout experience. All of the program materials can be found  on our website.  http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/content/forms-and-resources-library#management.

The guide explains how to better communicate and connect with families in your troop so parents know exactly how they can help. Each family is asked to pledge four hours of service to the troop for the year. Most people would agree that out a whole year, four hours isn’t asking a lot. This request is made of the entire family: moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents can all participate. Families are given volunteer menus on which they can list activities they are interested in helping with. This enables the leader to ask for help on specific tasks within a specific time-frame so that families know exactly what is expected of them. When the needs for those tasks arise, the troop has someone who is capable of completing it and takes that task off of the leaders’ shoulders.

Tracking hours that the families give is important so families can be recognized for their contributions. When a family has completed the 4Her four hour pledge, the leader can recognize the family in a variety of ways. For example, the troop can present the family with a Certificate of Appreciation, thank them in the troop newsletter, on the troop Facebook page, etc.

Families can also use any and all volunteer hours they complete to count towards the President’s Volunteer Service Award. All types of service that strengthens the community qualify for this award, including assisting Girl Scouts, PTA, coaching sports, etc. This award recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a certain standard, measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of the lifetime. Take Action projects also count toward this award and so the families can combine service to the troop as well as service with the troop to measure your whole family’s impact. You can register and track your volunteer hours online.

Hopefully troops and families will find this program useful and work together to provide an amazing Girl Scout experience for all our girls!

 

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