4 HER: Building Family Support to Make Life Easier

What would doubling the amount of support you receive from your troop families do for you?

National studies show that the more you clearly define the ways that parents can help …the more likely they are to step in. If done correctly, you will build a solid support base, strengthen the girl’s chances of longevity with your troop, and potentially even increase participation from your dads.

The Leader’s Guide to Building Family Support takes you through the easy to follow CPR Model - Communicate, Participate, Recognize. Suggestions and tools to communicate your needs for assistance are provided which help you organize your volunteer pool and call upon new people to do specific tasks while matching assignments with parents’ availability and interests.

Successfully building a family wide troop support network has three key ingredients:

  • Offer parents a variety of options with clearly defined responsibilities and time commitment factors.
  • Ask parents to promise a minimum of 4 hours per family – for her. (Use the Promise Card)
  • Publicly recognize a parent/family when they hit 4 hours of given time. (Establish a regular communication channel.)


What can a 4-hour promise really do?

When parents sign a promise card to volunteer four hours, you just gave them a reason to ask to do things to support the troop.

  • You open the door to participation for the first time for many parents and family members.
  • Parents 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, and big brothers can join in.
  • Parents keep coming back to help beyond the 4 hours because they witness the positive effect their participation has on the troop and their daughter.
  • 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 parents’ availability.
  • The leader’s load is lightened when more parents help. (Example: cutting out shapes, shopping for badges or supplies, teaching a skill, or attending a service unit meeting, etc).
  • Communication between leader and family significantly increases when leaders use the 4 Her Promise and follow the CPR model.
  • You build future volunteers as children witness firsthand, parent volunteerism. They will surely imitate the good example.


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